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Designing Your Ceremony

Facing Your Guests (Modern Format)
Backs Turned (Traditional Format)
Examples of Wedding Vows
Effective Seating
Aisle Runner or Petals
Children in Wedding Ceremonies
The Escorting of a Bride
Taking Parental Vows
The Use of Music
Using a Pedestal
Using a Wedding Carriage
A New Role For Grandparents
Wedding Ceremony Readings
In Memoriam

Ceremonies in Special Places
Ceremonies in Theme
Taking Your Ceremony to Others
Staying in Character
What Name Should I Use?
What if it Rains?
Fibbing Your Start Time
Ceremonies in Candlelight
The Reception Line

The Order of Events

Primary Options:
Read this First
The Unity Candle
Champagne Sharing
The Sand Ceremony
The Blessing Tree
Tying the Knot
Tasting the Elements
Using a Photomontage
The Giving of Roses

Options In Finale:
Butterfly Release
Dove Release
Balloon Release
Tossing Petals
Bubbles in a Wedding Ceremony
Applause Walk

The Five Rules:
Rule One
Rule Two
Rule Three
Rule Four
Rule Five

Advice on Photography
Advice on Wedding Coordinators
Death by Venue
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Wedding Venues Where I Have Performed
Wedding Ceremony Grant Park Chicago  

In Chicago:

A New Leaf
Aboard the Anita Dee II
Aboard the Chicago 1st Lady
Aboard the Mystic Blue
Aboard the Odyssey
Aboard the Odyssey II
Aboard the Sophisticated Lady
Aboard the Valara VI
The Adler Planetarium
Angela's Charters (Yacht)
The Allerton
The Aon Center (Mid America Club)
The Apallo 2000
The Art Institute of Chicago
Belloc Lowndes
The Berghoff Restaurant
Biggs Mansion
Bistro Margot
Bond Chapel U of C Campus
Buckingham Fountain
Café Brauer
The Cancer Survivors Garden
Carmichael's Steak House
Catalyst Ranch
Centennial Fountain
The Chicago Athletic Assoc.
The Chicago Children's Museum
The Chicago Cultural Center
The Chicago Fine Arts Exchange
The Chicago Historical Museum
The Civic Opera House
The Columbia Yacht Club
The Congress Hotel
The Double Tree
The Drake
Edgebrook Community House
Executive Plaza
The Four Seasons Hotel
The Frances Dewes Mansion
Galleria Marchetti
Garden Terrace East
The Garfield Park Conservatory
Germania Place
The Green Dolphin
The Holiday Inn Mart Plaza
Hotel Intercontinental
The John Hancock Center
The Knickerbocker Hotel
La Sardine
LaStrada's Top of the Plaza
Lincoln Park Conservatory

Wedding Ceremony Garfield Park Chicago, Illinois   Lincoln Park Zoo
Meritage Café
The Metropolitan Club (The Sears Tower)
Millennium Monument
Milton Olive Park
The Murphy Auditorium
Murphy's Bleachers (Wrigley Field)
The Museum of Contemporary Art
Navy Pier
The Newberry Library
NW Memorial Hospital Chapel
The O'Hare Marriott
Osaka Gardens
The Palmer House Hilton
Party House Banquets
Pazzo's at 311
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
The Peninsula Hotel
The Plaza Club (The Prudential Bldg.)
Promontory Point
Ray Harrington's
The Renaissance Chicago Hotel
The River East Art Center
The Ritz Carlton
Rockefeller Chapel U of C campus
The South Rosegarden (Grant Park)
Royal Gardens
The School of the Art Institute
Sears Tower Observation Deck
The John G. Shedd Aquarium
The Sherwood Room
The Shouth Shore Cultural Center
Smith & Wollensky
The Stadium Club (White Sox Park)
The West Loop Studio
The Union League Club
The University Club of Chicago
The Whitehall Hotel
Wedding Ceremony Evanston, Illinois  

Chicago Suburbs & Beyond:

1st Unitarian Church of Hobart - Hobart, Indiana
The Abbington - Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Aberdeen Manor - Valparaiso, Indiana
The After Four Club - Cedar Lake, Indiana
Ainsworth Church of Christ - Merrillville, Indiana
Alexander's - Highland, Indiana
Alex's Place - Hobart, Indiana
Allice Millar Chapel - Evanston, Illinois
Alta Villa - Addison, Illinois
Ambassador Banquets – Hobart, Indiana
The Ambassador East - Elmhurst, Illinois
Angelo's Restaurant – Elmhurst, Illinois
The Arboretum Club - Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Ashton Place – Willowbrook, Illinois
Austin Gardens - Oak Park, Illinois
The Avalon - Elk Grove, Village, Illinois
The Avalon – Hobart, Indiana
Barker Mansion - Michigan City, Indiana
Barlett Hills C.C. – Bartlett, Illinois
Barn Of Barrington – Barrington, Illinois
Beiger Mansion - Mishawaka, Indiana
Belvedere Banquets - Elk Grove Village, Illinois
Bennett-Curtis House - Grant Park, Illinois
Beverly Shores Pavillion - Beverly Shores, Indiana
Birdhaven Green House – Joliet, Illinois
Bolingbrook Golf Club – Bolingbrook, Illinois
Boulder Ridge Country Club - Lake In The Hills, Illinois
Bristol Court Banquet Hall - Mount Prospect, Illinois
Broadmoor Country Club – Merrillville, Indiana
Brookfield Zoo – Brookfield, Illinois
Bull Valley Golf Club – Woodstock, Illinois
Byron Colby Barn – Grayslake, Illinois
Cadillac Ranch – Bartlett, Illinois
Café La Cave Des – Plaines, Illinois
Calumet Country Club – Homewood, Illinois
Carleton Hotel - Oak Park, Illinois
The Carlisle – Lombard, Illinois
Carmina's Banquets – Elgin, Illinois
Carriage Greens G.C. – Darien, Illinois
Casa Del Roma – Valparaiso, Indiana
Casa Royale - Des Plaines, Illinois
Century Center - South Bend, Indiana
Chandlers – Schaumburg, Illinois
Chapel on the Green – Yorkville, Illinois
Chateau Bu-she – Alsip, Illinois
Chateau Del Mar - Hickory Hills, Illinois
Chateau Rand - Des Plaines, Illinois
Chateau Ritz – Niles, Illinois
Cheney Mansion - Oak Park, Illinois
Chevy Chase – Wheeling, Illinois
Chicago Botanical Garden – Glencoe, Illinois
Chilberley Chapel – Wheeling, Illinois
Church of the Nazareen - Valparaiso, Indiana
Coffee Creek Preserve - Chesterton, Indiana

Wedding Ceremony Indianapolis, Indiana   Chateau Ritz – Niles, Illinois
Cheney Mansion - Oak Park, Illinois
Chevy Chase – Wheeling, Illinois
Chicago Botanical Garden – Glencoe, Illinois
Chilberley Chapel – Wheeling, Illinois
Church of the Nazareen – Valparaiso, Indiana
Coffee Creek Preserve – Chesterton, Indiana
Cog Hill – Lemont, Illinois
Columbia Club – Indianapolis, Indiana
Concorde Banquets – Killdeer, Illinois
Concorde Centre – Woodstock, Illinois
Conner Prairie – Indianapolis, Indiana
The Cotillion – Palatine, Illinois
The Country Squire – Grayslake, Illinois
Countryside Unitarian Church - Palatine Illinois
County Line Orchard – Hobart, Indiana
The Courtyard Banquets – Warrenville, Illinois
The Croatian Center – Merrillville, Indiana
Crystal Palace Banquets - Park Ridge, Illinois
Cuneo Museum & Garden - Vernon Hills, Illinois
Danada House – Wheaton, Illinois
David's Bistro - Des Plaines, Illinois
Dearfield Hyatt - Dearfield, Illinois
Deep River County Park - Hobart, Indiana
DiNolfos Banquets - Mokena, Illinois
DiNolfo's Banquets - Homer Glen, Illinois
The Double Tree - Alsip, Illinois
The Double Tree - Downers Grove, Illinois
The Double Tree Northshore - Skokie, Illinois
Dynasty Banquets - Hammond, Indiana
Eaglebrook Golf Club - Geneva, Illinois
Edward's Banquets - Chicago Ridg. e Illinois
The Elm Crest - Elmwood Park, Illinois
Embassy Suites Schaumburg - Schaumburg, Illinois
Empress Banquet Hall - Addison, Illinois
Festival Park Gazebo - Hobart, Indiana
First Assembly Of God - Portage, Indiana
First Christian Church Of Highland - Highland, Indiana
Foundation Meadows - Valparaiso, Indiana
Fountain Blue - Des Plaines, Illinois
Fox Valley Kickers Club - Oswego, Illinois
Garden Chalet - Chicago Ridge, Illinois
Garden Terrace Banquets - Elk Grove Village, Illinois
Georgio's - Orland Park, Illinois
Giaccomos - Des Plaines, Illinois
Gianni V - Highwood, Illinois
Gladys Fox Museum - Lockport, Illinois
The Glen Club - Glenview, Illinois
Glendale Heights Golf Club - Glendale Heights, Illinois
Golf Club of Illinois - Algonquin, Illinois
Grace Baptist Church - Downers Grove, Illinois
Grazzi's - Des Plaines, Illinois
Grove Banquets - Buffalo Grove, Illinois
The Grove - Glenview, Illinois
Wedding Ceremony Beach Park, Illinois   Halls of St. George - Schererville, Indiana
The Harrison Manor House - Lake Bluff, Illinois
Hammerschmidt Chape - l Elmhurs, t Illinois
Hawk's View Golf Club - Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Hawthorne Community Center - Porte, r Indiana
The Hellenic Center - Merrillville, Indiana
The Herrington - Geneva, Illinois
Hidden Pond Bed and Breakfast - La Porte, Indiana
Highland Main Square - Highland, Indiana
The Hilton Lisle - Lisle, Illinois
The Hilton Oak Lawn - Oak Lawn, Illinois
Hinsdale Emmanual Hall - Hinsdale, Illinois
Holiday Banquets - Bridgeview, Illinois
Holiday Inn Willowbrook - Willowbrook, Illinois
Hope Lutheran Church - Portage, Indiana
Hotel Baker - St Charles, Illinois
Hotel Moraine - Highwood, Illinois
Hotel Sofitel Rosemont - Rosemont, Illinois
House Of Lynwood - Lynwood, Illinois
Howes Chapel - Evanston, Illinois
The Hyatt Lisle - Lisle, Illinois
Hyatt Lodge McDonalds Campus - Oakbrook, Illinois
Hyatt Regency O'Hare - Rosemont, Illinois
Idlewild Country Club - Flossmoor, Illinois
Illinios Beach Resort - Zion, Illinois
Independence Grove - Libertyville, Illinois
India House - Schaumburg, Illinois
Indian Hill Chapel - Ingleside, Illinois
Indian Lakes Resort - Bloomingdale, Illinois
Indian Oak Inn - Chesterton, Indiana
Inn At Aberdeen - Valparaiso, Indiana
Innsbrook C.C. - Merrillville, Indiana
Jamada - Bloomingdale, Illinois
The Jacob Henry Mansion - Joliet, Illinois
Jason's at Gray's Mill - Montgomery, Illinois
Jennifer's Garden - Morris, Illinois
Joliet Bicentenial Park - Joliet, Illinois
Joliet Renaissance Center - Joliet, Illinois
Jonathan's Restaurant - Highland, Indiana
Jumer's Castle Lodge - Peoria, Illinois
Karrington's C.C. - Naperville, Illinois
Katherine Legge - Hinsdale, Illinois
Kemill Beach - Beverly Shores, Indiana
Kemper Lakes Golf Course - Hawthorn Woods, Illinois
The Keywester - Naperville, Illinois
Kirchoff Park - Valparaiso, Indiana
Klein Creek Golf Club - Winfield, Illinois
La Mirage - Rolling Meadows, Illinois
Lake Ellyn - Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Lake Forest Academy - Lake Forest, Illinois
Lake Forest Place - Lake Forest, Illinois
Lake Front Park - Glencoe, Illinois
Lake George Band Shel - l Hobart, Indiana
Lake Hills Country Club - St. John, Indiana
Lake Katherine - Palos Heights, Illinois
Wedding Ceremony Zion, Illinois   Lakeshore Country Club - Glencoe, Illinois
Lakeside Rose Garden - Fort Wayne, Indiana
Lamb's Farm Country Inn - Libertyville, Illinois
Lansing Country Club - Lansing, Illinois
L'Ermitage - Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Lilacia Park - Lombard, Illinois
Maggiano's - Schaumburg, Illinois
Maggiano's - Skokie, Illinois
Maple Street Chapel - Lombard, Illinois
Marco's Banquets - Lynwood, Illinois
Marquette Park Pavilion - Gary, Indiana
The Marriott Lincolnshire - Lincolnshire, Illinois
Marriott Suites Downers Grove - Downers Grove, Illinois
Medinah Country Club - Bloomingdale, Illinois
Memorial Opera House - Valparaiso, Indiana
The Meridian - Rolling Meadow,s Illinois
Meson Sabika - Naperville, Illinois
Mia Cucina - Palatine, Illinois
Midlane Country Club - Wadsworth, Illinois
The Milk Pale - East Dundee, Illinois
Mirage - Schiller Park, Illinois
Mission Hills Country Club - Northbrook, Illinois
Montefiori - Lemont, Illinois
Naper Settlement - Naperville, Illinois
New Hope Church - Hobart, Indiana
The Northbrook Hilton - Northbrook, Illinois
Northwestern University - Evanston, Illinois
Oak Brook Hills Resort - Oak Brook, Illinois
Oak Meadows Golf Course - Addison, Illinois
Oakbrook Bath & Tennis Club - Oakbrook, Illinois
Oceanique - Evanston, Illinois
The Odyssey Country Club - Tinley Park, Illinois
Ogden Park Gazebo - Valparaiso, Indiana
The Old Central Church - Joliet, Illinois
The Old Crown Point Court House - Crown Point, Indiana
Old Orchard Country Club - Mount Prospect, Illinois
The Old Stone Church - Lemont, Illinois
Omni Orrington Hotel - Evanston, Illinois
Orland Park Civic Center - Orland Park, Illinois
Oscar Swan Inn - Geneva, Illinois
Palos Country Club - Orland Park, Illinois
The Patio - Merrillville, Indiana
Patrick C. Haley Mansion - Joliet, Illinois
Peobody Estate (Portiuncula Chapel) - Oakbrook, Illinois
Pescatore Palace - Franklin Park, Illinois
Pheasant Run - St. Charles, Illinois
Pin Hook United Methodist Church - Pin Hook, Indiana
Portage Assembly Of God - Portage, Indiana
Pottawatomie Country Club - Michigan City, Indiana
Pottawatomie Inn - Angola, Indiana
Prarie Lodge - Sun City, Illinois
Prarie Rive - r Lake Sturgis, Michigan
Public Landing - Lockport, Ilinois
Wedding Ceremony Lake In The Hills, Illinois   The Radisson - Lisle, Illinois
The Radisson - Alsip, Illinois
The Radisson - Arlington Heights, Illinois
The Radisson - Merrillville, Indiana
Ramada Plaza - Rosemont, Illinois
The Redfield Estate at The Grove - Glenview, Illinois
Renassiance Hotel - Oak Brook, Illinois
Republic Banquet Hall - Joliet, Illinois
The Rialto Square Theater - Joliet, Illinois
Ripples - Darien, Illinois
Riverside Receptions - Geneva, Illinois
Riviera Country Club - Orland Park, Illinois
Rosemont Embassy Suites - Rosemont, Illinois
Rosewood Banquet Hall - Rosemont, Illinois
Rosie O'Gradie's - Hobart, Indiana
Royalty West - Willow Springs, Illinois
Ruffled Feathers Golf Course - Lemont, Illinois
The Saber Room - Hickory Hills, Illinois
Salt Creek Golf Course - Wooddale, Illinois
Sandpiper Cove Clubhouse - South Bend, Indiana
Schaumburg Hyatt - Schaumburg, Illinois
Schaumburg Marriot - Schaumburg, Illinois
The Schram Navy Chapel - Glenview, Illinois
Seasons of Long Grove - Long Grove, Illinois
Sergeant Means Park - Olympia Fields, Illinois
Seven Bridges Golf Course - Woodridge, Illinois
The Seville - Streamwood, Illinois
Shakespeare Gardens (NU Campus) - Evanston, Illinois
Sheraton Gateway Suites -Rosemont, Illinois
Sheridan Four Points - Schiller Park, Illinois
Signature Events - Woodridge, Illinois
Silver Lake Country Club - Orland Park, Illinois
Southpointe Center - DeKalb, Illinois
St. George Hellenic Church Hall - Schererville, Indiana
Starved Rock - Utica, Illinois
Stonegate Banquet Center - Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Stony Run Park - Hebron, Indiana
Strongbow's - Valparaiso, Indiana
Summerwood - Merrillville, Indiana
Surma's - Homewood, Illinois
Tallree Aboretum - Valparaiso, Indiana
Three Falls Restaurant - Portage, Indiana
Timberlake Club - Peoria, Illinois
Tippecanoe Place - South Bend, Indiana
Tippicanoe State Park - Winnemac, Indiana
Tir Na Nog Mansion - Lake Villa, Illinois
Town Square - Palatine, Illinois
Turkey Creek Golf Course - Merrillville, Indiana
Turnberry Country Club - Crystal Lake, Illinois
Turner Park - Roselle, Illinois
Unity Temple - Oak Park, Illinois
Va Pensiero (Marguarita Inn) - Evanston, Illinois
Valley Lo - Glenview, Illinois
Valparaiso University Chapel - Valparaiso, Indiana
Venuti's - Addison, Illinois
Wedding Ceremony Des Plaines, Illinois   Verizon Amphitheater - Noblesville, Indiana
Victoria Banquets - Norridge, Illinois
Victoria's of Highwood - Highwood, Illinois
Villa Cesare - Schererville, Indiana
Villa Nova Restaurant - Villa Park, Illinois
Villa Olivia Country Club - Bartlett, Illinois
Visual Center For Performing Arts - Munster, Indiana
Walter Payton's Roundhouse - Aurora, Illinois
The Waterbird - Chesterton, Indiana
The Wellington of Arlington - Arlington Heights, Illinois
Werlein Gardens - Crown Point, Indiana
Wesglen Club House - Romeoville, Illinois
West Beach - Portage, Indiana
White Eagle Golf Club - Naperville, Illinois
White Hawk Country Club - Crown Point, Indiana
White Knights Banquets - Rosemont, Illinois
White Pines Golf Club - Bensenville, Illinois
White Pines State Park - Mount Morris, Illinois
Whittaker Woods - New Buffalo, Michigan
Wicker Park Social Center - Highland, Indiana
Wilder Park - Elmhurst, Illinois
William Tell Holiday Inn - Countryside, Illinois
Winberies - Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Winnetka Community House - Winnetka, Illinois
Women's Club of Evanston - Evanston, Illinois
Women's Library Club of Glencoe - Glencoe, Illinois
Woodland Park Gazebo - Portage, Indiana
Woodmar Country Club - Hammond, Indiana
Woodsmoke Ranch - Senica, Illinois
The Wyndham Drake - Oak Brook, Illinois
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