|Below are some questions asked of our resident Officiant, that we feel perhaps might help other engaged couples when choosing a wedding officiant...
1. How many weddings do you officiant in a year?
I started officiating weddings once again, after a 4 year break. So as of September 1, 2018 my schedule for the remainder of the year is open. Please BOOK NOW to check my
schedule and also to rsvp your wedding date.
2. Can couples help create the ceremony?
Yes, in fact it is highly encourage. Typically, when a couple gets married in the traditional church and steeple setting, they often times do not have any say or choices as far as
their ceremony is concerned. However, since Chicago JOP is not the typical "church", I offer couples with various elements that can be used to incorporate into their very
own customized wedding ceremony.
3. Do you have a back up just in case you are unable to attend and perform the ceremony?
If for whatever reason I'm unable to officiate a scheduled wedding, and there is time to book a new officiant, I will do so. If I am unable to secure another officiant in time to
marry the couple, they will receive a FULL REFUND including the RSVP FEE.
4. Do you book more than one wedding a day? If so, how many?
Yes, but the number of weddings I perform in a day, depends on the actual wedding "date" itself. For example, these popular dates: 1-11-11, 4-11-11, 7-11-11, 9-11-11, and 11-11-11,
I must have married up to 10 couples on each of these days, back to back, so not a typical number of how many couples I may marry in any given day. So, the number of
weddings I do in a day, is not only determined by the couples preference, but the popularity of the actual "date". We often get many RSVP's from couples for these dates,
who either wish to be wed here in RSVP with us as soon as possible, to hold their wedding date and time so they date and time so they don't get bumped by another couple.
5. What will you wear?
Depends on the wedding package chosen by the couple, and often varies from either business to casual attire. Please visit our Couples Pix to see a few pictures of me and
other couples I have married.
6. What is your total fee? Do you charge extra to travel or file the marriage license?
All of our pricing for wedding & event services are listed on the Prices page. There is no charge for filing the marriage license as once the wedding ceremony is performed,
I'm legally charged with filling out the marriage license (of which a copy is provided to the couple) then mailing it (the original) off to the clerk's office of the county in which
the license was issued, within 14 days after the marriage.
7. Do you guarantee that you will perform our ceremony?
At Chicago JOP, we use written contracts which are clear and easy to understand, which specifically states our services, and assures each couples that hires us, that we are not
only very serious about our business, but will abide by our written contract terms. Once we have a signed contract, we (and the couple) are legally bound to the terms set
therein. We do guarantee that I (or a back-up officiant, in case of an emergency), will marry each couple on their very special day, just the way they wanted it.
8. Do you have any restrictions on readings or music?
Nope, not at all. In fact, I encourage each couple to incorporate their specific needs, whether its religious or secular, into their ceremony. I also have, what I call, my Big Blue
Wedding Book, where I provide contracted couples with lots of "homework" or samples of all that make up a wedding ceremony, including various pieces of scripture
readings, prayers and music, and so much more!
9. Will you oversee our rehearsal and is there a fee?
If the couple desires a rehearsal, yes, I can certainly accommodate and fee is included in the Premier Wedding Ceremony.
10. Do you marry same sex couples?
Yes I do. I do not discriminate couples because they are the same sex. Please visit our Scrapbook page to view the many same sex couples I have married over the years.
11. Is a tip after the wedding ceremony expected?
I have accepted tips before, and although it is so not expected, I would be humbled to receive a tip as for me would mean that the couple was extremely happy with my