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Guessing You’ve Only Been to Boring Wedding Ceremonies

If you think that is all there is, well, you shouldn’t budget much for it. Get the boring part done so you can have fun.

But the ceremony should be the highlight of the day! It is the point of the day, after all.

The ceremony should be fun, highly personalized, share why you two are such a great fit, have laughs and tears. Yes, the ceremony.

Did you see all the photos – laughter, tears! – and read the reviews above? There’s the proof.

A wedding that your guests talk about for weeks and months later, that takes a lot of time and expertise to prepare. It costs a lot – but is so worth it. Read the 5-star WeddingWire reviews below.

From a DIAMOND ceremony

Make Room in Your Budget and Be Prepared to Be Blown Away!
- Sean (who wrote review) & Karina, The Rookery, Chicago

Make Room in Your Budget and Be Prepared to Be Blown Away!

You, just like us, will have sticker shock when you meet with Rev. Phil and see the prices for his service. You, like us, will have budgeted a modest amount of money in your wedding budget for an officiant fee. Like us, you’ll hem and haw over whether it’s really worth the price. 

Now that the ceremony is a distant memory that we relive through photos and our wedding video the absolute best choice we made was to hire Rev. Phil as our officiant.I would have spent twice the amount for the service and experience Rev. Phil provided.   

He is thorough – thoroughly thorough – to ensure your wedding day is smooth, picture-perfect, and memorable given his extensive experience with weddings, what works and what doesn’t. He had our guests roaring in laughter and our guests still (two months later) comment on how awesome the ceremony was. The ceremony! Not the reception, not the food, not the beautiful venue on which we spent way too much money…just the ceremony.

And it’s because of Rev. Phil. You CANNOT, you WILL NOT, go wrong with Rev. Phil. If money is tight, cut something else out or pare some other element down to make room in your budget for Rev. Phil. Months and years later you’ll be so grateful you did.

Want to TEXT Sean, the groom? Find out where he would spend more money and where he would spend less on their wedding day. Ask for his number.

From a GOLD Ceremony

Truly Memorable Ceremony

Rev. Phil is an amazing officiant! From the very beginning of contacting him for information to having him perform our wedding ceremony, he was extremely responsive, kind, flexible, personable and professional. After our initial meet and greet Zoom call with him, we knew immediately that he would be amazing and the perfect fit for us. We felt comfortable with him right away and knew that he wouldn’t perform a stuffy wedding ceremony. We were initially a bit hesitant because he’s more than we planned to spend, but he is so worth it and we are very happy with our decision and you will be as well!”. 

We had some unforeseen circumstances develop 2 days before our wedding and Rev. Phil helped us navigate through them and was very flexible when we had to change multiple things about the wedding ceremony. He was there with us every step of the way and you can tell that he truly cares about each couple and loves his job!

Wedding Married | Ceremony religious | Master Storyteller |Plan Ceremony
- Nicole & Adam, couple’s condo, Chicago
Worth Every Penny! | Expensive Worth | I Do Weddings
- Eugene & Ana, Metropolitan Club, Chicago

The maid of honor at this wedding (the bride’s sister) had Rev. Phil officiate her wedding.

 We had a mini COVID wedding with a few people present and also people via Zoom. Everyone commented on what a lovely ceremony he conducted. Everyone on Zoom was able to hear him perfectly and had no issues. We even involved them in the ceremony as well. He gets you and your guests to laugh, cry and keep your attention. The best part about the wedding ceremony (everyone else agreed) was when he stated the things that we wrote that we love about each us. This was the first time either of us heard this and it truly was magical! 

You absolutely can not go wrong having Rev. Phil conduct your wedding ceremony. Whether big or small, it will be amazing and everyone will love and remember it!

When picking out officiants for our wedding, my wife and I must have talked to nearly a dozen over phone and email. Rev. Phil was the most down to earth who had great videos online of his work and he was one of the few that didn’t try to BS us about what we needed and prices.

From a SILVER ceremony

A memorable ceremony I will always cherish!

Rev. Phil made our wedding day perfect. We were supposed do a simple courthouse wedding but there were no dates available for this year. I am beyond glad that that happened and I got to have an amazing ceremony instead all because of Rev. Phil. The price was over our budget but I knew I wanted Rev. Phil from his website and reading the reviews. 

He has a great sense of humor and made us feel comfortable from the very beginning when we had our FaceTime (due to covid) meeting. He was flexible and accommodating to our needs and wishes. He was very thorough and organized. It helped take the stress off of planning. His way of performing the ceremony was unique, fun, and heartwarming. There was so much laughter and happy tears. I definitely recommend Rev. Phil. 10/10. He does wonderful work! He gave us the wedding we never knew we wanted. It was everything and more.

A memorable ceremony I will always cherish
- Tran & Julio, a backyard, Des Plaines


Meet Rev. Phil via Zoom and find out. He’ll craft a custom package just for you.

It was certainly worth the cost. Yes,
it was more than we had originally budgeted but so worth it.
 Plus, the ceremony is not the part to go cheap…after all, that is the most important part of your entire day. If you want a wedding ceremony that is special, engaging, and something people will remember 10+ years from now…share your love story!

— Elisabeth & Art, Naperville Country Club

We did not intend on spending this amount on an officiate. It sounded like way too much. However, after meeting with Rev. Phil, we decided that if were willing to spend so much money on flowers, the bar, and all those others things,
 why not spend a little more on the part that the day is all about — the actual ceremony! I’m so glad that we decided to go over budget “.
when it came to who married us and directed the whole ceremony. He set everything up, which was helpful because we had no idea how to do that. He did an amazing job and we highly recommend him for ANY wedding! Totally worth it!

— Amanda & Hollund, Bottom Lounge, Chicago

A note about cost — he does charge more than what is considered average for an officiant, however, it’s completely worth it. We had not originally budgeted.– but after meeting with Rev. Phil, we knew we had to make it happen. We decided to cut back on some things (we did not have wedding favors, programs, or welcome baskets) because we felt it was more important to have a meaningful ceremony than all the “frills”. So glad we did!!

— Ashley & Matt, Kuiper’s Farm, Maple Park

Cost was initially a concern. I understand that Rev Phil is pricier than wedding books recommend budgeting for. My husband and I agreed that it was worth investing in someone else to do our worrying and planning for us. The dress is important, but what is the point of looking good when the ceremony is awful, impersonal or disorganized? Worth it over and over!

— Jill & Steve, Millar Chapel @ Northwestern University, Evanston

Although his pricing may be more than others, the memories he created with his expertise as an officiant are worth every penny.

— Maureen & Frank, a backyard, Bartlett

I will give you a heads up, Rev. Phil is pricer than everyone else. But you WILL get your monies worth out of him.. He spends several hours with the couple to ensure he has everything right to ensure your wedding is the best.

— Vickie, MOTHER of the bride, DiNolfo’s, Homer Glen

Rev. Phil will email you soon to set up a complimentary consultation.

If Rev. Phil is not available, someone on his team is!

Rev. Phil will get the beginning of your love story – and share it back to you – when you ‘meet’! No other officiant will do this. Have you seen videos yet? You’ll laugh. 

Rev. Phil will take time to get to know you!

Try to find a bad review. Really. There are 480+ reviews at WeddingWire.

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