Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! Pre-marital counseling is NOT required for Rev. Phil to marry you.
If you want to get the best set of books – Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts bundle – Rev. Phil will give it to you FREE if reimburse him for shipping. (He had a bunch left over from pre-covid, when he used to meet couples in person.) Offer applies until he runs out of books.
Yes! Rev. Phil has ideas on how to include them in your wedding – in addition to them being a ring bearer or a flower girl.
Do you have a place we can get married at?
No. Rev. Phil travels to you – your venue, a park, your home.
Here is a list of chapels open to everyone. There are photos and links. It’s the only list of its kind.
Generally, within the greater Chicago area – including Rockford. From time to time, we will venture in southern Wisconsin or NW Indiana.
Feel free to fill out the form, at bottom, and inquire.
As soon as you book your venue. That’s the necessary first step.
The ceremony is the most important part of the day. It is the point of the day, after all. We can only do one wedding at a time. So, get Rev. Phil and his team before they book up.
Short-notice small wedding? That’s OK – fill out the form, below. See if they are still available.
95% of couples choose to have Rev. Phil wear his clerical collar. 98% of couples he marries are not very religious. If they were, they would get married in a church or other house of worship. But it shows family, “See, we got a real minister.” It pleases parents and grandparents.
He also can wear a suit and tie. Your choice.
No, you are under no obligation to do so. Most couples don’t.
If invited and it’s not too busy of a weekend, Rev. Phil may go. He enjoys getting to know your family and friends.
IF you invite Rev. Phil to your reception, please do NOT seat him at the vendors’ table. They’re nice people – but still working. Rev. Phil is not. So, he spends most of the evening alone. Some vendor dinners are served in a different room – so he would not hear any toasts or see any first dances. Seat him with family (he loves to hear background stories) or friends.
But if you are really happy with the service and if you are tipping the DJ, the photographer, etc. then it’s appropriate to tip the officiant.
Best to do it before the ceremony for they often have to leave soon after the ceremony.
Rev. Phil prefers Zelle (QuickPay) and checks – free to him and you. He accepts credit cards and PayPal. He pays the 3% fee.
Rev. Phil offers payment plans if your wedding is months away.
All payments must be made in advance – usually 30 days in advance.
Yes! In fact, you should insist on it before meeting any officiant.
Check out the many videos of me sharing love stories and on TV – including Netflix’s Love is Blind.
“Epic Wedding Ceremony!
It is no secret your guests are looking forward to the reception but it is so important to invest in the ceremony. I mean, this IS the Wedding! The reception is the after party. This is the moment you will remember for the rest of your lives.
I have never gotten so many compliments in my life and it was about the ceremony! There was not a dry eye in the crowd and everyone was laughing at one point of another.
Yes, Rev. Phil is more expensive but so worth it and he is willing to work out a payment plan with you which makes it very do-able even on a limited budget like mine. Believe me, this is definitely an investment you are going to want to make, and yes, it is more than the average, but it is so worth it!!!”
Melissa & Mike, Orchard Ridge Farm, Rockton from a 5-star WeddingWire review
Rev. Phil Landers, M.Div:
‘Meet’ Rev. Phil for a FREE unhurried consultation. He will take time to get to know you.
He will get and share the beginning of your love story! No other officiant does that.
Rev. Phil offers BNPL. 0% financing for 3, 6 or 12 months – regardless of your wedding date!
You will get an email with dates to ‘meet’. If he is not available, he will refer you someone on his team who is.