Wedding Planning


“We got everything we never knew we wanted. Our wedding was perfect. What bride could ask for anything more? The dress is important but what is the point of looking good when the ceremony is awful, impersonal or disorganized? Rev. Phil, Chicago’s best wedding officiant, is worth it over and over!”
— Jill & Steve, Millar Chapel @ Northwestern University, Evanston


“Having him as an officiant was like having a wedding planner. Being someone that is very type A, Rev. Phil put my mind at ease as he covered every possible detail about the ceremony. Rev. Phil worked so well with the live musicians during our ceremony. Our very experienced photographer was surprised and grateful Rev. Phil reached out to him before the wedding to give him pointers. He goes above and beyond to ensure your wedding ceremony is stress-free, flows well, and is memorable!”

— Maggie & Aldo, Belvedere Banquets, Elk Grove Village


How? Rev. Phil, the 1st Chicago wedding officiant in The Knot Hall of Fame, will provide a 2½ hour planning session, a complete script in advance and a 1 hour rehearsal on a separate day.


“If you want your wedding ceremony to be amazing and perfect, do this one thing: hire Rev. Phil, Chicago’s top wedding officiant, to officiate. Here’s why:


1. He is EXTREMELY organized. He will go over every last detail with you during your planning session, and sends a completed script before the wedding, so you know exactly what will be said ahead of time. (With the exception of your secret things you love about each other- It was so fun to hear those for the first time at the ceremony!).


2. He is funny, personable, and a great storyteller. He will tell your love story in a way that even you will be laughing. The guests at our ceremony were roaring with laughter, which eased my nerves as I was standing at the alter in front of over 100 people!


3. People will remember your ceremony. How many weddings have you been to where the reception is what guests remember, versus the actual ceremony (the reason everyone is there)? Rev. Phil officiated a friend’s wedding, and I was in awe at how great their ceremony was. It was hands down the best ceremony I had been to! As soon as I started planning my wedding, I knew we had to meet with him. We have received endless compliments on our ceremony and how great Rev. Phil was.


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 for this — 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!! You will not be disappointed if you hire Rev. Phil. It was by far, the BEST decision we made about our wedding day. Your guests will laugh, cry, and truly be part of the ceremony. The first thing I ask when someone I know gets engaged is “Do you have an officiant yet?” because I want everyone to have as amazing of a wedding as I did!”

  • Ashley & Matt, Kuiper’s Family Farm, Maple Park

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