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All Ceremonies Beautifully Done

Chicago , IL

LOCATION

Chicago, IL US 60606 (map)

PHONE

847-491-0603

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ABOUT US

You want something different, a ceremony that reflects your relationship and delights your guests. That’s exactly what I love to be part of, and we will create it together. Every wedding... Read more
You want something different, a ceremony that reflects your relationship and delights your guests. That’s exactly what I love to be part of, and we will create it together. Every wedding is different from the rest -- because you are.

In addition to interfaith and non-religious scripts, I've been assisting gay couples with beautiful ceremonies for over 14 years throughout the Chicagoland area. In fact, I've often been a pioneer -- the first officiant to be part of a same-sex wedding at many venues! I look forward to assisting you soon. Thanks, Rev. Marian Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Buddhist, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Anglican, Christian - Baptist, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Presbyterian, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Muslim, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
Yes
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes, not a problem.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
I wear robes (white or black), or just a nice suit for a less formal ceremony.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Yes, completely flexible.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
I encourage every couple to write their own vows and do anything else that will make their ceremony a true reflection of their relationship.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
I can supply many suggested readings, but they are just a starting place. Each couple can find and use their own as well.
How long are your ceremonies?
Generally 20 to 30 minutes.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No, I do not require this, can assist if a couple is seeking counseling.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Yes.
Do you supply a sound system?
I can supply a completely portable sound system, great for outdoor weddings because it doesn't need to be plugged in.

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We are so happy we selected Rev. Marian to perform our ceremony. She was professional and very easy to work with and helped us design the perfect ceremony which incorporated all the personalized elements we wanted. We would highly recommend her services to anyone thinking of having a ceremony. She helped us create the perfect wedding day we had envisioned. Thanks again Rev. Marian!
Services Used: Officiant
All Ceremonies Beautifully Done responded with the following comments:

Thanks so much for your kind words, it was a deep pleasure to be part of your very special wedding! Blessings to you, and thanks again.
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Abby
Wedding:
8/25/2012
5.0/5.0
Rev. Marian did a WONDERFUL job with our wedding! We had so many people throughout the night compliment our ceremony and how special it was. She was a pleasure to work with, very easy to communicate with, and professional. She has wonderful suggestions and let us create our own ceremony together which made it so special for us. Thank you Rev. Marian!!
Services Used: Officiant
All Ceremonies Beautifully Done responded with the following comments:

Delightful feedback, Abby -- thank you so much!
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Allie
Wedding:
6/16/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I got married in Chicago but we live in Boston so we relied on the web quite a bit when deciding what vendors we would work with for our wedding. We found Reverend Marian via Google and her website and before even speaking with her, I had a feeling she'd be the perfect person to marry us based on her website and online blog. We scheduled a phone call with her and she was so warm and friendly that we knew we wanted to work with her. She spent time answering all of our questions and concerns about our interfaith Jewish/Christian ceremony and helped us customize the ceremony so it included all of the traditions we wanted. Since we live in Boston, whenever we were in Chicago we had to schedule several meetings with all of our vendors. Reverend Marian was very flexible and met with us at a Starbucks to go over our ceremony and so we could meet in person at least once before the actual wedding.

In the year leading up to the wedding, Reverend Marian was always available to answer any questions we had. She'd often respond to my emails within an hour or two.

On the actual wedding day Reverend Marian arrived early and went over the ceremony with us once more. She signed our interfaith ketubah prior to the wedding as well, which is very special to us. The ceremony went off without a hitch. Several guests commented on what a nice wedding it was and how personal it was for us. Everyone also really liked how Reverend Marian held up the microphone when we were saying our vows so they could hear what we were saying.

If you're looking for a friendly, warm, professional and open-minded wedding officiant we would definitely recommend Reverend Marian. She was great!
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All Ceremonies Beautifully Done responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for taking the time to send this review, Allie. You two were a joy to work with, and I'm delighted that your wedding was what you were hoping for! I wish you a long, blessed life together.
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Kristina
Wedding:
9/11/2011
5.0/5.0
I was amazed at how beautiful Rev. Marian Hale made our Ceremony. She took the time to look up something different for us besides a Unity Candle (we got married outside and the candle would have kept blowing out) and found a Unity Tree that help use involve our Mothers as well. We met up at Starbucks twice so it was really relaxing. The first time we met, my now husband did not come with and she did not want me to sign anything till I talked everything over with him. The ceremony was made just for us; she gave us some templates as a guide to look at but then worked with us to make it just the way we wanted. With her help this was the easiest part of our wedding planning. Rev. Marian Hale even jumped in and helped out when the sound system our DJ provided went out and took charge to get it all fixed for us. My family is still talking about how wonderful Rev. Marian Hale was and I have a family member and friend that both want to book a wedding with her. Thank You so much for making the most important part of my wedding day unbelievably amazing.
Services Used: Officiant
All Ceremonies Beautifully Done responded with the following comments:

Wow, thank you so much, Kristina. I remember your wedding very well, and am glad it worked out so beautifully! Your feedback is really gratifying, thanks again!
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Leslie
Wedding:
1/8/2011
5.0/5.0
We felt immediately comfortable with Rev. Marian. We felt blessed to find such a beautiful person, someone so warm and accepting, to marry us. She is helpful, responsive and supportive start to finish and did an
amazing job on our ceremony! Our only regret is that we didn't get an 'official' photo with Marian, so don't forget that in the rush and excitement of your day :)
Services Used: Officiant
All Ceremonies Beautifully Done responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much, Leslie -- so sorry we forgot to do that. I hope the photos taken during the actual ceremony were wonderful -- it was a joy to be part of your lovely wedding day!
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TinaMarieD
Wedding:
10/9/2010
5.0/5.0
From the first time we met Marian, we felt like we connected with her. She's incredibly easy to talk to, and very willing to make your ceremony whatever you would like it to be. We met with her several times to work out the details, and when our wedding day came, we could not have been more pleased. The ceremony was beautiful--we had friends and family members offering compliments on it all night, and we really felt it reflected us and our relationship. From beginning to end, working with Marian was a complete pleasure--we ended up with a wedding that was perfectly tailored to us. I would highly recommend working with Marian!
Services Used: Officiant
All Ceremonies Beautifully Done responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Tina -- it was truly a privilege to be part of your very special day, and what a beautiful day it was! I wish you a long, blessed life together!
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Kevin Pomasl
Wedding:
9/4/2010
5.0/5.0
Rev. Marian Hale was to put simply, awesome to work with. She was extremely easy to work with and very flexible to out schedule. She helped layout a wonderful plan for our ceremony and added several personal touches. She did a wonderful job performing the ceremony and made our wedding very special and unique to us. I cannot give Marian enough praise or say Thank You enough for a job very, very well done!!!
Services Used: Officiant
All Ceremonies Beautifully Done responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for this, Jamie and Kevin. It was a privilege for me to be part of your ceremony -- I deeply respect the thought and wisdom you both bring to your relationship, and wish for you a long, blessed life together. Thanks again, Marian
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Jamie K
Wedding:
7/24/2010
5.0/5.0
From beginning to end, we had the most beautiful wedding and our favorite part of it was the ceremony! Everything about it was classy, warm, thoughtful, genuine and just full of love. We got so many comments on how wonderful Reverend Marian was - the ceremony was smooth and simple, yet very powerful at the same time. She's also a delight to work with. My husband used to work with her, so knew and greatly respected her, so I knew she would be great when he recommended we work with her. But she exceeded my expectations. She's professional, responsive and just a great joy to work with. Don't even consider other officiants...hire Reverend Marian! You won't be disappointed!
Services Used: Officiant
All Ceremonies Beautifully Done responded with the following comments:

Jamie, thank you so much for this thoughtful response. It was a delight to be part of your special day, and the location was perfect. Whatever connection you have with the weather-men (gods?) are worth keeping as well, since the sun started shining as soon as you got to the top of the steps! Thanks again, I wish you two a long, blessed life together.
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Sarah
Wedding:
5/22/2010
5.0/5.0
Marian is such a nice person and I was so happy to have her with us on our wedding day. We were really impressed by how open-minded and flexible she was in our planning. We didn't want to do anything too crazy, but we know that Marian would have supported us in whatever we wanted to do. She has a great smile and her happiness is infectuous. I would highly recommend Marian as an officiant!
Services Used: Officiant
All Ceremonies Beautifully Done responded with the following comments:

Thank you for taking the time to submit this review. It was a joy to be part of your wedding, and I wish you a long, blessed life together.
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bdj
Wedding:
3/13/2010
5.0/5.0
We want to thank you again for participating in our wedding on March 13th. Everything we read on your website and anticipated based on our interactions with you before the wedding came true. It was an amazingly wonderful, sweet, romantic and fun ceremony that our friends are still talking about. We couldn't have asked for anything better; we enjoyed every minute of our wedding. We appreciate everything you did to add your special touches to our day too.
Services Used: Officiant
All Ceremonies Beautifully Done responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for taking the time to share this wonderful feedback. It was a joy to be part of your very special day, to get to open the door for this new married phase of your very deep and loving relationship. Blessings to you now and always!
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barinori
Wedding:
2/13/2010
5.0/5.0
I would always recommend Rev. Marian Hale to any future brides. Rev. Marian Hale suggested a great and unique location for our wedding ceremony. She was very professional and thoughtful went beyond our expectations of what a wedding ceremony should look like. Thank you Marian!
Services Used: Officiant
All Ceremonies Beautifully Done responded with the following comments:

Hi there, Jill and Tomas -- thank you so much for this review. It was a joy to be part of your very special day, and a treat to meet your family and friends! I wish you a long, blessed life together.
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T
Wedding:
10/26/2007
5.0/5.0
Rev. Marian did a WONDERFUL job for our contemporary ceremony. We received numerous compliments from our guests.
Services Used: Officiant
All Ceremonies Beautifully Done responded with the following comments:

Thanks so much for your review -- it means a lot to read your thoughts on the ceremony. And I really appreciate your willingness to recommend my services to others. Blessings, Marian
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Nootan
Wedding:
10/6/2007
5.0/5.0
Marian listened to us and undrestood right away what were were trying to acheive in our ceremony. She was very easy and fun to talk to, which was so refreshing, particularly during the high stress of planning the wedding.
Services Used: Officiant
All Ceremonies Beautifully Done responded with the following comments:

Thanks so much for your review -- that was a very special evening at Garfield Park. And it was a joy to meet your friends and family! Blessings, Marian
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Stephanie
Wedding:
8/11/2007
5.0/5.0
Rev. Marian was a wonderful officiant and greatly contributed to making our wedding day so special. We found her to be organized, professional and flexible as well as warm and fun. Her choice of traditional vs contemporary templates were extremely helpful and together we created a personalized and meaningful ceremony. To this day we still receive compliments from our guests on our tasteful & warm ceremony.
Services Used: Officiant
All Ceremonies Beautifully Done responded with the following comments:

Thanks so much for your review -- it was a memorable evening for me. Since I'm originally Canadian, it was a joy to spend time with some delightful folks from Canada, and a joy to be part of your wedding. Blessings, Marian
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Priscilla
Wedding:
5/19/2007
5.0/5.0
Marian was an absolute delight from the first moment we met her at a coffee shop. I automatically felt comfortable with her and felt a genuine sense of warmth and caring attitude in her presence. She was completely professional, while also being completely down to earth. I felt like I could talk to her about the emotional aspects of the wedding from the start. She was very helpful in providing us with a few different ways to create the perfect ceremony for Brian and I. We had a lot of flexibility in adding in pieces of the ceremony that best fit us, including a sand ceremony. She handled the extra parts of the ceremony flawlessly. My guests even commented on how touched they were by her in the ceremony. You can definitely tell that Marian believes in the words she speaks at a ceremony. I highly recommend her services to anyone that is looking for an angelic person to deliver a cherished ceremony.
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All Ceremonies Beautifully Done responded with the following comments:

Thanks so much, Priscilla and Brian. You two were a joy to work with, and I deeply appreciate your willingness to recommend my services to others. Blessings, Marian
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Hollly
Wedding:
5/28/2006
5.0/5.0
Rev Marian is very professional, responsible, and thorough. She did our wedding beautifully. We're so satisfied with her service.
Services Used: Officiant
All Ceremonies Beautifully Done responded with the following comments:

Thanks so much for your review, Holly -- I love the chance to read these thoughts on your ceremony. I also really appreciate your willingness to recommend my services to others. Blessings, Marian
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cssb2010
Wedding:
9/5/2010
4.9/5.0
Eventhough we did not meet Rev Marian until the day of the wedding, she was always quick to respond or send feedback to me via email. She let me "design" my ceremony program and gave me helpful suggestions. She's such a pleasant person. I would highly recommend her. Alittle on the higher end, but she is worth every penny.
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Kristine
Wedding:
9/27/2008
4.9/5.0
My husband and I both really liked Marian when we “met” her by phone. She sent us some sample ceremonies and they were just what we were looking for. We combined what we thought were the best parts of her “traditional” ceremony with the best parts of her “contemporary” ceremony to create the ceremony she performed for us. She was very warm and did a good job with the ceremony.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.8/5.0
Marian officiated our wedding this month and did a wonderful job. She was very accommodating with our many changes we wanted to make to the script, and responded very quickly to emails. She's done this many times and put me at ease with all the logistics I was unsure about. She was also very willing to work with my schedule for meetings, which was tricky because we were planning an out of state wedding. I did think the price seemed a bit higher than average, but she really did a great job and it is probably worth it.
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Muteki
Wedding:
6/6/2008
4.7/5.0
She was very fun to work with. She was also really helpful - she helped us translating our Japanese poem in English. It was so beautiful!
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PJK25
Wedding:
5/25/2007
4.7/5.0
Marian worked with us on relatively short notice. She was very flexible and responsive to our special requests. She offered two different ceremony formats (traditional and contemporary). We wanted her to do some readings that were meaningful to us, which she flawlessly incorporated into our ceremony. Again, she was very willing to work with our schedule and was prompt calling and emailing us back (it only took hours). She met us at our location and asked whether we would like her to wear her robe (We did. I believe she had also asked us previously if there was something specific we'd like her to wear.). She was kind and peaceful, and seemed genuine. Our ceremony was just as we had hoped, and she even sang a little alleluia for us. She presented us with a binder with our names, and the print-out of the ceremony text. I almost forgot to say, she doubled as a wonderful and gracious photographer! Some may scoff, but we turned the binder into our wedding album! She sent the copy of the marriage license right away, along with a personal note.

I called several different officiants when planning our wedding, but Marian stood out. I am definitely pleased with our choice.

Note: I cannot remember how much we paid, but I believe it was between $200 and $300.
Services Used: Wedding Venue
All Ceremonies Beautifully Done responded with the following comments:

Many thanks for your review, Jennifer and Jeremy. I'm puzzled -- your comments are very positive, yet you marked me down significantly for "quality of service". In order that I can improve the services I offer, can you please tell me why? Thanks again, Marian
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chitownbride
Wedding:
8/4/2007
4.6/5.0
We found Reverend Marian online as she was noted on several wedding websites that we used. She was very easy to work with and responded to all of our requests quickly. She provided us with several ceremony scripts that suited our needs and also let us customize the ceremony. Her price was fair, she arrived on time, and was genuinely interested in us as a couple. Reverend Marian provided us a beautiful ceremony.
Services Used: Officiant

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