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All Ceremonies Beautifully Done

Chicago , IL
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You want something different, a ceremony that reflects your relationship and delights your guests. That’s exactly what we will create together.

In addition to interfaith and... Read more
You want something different, a ceremony that reflects your relationship and delights your guests. That’s exactly what we will create together.

In addition to interfaith and non-religious scripts, I've been doing beautiful same-sex ceremonies for close to 20 years -- in fact, I'm often the first officiant to conduct a same-sex wedding at many venues!

I look forward to assisting you with your very special wedding. Read less
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What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Ceremony Rehearsal, Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion, Vow Renewal
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows, Licensed
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Anglican, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, No Denomination, Presbyterian, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
Less than 30 Mins.
In which states are you licensed?
IL, IN, MI, NY

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Matthew
Wedding:
4/16/2016
5.0/5.0
For our wedding, my wife and I were looking for an officiant who was personable, warm, and open to a non-traditional ceremony. We found these qualities, and many more, in Marian. We chose Marian as our officiant because she took the time to get to know us and we enjoyed learning about her. She was readily available to meet us as many times as we needed. Marian provided us with helpful script options for our ceremony and happily incorporated elements we wanted into the service. Marian was friendly, respectful, and professional during the entire process. Her services are a great value compared to other officiants we researched. Most importantly, on our wedding day, Marian delivered a wonderful ceremony that my wife and I will not forget. We cannot recommend Marian enough!
For our wedding, my wife and I were looking for an officiant who was personable, warm, and open to a non-traditional Read more...
For our wedding, my wife and I were looking for an officiant who was personable, warm, and open to a non-traditional ceremony. We found these qualities, and many more, in Marian. We chose Marian as our officiant because she took the time to get to know us and we enjoyed learning about her. She was readily available to meet us as many times as we needed. Marian provided us with helpful script options for our ceremony and happily incorporated elements we wanted into the service. Marian was friendly, respectful, and professional during the entire process. Her services are a great value compared to other officiants we researched. Most importantly, on our wedding day, Marian delivered a wonderful ceremony that my wife and I will not forget. We cannot recommend Marian enough! Read less
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All Ceremonies Beautifully Done responded with the following comments:

Wow, thank you SO much for taking the time to review my services. It was a privilege and a joy to be part of your very special day! Thanks again, many blessings to you.
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Joel
Wedding:
10/3/2015
5.0/5.0
Our wedding ceremony was absolutely wonderful, and Marian's presence played a critical role in its success.

From the start, she was kind, forthright, and descriptive about how everything would work—we met a few months beforehand, getting to know each other a bit in addition to talking logistics—and she seemed legitimately interested who we are as people. Marian continued to return our emails promptly throughout the next several weeks, and gave us all of the information we needed when asked.

During the ceremony, Marian demonstrates a perfect balance of earnestness and levity. Our ceremony was at turns funny, sweet, solemn, wistful, and Marian's deftness with telling the story of how people come together is what made that possible. Later in the evening, several of our friends and family commented that our ceremony was one of the best they'd ever witnessed, and a few assumed that she was a close friend of ours.

I cannot recommend Marian enough—you won't be disappointed (and also, congratulations!)
Our wedding ceremony was absolutely wonderful, and Marian's presence played a critical role in its success.

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Our wedding ceremony was absolutely wonderful, and Marian's presence played a critical role in its success.

From the start, she was kind, forthright, and descriptive about how everything would work—we met a few months beforehand, getting to know each other a bit in addition to talking logistics—and she seemed legitimately interested who we are as people. Marian continued to return our emails promptly throughout the next several weeks, and gave us all of the information we needed when asked.

During the ceremony, Marian demonstrates a perfect balance of earnestness and levity. Our ceremony was at turns funny, sweet, solemn, wistful, and Marian's deftness with telling the story of how people come together is what made that possible. Later in the evening, several of our friends and family commented that our ceremony was one of the best they'd ever witnessed, and a few assumed that she was a close friend of ours.

I cannot recommend Marian enough—you won't be disappointed (and also, congratulations!) Read less
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All Ceremonies Beautifully Done responded with the following comments:

SO beautifully said, Joel -- it was a privilege to assist you with your wedding. Thanks so much for taking the time to review my services. Many blessings to you both!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Marian is awesome! She performed a beautiful ceremony for our elopement on the edge of Lake Michigan and it was exactly what we were hoping for! I would definitely recommend her services!
Marian is awesome! She performed a beautiful ceremony for our elopement on the edge of Lake Michigan and it was exactly Read more...
Marian is awesome! She performed a beautiful ceremony for our elopement on the edge of Lake Michigan and it was exactly what we were hoping for! I would definitely recommend her services! Read less
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All Ceremonies Beautifully Done responded with the following comments:

Wonderful to read your feedback here -- thank you so much! It was a joy to meet you and be part of your beautiful wedding! Many blessings to you.
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Margaret
Wedding:
8/23/2015
5.0/5.0
The first thing we did upon getting engaged was to find the "right" person to officiate at our wedding. There are lots of aspects to creating the wedding of your dreams that need a couple's attention, but for my husband and me, getting the ceremony just right was critical. We did our research and read a lot of reviews and "marketing copy" for quite a few officiants. But Rev. Marian Hale's comments stood out to us as more genuinely welcoming, more contemplative, more joyful and spiritual. So we asked to meet her in person. Prior to meeting, she sent us examples of both traditional and more modern ceremony structures, as well as a variety of readings that might be incorporated based on our tastes and background. She made it clear that these were guidelines that could be enhanced and changed to create just the right combination for us. When we met with Rev. Marian many months before our wedding date, we talked for a long time, telling stories back and forth, getting to know more about how we interact, and discovering that there was a "chemistry" between us. In hindsight, I know that this "chemistry" was really important to have, because over time, in working with Marian to hone and finalize our ceremony, choose our readings and select what to include and what to leave out, we always felt that same sense of connection that we had established in the first meeting. It was like working on an important project with a good friend. We always had the feeling that she understood what we were trying to convey, and on the big day, we had a wedding ceremony that was exactly what we hoped for...thoughtful, meaningful, emotional, intentional, and yet peppered with humor and some very quick and insightful commentary based on unforeseen "happenings" that one can never plan for. She's very good at that! We are grateful to have found her, and we thank her, again, for making the first and most important part of our wedding day so perfect.
The first thing we did upon getting engaged was to find the "right" person to officiate at our wedding. There are lots of Read more...
The first thing we did upon getting engaged was to find the "right" person to officiate at our wedding. There are lots of aspects to creating the wedding of your dreams that need a couple's attention, but for my husband and me, getting the ceremony just right was critical. We did our research and read a lot of reviews and "marketing copy" for quite a few officiants. But Rev. Marian Hale's comments stood out to us as more genuinely welcoming, more contemplative, more joyful and spiritual. So we asked to meet her in person. Prior to meeting, she sent us examples of both traditional and more modern ceremony structures, as well as a variety of readings that might be incorporated based on our tastes and background. She made it clear that these were guidelines that could be enhanced and changed to create just the right combination for us. When we met with Rev. Marian many months before our wedding date, we talked for a long time, telling stories back and forth, getting to know more about how we interact, and discovering that there was a "chemistry" between us. In hindsight, I know that this "chemistry" was really important to have, because over time, in working with Marian to hone and finalize our ceremony, choose our readings and select what to include and what to leave out, we always felt that same sense of connection that we had established in the first meeting. It was like working on an important project with a good friend. We always had the feeling that she understood what we were trying to convey, and on the big day, we had a wedding ceremony that was exactly what we hoped for...thoughtful, meaningful, emotional, intentional, and yet peppered with humor and some very quick and insightful commentary based on unforeseen "happenings" that one can never plan for. She's very good at that! We are grateful to have found her, and we thank her, again, for making the first and most important part of our wedding day so perfect. Read less
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All Ceremonies Beautifully Done responded with the following comments:

How exquisitely thoughtful of you two! Thank you so much -- it was a privilege to be part of your very special day, and I was delighted too. Blessings to you!
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Susanne
Wedding:
8/1/2015
5.0/5.0
Rev. Marian has such a wonderful gift! We continue to hear compliments about our ceremony and she was a big part in making it a rousing success! Our service was deeply touching & personalized. Her help, guidance &
concern were evident throughout our 18 month engagement. Thank you!
Rev. Marian has such a wonderful gift! We continue to hear compliments about our ceremony and she was a big part in making Read more...
Rev. Marian has such a wonderful gift! We continue to hear compliments about our ceremony and she was a big part in making it a rousing success! Our service was deeply touching & personalized. Her help, guidance &
concern were evident throughout our 18 month engagement. Thank you! Read less
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All Ceremonies Beautifully Done responded with the following comments:

So many blessings to you both, it was a joy to be with you on your big day! Thank you!
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Private User
Wedding:
5/2/2015
5.0/5.0
Rev. Marian Hale was wonderful to work with. We met her initially at a Starbucks to see if her personality would fit what we wanted in an officiant. We liked her immediately. She was easy going, funny and you could tell she loves what she does. We immediately decided in that meeting that we wanted her to officiate our wedding. This was my 2nd marriage and my fiancé's 1st. We're a middle aged couple and we did not have bridesmaids or groomsmen. She gave us some choices as to what kind of service we wanted. We personalized it a bit and she gave recommendations as to where to have our readings done within the ceremony program. We met her one more time in person and emailed any additional details we wanted. She was very responsive. She arrived on time and made us feel comfortable before and during the ceremony. Our family loved how personal it was and thought she was wonderful. We're very grateful to have found her to do our wedding. The ceremony was everything we wanted it to be: personal, fun and beautiful. Thank you Rev. Marian!
Rev. Marian Hale was wonderful to work with. We met her initially at a Starbucks to see if her personality would fit what Read more...
Rev. Marian Hale was wonderful to work with. We met her initially at a Starbucks to see if her personality would fit what we wanted in an officiant. We liked her immediately. She was easy going, funny and you could tell she loves what she does. We immediately decided in that meeting that we wanted her to officiate our wedding. This was my 2nd marriage and my fiancé's 1st. We're a middle aged couple and we did not have bridesmaids or groomsmen. She gave us some choices as to what kind of service we wanted. We personalized it a bit and she gave recommendations as to where to have our readings done within the ceremony program. We met her one more time in person and emailed any additional details we wanted. She was very responsive. She arrived on time and made us feel comfortable before and during the ceremony. Our family loved how personal it was and thought she was wonderful. We're very grateful to have found her to do our wedding. The ceremony was everything we wanted it to be: personal, fun and beautiful. Thank you Rev. Marian! Read less
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All Ceremonies Beautifully Done responded with the following comments:

What a delight to get your feedback here -- it was an honor and a privilege to be part of your very special wedding day! Many blessings to both of you!
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Cameron
Wedding:
12/28/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband Ivan and I came across Rev. Marian's website shortly after we got engaged during the summer of 2013. From our first interaction with Rev. Marian we knew that she was exactly who needed to officiate our most important day. Ours was a long engagement (more than a year and half) and we spent countless hours planning our ceremony and celebration. Through it all, Marian was always quick to respond to our questions and thoughts, which was so helpful since we planned our Chicago wedding mostly from our home in San Francisco.

Our ceremony was above and beyond what we could have ever imagined. Marian made it personal and special and many of our guests commented on how much they enjoyed Marian's words. We can't begin to thank her enough. And, we recommend her to all.
My husband Ivan and I came across Rev. Marian's website shortly after we got engaged during the summer of 2013. From our Read more...
My husband Ivan and I came across Rev. Marian's website shortly after we got engaged during the summer of 2013. From our first interaction with Rev. Marian we knew that she was exactly who needed to officiate our most important day. Ours was a long engagement (more than a year and half) and we spent countless hours planning our ceremony and celebration. Through it all, Marian was always quick to respond to our questions and thoughts, which was so helpful since we planned our Chicago wedding mostly from our home in San Francisco.

Our ceremony was above and beyond what we could have ever imagined. Marian made it personal and special and many of our guests commented on how much they enjoyed Marian's words. We can't begin to thank her enough. And, we recommend her to all. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
All Ceremonies Beautifully Done responded with the following comments:

I'm sending so many blessings to both of you, as well as all of your wonderful friends and family who traveled so far to witness your very special day! Thank you for allowing me to assist you -- it was a sweet and joyful experience!
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Jacque
Wedding:
10/10/2014
5.0/5.0
We hired Rev Marian for our October 10th wedding, and we couldn't have been happier. We had a family friend set to marry us, but about 2 months prior to the wedding, he decided that he was uncomfortable doing a secular ceremony. In a panic, I went online to try to find another officiant. When I came across Rev Marian's website, I knew she was the one for us! She is truly a genuine, beautiful soul. From our initial meeting with Rev Marian, I knew we were in excellent hands. She incorporated so many unique pieces into our ceremony, and we have received (and are still receiving) so many compliments. Obviously, having an officiant that you are comfortable with and trust is essential, and Marian is just that. I know that our initial officiant mishap was a blessing in disguise...we were meant to meet Marian and have her marry us!
We hired Rev Marian for our October 10th wedding, and we couldn't have been happier. We had a family friend set to marry Read more...
We hired Rev Marian for our October 10th wedding, and we couldn't have been happier. We had a family friend set to marry us, but about 2 months prior to the wedding, he decided that he was uncomfortable doing a secular ceremony. In a panic, I went online to try to find another officiant. When I came across Rev Marian's website, I knew she was the one for us! She is truly a genuine, beautiful soul. From our initial meeting with Rev Marian, I knew we were in excellent hands. She incorporated so many unique pieces into our ceremony, and we have received (and are still receiving) so many compliments. Obviously, having an officiant that you are comfortable with and trust is essential, and Marian is just that. I know that our initial officiant mishap was a blessing in disguise...we were meant to meet Marian and have her marry us! Read less
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All Ceremonies Beautifully Done responded with the following comments:

Thank you SO much for your wonderful feedback, Jacque. It was a joy to be part of your very special wedding at The Onion Pub! Many blessings to you and Mike!
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David
Wedding:
8/30/2014
5.0/5.0
From the first moment we spoke, by phone, with Rev. Marian we knew we found the perfect officiate for our wedding. Talking with Rev. Marian is like having a conversation with an old friend. Rev Marian is easy to communicate with and helped us construct the most beautiful ceremony ....which was a true reflection on who we were as a couple. Our friends in attendance were equally as moved by the ceremony. We could not have asked for anything more. The happiness, joy, laughter and love that filled the room made the day so very special. We were honored to have had Rev. Marian marry us. She is quite special and we will always consider her a part of our extended family.
From the first moment we spoke, by phone, with Rev. Marian we knew we found the perfect officiate for our wedding. Talking Read more...
From the first moment we spoke, by phone, with Rev. Marian we knew we found the perfect officiate for our wedding. Talking with Rev. Marian is like having a conversation with an old friend. Rev Marian is easy to communicate with and helped us construct the most beautiful ceremony ....which was a true reflection on who we were as a couple. Our friends in attendance were equally as moved by the ceremony. We could not have asked for anything more. The happiness, joy, laughter and love that filled the room made the day so very special. We were honored to have had Rev. Marian marry us. She is quite special and we will always consider her a part of our extended family. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
All Ceremonies Beautifully Done responded with the following comments:

What a treat! Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback, and for allowing me to assist you. I'm delighted to have been there, you two were terrific and so was your very special day, your wedding!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Rev. Marian did a great job officiating our wedding.

Because we live out-of-state but chose to get married in Chicago (closer to family), we were very concerned about having good rapport with our officiant, since we would likely not meet them in person until very close to the ceremony. Rev. Marian made us feel comfortable immediately. She listened to us very carefully to understand what we wanted and talked us through things in detail. She was also very patient and worked closely with us as we constructed the ceremony.

The level of professionalism was outstanding. She responded to our emails quickly, set aside time to speak with us via phone or in person if we needed, arrived early on the day of the ceremony, and had all materials ready to go. That level of detail made me feel less anxious about whether things would go smoothly on the day of the wedding...and, of course, they did.

Finally, I would say that she is an extremely kind, amiable person. Our families had a great time speaking with her - as did we. She's cheerful and passionate about what she does. All of this made her an integral and unforgettable part of our wedding day.
Rev. Marian did a great job officiating our wedding.

Because we live out-of-state but chose to get married in Read more...
Rev. Marian did a great job officiating our wedding.

Because we live out-of-state but chose to get married in Chicago (closer to family), we were very concerned about having good rapport with our officiant, since we would likely not meet them in person until very close to the ceremony. Rev. Marian made us feel comfortable immediately. She listened to us very carefully to understand what we wanted and talked us through things in detail. She was also very patient and worked closely with us as we constructed the ceremony.

The level of professionalism was outstanding. She responded to our emails quickly, set aside time to speak with us via phone or in person if we needed, arrived early on the day of the ceremony, and had all materials ready to go. That level of detail made me feel less anxious about whether things would go smoothly on the day of the wedding...and, of course, they did.

Finally, I would say that she is an extremely kind, amiable person. Our families had a great time speaking with her - as did we. She's cheerful and passionate about what she does. All of this made her an integral and unforgettable part of our wedding day. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
All Ceremonies Beautifully Done responded with the following comments:

Truly wonderful to read your feedback here, dear ones. I really appreciate you taking the time to comment on our experience together in creating your very special wedding. THANK YOU!

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