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Chicago Weddings

Chicago , IL
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630-392-1953

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Our joy is in helping couples celebrate the love they had found in each other. Carefully prepared with input by the two of you, we craft a ceremony that best reflects your love story.... Read more
Our joy is in helping couples celebrate the love they had found in each other. Carefully prepared with input by the two of you, we craft a ceremony that best reflects your love story. After officiating weddings for more than thirty years, we bring the experience and flexibility you look for to make a ceremony unique. Provided samples of vows, readings, and beautiful ideas which could used in the ceremony becomes a great place to start. But always open to suggestions.

Couples tell us all the time how much they appreciate our guidance, flexibility and overall upbeat personality. In fact, most couples say that one of the most important aspects of choosing their officiant is that they feel a connection with the person who is marrying them. So we offer to meet at no cost or obligation before making your final decision of officiant.

We perform non-religious, religious and multi-cultural wedding ceremonies all over the Chicago area. And proudly one of the most reasonably priced officiant services in Chicago, ceremonies start at $200.

It is rare but what happens if something takes place unforeseen at the last minute? One of our other officiants is able to step in guaranteeing the ceremony will not be interuppted. We all use the same materials and guidelines insuring each couple knows exactly what to expect, plus you have a safety net.

So best wishes to you both from our Team!
Rev. Barry Kolanowski, Ashley Abraham, Rev Jeff Ginsburg, Rev Janine Nichol, Rev Brian Evans, Rev Geoff Mitchell


Contact us by email: revbarry@chicagoweddings.org or call or text us at: 630-392-1953 Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Christian (no denomination), Christian - Baptist, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Evangelical
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Couples for which I have performed weddings have selected all types of sites such as luxury hotels on Michigan Avenue, Buckingham Fountain, Museums, home gardens, parks and banquet halls.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
I wear a conservative dark suit with tie.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
I provide samples but couples are encouraged to select the wording used in the ceremony from the very beginning. All of my samples are meant to help and not to restrict. I am very flexible in all aspects of the ceremony and open to suggestions.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Couples are always welcome to write their own vows and it can provide a special touch. You can use the samples I provide as a guide but you are more than welcome to put some thoughts down on an index card and I hand it to you at the appropriate time of the ceremony.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
Couples are never required to use my samples, however everyone is grateful for the large selection of readings I do provide. The samples include the traditional and romantic to quotes from movies and other sources, just so they represent who you are as a couple.
How long are your ceremonies?
A typical wedding ceremony has two readings, some type of unity celebration and lasts about 20 minutes. Some weddings incorporate various cultural and religious expressions which may add to the time.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
I do not require premarital counseling/classes, but for those interested in building on their already great relationship I offer two options: Attend my high-energy, fun, Partner For Life one day workshop held at a local hotel or country club and the other is to utilitze my self directed workbook that where couples read various real life scenarios separately and compare their answers. It is a great way to open up avenues of communication previously untouched.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
I would be happy to help coordinate your rehearsal. There is a nominal additional cost for coordinating rehearsals. Some venues, you don't really need an officiant to help coordinate, others will tell you "here's the space, let us know when you leave". In the latter case, you will really want someone there.
Do you supply a sound system?
I do not bring a sound system at this time, however, I do speak up enough that in most applications it is not needed for my performing your ceremony.

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Molly
Wedding:
1/3/2015
5.0/5.0
Rev. Barry officiated our wedding and he was amazing! From our first meeting, my husband and I knew he was perfect. I wanted a Catholic ceremony and my husband did not. Rev. Barry gave us great advice and set both of us at ease, which is no small task as we both are stubborn and quick to judge on something like this. He gave us great resources and encourage us to create what we wanted. I will admit the ceremony is a bit of a blur to me, but I enjoyed every moment. Most importantly, all of our guests told us that the ceremony was "so us," which means a lot. Rev. Barry really gave us a wedding that reflected us as a couple, which is everything anyone could ask for. I would absolutely recommend his services.
Rev. Barry officiated our wedding and he was amazing! From our first meeting, my husband and I knew he was perfect. I Read more...
Rev. Barry officiated our wedding and he was amazing! From our first meeting, my husband and I knew he was perfect. I wanted a Catholic ceremony and my husband did not. Rev. Barry gave us great advice and set both of us at ease, which is no small task as we both are stubborn and quick to judge on something like this. He gave us great resources and encourage us to create what we wanted. I will admit the ceremony is a bit of a blur to me, but I enjoyed every moment. Most importantly, all of our guests told us that the ceremony was "so us," which means a lot. Rev. Barry really gave us a wedding that reflected us as a couple, which is everything anyone could ask for. I would absolutely recommend his services. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Berry is very accommodating, helpful, and performed an excellent ceremony. Many guests commented the ceremony was very intimate and personal. Would recommend to anyone!
Berry is very accommodating, helpful, and performed an excellent ceremony. Many guests commented the ceremony was very Read more...
Berry is very accommodating, helpful, and performed an excellent ceremony. Many guests commented the ceremony was very intimate and personal. Would recommend to anyone! Read less
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Bria
Wedding:
12/27/2014
5.0/5.0
Jeffery Ginsburg was the officiant for our wedding and we were extremely pleased with the way the ceremony went. He was very accommodating to whatever we requested and quick to answer any questions we had. Thanks to him we had a smooth ceremony. Even the guests were commenting on how wonderful he was!
Jeffery Ginsburg was the officiant for our wedding and we were extremely pleased with the way the ceremony went. He was Read more...
Jeffery Ginsburg was the officiant for our wedding and we were extremely pleased with the way the ceremony went. He was very accommodating to whatever we requested and quick to answer any questions we had. Thanks to him we had a smooth ceremony. Even the guests were commenting on how wonderful he was! Read less
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Anonymous
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Recently Married
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Reverend Barry was the officiant at our December 2014 wedding. We currently live out of the country and found Rev Barry through his glowing reviews online. We emailed to see if he would be able to give us a non-religious ceremony that's warm, light-hearted, with some touches of humor. He delivered beyond our expectations. Of all the complements we have received on our wedding day the most prevalent was on the ceremony and how Rev Barry really seemed to enjoy presiding over the ceremony. I can’t recommend Rev Barry enough! Thank you!
Reverend Barry was the officiant at our December 2014 wedding. We currently live out of the country and found Rev Barry Read more...
Reverend Barry was the officiant at our December 2014 wedding. We currently live out of the country and found Rev Barry through his glowing reviews online. We emailed to see if he would be able to give us a non-religious ceremony that's warm, light-hearted, with some touches of humor. He delivered beyond our expectations. Of all the complements we have received on our wedding day the most prevalent was on the ceremony and how Rev Barry really seemed to enjoy presiding over the ceremony. I can’t recommend Rev Barry enough! Thank you! Read less
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Anonymous
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Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Jeffery Ginsberg was a pleasure to work with from our initial meeting to our wedding ceremony. He really listened to us and used the information to make our ceremony personal. He always got back to me in a timely manner and helped make planning the ceremony stress free. Jeffery made our ceremony very special. I would highly recommend using him.
Jeffery Ginsberg was a pleasure to work with from our initial meeting to our wedding ceremony. He really listened to us Read more...
Jeffery Ginsberg was a pleasure to work with from our initial meeting to our wedding ceremony. He really listened to us and used the information to make our ceremony personal. He always got back to me in a timely manner and helped make planning the ceremony stress free. Jeffery made our ceremony very special. I would highly recommend using him. Read less
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Anonymous
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Recently Married
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We had the absolute pleasure of working with Jeff Ginsburg for our recent November wedding. He was extremely easy to connect with on a personal level. We received many compliments on the ceremony and the friendly and endearing nature of our officiant.
We had the absolute pleasure of working with Jeff Ginsburg for our recent November wedding. He was extremely easy to Read more...
We had the absolute pleasure of working with Jeff Ginsburg for our recent November wedding. He was extremely easy to connect with on a personal level. We received many compliments on the ceremony and the friendly and endearing nature of our officiant. Read less
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Adam
Wedding:
11/1/2014
5.0/5.0
From the first time my wife and I met Reverend Jeffrey Ginsberg, we knew he was going to be fantastic to work with. We had an interfaith marriage and Jeff was able to tailor our ceremony to meet all of our requests. He took the time to get to know both of us and learn as much as he could about us and our relationship. He made himself available at any time of day (and night) for a phone call and went above and beyond to meet us closer to where we were living for our in-person meetings. After the ceremony, we had family members and friends coming up to us telling us how Jeff's words really spoke to each of them. My wife and I highly recommend that you work with Reverend Jeffrey Ginsberg!
From the first time my wife and I met Reverend Jeffrey Ginsberg, we knew he was going to be fantastic to work with. We had Read more...
From the first time my wife and I met Reverend Jeffrey Ginsberg, we knew he was going to be fantastic to work with. We had an interfaith marriage and Jeff was able to tailor our ceremony to meet all of our requests. He took the time to get to know both of us and learn as much as he could about us and our relationship. He made himself available at any time of day (and night) for a phone call and went above and beyond to meet us closer to where we were living for our in-person meetings. After the ceremony, we had family members and friends coming up to us telling us how Jeff's words really spoke to each of them. My wife and I highly recommend that you work with Reverend Jeffrey Ginsberg! Read less
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Lindsay
Wedding:
10/25/2014
5.0/5.0
We had Reverend Barry Kolanowski as the officiant at our wedding Oct 25th, 2014 and we could not be happier with our decision! He was amazing and I knew after our first meeting that his love for what he does was genuine. As we all know (unless you have just started the planning process...in which case heads up) planning a wedding can be crazy at times, and it is hard to know who to trust and who not to. My now husband, Adam and I do not belong to a church, however we wanted a mix of a non-denominational ceremony with catholic "touches". Both of our parents had strong feelings about us being married at a church, however Adam and I wanted the ceremony at our reception site which looked over the fox river (riverside receptions...its beautiful check it out). Reverend Barry was so accomidating, he listen to all of our requests and made an effort to get to know Adam and I as a couple. He also goes above and beyond for his clients...My father (who is religious) really wanted to get to know the man who would be performing his only daughter's wedding ceremony, Reverend Barry ended up talking with him (on his OWN TIME) for over an hour! My dad called me right after and told me what a nice guy Reverend Barry was and that he could see why I chose him! I could go on and on but give him a call and see for yourself!
We had Reverend Barry Kolanowski as the officiant at our wedding Oct 25th, 2014 and we could not be happier with our Read more...
We had Reverend Barry Kolanowski as the officiant at our wedding Oct 25th, 2014 and we could not be happier with our decision! He was amazing and I knew after our first meeting that his love for what he does was genuine. As we all know (unless you have just started the planning process...in which case heads up) planning a wedding can be crazy at times, and it is hard to know who to trust and who not to. My now husband, Adam and I do not belong to a church, however we wanted a mix of a non-denominational ceremony with catholic "touches". Both of our parents had strong feelings about us being married at a church, however Adam and I wanted the ceremony at our reception site which looked over the fox river (riverside receptions...its beautiful check it out). Reverend Barry was so accomidating, he listen to all of our requests and made an effort to get to know Adam and I as a couple. He also goes above and beyond for his clients...My father (who is religious) really wanted to get to know the man who would be performing his only daughter's wedding ceremony, Reverend Barry ended up talking with him (on his OWN TIME) for over an hour! My dad called me right after and told me what a nice guy Reverend Barry was and that he could see why I chose him! I could go on and on but give him a call and see for yourself! Read less
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Ron and Jim
Wedding:
10/18/2014
5.0/5.0
Jeff Ginsburg was the officiant for our wedding service at our home with a few family and long time friends present. He understood that it needed to be small or it would need to have at least a couple hundred guests. He was the perfect person to help us choose readings, vows, and the ring exchange which reflected our 31 years together as a gay couple. Jeff took all of our choices, our story of how we met, some of our life experiences over the years and then blended them into a beautiful marriage ceremony that was perfect. If you want an officiant who really listens to you, then Jeff is your choice. Our family and friends kept talking about how beautiful and meaningful the wedding ceremony was for them.
Jeff Ginsburg was the officiant for our wedding service at our home with a few family and long time friends present. He Read more...
Jeff Ginsburg was the officiant for our wedding service at our home with a few family and long time friends present. He understood that it needed to be small or it would need to have at least a couple hundred guests. He was the perfect person to help us choose readings, vows, and the ring exchange which reflected our 31 years together as a gay couple. Jeff took all of our choices, our story of how we met, some of our life experiences over the years and then blended them into a beautiful marriage ceremony that was perfect. If you want an officiant who really listens to you, then Jeff is your choice. Our family and friends kept talking about how beautiful and meaningful the wedding ceremony was for them. Read less
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Jason
Wedding:
10/10/2014
5.0/5.0
Jeff Ginsburg officiated our wedding and it was a wonderful experience. I remember turning to my wife-to-be on our way out of our first meeting going, "I'm glad we chose him." He's such a nice, down-to-earth guy and really put us at ease over the ceremony planning process. He provided us with plenty of ideas but gave us free reign to make the ceremony our own. Throughout the planning process he was always easy to get a hold of and we never once worried that anything would go wrong. He made the whole process so easy. After our ceremony -- which went perfectly -- a lot of people came up to us and specifically raved about Jeff and how good of a job he did. The words he came up with about us from just a few conversations with us were so genuine and heartfelt and put such a big smile on our faces. I wholeheartedly recommend Jeff Ginsburg to anyone looking for an officiant!
Jeff Ginsburg officiated our wedding and it was a wonderful experience. I remember turning to my wife-to-be on our way out Read more...
Jeff Ginsburg officiated our wedding and it was a wonderful experience. I remember turning to my wife-to-be on our way out of our first meeting going, "I'm glad we chose him." He's such a nice, down-to-earth guy and really put us at ease over the ceremony planning process. He provided us with plenty of ideas but gave us free reign to make the ceremony our own. Throughout the planning process he was always easy to get a hold of and we never once worried that anything would go wrong. He made the whole process so easy. After our ceremony -- which went perfectly -- a lot of people came up to us and specifically raved about Jeff and how good of a job he did. The words he came up with about us from just a few conversations with us were so genuine and heartfelt and put such a big smile on our faces. I wholeheartedly recommend Jeff Ginsburg to anyone looking for an officiant! Read less
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