Weddings by Camille, marriage officiant, wedding officiant, Bolingbrook, IL, Chicago, IL

A Wedding Officiant

What is a wedding officiant? I'm glad you asked! A "wedding officiant" or sometimes referred to as a "marriage officiant" or a "celebrant" is an ordained minister who, perhaps, plays the most important role in the wedding since we're in charge of helping you say “I do.”  Without an officiant, your wedding is simply an expensive party.  So not only do we satisfy legal requirements; we also share your vision, personalize your vows, and finalize your special day. 

My Role as Your Wedding Officiant 

Consultations
Consultations can be done in person, by phone, or virtually.  This is our opportunity to meet each other and decide on how I can best serve your needs. During the initial meeting I will gather critical details about your ceremony which will help bring your vision to life.

Help Couples Personalize Their Wedding Ceremony
During the initial consultation, I will ask basic information about how you two met, what do you love about each other, how long you've been together, and any other juicy bits of information you would like to share with me.  The information collected will help me craft your "love story".

Writing and Performing Wedding Ceremonies
Your "love story" will be carefully woven into a custom wedding script, as unique as the two of you, that will be used during the ceremony.

Organize the Wedding Party and Lead the Rehearsal
If requested, I can attend wedding rehearsals.  I can lead or work in tandem with a wedding coordinator to ensure smooth transitions between ceremonial elements.  This is also a great time to collect the wedding license and payment of any outstanding balance.

Legal Responsibilities
Ensure the wedding ceremony is held in accordance with state and local laws and the marriage license is valid. 

Complete the Marriage License
After the tears, hugs, high fives, and chest bumps, I fill out the marriage license in accordance with the county the license was obtained.  Each county has unique requirements concerning how each license is to be filled out.  Most counties in Illinois do not require witness signatures, so I sign the license off site.

Filing the Marriage License
As an added bonus, I will file the license with the county clerk. I usually hand carry to ensure delivery, however, in some cases, I'll mail it in within the required time frame.  That is one less thing you have to worry about.