We just got engaged. What next? While selecting rings and dresses are important, don't forget that the most important part of the wedding is the ceremony. You want to secure the services of a trained and experienced professional. J. Patrick McDunn has performed thousands of marriages and can work with you to help you plan the ceremony that you have always dreamed of.
Where do you perform weddings? Almost anywhere. If you have a special park or location, we can perform the ceremony there. We have performed ceremonies on couples' decks as well as in huge banquet halls like Drury Lane. Unlike a Catholic Priest, who will only marry couples in their church, we are free to travel to and perform ceremonies in that special place you have selected. If it is a public park, you may wish to inquire with the local town to determine if a permit is required.
Do you charge a travel fee? As long as your ceremony is within 25 miles of Woodfield Shopping Center (Schaumburg, IL) there is no charge for travel. Beyond that, a amount could be determined.
Who are you ordained by and where is your church? J. Patrick McDunn is a retired Christian Minister. In order to perform marriages in the state of Illinois, it is necessary to draw an affiliation with recognized religious organization. Since June, 2015, Rev. McDunn performs marriages under the Universal Life Church Network.
Can we personalize our ceremony? Yes – in fact, we prefer it! Your officiant will ask you questions and get to know you so they can draft a ceremony that is reflective of your personalities, beliefs, and relationship. After the draft is complete, your officiant will email you a copy for you to edit if you wish to do so. We want your ceremony to be just right, and are happy to work with you on the draft until it’s perfect.
My fiance(e) and I come from two different religious backgrounds. Are you able to help us? Interfaith marriages are one of the things we do best, and we can create a customized ceremony for you that blends your religious traditions while remaining true to both.
I don’t want to mention (God, religion, anything spiritual, etc.) in my ceremony. Is that okay? Definitely! While our wedding officiants are non-denominational ministers, we are happy to work with you to create a custom ceremony that is authentic to you and your beliefs, whatever they may be.
Can we involve children in the ceremony? Of course! A popular inclusion is (what we refer to as) the "I Do, Too!" After the Declaration of Intent, the minister asks the children if they will love and support the newly married couple, to which they respond "I Do Too". There are many other traditions that can be included.
Do you perform same sex weddings? Yes! We work with LGBT couples regularly and are happy to marry any couple who meets the legal requirement and wants to tie the knot.
How do we book you? Simply contact us to check our availability for your date. A 1/2 deposit is required to reserve the day. Deposits can be made via Paypal or personal checks or cash. While some couples choose to pay the balance upon booking, it is not required. The balance is due on the day of the wedding with Certified Check, Money Order or Cash.
How much do you charge? It depends. Weekday weddings are less than weekend weddings. Friday or Sunday weddings are less that Saturday weddings and Saturday morning weddings are less than Saturday evening weddings. Our prices vary from $150 to $300.
What if I have to change my start time or wedding date? If your wedding date changes and if we are available, there is no charge for changing dates. If you wedding is cancelled, your deposit is forfeited. Please understand, when you say "yes" to a date, we begin saying "no" to everyone who comes after you. We experience a pecuniary lose when weddings are cancelled, as well.
Will you come to our wedding rehearsal? Yes, for an additional fee, provided we are available. We contract ceremony rehearsals separately from weddings because most couples don’t want (or need) our officiant at the rehearsal. At a wedding rehearsal you are simply practicing walking in and walking out, but not the ceremony itself. Our attendance at a rehearsal varies between $25 and $50.
Do you allow pictures during the ceremony? Yes, of course! We have heard that some ministers can be touchy about when and how pictures are taken during the ceremony, but our wedding officiants are happy to work with your other vendors. Your photographer and videographer can shoot whenever and however they would like. To maintain the sanctity of the ceremony, we do ask that photographers do not "stop" the ceremony to obtain better shots or recreate shots they have missed.
What does the Minister wear? Rev. McDunn wears a robe (either green or black) based in the ecumenical period of the year. He wears a stole of either green, white, red or purple, also based on the ecumenical period of the year. For nondenominational ceremonies, he wears a dark suit and a red tie.
Does the minister speak any other languages other than English? Rev. McDunn knows the same 100 words of Spanish that everyone else knows, but he certainly does not consider himself fluent in Spanish. On several occasions, couples have written portions of the ceremony out in Spanish and Rev. McDunn has read them.
Do you stay for the reception? Each of our couples choose whether to invite their officiant and spouse/guest to the reception, it is certainly not required. If you would like to invite your officiant to the reception, please extend a formal invitation to them directly and they will let you know if it’s possible for them to stay. If we are not already obligated, we would be happy to attend your reception.
I know we tip other vendors, but what about the officiant? Gratuities are never expected, but are always appreciated.
All of this sounds great! How can we move forward with booking you for our wedding? Please feel free to call me at (847) 609 7088 or e-mail me at email@example.com.