As a Chicago wedding celebrant, I provide professional wedding services as minister, officiant, clergy, celebrant or reverend for weddings, including wedding vows, interfaith wedding ceremonies, same sex weddings, nondenominational wedding ceremonies or renewal of vows, civil ceremonies or elopements. I was ordained in 1997, after completing a two-year interfaith course of study at The New Seminary in New York. And our ordination ceremony took place in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine — we were blessed by priests, rabbis, imams, ministers and many other religious leaders.
Since then I have been assisting couples with their personalized wedding ceremonies, and completely enjoy this work. I am still deeply moved by participating in weddings, and it’s not just my relationship with you that moves me. It’s my relationship to the depth and power of the wedding ceremony itself.
You see, my own ceremony changed me deeply. I felt different — more committed, more centered and much more ready to work at our relationship after we were witnessed saying our vows to one another.
And it’s this “magic” that I carry into every ceremony — to open the door for you on this new stage in your relationship.
Rev. Marian in the News
Weekend America: Questioning Our Religious Leaders
“I began to imagine a God-layer surrounding the planet, with different representatives extending down to the surface for the various cultural groups. Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha, Gitchimanitou, and others — all were part of this picture. I am now an interfaith wedding minister, uniting couples from different faith backgrounds at the beginning of their lives together. I am convinced that this conversation with my Anglican minister many years ago started me along this path. And I completely love doing what I do!”
~ Chicago wedding celebrant Rev Marian Hale, Evanston, IL
Couples’ Choice Winner (winner 2009–2018)
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Local Love: Rachel and Lindsay at Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool
~ Chicago Style Weddings, August 24, 2017
How to politely decline an offer to officiate your wedding
“You can say, ‘Thank you. But we want you to be able to enjoy the day as our guest, not wound up in the details.’ Some people can accept this gracefully, but if this person can’t, here are some suggestions: [read more]”
~ Chicago Tribune, November 4, 2016
Interfaith wedding minister brings a joyful heart and a passion for memorable ceremonies
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~ TribLocal, Northbrook, 2010
At a Gay Marriage Ceremony, a Minister Learns About Love
~ Allies for Equality, 2012