I am a native and lifelong resident of Illinois and a certified Secular Celebrant with the Center for Inquiry (CFI). After having been raised in a ministerial household and spending several years involved in churches, I found myself on the other side of the religious/secular divide - but no less concerned with how those of us without religion mark significant moments of life.
More than this, I believe that there is great meaning to be found in secular celebrations of life, regardless of whether you are religious, spiritual, or none of the above. What I seek to provide is a neutral ground, a space where these meaningful celebrations can be had without involving religion at all.
My philosophy is this simple: You deserve to celebrate your wedding on your terms. My job is to facilitate that by helping guide you through the crafting of a custom ceremony, orchestrating the ceremony, and finally solemnizing the marriage to give it the legal recognition it deserves.
You can find out more about my services and philosophy at my website: http://www.centralillinoiscelebrant.com
Recommended by 63% of couples
Jacqueline · Married on 07/29/2017
Galen was wonderful to work with! He brought a palpable blend of uniqueness and creativity to our special day. The ceremony really felt as though it was a celebration of our specific union, and Galen's professionalism, responsiveness, and speaking ability are unmatched. I highly recommend couples wanting a ceremony that is uniquely representative of their union meet with Galen. You will not be disappointed!
Stephanie · Married on 01/27/2018
Galen is so nice! He put everything together quickly and made a few changes we requested with no problem. He definitely did a great job during the ceremony, couldn't of been better!
Avery · Married on 12/10/2017
I don't think that we could have found a better person to marry us! Galen was so wonderful and so respectful, and just all around awesome. I would definitely recommend him if you're looking for an officiant!
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