Rev. Bill Epperly, PhD is a top rated Chicago-based wedding officiant serving northeastern Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin. A professional wedding officiant since 2013, he specializes in premium wedding ceremonies that reflect the personalities and preferences of each couiple. He also offers pre-marriage counseling and couples coaching to help newlyweds transition from wedding to married life. Rev Bill's distinctive weddings create priceless memories that last a lifetime. Read his reviews to see what couples are saying!
He is a five-time winner of WeddingWire's Couples' Choice Award and a 2019 winner of TheKnot's "Best of Weddings" award for top officiants.
Rev. Bill Epperly has officiated over 100 weddings. He loves getting to know all the amazing people that come to him to be married. Before he began officiating weddings, he worked as a college professor. He has extensive experience as a public speaker, workshop leader, coach and wedding officiant. He brings his years of experience and skills to his work as wedding officiant.
Rev. Bill Epperly works with each couple to create an amazing ceremony that reflects them, their love relationship and their values.He gets to know each couple and is able to share their journey as if he'd known them for years.The language of each ceremony is tuned to the couple, whether they want a traditional religious ceremony, a non-religious or a spiritual but not religious ceremony.
Contact Rev. Bill today to schedule a no-obligations initial consultation!
66 Reviews for Weddings by Rev. Bill Epperly
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Andrea Lee Linna · Getting married on 09/08/2021
We Love Rev. Bill!
Rev. Bill was the officiant for our elopement in August 2020. Rev. Bill was incredible from the start! Over a series of calls, Rev. Bill learned about us as individuals and a couple. Rev. Bill was very responsive, had wonderful advice on how to structure the ceremony, and even provided great relationship advice (like scheduling an "annual leadership retreat" with your partner to discuss goals for the year). Rev. Bill had many ceremony reading options for religious and agnostic couples. Rev. Bill was also very accommodating. We had to change the time of our ceremony, from 8:00 PM to 5:30 AM, just the week before our ceremony; Rev. Bill made adjustments in his schedule for us and was able to accomodate the time change! It was a huge ask, and we are very thankful. Stop looking, you should hire Rev. Bill!Sent on 09/19/2020
Weddings by Rev. Bill Epperly's reply:Andrea, Your sunrise elopement was a big Summer 2020 highlight for me! I won't forget any of it, from getting up at 4am to being with you and Dan as the sun rose. It's been great getting to know you and I hope to stay in touch. All the best to you! - Rev. Bill
Sharon · Getting married on 05/08/2022
Rev. Epperly helped make our wedding wonderful!
We highly recommend Rev. Epperly. He is polite, professional, thorough, and attentive. He conducted our ceremony smoothly even under Covid-19 restrictions. He met with us several times and our ceremony was very personalized and meaningful.Sent on 09/10/2020
Weddings by Rev. Bill Epperly's reply:Sharon, Thanks for your review! I so enjoyed meeting you and Steve and getting to know you through the chaos and rescheduling. In the end, your backyard wedding was a great choice. I hope you'll stay in touch! - Rev. Bill
Michael Madden · Getting married on 06/07/2021
Great Wedding, Even With All the Changes
Bill was great to work with every step of the way. We originally had a larger wedding planned in April but had to reschedule, and Bill was adaptable and understanding throughout the process.Sent on 09/10/2020
When the time came, he really put his full effort into planning what was now the 2nd ceremony (with only immediate family at a different venue). Bill got to know us through conversations with our close friends. It showed in his stories and added a great element to the day that may have otherwise been missing.
We asked for a wedding that was spiritual and shared traditional wedding values but was not religious and couldn't have been happier with how the ceremony turned out.
We'd recommend Bill to our friends and others here.
Weddings by Rev. Bill Epperly's reply:Mike and Angela, What a ride it was from a meeting in -5F degree weather in the loop last Winter to rescheduling and finally, to your gorgeous wedding at the Morton Arboretum! It's been a pleasure getting to know you and Angela and I'll look forward to hearing from you on down the road! - Rev. Bill
Rev. Bill Epperly is the one and only wedding officiant you'll ever need to contact. Here's why: 1. He has a great approach to officiating a wedding - he has different styles and templates for you to review and make personal, or you can work with him to truly create something custom from start to finish. 2. There are multiple ways to meet with him to discuss (he is flexible), i.e. Skype. 3. He accommodates specific wardrobe requests. 4. He's prompt, professional, and warm. 5. Truly gets to know you as a couple and seamlessly fits into the wedding. 6. LGBTQ friendly. 7. He's well learned in multiple faiths and approaches to spirituality and religion, and is adaptable based on your religious/spiritual needs. Highly recommended from many of our brides and colleagues. Give Bill a call!
Bill is a seasoned professional who I've associated myself with. I'm happy and confident in referring couples to him because of my knowledge of his expertise, education and caring personality.