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We found Reverend Marian through our venue's list of preferred vendors. We met with Marian and felt such a good vibe from her and loved the fact that she performs every type of wedding you can think of- for her, the most important thing is the love between the couple. She sent us a great draft of the ceremony and was receptive to our tweaks and feedback. The ceremony turned out absolutely beautiful. It didn't feel as though this was someone we had found on a list and met at Starbucks! It was such a heartfelt ceremony; I don't think there was a dry eye in the house! After the ceremony, we had so many people come up to us to rave about how great it was! A truly personal and heartfelt experience.
How lovely to read your feedback, Janie! It was a complete joy to be part of your beautiful wedding! Sending you blessings and thanks.
It was such a positive experience working with Marian. She was very flexible to work with and she arrived with ample amount of time before our ceremony to make sure everything was all set. My fiance and I had a quick wedding to include a family member that was sick. Marian planned a beautiful ceremony in a short time frame. She jumped on the opportunity to help us. During the ceremony itself, she was very lively and made everyone feel comfortable even though we did not have a reception the night before. I would highly recommend her!
How wonderful, Lindsay! Thank you so much, it was a joy to be part of your very special day!
Marian was sincere and genuine and added an element of joy which made it even better than we could have ever hoped for.
Annette and Dan
Thank you so much for your review here, Annette and Dan -- it was a joy and a privilege to be able to assist you with your beautiful wedding! Sending blessings.
If you want a beautiful, unforgettable ceremony, that your guest will still be talking about after your wedding, go with Marian! Before meeting Marian, we were worried how personal our ceremony would feel with an officiant we didn't know, but after our first meeting with Marian, we both knew she was going to be absolutely brilliant! Our first meeting was only about an hour long, and we walked out of there feeling like we'd known her for years. She gave us a few different script outlines and suggested readings to help us build our perfect ceremony. She was quick to respond to any emails and offered us help and suggestions when we asked. She really made our ceremony so personal to us and had our guests laughing and crying, which was perfect. Thank you so much Marian for making our day so special!
What a treat to read your delightful feedback! Thanks so much -- sending you blessings and joy for your life ahead!!!
Marian Hale is a rockstar. Plain and simple. She was so amazing to work with. From the moment we contacted her to the moment she pronounced us married, she was incredible. Her responsiveness is TOP NOTCH, you will never be wondering when you're going to hear from her. She helped us plan our ceremony beautifully, and gave us the idea of a wine box ceremony, which fit us perfectly. I can't say enough wonderful things about her. Marian thank you so so much - you made our day incredible! :)
WOW! What lovely feedback, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
Reverend Marian Hale did a phenomenal job at our wedding. We were very pleased right from our first introductory meeting when she asked us personal questions about how we met, etc so that she could get to know us better. Leading up to the wedding, she kept in frequent communication about the program to make sure it represented our vision. At the wedding itself, she did a lovely job, and managed to keep the ceremony light and enjoyable for everyone. She also handled some difficult name pronunciations very well. We had a great experience with Marian and would recommend her to anybody..
Thanks so much, so glad to have been part of your lovely wedding!
Upon meeting Rev. Marian we kind of had the feeling that she was going to be our officiant. As we sat and spoke with her, we got a very good feel for who she is and what she does and how she does it. Rev. Marian was on time, responsive with emails and did a great job of making sure that we felt important and special on our wedding day. We were extremely happy with her quality of service, she has the quality to convey a very emotional and special ceremony which is what one looks for. Overall, Rev. Marian is a very unique individual and you cannot go wrong with picking her as your officiant. she will do her best to make sure you are happy on your day. We just want to thank her for making our special day unique.
How marvelous to hear your feedback, Gabriela! Thank you so much -- it was my privilege and joy to assist you!
Marian was marvellous and made our wedding perfect. We came from overseas for our elopement wedding in Chicago. Marian made the whole process smooth, giving advice on obtaining our licence, working with us to develop a perfect ceremony for our needs, and then on the day making us feel very relaxed so we could enjoy our very special day. We are so happy that we chose Marian for our wedding.
Thank you so much for your lovely comments. It was a joy to be part of your very special day, and I'm delighted that you decided to marry here. Sending you both many blessings, and wishes for wonderful and safe travels home!
If my wife and I could give a higher rating, we would. Reverand Marian was absolutely amazing from beginning to end. From the first conversation we had on the phone, my wife and I knew we made a great decision on choosing Marian. She followed up with us every few weeks to make sure things were going well. She gave us multiple outlines of ceremonies to get an idea of what we wanted. Her smile is contagious, her personality brightens up the room and her words carry will carry with people through out their life. With the 135 people we had at our ceremony, not one had a dry eye in the venue and that was not because of us but because of words that were spoken by our reverend. Thank you again for everything and I hope to continue to keep in touch!!!!
How delightful! Thank you both so much for your wonderful feedback! It was a joy to be part of your very special day, sending a big hug your way!
If you are looking for a genuine, compassionate, awesome individual to be a part of your wedding, Marian is the way to go! She's very easy to work with and to communicate with and she's just a great person. In fact, we liked her so much that we wouldn't hesitate to call her a friend. We planned our big day in just a short 11 days and Marian was super flexible and we even met a few days before our wedding and talked for a few hours over coffee. She's wonderful! Stop your searching and contact Marian! She's a true gem!
Thank you so much for taking the time to send this review, Kali. You two were a joy to work with, and I'm delighted that your wedding was exactly what you were hoping for! I wish you a long, blessed life together.
Rev. Marian elevated our ceremony by the thousands! She met with myself and now husband to get to know us and walk through the ceremony. She was always willing to listen to our input and offered suggestions along the way. We could not have asked for someone more professional and personable!
How wonderful to read your great feedback! I am delighted to have been able to create with you the ceremony you wanted. It was a joy and a privilege! Thank you!
Reverend Hale was truly amazing, her ceremony was absolutely beautiful and unique. She made my partner (now spouse) feel very special and my family was so touched my the wedding ceremony. We could not recommend her high enough.
Thank you so much for this, Patricia. It was a privilege for me to be part of your wedding. I deeply respect the caring and wisdom you both bring to your relationship, and wish for you a long, blessed life together (with your wonderful dogs!). Thanks again, Marian
It was such a pleasure to work with Marian. We found her on Wedding Wire and met with her early on in the process. As an interfaith couple, we didn't know exactly what we wanted but knew that we wanted a little piece of each of our religions in the ceremony. Marian provided us with a lot of sample scripts which we used to pick and choose pieces of each to make our own unique ceremony. She was very responsive and helpful while writing the script and gave us a lovely type up of the ceremony at the end. I couldn't recommend her enough- she truly made our day so special. All of our guests gushed at how beautiful the ceremony was.
I was delighted to be able to assist you in creating a ceremony that highlighted your relationship, and deep commitment to each other. It was truly a joy, and I send you blessings and thanks! Here's wishing you many happy years ahead.
She was amazing! Couldn't have made it any easier on us with preparation and writing of the script. She was very professional and personal as well. We got married on the lakefront in Chicago in November, so she's one brave soul to meet our crazy butts out there. Lol. I would most definitely recommend her to anyone!
Sending blessings to you two! Thanks so much for your review and feedback. Chicago was certainly "the Windy City" yesterday -- and you both handled it with grace and joy. CONGRATULATIONS again!
Marian officiated our ceremony on 10/22/16, and I can't say enough about how great she was. From the beginning when we first met her she made setting up the ceremony very easy. She made the ceremony itself feel very intimate and special. She went out of her way to purchase a terrarium for a unity candle ceremony(so the wind wouldn't blow out) that we were hoping to have outside if the weather permitted. I can not recommend her enough for anyone's future ceremony or events.
How wonderful, Tony -- thank you SO much for your thoughtful feedback on my services. It was a privilege to create your beautiful wedding with you! Many blessings to you.
Reverend Marian performed our intimate wedding ceremony recently at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Lincoln Park. We couldn't have been happier. We came in from out of town so there were many details to tend to. Our communication with Marian prior to our arrival was easy and stress free. She is very sweet and sincere and made our day more special that it already was. We would highly recommend her. Thank you Reverend Marian! All the best.
What a lovely review of my services -- thank you so much, Jackie. It was truly a joy to assist you with your wedding, I only wish we could have spent more time together! Many blessings to both of you, Marian
Reverend Marian crafted and performed a beautiful interfaith ceremony for us. We planned our wedding from out of state, and Marian was very responsive and easy to work with via phone or email. In fact, the first time we met her in person was shortly before the ceremony, and Marian delivered an incredibly heartfelt and personal ceremony. The ceremony was exactly what we were looking for- it was the perfect blend of sweet and sentimental that reflected who we are as a couple. At the reception, during dinner, my husband and I went around to greet all of our guests and just about everyone commented on how much they truly loved the ceremony. We would recommend Rev. Marian to anyone!
Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback -- I was delighted to be part of your very special interfaith wedding! You put your own creativity and thoughtfulness into creating the ceremony with me -- I love when that happens! Thanks again.
Marian was our perfect fit. From the minute we met she was warm and loving to us (a lesbian couple). This is not just a job for her. Marian loves what she does and truly lives the moment with you. She made our ceremony so very special and beautiful...exactly how we had envisioned it to be. With high praise I recommend her for anyone wanting a warm and loving intimate wedding ceremony.
How wonderful! Thank you so much for these kind words -- it was a joy to create your wedding with you. Sending many blessings your way!
For our wedding, my wife and I were looking for an officiant who was personable, warm, and open to a non-traditional ceremony. We found these qualities, and many more, in Marian. We chose Marian as our officiant because she took the time to get to know us and we enjoyed learning about her. She was readily available to meet us as many times as we needed. Marian provided us with helpful script options for our ceremony and happily incorporated elements we wanted into the service. Marian was friendly, respectful, and professional during the entire process. Her services are a great value compared to other officiants we researched. Most importantly, on our wedding day, Marian delivered a wonderful ceremony that my wife and I will not forget. We cannot recommend Marian enough!
Wow, thank you SO much for taking the time to review my services. It was a privilege and a joy to be part of your very special day! Thanks again, many blessings to you.
Our wedding ceremony was absolutely wonderful, and Marian's presence played a critical role in its success.
From the start, she was kind, forthright, and descriptive about how everything would work—we met a few months beforehand, getting to know each other a bit in addition to talking logistics—and she seemed legitimately interested who we are as people. Marian continued to return our emails promptly throughout the next several weeks, and gave us all of the information we needed when asked.
During the ceremony, Marian demonstrates a perfect balance of earnestness and levity. Our ceremony was at turns funny, sweet, solemn, wistful, and Marian's deftness with telling the story of how people come together is what made that possible. Later in the evening, several of our friends and family commented that our ceremony was one of the best they'd ever witnessed, and a few assumed that she was a close friend of ours.
I cannot recommend Marian enough—you won't be disappointed (and also, congratulations!)
SO beautifully said, Joel -- it was a privilege to assist you with your wedding. Thanks so much for taking the time to review my services. Many blessings to you both!
Marian is awesome! She performed a beautiful ceremony for our elopement on the edge of Lake Michigan and it was exactly what we were hoping for! I would definitely recommend her services!
Wonderful to read your feedback here -- thank you so much! It was a joy to meet you and be part of your beautiful wedding! Many blessings to you.
The first thing we did upon getting engaged was to find the "right" person to officiate at our wedding. There are lots of aspects to creating the wedding of your dreams that need a couple's attention, but for my husband and me, getting the ceremony just right was critical. We did our research and read a lot of reviews and "marketing copy" for quite a few officiants. But Rev. Marian Hale's comments stood out to us as more genuinely welcoming, more contemplative, more joyful and spiritual. So we asked to meet her in person. Prior to meeting, she sent us examples of both traditional and more modern ceremony structures, as well as a variety of readings that might be incorporated based on our tastes and background. She made it clear that these were guidelines that could be enhanced and changed to create just the right combination for us. When we met with Rev. Marian many months before our wedding date, we talked for a long time, telling stories back and forth, getting to know more about how we interact, and discovering that there was a "chemistry" between us. In hindsight, I know that this "chemistry" was really important to have, because over time, in working with Marian to hone and finalize our ceremony, choose our readings and select what to include and what to leave out, we always felt that same sense of connection that we had established in the first meeting. It was like working on an important project with a good friend. We always had the feeling that she understood what we were trying to convey, and on the big day, we had a wedding ceremony that was exactly what we hoped for...thoughtful, meaningful, emotional, intentional, and yet peppered with humor and some very quick and insightful commentary based on unforeseen "happenings" that one can never plan for. She's very good at that! We are grateful to have found her, and we thank her, again, for making the first and most important part of our wedding day so perfect.
How exquisitely thoughtful of you two! Thank you so much -- it was a privilege to be part of your very special day, and I was delighted too. Blessings to you!
Rev. Marian has such a wonderful gift! We continue to hear compliments about our ceremony and she was a big part in making it a rousing success! Our service was deeply touching & personalized. Her help, guidance &
concern were evident throughout our 18 month engagement. Thank you!
So many blessings to you both, it was a joy to be with you on your big day! Thank you!
Rev. Marian Hale was wonderful to work with. We met her initially at a Starbucks to see if her personality would fit what we wanted in an officiant. We liked her immediately. She was easy going, funny and you could tell she loves what she does. We immediately decided in that meeting that we wanted her to officiate our wedding. This was my 2nd marriage and my fiancé's 1st. We're a middle aged couple and we did not have bridesmaids or groomsmen. She gave us some choices as to what kind of service we wanted. We personalized it a bit and she gave recommendations as to where to have our readings done within the ceremony program. We met her one more time in person and emailed any additional details we wanted. She was very responsive. She arrived on time and made us feel comfortable before and during the ceremony. Our family loved how personal it was and thought she was wonderful. We're very grateful to have found her to do our wedding. The ceremony was everything we wanted it to be: personal, fun and beautiful. Thank you Rev. Marian!
What a delight to get your feedback here -- it was an honor and a privilege to be part of your very special wedding day! Many blessings to both of you!
My husband Ivan and I came across Rev. Marian's website shortly after we got engaged during the summer of 2013. From our first interaction with Rev. Marian we knew that she was exactly who needed to officiate our most important day. Ours was a long engagement (more than a year and half) and we spent countless hours planning our ceremony and celebration. Through it all, Marian was always quick to respond to our questions and thoughts, which was so helpful since we planned our Chicago wedding mostly from our home in San Francisco.
Our ceremony was above and beyond what we could have ever imagined. Marian made it personal and special and many of our guests commented on how much they enjoyed Marian's words. We can't begin to thank her enough. And, we recommend her to all.
I'm sending so many blessings to both of you, as well as all of your wonderful friends and family who traveled so far to witness your very special day! Thank you for allowing me to assist you -- it was a sweet and joyful experience!