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Christina · Married on 06/06/2015
We reached out to Jill to officiate our wedding after a last minute issue with our previous officiant. Jill was able to put together a beautiful ceremony for us in a short amount of time. We loved every part of our ceremony and wouldn't have changed a thing. Jill knows how to mix in the right amount of humor in the ceremony in order to keep a perfect mood.Sent on 07/07/2015
User5141400 · 2+ years ago
Jill was a pleasure to work with! I would highly recommend her!Sent on 06/03/2015
James · Married on 05/30/2015
Jill Brown did an amazing job. It was a beautiful ceremony and we have Jill to thank for that! Her mixture of humor and sentimentality lead to many compliments.Sent on 07/14/2015
Kaylin · Married on 04/18/2015
If you want a thoughtful, open, and entertaining minister for your event - CALL JILL BROWN NOW. Call early, because she is obviously in demand!Sent on 07/15/2015
Thankfully, in 2015, there are many celebrants who can do your marriage and don't necessitate the inclusion of any religious ideas. The "downside" of that...we needed to look through a ton of celebrants on the usual websites. We reached out to a few different individuals as candidates, but even just after our initial emails and conversations, it was became obvious that Jill would be our choice.
By the time we met Jill at a local Starbucks, our official "contract" was more or less a formality. Jill laid out her systematic approach to exchanging information, writing vows, etc...including a timeline and blueprint. It was so helpful to see how the process would flow. She asked us the detail of "our story," which we gladly shared, as she was immediately a friend in both of our minds. We got into deep details that would never be used in the ceremony, but we just wanted her to know everything.
We had originally expected for the meeting to take about an hour...but after feeding the meter and getting a second coffee, it was clear we were going to go beyond that :-)
When the big day finally came, due to our not having a rehearsal, there were still a few minor details that had to be addressed. We were (obviously) being pulled in a bunch of directions, and Jill was a calm in that storm. She was not stressed at all...asked the questions that needed to be asked.
The ceremony was a dream. My wife had created the perfect backdrop, and Jill's ability to tell our story was unprecedented. MULTIPLE people who witnessed the ceremony told us that it was the best they had ever seen. We are so happy that we found Jill, and that she was available to make our day wonderfully unforgettable.
Andrea · Married on 04/11/2015
Jill was just wonderful. From start to finish, she was enthusiastic and professional. The ceremony she wrote for us was beautiful -- it truly reflected who we are and some great highlights of our love story. We are still receiving comments from friends and family who said that our ceremony was perfectly unique and one they will never forget.Sent on 04/28/2015
Nicole · Married on 10/26/2014
Jill really took the time to get to know us and our story. Our ceremony was intensely personal and our guests commented on how well our officiant knee our story and how beautifully she conveyed it.Sent on 11/22/2014
Marta · Married on 10/04/2014
Jill wrote a great love story about me and my husband based on the questions she had sent us to answer. Everybody founded it funny and entertaining. She also picked the perfect poem for us. We are so happy that she was our officiant. I highly recommend her services.Sent on 10/10/2014
User4445304 · 2+ years ago
Jill Brown, the officiant of Chicago Choice Ceremonies, was fantastic to work with. She made an effort to get to know us, and crafted a perfect ceremony for us -- personal, funny, moving, and the optimal balance of traditional and modern. We included a hand-fasting ritual as part of the ceremony, and Jill performed it very naturally and incorporated it well into the other, more modern parts of the ceremony. We also had a bit of a technical difficulty with the reader's microphone, but Jill handled the situation very calmly, and all was well. Afterward, we had many of our guests tell us that we had had "the best ceremony they've ever seen." Jill was very prompt to both the rehearsal and the ceremony, and was great at moving people along during the rehearsal to optimize our time.Sent on 10/03/2014
Karla · Married on 08/30/2014
Jill was wonderful. She met with us and got a feel for who we are. She worked with us and did not add any stress to the already stressful wedding planning. She created a unique and beautiful ceremony.Sent on 09/07/2014
Jacqui · Married on 08/30/2014
This is a review for a commitment ceremony.Sent on 10/01/2014
We contacted Jill a week before our commitment ceremony when our other celebrant dropped out. She graciously filled in for him and immediately jumped in, jazzing up the script for the ceremony and walking me through how the ceremony would proceed. She is in Chicago and I'm in New York, so it was a lot of e-mailing and talking on the phone to get everything just right. She was very flexible with my time limitations, and very quick about sending me all of the edits.
On the day of the ceremony Jill was laid back and reassuring that everything would go smoothly. She was perfectly timed and had cue cards for me and my partner.
I can't thank her enough for everything that she did, and I would definitely recommend her for any event.
User4451085 · 2+ years ago
Jill Denise was a wonderful officiant and we will always appreciate her responsiveness, words of wisdom and guidance through the process. Our wedding was a very intimate gathering in a garden, next to a tree that had a history and a meaning to our union, and Jill was very thoughtful in accommodating this into her speech, which was very well written and meaningful. We appreciate Jill's services and recommend her without reservation in any ceremony you may be thinking of. She is kind and professional, and being an officiant comes natural to her - as part of a calling. Thank you, Jill.Sent on 10/05/2014
Julie & Jody · Married on 07/04/2014
From the moment we met Jill we knew she was the perfect fit for us. On our fist meeting she greeted us with a big hug- her happiness was contagious. Her warmth, smile and genuine interest in us and "our story" was not only comforting, but gave us a high level of confidence that she would create a meaningful and personalized ceremony for our wedding. After our first meeting, we said to one another; "Jill is the type of person we would absolutely want to be friends with." We trusted her implicitly and felt so comfortable with her. Our ceremony was amazing!!! We had so many of our guests tell us it was the best ceremony they had ever been to. The ceremony Jill created set the tone for the entire night and it was EVERYTHING we had wished it would be. We can't thank her enough for all that she has done for us. The rating "5 out of 5" doesn't begin to quantify the level of gratitude and appreciation we have for Jill and her masterful skills as a celebrant!Sent on 07/06/2014
Lauren · Married on 06/07/2014
Jill Brown performed our ceremony and she did an awesome job. We put off finding our officiant until only a few months before our wedding. So we were very happy when we found Jill. We knew once we met with her and discussed what we wanted for the ceremony she was definitely meant to be our officiant. She is genuine, down to earth and very professional. Jill took the time to get to know us and wrote an absolutely wonderful personalized ceremony. I received a ton of compliments from our guests. Even though we opted not to do a religious ceremony Jill made sure it was still a special and unique part of our day. I highly recommend hiring Jill for your wedding. She set the tone for an amazing day!!!Sent on 07/06/2014
User3898903 · 2+ years ago
Jill Brown performed our elopement ceremony and was absolutely wonderful! We were quite last minute with all our planning and she became someone I could email and rely on for anything at all. She helped us with more than just our ceremony. She had great suggestions and was always very quick to reply to all my emails! I also really appreciated that she took the time to talk to us in order to get to know us and personalize the ceremony for us. I would like to thank Jill and Chicago Choice Ceremony for helping us create the day of our dreams! Everything was perfect.Sent on 02/12/2014
April and Jason · Married on 12/30/2013
We are so, so glad we chose Jill to perform our wedding ceremony. Jill was professional from the beginning to the end. The ceremony Jill put together was perfect and she fully understood us, our situation and catered our wedding perfectly. Jill was such a friendly person to deal with which made our wedding smooth running. We highly recommend Jill 100%.Sent on 01/18/2014
Kathy · Married on 10/26/2013
Jill was the perfect celebrant for our wedding. She gave us thoughtful surveys to get a handle on our personalities. The order of our vows was perfect. We incorporated several cultures and traditions. Jill was knowledgeable and wove it all into a unique experience that embraced us and our special friends and family.Sent on 11/08/2013
Jonathan · Married on 10/26/2013
Ms. Jill Brown ofSent on 11/11/2013
Chicago Choice Ceremonies
is a passionate and responsible Officiant for your ceremony, wedding or other celebratory event.
She is highly recommended.
Pat · Married on 07/26/2013
If you are looking for an officiant for your wedding, Jill Brown is awesome! Ours was a re-marriage but had all the sentiment and specialness of a first time marriage. Jill was very interested in our love story and her questionaire was extensive but was worth answering every question. She knew us and we knew her without ever meeting each other. She was very sensitive to the mood we wanted to set. She created a ceremony just for us and hit all the right tones and high points. We were married outside on a very special Covered Bridge in Parke co, IN. It was very spiritual in nature, complete with an Apache Native American Blessing.. But she would be completely at home creating something traditional, inside a church, carefree and casual, or on the beach, If you are looking for someone that is in-tune with the times, completely non-judgemental, a free spirit, kind, loving and caring we would recommend Jill. She is a beautiful person!Sent on 08/04/2013
User6324918 · 2+ years ago
My husband and I contacted Jill after doing some research on officiants and she responded immediately with a variety of dates/times she was available. We met with her at a coffee shop and spent about 2 and a half hours getting to know one another. Jill was genuinely interested in getting to know us and our love story. She provided us with a variety of examples of ceremony styles, readings, and explained the timeline of events. My husband and I immediately felt at ease when speaking with Jill and knew that she would be a great fit for us.Sent on 02/05/2016
Jill sent us both a questionnaire to complete and utilized our answers to create a thoughtful and inviting ceremony. So many of our guests came up to us after the ceremony, and continue to tell us how personal and warm-hearted the ceremony felt. Jill thoughtfully wrote our ceremony as if she had known us for years. It was loving, caring, humorous, and inclusive.
She made herself readily available through phone calls and email. Thank you, Jill for making our day extra special and being so flexible!
Chicago Choice Ceremonies by Jill Brown's reply:Thank you so much, Megan, for your time and thoughtful review. I so enjoyed working with you and Phil and you two were so warm and open that you made it a breeze to create a ceremony that expressed your love and devotion to each other. I'm so happy your guests enjoyed it as well! All the best to you!
Angela · Married on 05/23/2014
We wanted to thank Jill very much for everything she did in designing our ceremony. We are glad everything went well and as planned. We received many compliments of our ceremony, thanks to her. My family is very used to the Catholic church wedding ceremony and was awaken of a personalized ceremony. They all enjoyed the rituals that we recommended and that Jill conducted very well.Sent on 06/11/2014
She worked with us considering we lived in Florida and we were having our wedding in Tinley Park, IL.
Our original officiant wasn't able to do our ceremony and highly recommended Jill. We trusted she would a great job considering she was referred and because we did not have time to read her reviews. When we met Jill for the first time over tea, it was as if we known each other for awhile. She was fascinated on our desire to incorporate many cultural rituals. She also did a great job on the rehearsal, which made the wedding party excited for the big deal.
We highly recommend Jill for your upcoming, special celebrations, she will not let you down!
Sylwia Borowska · Married on 07/20/2019
July 20th, 2019
Jill was a wonderful officiant. She was able to provide suggestions for readings and really cared about getting to know my partner and I. I recommend having her marry you!Sent on 08/06/2019
Chicago Choice Ceremonies by Jill Brown's reply:Thank you, Sylwia. It was a pleasure working with you! All the best to you and Roger for many years of happiness!
Miles S · Married on 06/22/2019
Ceremony with Jill Brown
I would absolutely recommend Jill to any client. She did a wonderful job and really ensured that our wedding ceremony would be perfect. Thank you Jill!Sent on 09/23/2019
Chicago Choice Ceremonies by Jill Brown's reply:It was a true pleasure working with you and Pia! May you have a long and happy marriage. All the best to you!
Steve Guldberg · Married on 06/07/2019
Jill was very pleasant, patient, and accommodating. She took the time to get to know us and personalized our ceremony perfectly. She provided a great start to our marriage.Sent on 06/15/2019
Jen · Married on 07/15/2017
We loved working with Jill for our wedding ceremony! We received many compliments on how wonderful the ceremony was; our guests were impressed with how truly personal and representative of our relationship she was able to make it.Sent on 08/05/2017
Chicago Choice Ceremonies by Jill Brown's reply:Great clients and great story to share! Thanks for working so well with me to create a beautiful ceremony!
Elizabeth · Married on 09/17/2016
Jill did a fantastic job with our ceremony. As much fun as the reception was, Jill's speech was the highlight of the entire event, and she brought many interesting ideas to the table that allowed us to create the exact ceremony we wanted.Sent on 10/13/2016