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Kelly Mckenney · Getting married on 06/05/2020
The Best Chicago Officiant!
My husband Nick and I are so happy we found Rev Bill to marry us on May 18, 2019. We were so impressed that he truly understood us as a couple after only meeting with him for an hour. Each time we met with him after that we felt like he understood our relationship and would be the perfect person to reflect that to our wedding guests. He was extremely professional, personable and organized. He asked us to review every detail of our ceremony so we felt comfortable with every reading, prayer and vow. He even gave us great ideas to help make our ceremony more special like adding a flower ceremony for our parents. We would highly recommend Rev Bill to anyone looking for an amazing officiant!!Sent on 06/03/2019
Weddings by Rev. Bill Epperly's reply:Thank you Kelly! It was so great getting to know you and Nick and then planning and officiating your wedding! Salvatore's was the perfect venue for you. I wish you a wonderful adventure as you settle into your marriage! - Rev. Bill
John Sweeney · Married on 09/14/2019
What a guy!
We recently worked with Rev. Bill for our wedding in Chicago and I can't recommend him highly enough for any couples looking for an all-star officiant in the area.Sent on 09/18/2019
Throughout the entire planning process Bill could not have been easier to work with or more supportive of making our vision a reality. In our pursuit of a multi-cultural ceremony, Bill provided thorough research on Hindu and Catholic ceremony components and clearly took the time to explore the best ways to go about blending traditions for a beautiful cohesive final product. Although we ultimately decided to go for a more secular ceremony, Bill definitely takes the time to put together a script for your wedding day that's exactly what you are looking for. He sent us multiple drafts of the scrips, met us for coffee and in-person to get to know us, our story & relationship, and collaboratively put together then delivered exactly what we wanted. Our guests loved him, his presence, and the atmosphere he provided for our wonderful day.
Thanks so much to Bill for all of his wonderful work! He's a rockstar and you'll give him a call if you know what's good for ya!
Weddings by Rev. Bill Epperly's reply:Thank you, John! Your wedding at the Kimpton Gray truly was a highlight of my year. You two were great to work with and I enjoyed getting to know you. Maybe I'll see you at a couples program down the road! Take care, Rev. Bill
Amy · Married on 11/10/2018
We were so happy with our ceremony by Rev. Bill. He got to know us a little bit before the ceremony, so he was able to make some personal comments during the ceremony. He let us choose readings/ceremonies we wanted, but then still provided the structure for the ceremony. We were so happy how it turned out and had lots of compliments. He was very easy going and enjoyable to work with!Sent on 12/03/2018
Weddings by Rev. Bill Epperly's reply:Thank you, Amy! You and Kyle were great! I loved officiating for you at the Westin Hotel. All the best as you two continue the adventure of married living! - Rev. Bill
kirsten · Married on 11/03/2018
Thumbs Up, most definitely recommend to a friend
We could not have chosen a better, more professional, more thoughtful officiant than Rev. Bill. He really took the time getting to know us. He made our ceremony very personalized, comfortable and charming. Run, don't walk towards Rev. Bill if you are looking for an officiant. Thanks so much Rev. Bill for making our ceremony so very special and personalized. Kirsten & TonySent on 01/03/2019
Weddings by Rev. Bill Epperly's reply:Thanks, Tony and Kirsten, it was great getting to know you and I loved Brique. All the best for a great 2019! Rev. Bill
David M · Married on 10/20/2018
Rev. Bill helped create an unforgettable wedding!
Planning an inter-religious marriage ceremony had its challenges. Initially we were very uncertain as to what we wanted conveyed during this once in a lifetime moment. When my now wife presented me with Rev. Bill, whom she found online, my gut feeling after reading his bio was ABSOLUTELY! What a wonderful, kind man. We thoroughly enjoyed our process with him and he helped create the ceremony that we will remember forever. He was thoughtful, attentive, and executed a fantastic day. I think Rev. Bill would serve any style of wedding in excellent fashion! Thank you Rev. Bill!!!Sent on 01/09/2019
Weddings by Rev. Bill Epperly's reply:Thanks so much for your kind words, David. Your "Heart Story" wedding at City Winery was a highlight of my year. Honestly. You two were awesome to work with, awesome people. I hope you'll stay in touch! - Rev. Bill
Ezekiel J · Married on 10/06/2018
Rev Bill was an absolute blessing to have have officiate our wedding. He was always there for questions and concerns. He understood what we really cared about during our big day and delivered just the right words! He was funny, thoughtful and just a joy for our audience to listen to. We couldn't have chosen better. Thank you so much Rev Bill! Liz and ZekeSent on 05/24/2019
Weddings by Rev. Bill Epperly's reply:Zeke and Liz, I have many fond memories of your wedding last Fall and wish you all the best as you travel together! Rev. Bill
Goda · Married on 09/21/2018
Rev. Bill was a great find! He was great to work with and really accommodated our vision while planning out the wedding ceremony. My (now) husband and I are not religious but spiritual and he made us feel comfortable about our choices and carefully crafted the ceremony with appropriate words. We choose to do a few sessions of the counseling for ourselves, but to also spend some more time with Rev. Bill before the big day so it wouldn't be a stranger marrying us. We enjoyed the assessment utilized as the basis of our conversations and Rev Bill was very accommodating to our schedules and ran the sessions really nicely. We enjoyed getting to know him and his personality during these sessions as well as growing as a couple.Sent on 10/09/2018
Leading up to the big day, we had clear and consistent communication with Rev. Bill finalizing details and he provided some nice words of reassurance that every bride needs the week of her wedding! haha On the day, he was very timely (important for a type A bride like me!) and always had a lovely calm demeanor. Overall, we had a great experience with Rev. Bill and would highly recommend. I even received comments from my family and friends that they really like him, and his voice, and demeanor so it wasn't just us who like him!
You can't go wrong with Rev. Bill!
Weddings by Rev. Bill Epperly's reply:Thanks so much, Goda! It was really a pleasure getting to know you through the pre-marriage sessions and then the wedding planning! Your wedding at 12 Vineyards was gorgeous! I wish you lots of joy in your married life! - Rev. Bill
Allison · Married on 09/08/2018
Rev. Bill is the best! My fiancee (now husband) and I met him for coffee in late 2017, and after one meeting knew that we wanted to move forward with booking him for our 9/8/18 wedding.Sent on 09/16/2018
Throughout the entire process, Rev. Bill was incredibly responsive, met all timelines set and made everything so easy. We did not have a really clear idea of what we wanted for our ceremony, except that we wanted it to be on the shorter side and aligned with our personalities. He wrote the most perfect ceremony which we were able to review and edit months before the big day. We met again about 2 months before the wedding to go over everything, and again our minds were totally put at ease. We had no idea what we were doing, and Rev. Bill's guidance was invaluable.
About 3 weeks before the wedding we decided we really wanted to have a rehearsal. Rev. Bill fit it into his schedule with no problem, and was great about giving us, our families and the wedding party the guidance we needed. On the day of the wedding, everything went perfectly! We invited him and his wife to join us for the reception, and it felt like they were part of our group of family and friends. We are SO glad he was available for our wedding date!
In addition to him being a great person, Rev. Bill submitted our marriage license right after the wedding, and emailed us a copy with a cute word cloud. He is sending us a bound copy of our ceremony as a keepsake, and even shared a guided meditation in the weeks leading up to the wedding to keep us calm. Rev. Bill is the best, and we would absolutely recommend working with him for your ceremony!
Weddings by Rev. Bill Epperly's reply:Thank you for your kind words, Allison! I have had a great time meeting and getting to know you and Chris, from that first coffee at Peet's until now. I will be in touch with some couples programs and such in the future. All the best to you! - Rev. Bill
B · Married on 08/18/2018
We cannot say enough about how wonderful Reverend Bill Epperly made our wedding experience. When we contacted several potential officiants, he stood out as the one who was most responsive, usually messaging us back within a couple hours. My wife and I were living in different cities at the time, but Rev. Bill was very flexible, meeting me at a convenient location and letting my wife Skype in. He is so friendly and easy to talk to, but also extremely professional. We appreciated his check list of wedding details that helped us plan our ceremony, especially his list of recommended passages and poems to help us select readings. He offers several different ceremony packages, which gave us the ability to customize our ceremony and say within our budget. The final ceremony he put together for us was BEAUTIFUL! Everything flowed so smoothly and his kind and thoughtful words made us and our families feel like he had known us for years. We received so many compliments about the ceremony afterwards. We feel fortunate to have found the best wedding officiant in the Chicago!Sent on 09/15/2018
Weddings by Rev. Bill Epperly's reply:I'm delighted to hear from you, B. Your wedding was a real highlight of my Summer! I hope you'll be in touch as your lives unfold! Rev. Bill
William · Married on 08/12/2018
So great to work with Bill. He is amazing officant, friendly and very helpful. We are so happy that Bill is our wedding officiant.Sent on 08/27/2018
William & Ha
Weddings by Rev. Bill Epperly's reply:William, I loved your wedding location - the Mystic Blue at Navy Pier! And it was great getting to know you and Ha during the wedding planning. All the best to you both! Rev. Bill
Madison · Married on 08/04/2018
Rev. Bill was absolutely phenomenal. He took care of every aspect of the ceremony and had incredible patience with us and our very busy schedule. Rev. Bill helped us create the most perfect ceremony. Every aspect of the ceremony was carefully crafted and Rev. Bill ensured everything flowed smoothly. We are so thankful to Rev. Bill for being part of our wedding day. Our big day would not have been the same without him there!Sent on 09/07/2018
Weddings by Rev. Bill Epperly's reply:Thank you, Madison! Your wedding in Sycamore was truly a blast! Great location and great people. I really enjoyed getting to know you and Austin. Please stay in touch! - Rev. Bill
emily · Married on 07/20/2018
Rev Bill was such a wonderful addition to our wedding and to our lives. My husband and I were originally planning on having a family friend marry us. When this was no longer an option I went searching on The Knot for an officiant. After emailing back and forth with several candidates Nick and I had a phone interview with Rev. Bill. He was kind, professional, very knowledgeable, really listened to what we had to say and you could tell he already cared about us and our marriage. I loved all the options we were given on ceremony choices and his price point. Rev. Bill is extremely thorough, he really gets to know you as a couple and makes the ceremony as perfect as it could be for the two getting married. I loved every word Rev. Bill wrote for us and loved the attention we received, he wrote several drafts until Nick and I were 100% happy. We couldn't have had our perfect ceremony without him. We are very blessed to have met him, have worked with him, have had him speak his beautiful words and to know we can call on him any time in the future. Several guests at our wedding we shocked that we had only known Rev. Bill for a few months and that “today” was actually the first time we met in person, everyone thought he'd known us for years. That's how good Rev. Bill is at what he does and how much he truly cares about his couples.Sent on 07/31/2018
Weddings by Rev. Bill Epperly's reply:Thank you, Emily, for your kind words. It was really great getting to know you and Nick and, yes, finally celebrating your wedding after months of planning! I hope you'll both stay in touch! All the best as you begin your walk together as husband and wife! - Rev. Bill
Amanda · Married on 07/13/2018
Rev. Bill was perfect for us! He was responsive, professional and a joy to speak with. He was exactly what my husband and I were looking for. The ceremony was perfectly recited and well rehearsed. Not to mention, everything went as smooth as can be, because of Rev. Bill's organization and process. We are very grateful to have found Rev. Bill and had him as our wedding officiant!Sent on 08/09/2018
Weddings by Rev. Bill Epperly's reply:Thank you, Amanda! It was great getting to know you and Brady. I hope to hear from you as your new life unfolds! - Rev. Bill
Adrianna · Married on 07/06/2018
Rev. Bill wonderfully officiated our wedding ceremony this summer. He was professional, from the moment we had a sit-down conversation, to the day of the ceremony. He kept in constant communication about the ceremony, had a beautifully written script for us, and took the time to hear our personal love story. Rev. Bill used our own personal style to inform what he implemented into our ceremony. For example, my husband and I experienced much loss of loved ones throughout our relationship, and Rev Bill integrated several moments to honor these individuals in our ceremony. He was quite flexible with us. Additionally, the day of the ceremony, he arrived early, eloquently officiated the ceremony, and interacted wonderfully with our wedding guests. We highly recommend Rev. Bill, as he did a great job on our big day.Sent on 07/13/2018
Weddings by Rev. Bill Epperly's reply:Adrianna, Thanks for your beautiful review. It was quite a day! You, your fiance' and the gorgeous Lake Michigan views all around us. I won't forget it ! All the best to you! Rev. Bill
Jesus · Married on 06/15/2018
Reverend Bill has been the best choice we could've possibly made.Sent on 07/03/2018
From the beginning he has put all the effort in knowing us and making it special for us.
From the unusual request of a small ceremony outdoors on the lake front in June (is was WARM), to smaller details about the language of the ceremony, the readings... he has helped shape a memorable experience for everyone involved.
Weddings by Rev. Bill Epperly's reply:Jesus, you and Kathryn were so sweet. It was a pleasure getting to know you and then Officiating for you. Please stay in touch! Rev. Bill
Kimberly · Married on 04/28/2018
Rev Bill was absolutely AMAZING. We had met with another officiant prior to him and it just didn't feel quite right. However, just moments after meeting Rev Bill, we knew we wanted him to officiate our wedding. He was kind, open-minded, caring and he understood what our ceremony needs were. We wanted a romantic and heartfelt ceremony and we knew that Rev Bill would deliver. We HIGHLY recommend Rev Bill. So much so that he officiated our legal ceremony and will do it once again for us in September 2018 for our wedding reception/ceremony for all family and friends.Sent on 05/19/2018
Weddings by Rev. Bill Epperly's reply:Kimberly, you guys are awesome. I'm so happy to be serving as your Officiant not just once, but twice! :) - Rev. Bill
Courtney · Married on 02/27/2018
We were married by Reverend Bill in Chicago and it was absolutely perfect. He took so much time to make sure our ceremony was tailored for us. He took our personal beliefs and wishes and created a ceremonyy that was exactly what we wanted. Reverend Bill was fantastic and we would definitely recommend him!Sent on 03/19/2018
Weddings by Rev. Bill Epperly's reply:Thank you, Courtney, I so enjoyed meeting and working with you and Sean to create your wedding! I hope you can find some time now to relax and enjoy the honeymoon period of your marriage. - Rev. Bill
Helen · Married on 02/09/2018
What can we say. Rev. Epperly made our day memorable. Last minute issues had us looking for someone to officiate our small ceremony. Rev. Epperly responded quickly and we were ale to get a time scheduled for the ceremony to take place the morning of the day were were flying back home. He is a very personable person and easy to talk to. We truly did enjoy the little ceremony in the snow, in Lincoln Park, in 17 degree weather. This is a day we will always remember. Looking forward to returning to Chicago for our 1 year anniversary.Sent on 03/02/2018
Weddings by Rev. Bill Epperly's reply:Thanks, Helen, I really appreciate your kind words. I don't conduct many weddings in 17 degree weather, but it was wonderful to be there in the snow with you and Greg. Unforgettable! And that someone passed by right as you had your first kiss and offered to take pictures? Priceless! All the best to you and Greg! - Rev. Bill
Gary · Married on 10/19/2017
Rev Bill is the best, simply put. He is extremely down to earth and truly has the couple's best interest in mind. He is not afraid to go out of his way to ensure your special day is perfect! I would HIGHLY suggest Rev Bill for any weddings!Sent on 10/23/2017
Weddings by Rev. Bill Epperly's reply:Great to hear from you, Gary, and thank you for your review! I hope we'll stay in touch - would love to talk more about social media's evolving edge and such. Best wishes to you and Ann!
Katie · Married on 09/09/2017
I would highly recommend using Rev. Bill. He was fantastic to work with. He helped us create a ceremony that was felt truly personal and reflected our religious and spiritual beliefs. He was very knowledgeable and made the process easy. He helped make everything run smoothly and we are so happy with our choice!Sent on 09/18/2017
Weddings by Rev. Bill Epperly's reply:Thank you, Katie! It was a pleasure getting to know you and Ben and your families! I'll be in touch on down the road with details on a new couples program I'm working on. Rev. Bill
Darla · Married on 08/26/2017
Rev. Bill Epperly was excellent. I could not of asked for anyone better. He was very professional and met our personal needs for our situation/ceremony. Inspirational, knowledgeable, spiritual, and compassionate. Thank You also to his wife for the great pictures and the readings. Me and My Husband are Very Happy how everything worked out!!! Thank You!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Sent on 09/03/2017
Weddings by Rev. Bill Epperly's reply:Thank you, Darla! So glad to have served as your Officiant! Please stay in touch!
kelley · Married on 07/29/2017
I live in MI and googled a pastor in Chicago. This was a risky venture and I really hit the jack pot! This man is is kind, considerate, honest and simply a wonderful person. His wife, who did a reading at the wedding is a wonderful human being as well. Rev. Bill listened to us and assisted us with getting our vows just right, We are a same sex couple and he genuinely cared about this union. I HIGHLY recommend this pastor for any nuptials! You will be very satisfied and pleased! Promise!!Sent on 08/02/2017
Weddings by Rev. Bill Epperly's reply:Thanks for your words, Kelley! It's been great getting to know you and Pam - please do stay in touch! Rev. Bill
Kelly · Married on 06/17/2017
We are so happy we chose to work with Rev. Bill Epperly for our wedding. He is kind, professional and makes the ceremony planning process enjoyable and easy. My husband and I come from different religious backgrounds and Rev. Bill put together a ceremony for us that perfectly combined both our perspectives. We are so lucky we found Rev. Bill and would recommend him to anyone looking for a wedding officiant.Sent on 08/19/2017
Weddings by Rev. Bill Epperly's reply:Thank you, Kelly! It was truly wonderful to work with you and Patrick! Here's wishing you many many happy years to come!
Ellen · Married on 02/18/2017
Rev Bill was so wonderful to work with. From our first meeting over skype, we knew he would be the one to officiate our wedding. He was kind, thoughtful and very responsive to any questions and inquiries we had. We worked together to customize our ceremony to exactly what we wanted! I would recommend him to anyone! We had so many people compliment how great our ceremony was and how special it made everyone feel. Thanks to Rev Bill, it was more special than we could have imagined!Sent on 03/17/2017
Weddings by Rev. Bill Epperly's reply:Thank you for your kind words, Ellen! It was truly so much fun to get to know you two and to work on, then, Officiate at your wedding! I wish you all the best as you travel on! - Rev. Bill
Donna · Married on 01/21/2017
Rev. Bill is a very kind, considerate, and organized person. He is also very punctual. He provided us the itinerary of my wedding ceremony two weeks before our wedding and allow us to change it on our preferences. We required a Christian style wedding ceremony and he was very professional by providing us with the typical events should be included in a Christian wedding. We also had our rehearsal one day before our wedding, he arrived at the venue ten minutes earlier than we scheduled. The wedding went very well under his leading. The price is very reasonable and affordable. I would definitely recommend Rev. Bill to my friends who are getting married!!!! Thank you Rev. Bil, I wish you all the best!!!!Sent on 01/23/2017
Weddings by Rev. Bill Epperly's reply:Hi, Donna, I really enjoyed working with you and your husband and learning about Chinese culture! When you called me less than a month before your wedding, I wasn't sure if we had enough time, but together we did it! All the best to you and Tianyu (Simon)! Please stay in touch. -Rev. Bill