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I am a Chicago Wedding Officiant
How to Obtain Your Marriage License
Your Planning Session
Your Rehearsal
Your Wedding Ceremony
Elopement Ceremonies in Chicago
Chicago Justice of the Peace
Child Naming/Parental Dedication

Pricing and Fees

Contact Me (by email)

(800) 523-5957

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Wedding Ceremonies

All About My Services

About Thomas Witham
How My Ceremonies Are Different
The Couples I Work For
Wedding Venues Where I've Performed
Religious & Philosophical Expression
Your Greatest Advocate
Letters of Appreciation
For Those Previously Married

Designing Your Ceremony

Facing Your Guests (Modern Format)
Backs Turned (Traditional Format)
Examples of Wedding Vows
Effective Seating
Aisle Runner or Petals
Children in Wedding Ceremonies
The Escorting of a Bride
Taking Parental Vows
The Use of Music
Using a Pedestal
Using a Wedding Carriage
A New Role For Grandparents
Wedding Ceremony Readings
In Memoriam

Ceremonies in Special Places
Ceremonies in Theme
Taking Your Ceremony to Others
Staying in Character
What Name Should I Use?
What if it Rains?
Fibbing Your Start Time
Ceremonies in Candlelight
The Reception Line

The Order of Events

Primary Options:
Read this First
The Unity Candle
Champagne Sharing
The Sand Ceremony
The Blessing Tree
Tying the Knot
Tasting the Elements
Using a Photomontage
The Giving of Roses

Options In Finale:
Butterfly Release
Dove Release
Balloon Release
Tossing Petals
Bubbles in a Wedding Ceremony
Applause Walk

The Five Rules:
Rule One
Rule Two
Rule Three
Rule Four
Rule Five

Advice on Photography
Advice on Wedding Coordinators
Death by Venue
An Invitation To Journalists

Resources and Links

For Those Considering Plagiarism

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Resources and Links
Craig and Kelly in front of the "Cloud Gate" near Millennium Park - Chicago, Illinois.
Chicagoland Wedding Professionals (click on their links)
Wedding Gifts & Favors: - Online supplier of wine gifts & totes for special events, parties and weddings. All products can be personalized for your ideal wedding favor.
Click Here For Details.

Photographers and Videographers:
Digital Image Video Production (773) 517-0591
Media in Black (773) 470-3594
Elegant Videos by Kris - (630) 876-9604
A Family Affair Video Productions - (708) 442-8154
Ken Carl Photography (773) 294-6025
Linda Horton Photography (773) 238-6500
Kramford Videography (630) 231-8459
Musicians and DJ's:
Glenn David Productions - (800) 887-3517 DJ
Manna Music - (630) 620-8519 DJ
Essence Entertainment (630) 960-9795 DJ
Keystone Music (847) 676-9647 Strings
Kari Gardner - Harpist
Kathie Nicolet - (630) 830-2345 Pianist
Chris Martin Music (773) 536-0776 Pianist
Classical Aisles (630) 985-2860 Strings
Wedding Ceremony Accessories and Jewelry:
The Left Bank - Bridal Finery and Accessories (773) 929-7422
This Bridal Salon is located at: 1155 W. Webster Ave. Chicago, Il.
Yachts and Cruises (along Chicago's lakefront):
Kanan Cruises - (312) 222-0088
Carriage and Limousine Services:
Jim and Becky's Horse and Carriage (708) 534-7600
Hearty Boys - ( 773) 244-9866
Located at 3819 N. Broadway - Chicago, Il.
Makeup Artist

Cindy Young. (773)-203-0089. Throughout Chicagoland. Email: