"A marriage is based upon a foundation of trust, faith, and commitment. Trust to keep you open and honest with each other. Faith in each other to allow you to overcome doubt and adversity. Perhaps most importantly, commitment to keep you true to the promises you make to each other today."
Michael Moody, author of the self-improvement book Redefine Yourself: The Simple Guide to Happiness, serves as an ordained minister in Chicago (the River North, West Loop, Bucktown, Wicker Park, Old Town, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, South Loop, West Town, Logan Square, and Streeterville neighborhoods) and has performed several of his wedding ceremonies at the Bridgeport Art Center, Rookery, Stan Mansion, the River North Restaurant ZED451, and more! He is also the recent winner of the 2019 WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award in Chicago (the fourth consecutive year).
Michael's philosophy has evolved from a foundation of health, happiness, and mindfulness. His writings and speeches reflect the hope and inspiration of the people who surround him and the innate character of all beings. Michael believes that marriage will make each of you stronger so you will have the energy and passion to do things you might not choose to do alone.
Ultimately, Michael's holistic experience has helped him recently publish his book and serve as the Chicago wedding officiant for many wedding ceremonies.
"THIS IS YOUR GUY!!! Michael was the wedding officiant for our ceremony on 4/16/16 - and I was blown away! Michael was spot on in making our ceremony so personal and unique. We received SO many compliments on the ceremony at our wedding. I must have been asked 50 times how we found him.
Michael took time to get to know us and built the wedding ceremony accordingly. No part of his process is cookie cutter. I highly recommend Michael - and promise you won't be disappointed. I know several friends who attended our wedding will be using him in the future as well! Thank you THANK YOU THANK YOU for making our day so special, Michael."
"Mike was very spirited! He gave us a list of questions for us to answer (individually) so that he could make the wedding ceremony as personal and fun as possible. He also provided a lot of examples and descriptions to make the whole process as easy as possible for us. He was professional, courteous, and full of positive energy! He really made the day perfect, and special for us. I would recommend him to any couple! He was simply wonderful, and we are very grateful :)"
"I am so happy we had Michael Moody officiate our wedding! He did an amazing job! Right from the start, Michael, was very professional and helpful. He sat down with us and helped us organize our whole wedding ceremony and provided us with great advice on the order of everything. He even provided us sample readings and vows which was awesome! He was very responsive with all our emails and answered all our questions as well. And on our wedding day, Michael was phenomenal! He made sure everything was in order and everyone involved in the wedding ceremony knew what to do and when--he made the whole process stress-free. He did a wonderful job tailoring the wedding ceremony to just what we wanted and we couldn't have been any happier with the whole thing."
"Michael Moody made our wedding ceremony better than we could of ever imagined. From the moment we contacted Michael it was clear he takes what he does seriously. He takes the extra time to get to know the couple to give them the wedding ceremony that best fits them. Afterwards our guests praised how great the service was and we totally agree. We invited Michael to stay for the reception and he was very engaging with everyone and very sincere."
"My husband and I are so happy that Michael Moody officiated our wedding ceremony in Chicago on 9/19/15! He is professional, personable, and a genuine individual! Michael responds to all emails and phonecalls in a timely manner.
When we sat down with Michael to go over the wedding ceremony, he put my husband and I immediately at ease. Our ceremony was customized to our wants and needs and when our wedding day came, everything was perfect. All of our guests raved about our wedding officiant, Michael. He really did a beautiful job with his opening statement during our ceremony as well as how beautifully the rest of the ceremony went. If my husband and I renew our wedding vows in the next 10, 25, or 50 years, we hope that Michael will be around to officiate us then! We highly recommend Michael to officiate your special day!"
"Michael Moody performed a beautiful wedding ceremony. He did a wonderful job getting to know about us and our story. He made the ceremony very personal and we received many compliments about the wedding ceremony. I would highly recommend Michael Moody."
"I was so impressed by how amazing Michael Moody was on Sunday's wedding at ZED 451. He was the officiant for a wedding that was hosted with us. Michael was professional, enthusiastic and very well spoken. He personalized his words to fit their lives. Great job, I will be recommending him to others."
I do not even know if I can put into words how wonderful Michael is. He made sure that our wedding ceremony was personal to us and the tone we wanted to set. I have to commend him as well at being so great with some unexpected interferences at an outside wedding ceremony! We received so many compliments on the wedding ceremomy which was the most important part for us. We could never thank him enough for being a huge part of our day!
"Any bride reading this, please take my advice and just call Michael and book him before someone else does. He was absolutely incredible. His ceremony felt like he knew the both of us for years. Truly our wedding ceremony went amazing because of him. Thank you, Michael!!"
"Michael was amazing. He listened to how we wanted our wedding ceremony and made it very personal. Everyone came up to us after and complimented how perfect and beautiful the wedding ceremony was."
"Michael was such a great wedding officiant. We got many compliments on our wedding ceremony and how it seemed to really suit the two of us. He took the time to meet with us and figure out what type of wedding ceremony we wanted and then tailored it so it felt very personal and unique. He was very professional and thoughtful."
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The total cost for a Chicago wedding officiant is $795 (which includes the initial meeting, preparation time, wedding rehearsal, and wedding ceremony). A wedding ceremony without a wedding rehearsal is $695. A 50% deposit is due to reserve the date (usually paid at the initial meeting via check, cash, or Chase Quickpay).