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Dr ElizabethAnne Stewart

Dr ElizabethAnne Stewart

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City : Chicago
State : IL
Country : USA
Phone: 773-495-0228
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If you dream of a Wedding or Commitment Ceremony that is designed especially for you and your partner, then I may be the Officiant for you. Licensed to perform Weddings and Civil Unionsin the State of Illinois, I not only perform religious ceremonies but also ones that are spiritual without being overtly religious and ones that could be described as completely "secular."Although I myself come from a Christian background, I am comfortable working withcouples from all faith traditions as well as those who have left their traditions of origin or who have never had a tradition. Well-versed in the kinds of readings and ritual actions which will make your ceremony unique, I will personalize your ceremony so that it reflects your beliefs, values and culture. At all times, I will be sensitive to your needs and concerns.

With a Ph.D. in Theology and a Doctor of Ministry degree, I have an extensive repertoire to draw on, especially as I have taught ritual at the college level (DePaul University, Columbia College etc.).I am a seasoned public speaker/ preacher and have presented workshops, retreats and seminars locally, nationally and internationally. My approach is warm, inclusive, personal and engaging, regardless of audience; as a Wedding Officiant, I use every day language and concepts thattouch the heart. My goal is to make you and your guestsfeel at ease, regardless of the setting you choose. Venues have included the Odyssey Cruise Ship, the Mystic Blue Cruise Ship, The Spirit of Chicago Cruise Ship,Rockefeller Chapel, Indiana Dunes State Park,The Madison Centre for Spirituality and theArts, The Art Institute of Chicago, TangoChicago, Maggiano's, Public Hotel, Uncommon Ground, private residences throughout Chicagoland, the Yale University Club, NY....

Together we will create YOUR ceremony; instead of having a stranger presiding over your most important day, you will have a friend and coach to be there in a supportive role.A Board Certified Life Coach, I am also available for pre-Wedding and pre-Civil Unionrelationship coaching. A member of Spiritual Directors International, I have offered spiritually-based counseling since 1989 and have trained others in the sacred art of listening. You can learn more about my Life Coaching practice by visiting

Pricing for 2013
: Wedding Officiating packages/ Commitment Ceremony packagesbegin at $275 for a standard ceremony (religious or spiritual or secular) and $375 for apersonalized ceremony which includes multiple drafts of the ceremony, input from the couple, and a one hour meeting or phone conversation. Should you wish to be more involved in the planning process, or to schedule pre-Marriage/ pre-Civil Unionrelationship coaching, I would be more than happy to meet with you. Weddings/ rehearsals involving travel time beyond Chicago may incur additional fees, depending on the location and distance from the city.


Please note that my fee for personalized ceremonies on board cruise ships= $375 $25 parking at Navy Pier; standard ceremonies
$275 $25 parking at Navy Pier. If other venues require valet parking or public parking, then those fees would also be additional.

$275 for a standard ceremony that can be religious, or spiritual or entirely secular
. This optionisfor those who do notwant a personalized ceremonyand who would prefernot to be involved in the process of creatingtheir own ceremony.There are several texts to choose from (e.g. a reading from theBible or a selection from The Prophet, or a contemporary poem etc. ); you can include a ritual such as The Rose Ceremony, The Sand Ceremony, The Unity Candle or Jumping the Broom.... Though your names will be used throughout the ceremony, there will be no personal address to thecouple and the Welcome, Statement of Intentions, Vows, Exchange of Rings, Final Blessing and Pronouncement will be pre-set.
That being said, my style is warm and highly personal and, in fact, you will feel as though the ceremony was created with just you in mind! In no way will your ceremony feel "canned" or "cookie cutter"!

$375 for apersonalized ceremony that can be religious, or spiritual or entirely secular
. This option is for couples who want to be involved in the planning process so that the ceremony truly reflectsyour shared vision and dreams, as well asyour history together. My fee includes either a one hour meeting in Chicago's South Loop or else a one hour phone conversation, plus email exchanges in response to drafts of the ceremony.You can request special mention of family members (e.g. deceased parents, childrenyou may have, significant people inyour lives.... ) My Address (mini-sermon) is based on information you provide -- details, for example, about what has brought you together and why you are choosing marriage at this time. With this package, you can write your own vows, select your own readings and basically custom-design your own ceremony, with my guidance.

These prices are based upon the ceremony starting at the time stated on our agreement; additional fees may be incurred for ceremonies that start late.

Extra hours of ceremony planning

$60 per hour
Wedding Rehearsal

$100 travel (if applicable)

1 hr pre-marital coaching/ Marriage preparation/Civil Union preparation( in person meeting or phone conversation)


Additional sessions:

$60 each
*Please note that I am offering Life Coaching sessions at a discounted price as part of your wedding package. My customary fees for Life Coaching are listed on my website
Travel within a10 mile radius of downtown Chicago (starting point,
The Art Institute
)is included in my fee; travel beyond 10 miles will be billed at $1.50 per mile,both directions. For example, if the ceremony is to be held in Kildeer, IL and the distance from
The Art Institute
to the venue is 39 miles, my travel fee would be based on 58 miles (having subtracted 10 miles in each direction): $87.00.
Travel 100 miles beyond Chicagoneeds to be discussed on a case by case basis; it may involve hotel accommodation/ meals as well as compensation for time/ transportation costs.

Dr Elizabethanne Stewart is a Chicago, IL based wedding officiant and premarital counseling company. We have been happy to serve wedding ceremonies for many years. We are experienced and professional wedding officiants and premarital counseling services in all neighborhoods of Chicago, Illinois and near-by cities.

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