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									                    Congratulations Bride and Groom!
Your participation in the premarital program at Willow Creek shows a strong
commitment to grow your relationship in ways that honor God and honor each other.
This Wedding Planner is provided to assist you as you plan your wedding ceremony at
Willow Creek. We would encourage you to spend some time reading through it. You
will be assigned a wedding coordinator when one is available after you have submitted
your wedding registration. You will receive a confirmation letter with his/her name and
phone number so you can set up a meeting to plan your ceremony. Please feel free to
contact your wedding coordinator with any questions or concerns you may have. He/she
will assist you in making your wedding day plans a reality.

Our wedding coordinators and assistants provide a special service to you. They are
volunteers with a passion to serve you and your family during this special time in your
lives. They are very familiar with the guidelines for weddings at Willow Creek, so we
encourage you to take advantage of their training and experience as you plan for your
wedding ceremony.

As you begin your life together, please know that the Marriage Ministry is here to serve
you. Please do not hesitate to give us a call.

Blessings to you,

Nancy Wendt                  Debbie Carlson                 Dawn Szweda
Nancy Wendt                 Debbie Carlson                   Dawn Szweda
Wedding Administrator       Marriage Administrator           Wedding Administrator
South Barrington            South Barrington                 McHenry County
224.512.1163                224.512.1322                     224.512.1737
nwendt@willowcreek.org      dcarlson@willowcreek.org         dszweda@willowcreek.org



                              Wedding Ministry Mission:
                         To touch the lives of couples we serve,
                     as well as their guests, with the love of Christ.
Table of Contents

Setting the Date......................................................................................................................... 1
Planning the Ceremony............................................................................................................. 1
   Your Wedding Coordinator
   Initial Meeting with Wedding Coordinator
   Meeting with Officiate
   Finalize Ceremony Plans
The Rehearsal............................................................................................................................ 3
Your Wedding Day ................................................................................................................... 3
   The Chapel
   The Bride’s Room
   Care of the Facility
Decorations ............................................................................................................................... 5
   Flowers
   Aisle Runner
   Pew Decorations
   Other Decorations
Photography .............................................................................................................................. 6
   Pictures
   Before the Ceremony
   During the Ceremony
   After the Ceremony
Videography.............................................................................................................................. 7
Music and Musicians ................................................................................................................ 8
  Wedding Music Suggestions
  Solo Suggestions
Vows ......................................................................................................................................... 9
  Traditional Vows
  Personal Vows
  Declaration of Consent – (I Do’s / I Will’s)
  Exchange of Rings
Scripture Readings .................................................................................................................. 10
    Old Testament
    New Testament
Symbolic Traditions................................................................................................................ 12
   Unity Candle
      Traditional
      Contemporary
   Cord of Three Strands
   Communion
Receiving Line ........................................................................................................................ 14
Send-off................................................................................................................................... 14
Sample Wedding Ceremony ................................................................................................... 14
Marriage License .................................................................................................................... 15
   Obtaining your Marriage License

Resources-Music..................................................................................................................... 17
Additional Resources .............................................................................................................. 20
Fees ......................................................................................................................................... 25
SETTING THE DATE
       Your wedding date is set with your Mentoring Couple. To confirm the date with the
church, please complete the online Wedding Registration Request located at the following
link:
                     http://www.willowcreek.org/marriageplan

If you have not yet decided on a Officiate, complete the request anyway; you can send in
your Officiate choices at a later date. You will be able to make your payment on-line during
the registration process. The fee is as follows:

Fee: Chapel Fee - $300 (This fee includes lighting, audio production and custodial services.)


Note: After your registration has been processed, you will receive written confirmation of
your wedding date and time, the rehearsal date and time, and the reception information, if it
is taking place at the church. Within a short time after your registration you will be notified
of the name and phone number of your Wedding Coordinator, as well as your Officiate.
Officiates and Wedding Coordinators accept weddings in good faith. If unforeseen
circumstances result in your Officiate or Coordinator being unable to serve at your wedding,
another Officiate or Coordinator will be assigned.

Available Time Frames and accompanying rehearsal times:

Wedding Days & Times           Wedding Day Facility Use       Rehearsal Times
Friday   5:30 pm               4:00 pm to 7:00 pm             Thursday 7 pm to 8pm
Saturday 10:00 am              8:30 am to 11:30 am            Thurs./Fri. 6 pm to 7 pm
Saturday 1:00 pm               11:30 am to 2:30 pm            Friday      7 pm to 8 pm
Saturday 4:00 pm               2:30 pm to 5:30 pm             Friday      8 pm to 9 pm
Sunday 4:00 pm                 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm             Saturday 6 pm to 7 pm


PLANNING THE CEREMONY
Your Wedding Coordinator
       Wedding Coordinators are volunteers that God uses to serve you and your guests.
Each one has unique gifts that God uses in this ministry to serve you, your family and your
guests. You have the freedom to personalize “your day” but please carefully consider
suggestions made by the Coordinator. Her desire is to minimize stress and confusion, and
maximize joy on your wedding day. She has already experienced many other wedding
ceremonies in the Chapel and is a good source of information regarding what works well,
what looks good and how long things may take.

Note: On the day of your wedding, there will be an additional volunteer present, a Wedding
Assistant. She helps the coordinator with many tasks including the set up of the wedding
ceremony.




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Your Wedding Coordinator & Assistant will…
      • be a liaison between you and the church for any questions or changes
      • show decorations/accessories that the church has available for you
      • assist in planning the ceremony outline, floor plan and timing for wedding day
      • oversee rehearsal and work with the officiate
      • set up/decorate chapel and lobby, pin on flowers
      • be a liaison for any wedding professionals: musicians, photographers,
         videographers, florists, limo drivers, etc.
      • oversee the seating and dismissal of guests
      • be in lobby during processional, provide cues for wedding party, officiate and
         sound technician
      • set up optional requests: communion in bride’s room, receiving line, ‘send-off’
         for couple etc.
      • make sure bride’s room, groom’s room and chapel are in order and that nothing is
         left behind
      • help make your day the best in whatever way she possibly can

Initial Meeting with Wedding Coordinator
        To begin planning your ceremony, contact your Coordinator to set up an initial
meeting. Both the Bride and Groom should plan to attend this first meeting, which typically
lasts about an hour and a half. Your Coordinator will review the guidelines for Willow
Creek ceremonies and answer any questions you have. You should also plan to discuss the
specific details you’re planning for your ceremony, such as the number of bridesmaids and
groomsmen, musicians, flowers, other decorations, etc. Reading through this Wedding
Planner is good preparation for the meeting. Generally, you will meet with your Coordinator
two or three times prior to your wedding.

Meeting with Wedding Officiate
       When your Wedding Officiate has been confirmed, contact him or her to schedule a
meeting to review your ceremony. This meeting should take place at least six weeks prior to
your wedding day.

Finalize Ceremony Plans
        Approximately one month before your wedding, you should meet again with your
Coordinator to finalize your plans. At that time you will need to provide a detailed ceremony
outline that includes specifics about wedding party participants, scripture readings, musicians
and songs, as well as any other details that may be unique to your ceremony. (See page 15
for an example of a wedding ceremony.)
        In addition to these scheduled meetings, your Coordinator is available to assist you
throughout the planning process. Please feel free to call or email the Wedding Administrator
if you have questions or need assistance.




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THE REHEARSAL
       The date and time of your rehearsal, which is scheduled one hour in the Chapel, is
included in your confirmation letter. Your Coordinator will conduct the rehearsal, which will
include an explanation/review of the wedding day schedule as well as an actual “walk
through” of the entire ceremony, including seating of parents, candle lighting, and the
processional and recessional. It is helpful if all members of the wedding party, including
parents, attendants, flower girl/ring bearer, ushers and scripture readers participate in the
rehearsal. To ensure a smooth and productive rehearsal, please note the following:
       • Some Willow Creek officiates, who have conducted many weddings at the
            church, may or may not participate in the rehearsal. If you are having an
            outside Officiate, he or she is encouraged to attend and participate.
       •   Since the Chapel is frequently scheduled for more than one rehearsal or other
           event in an evening, it is important to begin and end on time. We recommend
           you advise your families and wedding party members to arrive at Willow
           Creek 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.
       •   If some members of your wedding party are unable to attend the rehearsal,
           your Coordinator will brief them fully on the wedding day.
Note: The rehearsal is primarily a staging practice, designed to ensure wedding party
members are comfortable with the logistics of the ceremony. There will be no sound
equipment set up for the rehearsal also the scheduled time does not include practice by
musicians or playing of CDs. A sound technician will be present on your wedding day and
musicians should plan to practice during your facility time prior to the start of the ceremony.
        Some couples are concerned their rehearsal time is too late in the evening to have a
dinner afterwards. An excellent solution is to have the rehearsal dinner first. After the
dinner, those who are involved in the actual rehearsal can all make their way to the church
together. Out-of-town guests are less likely to get lost this way, and everyone is more likely
to be on time. If you would like to reschedule your rehearsal time, you may call the Marriage
Ministry office within 60 days of your wedding day and request the new time. Be sure to let
your Coordinator know if you are interested in changing your rehearsal time.

YOUR WEDDING DAY
        On your wedding day, you will have the use of the Willow Creek Chapel, the Chapel
lobby and the Bride’s Room. If one is available, you will also be assigned a classroom for
use by the groomsmen and/or photographer. From April through October, you will also be
told if the patio is available for outdoor pictures during your timeframe. Due to event
scheduling at the church, it is possible that a classroom or the patio area will not be available
on your wedding day.

Note: It is very likely that your rehearsal and wedding will not be the only event
scheduled in the Chapel/Bride’s Room on your day. These timeframes have been
developed to allow the most efficient use of our facilities. Your Coordinator will assist
you in meeting them and we ask that your families, wedding party members and
vendors honor them as well. The Bride and Groom, your wedding party members,
musicians and all vendors (such as florists, photographers and videographers) should


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plan to arrive at the church no earlier than the start of your facility time as shown
above unless prior arrangements have been made with the Wedding Administrator.

        Valuables should not be left in the Brides Room during the ceremony when it is
unattended. The Bride’s Room may be cleaned during your ceremony in preparation for the
next wedding or meeting. To assist with this process, personal belongings should be picked
up and organized before the ceremony starts. In particular, it is helpful if the floor is clear in
order to be vacuumed.

         If you are having a reception at the church, all personal belongings and wedding
decorations should be removed from the Chapel/Bride’s Room and extra classroom at the
conclusion of your Chapel facility time. They can be taken to the reception room or stored
in cars.

The Chapel
The following are details and logistics regarding the chapel.
       • Seating for up to 400 guests
       • 75-feet long, eight-feet wide aisle (aisle runner should be 100 feet in length)
       • 18 rows of pews on each side of aisle
       • Raised platform/stage with five full-length stairs (The stage is 28' 2" wide and
          18' deep from the top step to the back curtain)
       • Alter table on the stage (The altar table is 97" long x 31" wide and 32" high)
       • Two brass candelabra holding 15 candles each, and two silver candelabra
          holding 9 candles each which are provided by the church
       • Earth tones color scheme, with a black, white or gold background curtain
       • Professional-grade lighting and sound board
       • A sound technician will be present on your wedding day to coordinate lighting
          and sound, including any CD’s.

The Bride’s Room
        The Bride’s Room is a spacious room specially designed for use by the Bride and her
attendants and family members. It includes a private washroom, separate vanity/make-up
area, large floor-to-ceiling mirror, and one high, wall-mounted hook for hanging the wedding
gown. Comfortable furniture is provided and you are welcome to bring refreshments for
your wedding party to enjoy prior to the ceremony. It is a good idea to bring bottled water.
(To avoid disastrous spills, we ask that you do not bring red beverages, such as cherry punch
or grape juice.) We recommend that the men in the wedding party arrive dressed and ready
for photographs.

Care of the Facility
    We ask that you, your families, attendants and guests treat the church with care and
respect.
        • NO ALCOHOL may be consumed anywhere on the premises.
        • There is no smoking inside the building.



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       •   You will want to be sure to eat properly on your wedding day. Please keep
           food and drinks out of the chapel and lobby area, but you are welcome to
           have food in the Bride’s Room or extra room for the men. If you are
           interested, you may order food from Harvest for your bridal party. You can
           email the church at Catering@willowcreek.org for more information.


DECORATIONS
Flowers
        Flowers can be delivered to the Bride’s Room/Chapel at the start of your facility time.
To avoid confusion with another wedding or other event, or a misplaced order, please
confirm a specific delivery time with your florist. It’s also a good idea to provide the florist
with detailed directions to the church and the Chapel entrance.
        The Bride, or someone you designate, should be available to check the order when it
arrives and ensure everything has been delivered as ordered. Also, it’s helpful if corsages
and boutonnieres are clearly labeled. (For example, “usher,” “grandfather,” “bride’s aunt.”)
        The Coordinator or Assistant will distribute and set up your flowers, including
pinning corsages and boutonnieres. If you have a large wedding party, please ask a friend or
family member to assist in identifying those family members or other special guests who are
receiving flowers. All flowers need to be removed from the Chapel and surrounding areas
after your wedding.

Aisle Runner
        Aisle runners are available from your florist. A 100-foot length is recommended, as
it will unroll into the lobby; a 75-foot runner ends right at the chapel door and poses a
tripping hazard. A cloth or disposable paper runner is preferable to the vinyl/plastic variety.
Holes are easily made from shoes on plastic runners, and long dresses can make a swishing
noise on the plastic. Your Coordinator will pin the runner at the front of the chapel after pre-
ceremony pictures are completed. It is usually unrolled by the ushers just before the
Processional begins.

Pew Decorations
       We have several sets of pew adornments available for your use. These include tulle
bows in white or ivory with various ribbon combinations, and some silk flower
arrangements. Generally they are placed on every second or third pew, on both sides of the
aisle. Your florist can also provide custom pew bows. You will need 18 bows for every
second row on both sides, or 12 for every third row on both sides.

Note: Pew bows must be attached with ribbons, elastic bands or special plastic hooks. You
may not use tape, nails or any other materials that might scrape or damage the pews. Due to
fire insurance reasons, pew candles with a lighted flame may not be used nor can you have
swags between pews.




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Other Decorations
        We have two 42-inch round top white pillars and four 32-inch round top white pillars.
Both pillars are 12 inches in diameter. They can be placed in the aisle, on the stairs leading
to the altar, at the front and back of the Chapel or elsewhere as you choose. The church also
has a few silk arrangements that can be placed on these pillars, on the altar table or
elsewhere. You may also bring in flowers, ferns, baskets, battery-operated candles or other
decorations to place on top of the pillars or around the chapel and lobby area as desired.

Note: Pictures of our decorations can be viewed on Facebook (contact the wedding
administrator for access to that Facebook page.


PHOTOGRAPHY
       Both still photography and videography are permitted. Your Coordinator will brief
your photographer and videographer about Willow Creek’s guidelines. We encourage you to
work closely with your photographer, videographer and Coordinator to ensure all
photography is completed to your satisfaction within the scheduled time guidelines.

Pictures
        To ensure an organized, stress-free photography session, it is important that you have
a detailed plan for all pictures. Provide your photographer with a list of all planned pictures
and make sure all wedding party and family members know what time they are scheduled for
pictures. It will help if you designate a friend or family member to round up the people
needed in the next set of pictures so the photographer can concentrate on getting good shots.

Before the Ceremony
        Your photographer can arrive and begin setting up at the start of your facility time.
Posed pictures can be taken in the Chapel, Bride’s Room, and if weather permits and the
patio is available, outside on the grounds of the church. If a classroom has been assigned,
posed pictures may also be taken there.
        Some couples choose to have all pictures, including joint/blended wedding party and
extended family shots, taken before the start of their ceremony. This option ensures hair,
make-up and flowers are at their freshest and allows you to leave for your reception
immediately after your ceremony. This is also a good choice if you are planning to dismiss
guests personally or have a receiving line at the church. In order to create a special moment
for the Bride and Groom, before the pictures begin, the coordinator will make sure the Bride
is dressed and ready in the Bride’s Room and then will ask all others to leave. The
coordinator will send in the Groom and allow the couple a few minutes of alone time before
the pictures begin.
        If the Bride and Groom do not want to see each other before the ceremony, it works
well to do pictures of the Groom, his attendants and family members first, while the Bride
and her attendants are in the Bride’s Room getting dressed. The men in the wedding party,
including the Groom, should arrive at the church dressed in their wedding attire. Your
coordinator will pin on their boutonnieres. When the men’s picture session is complete, the
Groom can “hide” in the assigned classroom or the Men’s Room while the Bride enters the


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Chapel for pictures. To avoid being seen by arriving guests, the Bride should be back in the
Bride’s Room 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.
       In order to pin the aisle runner and begin seating guests on time, all pre-ceremony
photography should be complete no later than 25 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

During the Ceremony
       To avoid distracting from the beauty and solemnity of the ceremony, we ask that your
photographer respect the following guidelines:
       • The photographer can be in the aisle during the processional and recessional.
       •   Use of flash lighting is allowed throughout the ceremony; however, we ask
           that spotlights not be used.
       •   From the end of the processional (when the Bride reaches the altar) to the
           beginning of the recessional (when the Bride & Groom walk back down the
           stairs) pictures should be taken from the back of the Chapel; or, if in the aisle,
           no closer than halfway to the altar.
       •   The photographer or videographer may not be on the altar platform, the
           stairs or anywhere in front of guests during the ceremony.


After the Ceremony
        If not done earlier, pictures of the Bride and Groom together, as well as group
pictures of all attendants and family members, can be taken after the ceremony. However, if
you are doing pictures after the ceremony, you will not have time for a receiving line at the
church. If the Bride and Groom will be dismissing guests in the Chapel personally, you
should plan to take all pictures before the ceremony. Experience has shown that there is not
enough time for both.

Note: Please notify all wedding attendants and family members they must return to the
Chapel immediately after the ceremony for pictures.


        We have heard from couples that complying with scheduled time guidelines at
Willow Creek can be challenging, especially concerning time available for photographs.
Your Coordinator will assist in planning your day to ensure you’re comfortable and you get
the pictures you want within your scheduled facility time. Making a detailed list of pictures
to be taken and communicating clearly with your photographer, families, and wedding party
members about time guidelines will also help to achieve this goal.

VIDEOGRAPHY
        Your videographer can be positioned at the back of the Chapel or on the far right side
of the platform (or both if there are two camera operators.) If on the platform, we ask that
the videographer not move around. He can swivel the camera as necessary, but may not
move the tripod or walk around on the platform. Spotlights are not permitted. Your
videographer will need to furnish all equipment such as extension cords, adapters, etc. The


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church is unable to supply these items. If the videographer has the proper cords (100 feet
long if they want to set up on stage) and XLR adapters, they may be connected to the
soundboard at the back of the Chapel.

MUSIC AND MUSICIANS
         Music is an important part of any wedding, and you have the freedom to personalize
the music in your wedding. In addition to traditional or classical music associated with
weddings, secular music may be used. Your music should be carefully chosen to be
appropriate for a house of worship, reflective of the sacred marriage covenant, and honoring
to God. Music or lyrics that are disrespectful or dishonoring to God or the church should not
be used. The Chapel includes:
    • An excellent sound system that can play CDs
    • A custom-made grand piano
Other instruments—such as guitar, harp, flute, trumpet and others—may be brought in by
musicians performing at your ceremony.
         Many Willow Creek musicians are available to play at weddings. Their names and
phone numbers are listed in the back of this wedding planner. If you are interested, you
should contact them directly as soon as your wedding date is confirmed to check their
availability. Each Willow Creek musician sets his or her own fee for performing. Because
they are professional, dependable and experienced at performing at Willow Creek weddings,
we strongly encourage you to hire Willow Creek musicians, however, you are also free to use
family members, friends or others.
         Music is traditionally played as guests are being seated, during the processional,
during the lighting of the unity candle, and during the recessional. You may also select
meaningful songs to be sung or played during the ceremony. If you invite the congregation
to join in worship, be sure to have strong worship leaders; in a room the size of the chapel,
and with guests possibly unfamiliar with the words, the singing may end up sounding much
fainter than you had hoped.

Wedding Music Suggestions
       The Bridal Chorus by Richard Wagner (popularly known as “Here Comes the Bride”)
and The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn are the classical songs most closely
associated with weddings.

Other classical selections to consider for your processional and recessional, are:
Jesus, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Bach                  Sheep May Safely Graze, Bach
Ode to Joy                                          Trumpet Tune and Air
Canon in D, Pachelbel                               Trumpet Voluntary, Purcell
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty                    Allegro from Water Music Suite, Handel
Shaker Hymn                                         Hornpipe from Water Music Suite

Solo Suggestions
Amazing Grace                        I’m Amazed
Answered Prayer                      I’ve Waited A Lifetime
As We Give                           I Will Be Here



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Because You Loved Me                  I Will Never Be The Same
Boundless Love                        Jesus in Your Eyes
Cherish the Treasure                  Love That Will Not Let Me Go
Flesh of My Flesh                     Me And My House
God, a Man and a Woman                Power of Love
He Has Chosen You For Me              The Lord’s Prayer
His Strength Is Perfect               The Other Side of Me
Household Of Faith                    The Wedding Song (There is Love)
How Great Thou Art                    This Is The Day, A Wedding Song
I Am Loved                            Three For Eternity
I Belong To You                       We Are One
If you could See What I See           You Are The One
I Love You Because                    You Gave Me Love

VOWS
       Vows are the foundation of your marriage and the heart of your wedding ceremony.
Your vows declare your love for each other and publicly state your lifelong commitment as
husband and wife. You may choose to use traditional vows or compose your own. You
should review your vows when you meet with your Officiate prior to your wedding day.

Traditional Vows
        With traditional vows, your Officiate leads you through the vows, one phrase at time,
and you repeat them. Below are sample traditional vows; wording may vary slightly:
   I, (name), take you (name), to be my (husband/wife), to have and to hold, from this day
   forward; for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to
   love and to cherish, till death do us part, according to God’s holy law. This is my solemn
   vow.
   I, (name), take you (name), to be my (husband/wife), and these things I promise you: I
   will be faithful to you and honest with you; I will respect, trust, help and care for you; I
   will share my life with you; I will forgive you as we have been forgiven; and I will try
   with you to better understand ourselves, the world, and God; through the best and the
   worst of what is to come as long as we live.
Personal Vows
        If you compose your own vows, write or type them on separate index cards and give
them to your Coordinator, who will supply a copy to your Officiate for use during your
ceremony. You do not need to memorize your vows, but they should be written in short,
concise phrases so you can easily follow after your Officiate. The vows below are included
as an example:

    (Name), I believe God has brought us together; you are part of my life. I promise from
   this day forward, with His help and guidance, to honor and respect you as the
   (husband/wife) God has chosen for me. I commit myself to be faithful to you. As your
   (wife/husband), I will strive to encourage, support and help you in all circumstances. As
   we grow older, I will be with you in sickness and in health. I give my promise to be a
   partner in times of prosperity and in times of struggle. I will strive to keep Christ in the
   center of our family and I pray that I may extend to you the grace He has freely given to


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   me. I pledge myself to you as a loving (husband/wife) beginning today and lasting until
   the Lord takes me to be with Him.
   (Name), I promise to love you forever, as much as I do now. I know it is God’s plan that
   we begin a new life together as husband and wife. In the presence of God, our families
   and friends, I promise to honor you and respect you. I promise to be faithful, to trust you
   and be trustworthy. I promise to be kind and soft-hearted and to communicate with you
   openly. I promise to love our children and to keep God at the center of our marriage and
   family. From this day forward I will walk beside you for the rest of our lives.
Declaration of Consent – (I Do’s / I Will’s)
   (Name), do you take (name) as your (husband/wife)? Do you promise to be faithful to
   (him/her), to love, honor, and keep (him/her) when (he/she) is sick and when (he/she) is
   well, forgetting everyone else, stay with (him/her) as long as God gives life to you both?
   If so, answer “I do.”
   (Name), will you have (name), whose hand you hold, to be your cherished
   (husband/wife), to live together by God’s grace in the holy estate of marriage? Will you
   love (him/her), comfort (him/her), honor (him/her) and keep (him/her), in sickness and in
   health and forsaking all others, keep yourself only for (him/her)so long as you both shall
   live? If so, answer “I will.”
You can also adapt the traditional vows to be a question answered with “I do” or “I will.”

Exchange of Rings
   This ring is a symbol of my love and commitment. I promise to learn from you and grow
   with you, as we serve our Lord together. In token and in pledge of our constant faith and
   abiding love, with this ring I thee wed. Please take this ring and wear it as a sign of my
   love and as a symbol of all that we share. (Name), I offer this ring to you as a symbol of
   my love and of the vows I have just spoken. I offer this ring as a token of our love. And
   with it, I join my life to yours.


SCRIPTURE READINGS
        Select scripture passages that are meaningful to you. Your Officiate may wish to
reference the scripture reading during the message, so it is a good idea to discuss your
selection when you meet. Below are some suggestions:

Old Testament
Genesis 1:26-27, 2:4-7, 2:18-22, 2:24               Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Ruth 1:16-17                                        Song of Solomon 2:11-13, 5:16, 6:3, 8:6-7
Psalms 29:1-2, 34:3, 37:4, 63:1-4                   Isaiah 61:10, 62:5
Psalms 95:1-6, 100, 127, 128, 150                   Jeremiah 32:38-39, 33:11
Proverbs 3:5-6, 18:22, 24:3-4, 31:10-31             Hosea 2:19-20

New Testament
Matthew 5:3-11, 19:4-6                              1 Corinthians 7:1-7, 13
John 2:1-11, 15:9-17                                Ephesians 5:21-33


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Philippians 2:5-11
Colossians 3:12-17
Hebrews 13:4
1 Peter 3:1-7
1 John 3:16, 4:7-17




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SYMBOLIC TRADITIONS
Unity Candle
        If you choose to light a Unity Candle after exchanging your vows, you will need
to bring your own Unity Candle and two drip-less tapers (10-12” long narrow candles).
These are the only candles allowed to be on the altar. The church has candleholders
you can use or you can bring your own. Decorative flowers can be arranged around the
Unity Candle, if you like. The church has tablecloths for the table, white or ivory. Your
Coordinator will place your candles and any flower arrangements on the altar before the
start of your ceremony. The tapers are lit at the start of the ceremony. Your ushers can
light them after they light the candelabra, or you may invite your mothers, or special
guests, to light the tapers before being seated. After exchanging vows and rings, the
Bride and Groom walk around to the back of the altar, so they are facing the
congregation. Each using a taper, they jointly light the Unity Candle.

Traditional
        The two outside candles have been lit to represent your independent lives up to
this moment. They are two independent and distinct lights. Jointly lighting one candle
signifies your two lives becoming one and offers a visual representation of our Lord’s
words, “On this account, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his
wife; and the two shall become one flesh.” From this time onward, may your thoughts be
for each other rather than for your individual selves. May your plans be mutual, your
joys and sorrows shared. As you each take a candle and together light the center flame,
you will extinguish your own candles, thus having the center candle represent the union
of your two lives meshed into one flesh. As this center light cannot be divided, let not
your lives be divided, but instead be the united testimony of a Christian home,
illuminated with the love of Jesus Christ.

Contemporary
        The two outside candles symbolize your two lives and separate personalities that
until this moment have been shining separately and independently. Take these two
candles and light the center one. As you do this, you are merging the two candles into
one, but you will not extinguish the individual candles. This signifies that your own
individual personalities will continue to exist within the union of marriage. They are
being blended and welded together into a new and glorious union that will outshine and
overshadow either of your individual personalities. Never allow the personalities of
either of you to overshadow the union of the two of you. The single brightly burning
center candle signifies the complete blending of hearts, souls and lives into one. From
this day forth may you be as one. As this one light cannot be divided, neither shall your
lives be divided, but be a united testimony to your unity in the Lord Jesus Christ.




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Cord of Three Strands
        Another idea to symbolize the unity of a couple, as well as the presence of Christ
in their lives, is to braid three strands into a cord. This idea comes from Ecclesiastes 4:9-
12:
   “Two are better than one, because they have a good return on their work:
    If one falls down, his friend can help him up.
    But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!
    Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
    But how can one keep warm alone?
    Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves
    A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
    This passage offers a delightful pause among the hard truths found in Ecclesiastes.
Solomon sets the stage by mentioning the difficulties of working and living alone. By
contrast, his list of benefits from companionship is full of hope. He highlights several
strengths which come from friendships: a good return for work, since two working
together can often accomplish more than two working alone … not to mention the
fellowship; immediate help and encouragement along the way; physical and relational
warmth, which cannot be generated alone, but requires others; and the ability to
withstand much more pressure and difficulty than someone defending themselves alone.
    It ends by saying “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Though a rope or
braid of hair may appear to have only two strands, it must have three to hold its shape.
When the strands are the same color and size, they weave into a beautiful pattern. Each
strand remains unique, yet is an intertwined part of a larger unity. When you stress the
cord by pulling on the ends, the strands draw close to each other and the cord actually
becomes stronger. The braid illustrates an important truth. The presence of Christ in a
marriage or a friendship has strengthening power. The outside world may “see” only
two, but Christ adds Himself and makes the cord unbreakable.

Communion
        Communion is intended to be an inclusive event, with everyone present
participating. Therefore, we believe it is inappropriate to offer Communion to the Bride
and Groom alone during the ceremony, or to invite guests who are Christians to join in
Communion while excluding non-Christians. If you would like to celebrate Communion
as a couple, you may do so with your Officiate or mentor couple in the Bride’s Room
either before or after the ceremony. This can be a very special time for the two of you to
celebrate Communion for the first time as husband and wife. Be sure to let your
Coordinator, Officiate, and or mentor couple know if you are planning to celebrate
Communion.




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RECEIVING LINE
       You may greet your guests in a receiving line immediately following your
ceremony. The receiving line typically includes, in the following order: Bride’s Mother,
Groom’s Father, Groom’s Mother, Bride’s Father, Bride, Groom. You may also include
your Best Man and Maid/Matron of Honor in line. The bridal party can be decorating the
getaway car and/or clearing the Chapel and Bride’s Room of personal items during this
time.

Note: A receiving line works best if all pictures have been completed before the
ceremony. If you are planning to take any pictures after the ceremony, you will not have
enough time to also have a receiving line. In that case, you can plan to greet your guests
at the reception.

SEND-
SEND-OFF
        If you would like to have a festive “send-off,” such as a dove release, bubbles,
bells or flower petals, please check with your Coordinator. Confetti, bird seed, rice and
streamers are not allowed. Clean up of the send-off is the responsibility of the wedding
party, not the Coordinator.




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SAMPLE WEDDING CEREMONY
Prelude
       Guests are seated
       Ushers light candelabra
       Ushers seat honored guests and parents
       Ushers unroll aisle runner
Processional
       Officiate, Groom and groomsmen enter Chapel from back and proceed to altar
       Bridesmaids enter
       Maid/Matron of Honor enters
       Ring Bearer and Flower Girl enter
       Bride and dad enter
Ceremony
       Welcome and opening prayer
       Giving of the Bride/parental commitment
       Officiate, Bride & Groom and wedding party walk up altar stairs
       Scripture reading
       Song
       Officiate’s message to the Bride & Groom
       Declaration of consent (“I do/I will” by Bride & Groom)
       Exchange of vows and wedding rings
       Lighting of the unity candle/song
       Presentation of flowers/recognition of parents
       Pronouncement of marriage
       Kiss
       Presentation of couple
       Prayer for the Bride & Groom
Recessional
       Bridal party and Officiate exit
       Ushers escort parents and honored guests out of the Chapel
       Ushers dismiss guests


This is a sample of a wedding ceremony with several optional events (scripture reading,
flowers for parents, etc.) Please work with your Officiate and Coordinator to plan the
specific details of your ceremony.




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MARRIAGE LICENSE
       In order to be legally married at Willow Creek Community Church, which is
located in Cook County, you need a valid Cook County marriage license. For more
information on obtaining your marriage license visit:
www.cookctyclerk.com/sub/marriage_licenses.asp

Applying
Couples must appear together at one of the Cook County Clerk's six locations. They
must:

   •   Fill out and sign a marriage license application.
   •   Present valid identification with proof of age.
   •   The marriage license fee is $40. Effective April 1, 2009, the marriage license fee
       will be $40.

   Applicants who have divorced within the last six months must provide a certified copy of their
   divorce decree upon applying for a marriage license.


Timelines and restrictions
Marriage licenses are:

   •   issued while you wait
   •   effective the following calendar day after they are issued
   •   valid for 60 days
   •   effective only in Chicago and suburban Cook County

After the marriage ceremony occurs
The wedding officiate(s) complete the bottom portion of the marriage license and mail it
to the Clerk's office.

You may obtain a copy of your marriage certificate upon request.

For more information

   •   Call: (312) 603-7790
   •   E-mail: vitalrecords@cookcountygov.com




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RESOURCES
RESOURCES - MUSIC
Instrumental Groups
Back Third Events
www.backthirdevents.com                           Flutissmo/Flute Quartet
Benji Hughes 630-264-2366                         Carol…847-885-4485 or
                                                  kajor@comcast.net
Chicago Musical Connection –
Strings, Brass, Woodwinds and more                Jubal Music
Thomas Yang…847-256-6610                          Professional ensembles
                                                  Classical/Jazz/Ethnic Styles
Elegant Ensembles                                 Kim Sopata…773-793-9993
Classical ensembles to full band orchestra
www.eemusicians.com                               LaMusique d’Elegance
April Berkowski…847-534-1056                      String Groups and Brass Ensembles
                                                  Daniella...847-818-1006

Recorded Music/Disc Jockeys
AmeriTune                                         Forever Music, Inc.
Al Mitchell…630-372-TUNE (8863)                   www.foreverimages.us
www.ameritune.com
                                                  Integra Toones
Blitz Entertainment                               Mike Rizzo…708-795-SPIN (7746) or
Rino Lapaglia…630-853-0978                        www.Integratoones.com

Continental Entertainment Group                   Manna Music – Schaumburg
630-213-0200 or                                   Pat…630-620-8519
www.continentalentertainmentgroup.com             pat@mannamusicdj.com

Dance, Dance, Dance                               Primo Entertainment
DJ & Karaoke                                      Rick Sorci...847-991-5155
Pete Kovacevich…847-459-4155                      Rscorci10@comcast.net
galaevents@comcast.net
                                                  Spinnin Discs
Disc Masters                                      847-818-8330
Doug Stitt…847-354-1097                           www.spinnindiscs.com

EarShot Productions DJ                            Stax O Wax, DJ
Steve Rizzo…815-477-7709 or                       Curt/Shawn…847-705-1999
815-347-3451                                      www.staxowax.com

Emerald Productions                               Studio 3 Productions DJ, Video, &
Mark Kiel…630-833-4933 or                         Photography - Raul Lopez...630-377-9700
630-350-8690                                      www.studio3pros.com




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Musicians
Bruce Bergh ~ Pianist ...........................................................................................847-373-6434
Paulette Boddy ~ Pianist/Vocalist - Alto ..............................................................847-590-0956
Brian Clark ~ Pianist...........................................................847-692-4846 H 312-464-8000 W
Sharon Crabbe ~ Harpist.......................................................................................630-293-1073
Bruce Denison ~ Pianist/Keyboard………..………………………………..… 708-259-1905
Susan Dobberstein ~ Violin…………………………………………………......847-496-4623
Steve Elowson ~ Guitarist/Vocalist – Tenor/Baritone………....………………..773-467-1793
Barb Fackler ~ Harpist….…www.hornandharp.com…………… ……………...630-665-6098
Terry Ferro ~ Violin…………………………………………… ………………..847-936-6001
Dawn Gerszewski ~ Pianoist………………………………………………….......815-356-7235
Melissa Grant ~ Pianoist ………………………………………………………..773-835-5579
Todd Hiller ~ Guitarist………………………………………… ………………..630-406-9039
Lily Hoop ~ Pianist ………………………………………… ………………..…847-749-3393
Christina Jackson ~ Pianist/Vocalist – Soprano/Alto .......................……………630-790-0377
Eun Kim ~ Cello……………………….…………..………847-202-1942 H 224-628-4273 C
Marianne Kim ~ Pianist……………………………………847-705-0922 H 847-409-9734 C
Linda Klett ~ Flute……………………………………………………………....630-665-4597
Elspeth Losch ~ Viola/Violin/String Trio-Quartet…………… ..………..……...847-705-1329
Bill Mark ~ Pianist………………………………………………………………847-724-0710
Sandy Redding ~ Viola………………………………………………………….847-991-2466
Russell Stern ~ Pianist ..........................................................................................630-545-0103
Kate Stoll ~ Pianist………………………………………………………………847-422-3036
Amy Tompkins ~ Violin ...………………………………….847-426-6379 H 847-274-2895 C
Melanie Williams ~ Cello…………………………………847-428-4576 H 847-413-4121W
Jim Wolfe ~ Trumpet…………………………………………………………....224-520-0154
Gina Young ~ Violin Soloist/String Quartet or Trio ............................................847-854-0511


Vocalists
Debbie Alvelo ~ Vocalist – Soprano/Alto .......................................................…847-721-9457
Gloria Becker ~ Vocalist – Soprano/Alto .......................................………...…...847-863-8859
Mark Bennardo- Vocalist - Tenor.............................…........................................847-458-7210
Paulette Boddy ~ Pianist/Vocalist - Alto ..............................................................847-590-0956
Sandy Borth ~ Vocalist – Soprano/Alto ...............................................................847-215-0438
Heather Braoudakis ~ Vocalist – Soprano/Alto........................847-507-4118 or 847-798-8349
Luke Bruschuk ~ Vocalist – Tenor/Baritone…………….……………………...630-742-9889
Mary Beth Bussert ~ Vocalist – Soprano…………………………………......…847-673-2789
Jeanie Carter ~ Vocalist – Soprano………………………………………….......847-682-9601
Tina Crawley ~ Vocalist – Mezzo-Soprano….…tjcrawleysings@gmail.com or 773-544-7500




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Judy DeKnock ~ Vocalist – Alto………………………………………………..847-298-8531
Carrie Ehrlich ~ Vocalist –Alto/Soprano………………………………………312-832-0248
Steve Elowson ~ Guitarist/Vocalist – Tenor/Baritone…........……………...…...773-467-1793
Marianne Embree ~ Vocalist – Soprano/Alto…………………………….…....847-390-1607
Jill Fisher ~ Vocalist –Alto/Soprano…………………………………………...847-533-7464
Randy Gooden ~ Vocalist – Tenor…………………………………………........847-854-8731
Caleb Gregory ~ Vocalist – Tenor........................................................................224-512-1368
April Gregory ~ Vocalist ........................................blusparks4@gmail.com or 847-404-0367
Gary Gruebnau ~ Vocalist – Tenor………………………………………….......847-516-1388
Rona Hablewitz ~ Vocalist - Alto or Soprano……………..847-534-0865 H / 847-722-3782 C
Jennifer Hinshaw ~ Vocalist – Soprano & Alto .......jhnifer@sbcglobal.net or 847-304-2866
Linda Huber ~ Vocalist – Soprano/Alto ...............................................................630-377-3008
Christina Jackson ~ Vocalist – Soprano/Alto ...…………………………………630-790-0377
Holly Kleiman ~ Vocalist –Alto……………………………………….………...847-322-4391
Don Leach ~ Vocalist – (irishjig13@wowway.com ) ...........................................847-717-4937
Cindy Modrich ~ Vocalist – Alto… .............…………………………..……..…847-956-8246
Stephanie Oakley ~ Vocalist – Soprano/Alto ..……………………………...…..224-512-1732
Barb Olita ~ Vocalist / Guitarist – Soprano/Alto..................................................847-540-8858
Jeanneane Palczewski ~ Vocalist – Soprano/Alto……………………… .….…..630-351-8508
Toni Quilico ~ Vocalist – Soprano/Alto ...…(soloist at the No. Shore Campus)……...773-403-2402
Annie Sander ~ Vocalist - Second Soprano..............…………….……..………. 815-893-0256
Tania Smith ~ Vocalist – Soprano…………………..…. .…815-356-0490 H /815-353-8922 C
Michelle Stewart .......................................... worshipfulone@hotmail.com or 224-387-8263
Jeanne Surdo ~ Vocalist – Soprano…….…………………………...…….….….847-922-9719
Kerri Tenbrunsel ~ Vocalist – Soprano………………………………………….847-351-5804
Nancy Vitacco ~ Vocalist – Soprano/Alto..…………………………..…….…...847-783-0736
Angel Wolfe ~ Vocalist – Soprano/Alto…...………………….……………...…847-215-9129




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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
         The following resources are listed for your reference. Couples who have used them
for their weddings at Willow Creek have recommended them. We have been careful to
include only those that have been reliable and satisfactory in their service. Your Coordinator
may have information or recommendations for resources not on this list. We try to keep this
list up-to-date and apologize if you find resources that are no longer current.
Aisle Runners
Artistic Floral Designs www.artisticfloraldesign.com ..... ........................…847-885-4532
Schweppe & Sons www.schweppeinc.com ....................................................630-627-3550
Traces Of Heaven + Gift Bandit (Discounts) www.giftbandit.com ................847-255-4708
Animal Rental
White Birds Express - Dove Release…………………………………Hebron…815-648-2397
Bakery
Ambrosia Euro American Patisserie www.discoverambrosia.com ...............847-304-8278
Central Continental Bakery www.centralcontinentalbakery.com ................847-870-9500
Jarosch Bakery www.jaroschbakery.com.........................................................847-437-1234
Lovin Oven Cakery.....www.lovinovencakery.com …………………………224-207-4500
Peterson’s Tasty Delights .....................................................................................847-358-9918
Balloons
Amazing Balloon Creations..................................................................................847-797-9648
The Balloon Cottage .............................................................................................847-515-8528
Banquet Facilities/Restaurants
Barrington Banquets (3 halls-Seats 75-300) .........................................................847-381-0310
Chandlers Banquets (Kathy Kuroki) www.chandlerschophouse.com............847-885-9009
Concorde Banquets (Seats up to 650) www.concordbanquets.com ...............847-438-0025
Itasca Country Club www.dtascacountryclub.com .......................................630-773-1800
Lords Park Pavilion...............................................................................................847-931-6123
Meridian Banquets www.meridianbanquets.com ..........................................847-952-8181
Metropolis Ballroom (Seats up to 250) www.metropolisballroom.com ........847-870-8787
Millrose Restaurant (Seats up to 140) www.millroserestaurant.com..............847-382-7673
Poplar Creek Country Club wwwpoplarcreekcc.com ..........................................847-781-3658
Radisson – Schaumburg www.radisson.com/schaumburgil .......................847-397-1500
Randall Oaks Golf Club www.randalloaksgc.com .........................................847-551-4336
Rosemont Convention Center www.rosemont.com .........................................847-692-6415
Seasons of Long Grove (Seats up to 225) www.seasonsoflonggrove.com ....847-634-9150
Stonegate Conference and Banquets www.stonegate.com ..............................847-884-7000
The Cotillion Banquets (Seats up to 600) www.thecotillionbanquest.com ...847-934-5500
The Seville (Seats up to 800) www.theseville.com ..........................................630-289-4500
Truffles Grove Restaurant www.trufflesgrove.com ........................................630-773-9650
Villa Olivia Country Club www.villaolivia.com .............................................630-289-1000



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The Wellington (Seats up to 250) www.wellingtonbanquest.com ................847-439-6610
White Pines Golf Club (Seats 200) www.whitepinesgolf.com .......................630-766-0304
Bridal Accessories
Tina Dee Creations ..............................................................................................847-304-9444
Bridal Apparel
A L’Amour Bridal Shop www.alamour.com....................................................847-381-5858
All About the Dress ..............................................................................................630-243-7300
Avail Couture – True Custom Bridal www.availcouture.com .........................847-697-5716
Dorrel’s Sewing Boutique & Alterations..............................................................847-622-7410
Shelley’s Bridal & Formal Ware www.shellysbridal.com ...............................847-426-5806
Volle’s Bridal and Boutique www.vollesbridal.com .......................................847-438-7603
Wedding Belles Ltd. (Designer Resale) www.weddingbellesltd.com ...........847-304-0414
Calligraphy And Fine Handwriting
Baltic Studios - Janet Kasper www.balticstudios.com ....................................630-773-2282
Calligraphy by Yvonne .......................................... 847-874-8965 or yvonne_ahrens@yahoo.com
Peggy Martino.............................................pegspenopraise@hotmail.com or 847-302-9894
Traces Of Heaven + Gift Bandit (Discounts) www.giftbandit.com ................847-255-4708
Candles (Unity)
Traces Of Heaven (Discounts) - Mariette Fredericks…………Arlington Hts…847-255-4708
(You can find more info re:Traces at www.giftbandit.com email – sales@giftbandit.com )
Catering
Boston Market www.bostonmarket.com .............................847-310-1500 or 888-645-9616
Catering with Elegance by Glendale www.cateringwithelegance.com .........630-628-0171
Cuisine America – Mary Catherine Walsh ...........................................................847-888-2288
Dee’s Catering Service - Nancy Waltz. www.deescateringservice.com ........630-289-3930
Lou Malnati’s www.loumalnatis.com .............................................................847-562-1918
My Favorite Place .................................................................................................847-882-5535
On Occasion Catering – Kathy Pederson www.onoccasioncatering.com .......847-963-6700
Simply Delicious Gourmet www.simplydeliciousgourmet.com ...................847-776-7609
Dance Floors
Taylor Rental/Grand Rental www.grandrental.com.........................................847-428-7070
Florists (Fresh)
Arlington Heights Florist www.arlingtonheightsflorist.com .........................847-870-7440
Artistic Floral Design www.artisticfloraldesign.com .....................................847-885-4532
BJ’s Flowers www.bjflowers.com ....................................................................630-980-3919
Barrington Flower Shop www.barringtonflowershop.com ............................847-382-4090
Bernadette’s Bouquets, Inc - Rich.………………………………………………847-669-5234
Bill’s Grove Florist www.love-flower.com .....................................................800-582-2293
Countryside www.countrysideflowershop.com .............................................815-459-8130




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Debi’s Designs – Debi McGlinn.............................................................................847-695-428
European Flower & Gift Market – Barb Eppolito ....................847-478-1244 or 847-946-2018
Evergreen Florist – Lynn Mendoza ......................................................................847-487-4400
Flowerwood www.livingbeauty.com ...................................815-459-6200 or 847-304-1192
Kellen’s Florist – Myung www.kellensflorist.com...........................................847-439-6366
Light Shine Florist ....................................................................815-444-0422 or 815-444-0203
Mark Martin (plant rental) ....................................................................................847-952-8605
Payton Floral www.paytonfloral.com ..............................................................847-381-6181
Petal Play Design – Viviana www.petalplaydesign.com.................................630-243-9430
Prairie Baskets – Candi www.prairiebasket.com ............................................847-639-0228
Pump House Flowers ............................................................................................815-338-4576
Rolling Meadows Florist www.rollingmeadowsflorits.com..........................847-253-9933
Schaumburg Florist & Gifts – Jane www.schaumburgflorist.com ………...847-895-9559
Shamrock Gardens Florist www.shamrockgardenflorist.com .......................630-629-4412
Sharon’s Florist & Gifts........................................................................................847-991-8571
Sylvia’s Florist www.sfbuds.com ....................................................................847-255-4680
Wedding and Party Flowers www.weddingpartyflowers.com.......................847-438-7008
Yanni’s Design Studios – Yanni www.yannidesignstudio.com ...................847-827-8180
Florists (Silk)
The Bride’s Bouquet (silk flowers online) ……………………….…www.bridesbouquet.com
Countryside www.countrysideflowershop.com .............................................847-459-8130
Debi’s Designs – Debi ..........................................................................................847-695-4284
Formal Wear Rental
Mr. Tux Formal Wear – Kerry..............................................................................847-438-7602
Men’s Warehouse www.menswearshous.com ................................................847-413-0944
Gifts
Andersen’s Engraving www.andersensengraving.net …………………………..847-742-5434
Traces Of Heaven + Gift Bandit (Discounts) www.giftbandit.com ................847-255-4708
Wheaton Religious Gifts www.churchsupplywarehouse.com ………………….630-668-3971
Hotels/Resorts
Country Inn Suites www.countryinns.com ......................................................847-839-1010
Doral Eaglewood Resort www.doralresort.com...............................................630-773-2750
Embassy Suites www.embassysuites.com ......................................................847-397-1313
Hilton Garden Inn www.hiltongardeninn.hilton.com ....................................847-277-7889
Homewood Suites www.homewoodsuitesschaumburg.com ........................847-605-0400
Indian Lakes Resort www.indianlakesresort.com ...........................................630-529-0200
La Quinta Inn www.lq.com ................................................................................847-882-3312
Marriott www.Marriott.com..............................................................................847-240-5196
Oakbrook Hills Marriott Resort www.marriott.com.........................................630-850-5500




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Sheraton Chicago NW www.starwoodhotels.com ..........................................847-637-4935
The Wyndham Hotel www.wyndham.com ......................................................630-775-1261
Ice Sculptures
Nadeau’s Ice Sculpture www.nadeavice.com...................................................708-366-3333
Invitations
Andersen’s Invitations www.weddingprinter.com..........................................847-742-5434
L.C. Specialty Designs by Laura Hayes ........................ inonaz75@yahoo.com or 847-806-9548
Mobile Print www.myorderdesk.com..............................................................847-398-6155
Traces Of Heaven + Gift Bandit (Discounts) www.giftbandit.com ................847-255-4708
Quiet Graphics www.quitegraphicsprinting.com ...........................................847-884-1600
Limousine/Antique Cars
Air Ride Limousine www.airridelimo.com ......................................................847-296-7930
Arlington Limousine – Peter.................................................................................630-932-9502
Exotic Coach Limousine www.exoticcoach.com..............................................888-244-5585
GNT Limousine www.gntlimo.com..................................................................815-455-4060
Silver Fox Limousine www.silverfoxlimousine.com ......................................630-377-3805
Make-Up Artists/Hair Stylist
Rachel Reiman www.rachelreiman.com ..........................................................312-961-0577
Photographers
Amie Hana Photography www.amiehanaphotography.com .........................630-854-7639
Aperture Portraits – www.apertureportraits.com ...........................................773-895-9124
Armand321 Studio – www.armand321.com ....................................................630-525-1784
Art Craft Photographers www.artcraftphoto.com ............................................630-529-8400
Clay Imaging www.clayimaging.com .............................................................847-800-8061
Becky Hill Photography – www.beckyhillphoto.com .....................................312-671-9792
Darrell White Photography www.darelphoto.com ...........................................708-366-9505
Eric L. Klein Photography www.erickleinphotography.com .........................773-227-2122
Nathaniel Edmunds Photography – www.nathanieledmunds.com....................317-709-6116
Forever Images Photography www.foreverimages.us.........................................630-145-1665
Picture Perfect Photography www.mchenrypictureperfect.com ..................815-344-9700
Pret-A-Poser Photography www.pretaposer.com ...........................................312-642-2211
Ocken Photography – Jennifer - www.ockenphotography.com ....................312-498-0407
C. Romano Photography www.cromanophotography.com............................815-568-1181
Rizzo & Rizzo Photography www.rizzoandrizzo.com ....................................847-647-0768
Steve Matteo Photography - www.stevematteo.com.......................................312-719-3939
Studio 3 Productions – Raul Lopez……………………………………………...630-262-1057
Sylver Studio Photography www.sylverstudio.com.........................................847-416-7343
Timothy Whaley & Associates Photography www.twaphoto.com ..................630-271-1737




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Programs
Minuteman Press – Bob or Ken………………………………………Palatine...847-358-0470
Mobile Print www.mobile-print.com ...............................................................847-398-6155
Rental Equipment
Arlington Rentals www.arlingtonrental.com...................................................847-394-8213
Grand Rental – dance floors, tables, chairs, etc www.thegalaevents.com .......847-428-7070
Tents
Sunshade Tent Rental……………………………………………..Lake Forest...847-234-1882
Grand Rental www.thegalaevents.com ............................................................847-428-7070
Travel Agency
A&E Travel – Eric Barnhill www.mycustomhoneymoon.com .....................800-653-5940
All Travel, Inc.......................................................................................................847-991-7300
Moore Travel www.mooretravel.com ..............................................................847-593-6700
Travelex International www.travelexonline.com .............................................847-882-0400
Videography
Ameritune DJ’s & Video www.ameritune.com................................................630-372-8863
Don Bloom Video Services www.donbloomvideoservices.com....................847-991-2445
Forever Images Video Services www.foreverimages.us ....................................630-745-1665
I DO Video Productions www.idovideoproductions.com..............................847-437-5991
Imaginations Unlimited - Matt Watkins ...............................................................630-896-3419
Lasting Memories – Tim Awe ..............................................................................630-588-9234
VZ Productions .....................................................................................................847-949-8431
Wedding and Special Event Coordinating
Anticipation Events www.anticipationevents.com ………………………….773-512-6191
Ellen L. Helzer ………………………………………………………………….630-307-9515
Helpful Web Sites
www.chicagobridemag.com                                                    www.chicagolandwedding.com
www.chicagoweddingpages.com                                            www.eweddings.com
www.growthtrac.com/wedding                                             www.modernbride.com
www.theknot.com                                                        www.weddingsolutions.com




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Fees
   The Chapel fee of $300, which is paid in conjunction with submitting your wedding
   registration request, is designated to support the Marriage Ministry of Willow Creek.
   On your wedding day, you will have use of the Chapel, Bride’s Room, Chapel lobby
   and, when one is available, an additional classroom. In addition, a sound/lighting
   technician will be present in the Chapel on your wedding day. You will also have a
   one-hour rehearsal in the Chapel. Your Wedding Coordinator serves the church as a
   volunteer and there is no fee for her services.

              Wedding Officiate’s Fee              $350 (to be paid during registration)

              Required Reception Coordinator       $250-$650 (Please request Reception
                                                   Information from the Wedding
                                                   Administrator)

              Willow Creek Musicians               Fees vary. Check directly with each
                                                   individual musician

              Reception in Room 100                No additional fee for use of facility




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