Congratulate a long-time lurker 'cause I’m getting married! We would like to hear your ideas regarding where to have the ceremony and who should perform it. It will just be our mothers and ourselves. Neither my fiancee nor I suscribe to organized religion, but we aren’t against doing it in a church if that’s permitted. We are also open to suggestions for outdoor venues. We are willing to travel up to about an hour from the city.
We don’t want a duplicate civil ceremony so whoever does the wedding has to actually have the necessary authority.
When responding, please be as specific as you can regarding where and who we should consider. My email is in my profile if you prefer to contact me that way.
The parents of a childhood friend of mine, whose name apparently sounds like a kind of cheese, got married in the gardens of the Baha’i Temple. It was a long time ago (and hey, it was the 60’s), but she says all they needed to do was say a little piece during the ceremony about the unity of all peoples.
Eva - I see you remembered the cheese comment. Did you remember my username right away or did you cheat by looking in my profile? Baha’i temple is a strong front runner. Thanks for taking me there that one time. It was very cool.
Angel - Can you remember where in Lake county, or what the name sounded like?
I got married to the most wonderful woman in the world in Chicago, but it was in a church, so I guess that’s out for you. I will add that we had pictures taken at Belmont Harbor, and you may be able to get a permit to do a marriage ceremony. You might want to head to City Hall downtown and check out the marriage license requirements. They should have a list of people that could perform a wedding. They generally include magistrates and judges, and some of them are willing to do it on location instead of at the Hall.
The Botantical Gardens are great also. If you have some money to blow, there is a cafe in Lincoln Park, by the zoo, that hosts wedding receptions. I can’t for the life of me think of what it was called, though.
The Osaka Gardens just south of the Museum of Science and Industry are really beautiful if you are still interested in an outdoor ceremony. There is a covered pagoda (open on all sides)that you could use in case it rains (knock on wood that it won’t!) and a really pretty pond with a stone bridge. Mr. Taichi and I checked it out before we got married in August. AbFab sweetie darling!