Wedding Officiant

Rev. Denise Tracy

Elgin, IL

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About Rev. Denise Tracy

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Make your special day perfect. I perform secular, non-denominational and interfaith weddings. I believe the ceremony belongs to, you, the couple getting married and I help create a ceremony that that communicates the story you wish to tell.

For most couples, I like to meet with you and listen to your ideas and then we create a ceremony of your vision, your service, and your choice!

For couples who live out of town or who prefer not to meet, we can talk by phone or work over the internet. All this is included in my price.


Elgin, IL 60120

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  • 5/5 stars December 27, 2013

    Rev Denise did a wonderful job. She arrived ahead of schedule and performed flawlessly. In advance of our wedding, we were able to sort out any ceremony details via email or phone efficiently. I would highly recommend Rev Denise. She was great.

  • 5/5 stars October 7, 2013

    Denise was incredibly easy to work with! She has a lot of suggestions and ideas that come from experience and is easily capable of formulating and writing your whole ceremony. She was very accommodating to some of our special requests. Thank you so much, Denise!

  • 5/5 stars September 25, 2013

    Rev. Denise Tracy was amazing from the moment I spoke to her on the phone to the end of the ceremony and beyond. My husband and I immediately felt comfortable around her. She guided us through the entire ceremony creation process while also being 100% flexible and open to our wishes and ideas. She also gave us fantastic guidance on how to write our own vows.

    She was very quick to respond to all of our questions and even turned around a letter of sponsorship for our out-of-state ceremony in record time!

    On the day of the ceremony she was calm and reassuring. She gave us the beautiful, simple wedding ceremony we were looking for. I can't say enough about Rev. Denise Tracy, I will recommend her to all of the engaged couples I come across!

  • 5/5 stars August 26, 2013

    Denise, was great!! from the interview to the ceremony, she was very nice and caring, we were very happy that she was able to officiant our wedding :) Sebastian and Lucy

  • 5/5 stars August 20, 2013

    Rev. Denise Tracy was very professional , thoughtfull and very patient. My wedding party was running late instead of rushing us over, she was calm and waited patiently. She also help me calm down . My groom's english is not perfect and Rev Denise Tracy made everything simple and beautifull for him to repeat. We appreciated that very much. Rev. Tracy's service is professional and affordable and we couldn't ask for more. Thank you and keep up the good work.😘

  • 5/5 stars June 23, 2013

    Denise officiated at the marriage of my daughter and son-in-law a number if years ago. Denise helped Anne and David create the ceremony they wanted, which took place in a small outdoor venue in the woods of David's parents' home. The ceremony was beautiful in every way, and I'm grateful to Denise for her participation in this very special and beautiful day in our lives.

  • 5/5 stars June 13, 2013

    Denise blessed the wedding of our son. It was perfect!
    We now have two beautiful grandchildren and a wonderful family to add enjoyment to our lives.

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. I work with couples to create the wedding ceremonies of their dreams! We meet and select the elements for a memorable and unforgettable wedding. Most people say my weddings are the best they have ever attended.

Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.

A. A three person ceremony in the glass sky box at the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower

A large ceremony with 8 attendants on each side. Beautifully crafted event, candle lit and stunning atmosphere

A small family event. We included everyone in the vows and asked for their support for the couple.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Make sure your officiant wants you to be happy and comfortable. Remember it is your wedding and your day and everything needs to involve and include you and your wishes.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. Some Officiants charge very high fees and then tell you that you must use their ceremony. I think the best celebrants adapt to your wishes and ideas. My fees are on a moderate scale. My travel to the ceremony is included in the fee as are our conversation(s) about your ceremony.

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. It is important to me that your wedding day be a day you can look back a for years to come and that you are able to say. "It was just as I imagined it! We are so glad we chose Denise as our officiant!'

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I love meeting people at a time of their lives when they are dreaming of celebrating their love. I enjoy the differences each couple brings to me. Some want no religion. Some want to uplift two faiths. Some are spiritual. Some know what they want when they see it, and not before. All are seeking someone who will listen to their desires and affirm their ideas and beliefs.

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. What is my background? I attended theological school, am ordained and have worked as a minister for years. My faith is affirming of all beliefs, even those who are questioning, doubting or do not believe. My wish is to accept people and create a ceremony that invites those you love into your story.

Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?

A. I worked with a couple by phone and over the internet. They lived 1,200 miles away. They wanted to include elements from the heritage of both of their families. I suggested an element from Eastern Europe and it turned out the grooms mother had saved her hand woven mat which she and her husband had stood upon. She was delighted to have someone think of including this. It was very touching when she placed it for her son and his bride to stand upon.

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. Any one can perform a wedding these days. However, it takes skill and experience to create a ceremony that feels like a true celebration of your love. Something unexpected happens in every ceremony. The flower girl sits down in the aisle because she is too scared to move. There is an accident on the road to the wedding and the guests are on the other side of the emergency vehicles. A crucial person to the event is delayed. You really wish for the wedding to be outside and suddenly it begins to rain. A seasoned professional can take all of these things (and others)in stride and help manage them so that the ceremony still feels loving and a celebration.

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