Your Chicago packages

All of our packages include our innovative, immersive ceremony writing process.

So, how do we make your moment,

your moment?

Spending quality time with you

You’ll get unlimited meetings in our Standard package so we can get to know you properly. Keeping our conversations casual like friends chatting, probably over dinner or a glass of wine.

Writing your story together

Our process is like no other, because you’re part of it throughout. We’ll write your ceremony 100% from scratch, meeting with you regularly to make changes until you’re totally happy.

Prepping you for the big day

You’ll get access to all the tools you need to help you prep for your big day. From our Vow Journal, to Vow Sessions, to our Rehearsal Guide. We’ll be there with you the whole way!

FREE exclusive

Journals, only with us.

Writing your own personal vows or a speech is such a great way to make your moment properly your moment. Yet it can be a little daunting to know where to begin.

That’s why we’ve partnered exclusively with I Just Want To Say Journals to give you their fantastic in-depth journal guides – for free! With selected packages.

Meet your Chicago Officiants

LIZ (she/her)


Liz founded Liz Rae & Co in 2015 during her best friend Maranda’s engagement. Her friend, Timmie, at the time also struggled with finding an LGBTQ-friendly officiant who custom-wrote ceremonies.Liz believes the ceremony is the best part of the wedding day and wanted to change the industry by emphasizing not only the importance of marriage ceremonies but inclusivity as well.

When she isn’t writing ceremonies, she’s working on editing her first novel and second fictional novels. She’s been writing her whole life, but gained her storytelling knowledge through Faber Academy’s novel program and UCLA’s TV and Film Writing degree. You can read some of her writing on her website, Liz Rae and more notably, on Thought Catalog.  She also writes terrible Instagram poetry at @iamlizrae, but wouldn’t recommend reading it.

She speaks Spanish, some French, and some Italian, and she’s lived in France, Italy, Spain, Peru, the United Kingdom. She’s traveled to every continent except Antarctica.

She loves writing weddings of all kinds — her favorite part about the job is figuring out how to tell each and every story! She can’t wait to get to know you and be part of your wedding. 🙂

Kelly (she/her)


Kelly’s journey to officiating may seem sideways at first, having started as a live storyteller, before transitioning to freelance writer, followed by magically finding herself standing on stages talking to hundreds of women about the intersection of self-doubt, mental health, and motherhood. But the truth is that Kelly writes about journeys and growth, and isn’t that precisely what marriage is?

Kelly loves getting to know the couples that she works with in order to best tell their story. She often kicks off meetings with couples by asking them how they want their ceremony to feel. Kelly believes a beautifully crafted ceremony feels not like reading from a script, but like finishing a very good chapter in an even better book. She can’t wait to help you write yours.

When not officiating, you can find Kelly spending time with her husband, 2 sons and 2 crazy dogs, knitting, hiking, cooking up a storm, and writing about mental health on her blog, Hey Kelly Renee.

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Anita & Nick


Kirsti & Tim


B & Z


Will it be worth it?

Just ask these folks.

“Working with Liz was a phenomenal experience from beginning to end. The ceremony we created together was wholly unique and incredibly personal. It was an authentic reflection of me and my new wife, our values and the dynamic we share….The result was a ceremony far better than any of us could have conceived on our own. A funny, deeply moving, idiosyncratic expression of our love, our intentions and our story. Generous with her time and kind in spirit, Liz made great effort to get to know us and form a relationship that wasn’t solely focused on ceremony creation….She felt truly present with us and our guests, speaking with clarity, gentleness and great sincerity. There are a million reasons to hire Liz and I can’t think of a single one not to. My wife and I are so happy we chose her and enthusiastically recommend you do so, too. Thanks, Liz! You’re the best!”


Ready to make your moment,

your moment?