Why do we coordinate weddings?

✨✨Here’s a note from Jennifer✨✨

I started my wedding career officiating. I would arrive to weddings without a clear someone in charge- and the feeling of the day was stress. I would instinctively really want to bring the ability to breathe and relax to my couples so they could experience the true meaning of what was happening. It’s their wedding day!

My couples know someone was in charge and it is going to be ok. More than ok- perfect! Then I realized it was only natural that I take over the day. I’m an Italian Irish girl that’s also an Aries and Leo. I was the captain of my cheer squad and then lead 100s of cheerleaders as a coach. (To first place many times —but that’s another story)

This is my thing- to lead. But it is so much more than me being bossy. I love the emotion and fun of your wedding day. We are not just having an event. I know we’re making lifelong memories —-not just for you but you family friends and guests. I know that. I love that.

And that’s why I want you to meet my team. We want to ensure you get to feel that emotion of your wedding day without a tiny bit of worry that it won’t meet your expectations or that you have to manage it-we are here.

My entire team is here to ensure you feel comfortable, relaxed, excited for the fun and joy of your wedding. Knowing, we got this!

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Why choose us??

It is so daunting to scour the web and wedding sites for officiants- this is the only the most important part of the day! You can’t have a marriage unless someone marries you!

We know how important it is. And we understand you have enough to worry about. We want you to feel comfortable, like an old friend that is marrying you– only with a whole lot of experience!

Not only do we want you to not have to worry and to feel comfortable but we also know how important it is to be available. You do not want to be chasing down your minister or officiant and you do not have to wait to hear from them! We are easy to get ahold of and easy to find!

Weddings by Jennifer Fox really steps in to be sure your wedding and your ceremony feel exactly how you picture it- no matter how big or small!

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Unity Rituals- there are so many to choose from!

Unity Rituals to personalize any wedding ceremony!

The wedding ceremony already symbolizes you and your fiancee becoming one family.  These rituals, while based on old traditions, can make your ceremony modern and fun. These extra special touches can go a long way to make your ceremony exactly as you picture it!

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Light a Candle- Unity Candle 

This Judeo-Christian tradition is probably the most well-known wedding ritual that symbolizes unity. The bride and groom each hold a lit candle and combine their flames to light a third, larger candle. Sometimes the bride and groom’s parents take on this task instead to symbolize the union of their families. You can also get the guests involved by displaying candles in the ceremony entrance and inviting friends and family to light one and say a blessing as they enter.


Sometimes referred to as a “blending of the sands” ceremony, each person pours a small container of sand (often two different colors) into a larger vessel to symbolize their “coming together” as a couple. This practice is particularly meaningful if you’re tying the knot on a beach or want to use sand from a hometown or favorite vacation spot.


Box up a few items to be reopened in the future. During their vows, this couple included this ritual, which they had seen on Pinterest: “Before the ceremony, we wrote letters to each other and got a bottle of wine from 2009, the year we met,” said the bride. As a friend sang, the bride and groom placed the items in a box and nailed it shut. They plan on opening the box on their first anniversary. However, you might want to do a few practice swings before the ceremony to see how it will resonate. “We didn’t realize how much the room echoed,” she said. “We got a few hammer blows in and decided we’d finish it afterward—it was so loud!”


A Love Letter and Wine Box ceremony will serve as a lasting reminder of the commitments made to one another. Heartfelt letters, encapsulating your thoughts and feelings are locked away in a wine box to be revealed on your first anniversary or several years into your marriage.  Whiskey, Scotch or Tequila or a non alcoholic beverage can easily be switched out for the wine.

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In Jewish tradition, the bride circles the groom seven times to break down any barriers between them. Today, rather than the bride circling around her groom, the couple often encircle around one another.


It’s customary in Greek Orthodox culture for brides and grooms to appoint koumbaroi, attendants who place the wedding crowns on the couple’s heads and the rings on their fingers. The crowns, known as stefana, are connected by ribbon and therefore serve as a symbol of the bride and groom’s union, as well as their status as queen and king of their family.


In traditional Mexican, Filipino, and Spanish culture, couples can celebrate unity through a lasso ceremony, or el lazo ceremony. After the couple recites their vows, an officiant, parent, or relative drapes two linked rosaries or one floral rope across the bride and groom’s shoulders in the form of a figure eight, which represents the couple’s unity. The couple then wears the lasso for the duration of the service until the person who placed it on the couple removes it and gives it to the bride as a reminder of their commitment to each other


Perfect for smaller weddings, this take on a Quaker tradition involves inviting guests to form a circle together with the bride and groom. They may also be asked to share their thoughts on the couple. (You can give them a heads up so they can prepare their thoughts ahead of time!) For this couple’s intimate ceremony, their officiant compiled words of wisdom from guests’ R.S.V.P. cards into a journal and passed it to the couple to read aloud.


Participate in the ancient Celtic practice of “handfasting,” or tying hands together. The bride and groom hold opposite hands (so their arms make a figure eight—representing eternity). Then, their hands are tied together with ribbon to symbolize a union. You could even use heirloom fabric to make it even more meaningful.


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In this old Irish tradition, the bride and groom ties a fisherman’s knot with ribbon to symbolize a bond that, rather than break under pressure becomes stronger. “Honestly we saw it in a scene from Game of Thrones and thought, ‘How cool would that be?'” the bride admitted.

After the knot was made, the officiant said: “As you hold one another in mutual concern and shared respect, may you continue holding each other tightly in your hearts, and form a strong bond, now and forever. Let this knot indicate the strength of your love and be a symbol of your unity this day forward.”


The “jumping the broom” ritual originated in the early 19th century, when enslaved African Americans weren’t allowed to formally marry. Instead, to unite, the tradition was to lay a broom on the ground and jump over it together. Today, the act represents a “brushing away” of the past in order to start clean.


If you’re getting married outside, consider planting a sapling or a favorite flower, like this couple, who wanted to show their love of nature and for their new home together that’s nestled in the canyon of an oak forest. After putting it in the ground, they watered the plant while the officiant read: “May your relationship and your love for each other be like this oak you have planted. May it grow tall and strong. May it stand tall during whatever storms may enter your life, and may it come through unscathed. Like the oak, your marriage must be resilient. It must weather the challenges of life and the passage of time. And you must nurture one another as you will nurture this tree. A little nourishment is needed every day so you can each grown and reach your fullest potential—just like this tree.”


Love nature but have an indoor wedding venue? No problem. Take a cue from this bride and groom, who potted and watered a plant together during their ceremony to represent the joining of their families. “We wanted to do something with the kids that made them a part of the ceremony,” the bride said. The fact that the couple incorporated a plant theme in the wedding décor made this ceremony ritual even more fitting.


Include guests in the ceremony by having each person bless your bands. Prior to this couple’s wedding, two friends took custody of the couple’s rings, tying them to two handkerchiefs (one of which was passed down for generations on the groom’s side). One ring went down one side of the aisle and the other went down the opposite, with every guest having a chance to hold the rings and bestow their blessings and positive thoughts toward the marriage.


For a sort of purifying ritual, you and your groom could either perform a “washing of the feet” or have your officiant pour a pitcher of water over your hands. The act symbolizes the release of any past emotional blocks, so both parties can enter the marriage with open hearts. This cleansing ceremony works especially well in outdoor weddings where messiness is not a concern. Indoors, couples can hold their hands over a bowl or share a goblet of water to symbolize the purity of love.


If you and your groom are artistic—or your officiant is—express your emotions during your union with a collaborative piece of art. This couple’s officiant, an artist, led them pair through a painting.


This creative couple dreamed up one unique unity ceremony: to draw a blind contour of each other while never looking down at the paper. In this way, they were able to focus on each other and demonstrate a mutual sense of humor.

There are many options to personalize your ceremony and make it perfect! Reach out today and we can talk about including a unity ritual in your ceremony!

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10 Perfect wedding Vows To Choose From

I’ve done many weddings- but these vows are the ones that usually get chosen by my couples. I love all of these vows, so you can never go wrong!


I, Groom/Bride, take thee, Groom/Bride,

for my lawful wedded wife/husband,

to have and to hold, from this day forward,

for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer,

in sickness and in health as long as we both shall live.


Groom/Bride, repeat after me:

Groom/Bride, I take you to be my wife;

To share with you the laughter;

To kiss away the tears;

And to give you all the love in my heart,

As long as we both shall live.


You know me better than anyone else in this world

and somehow still you manage to love me.

You are my best friend and one true love.

There is still a part of me today that cannot believe that

I’m the one who gets to marry you.

Groom/Bride, you are my best friend.

I promise to laugh with you, cry with you, and grow with you.

I will love you when we are together and when we are apart.


I love you, Groom/Bride.

You are my best friend.

Today I give myself to you in marriage.

I promise to encourage and inspire you, to laugh with you,

and to comfort you in times of sorrow and struggle.

I promise to love you in good times and in bad,

when life seems easy and when it seems hard,

and when our love is simple, and when it is an effort.

I promise to cherish you, and to always hold you in highest regard.

These things I give to you today, and all the days of our life.


I, Groom/Bride, take you Groom/Bride, to be my husband/wife

loving what I know of you

trusting what I don’t yet know

with respect for your independence

and faith in our shared love

through all of our days

and in all that life may bring us.


I, Groom/Bride, take you, Groom/Bride

to be my husband/wife

To share all that I am

and all that I have,

For all time to come.

And I promise to do all in my power

to keep my love as deep and as strong as it is today.


I, Groom/Bride, take you, Groom/Bride,

to be my wife/husband

To love you when you drive me crazy.

To respect you when we disagree.

To support you if bad times come our way.

And to always remember how grateful I am

To have you by my side.


Groom/Bride, you are my best friend.

I promise to laugh with you, cry with you, and grow with you.

 I will love you when we are together and when we are apart.

I promise to support your dreams and to respect our differences,

and to love you and be by your side through all the days and nights of our lives.


Do you take Groom/Bride to be your Wife/husband,

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 until death or zombies (or other creature such as aliens, etc) do you part?


Groom/Bride, as your husband,

I promise to care for you,

trust your love,

be responsive to your needs,

communicate my feelings,

and behave in a way that shows my love and respect.

I say these things because I love you

and want to live out the days of my life with you.

The vows you choose will be perfect, as long as you and your fiancee feel they best represent who you are, who you are individually but also together! Happy Wedding Planning!

Location Location Location!

I promise you- each and every wedding is so special to me. I love to see where each couple chooses and how they decorate.  (I love it even more when I get to be hands on coordinating- but another time)

I’ve been all over from backyards and dining rooms to the top of the Sears tower! Here’s an example of one at the Brookfield Zoo! Nothing like bears being your special guests!