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It’s a Nice Day for a Green Wedding!
As wedding season approaches, I thought I would share some pearls of wisdom with bubbling brides-to-be; ) As some of you may or may not know, I was a wedding and event planner for many years. And as of a few months ago, I planned & put on my own wedding! I took what I learned over my years in the biz and put it all together with our limited budget to host the most eco-friendly and affordable weddings I had ever planned. If I do say so myself, it was quite beautiful and I missed none of the elements that come with a large and expensive event. So I figured I would share some insider tips and secrets with you in the case that you or someone you know is headed down the aisle and is frantic about finances and/or their carbon footprint ; )
If you haven’t noticed, summertime is wedding time. One of my many hats is that of a wedding planner so I definitely get my fill come fall be it from working them or going to them ; ) And it is very difficult to stay healthy at such events but have no fear as the healthy, voyaging, event planner is here to help ; )
The trip is exhausting enough as flights or road trips are an excuse to eat fast and convenient. Then you get to the hotel and eat a nice, expensive, in room meal that is most likely greasy and eaten at an ungodly hour. Fast forward to wedding day where you spent all morning getting ready so all you had was coffee and maybe a starchy bagel. You arrive at the glorious event famished so you gorge on hors d’oeuvres and alcoholic beverages. You pick at your lame and tasteless chicken or fish or for us veggies, cold pasta, and you feel like a cow come the bouquet toss. Sound familiar?
Here are a few tips to keep your trip to, at and from the festivities enjoyable and guilt free:
IL Wedding Laws
People Who Are Considering Getting Married In Illinois Must Apply For An Illinois Marriage License In Accordance With That State'S Marriage Laws. In Order To Obtain Said Illinois Wedding License, Wedding Officiants Should Visit The County Clerk'S Office Where The Marriage Is To Take Place. The County Clerk Will Require Both Parties To Present Identification, Which Can Include A Valid Driver'S License, Passport, Birth Certificate, Resident Identification Card Or Military Id Card. Illinois Wedding Laws Require That At Least One Of The Individuals Must Be Eighteen Years Old In Order To Apply For An Illinois Marriage License. If One Individuals Involved Is Not Eighteen, At Least One Parent Of This Person Must Go With The Couple To Apply For The Marriage License. Married Couples Must Apply For The Illinois Wedding License In The County Where They Intend To Marry. Non-Residents Of Illinois Are Prevented From Obtaining A Wedding License Only If The Marriage Would Be Void In Their Home State. The Fee For An Illinois Marriage License Is $35. This Fee May Vary From County To County, So It Is Best To Verify The Fee With The Local County Clerk Of The County Where The Wedding Is To Take Place. There Is A One Day Waiting Period From The Time Of The Issuance Of The Marriage License Before The Ceremony May Be Conducted. No Blood Tests Are Required For A Marriage License To Be Issued. The County Clerk Will Request A Copy Of A Divorce Decree Or A Copy Of The Death Certificate If One Of The Fiancees Has Been Previously Married. The Identification And Fee Requirements For Weddings In Chicago Are Similar To Those Found In The Rest Of Illinois. The Same Illinois State Law That Governs Marriages Throughout The State Also Governs Marriages In Chicago. For County-Specific Requirements To Obtain A Marriage License In Chicago, Please Visit The Cook County Website At: Www.Cookctyclerk.Com . Please Note That A Wedding License Issued In Cook County Is Only Valid There. According To Illinois Marriage Law 750, Active Or Retired Judges, Ordained Ministers And Certain Public Officials May Perform Marriages. A Retired Judge Is Not Allowed To Receive Payment For Officiating A Wedding Ceremony. Ministers Of The Universal Life Church Monastery May Officiate Marriage Ceremonies In Illinois As Long As They Are They Can Prove They Are In Good Standing With The Ulc Monastery . The County Clerk Will Require Valid Identification From The Online Ordained Minster And A Copy Of Their Ordination Credential . The Marriage Certificate Must Be Signed By The Wedding Officiant And Filed With The Illinois Department Of Public Health In Springfield, Illinois. Same-Sex Civil Unions Are Now State-Sanctioned In Illinois. On January 12, 2011, Governor Pat Quinn Signed A Bill That Will Legally Recognize Same-Sex Couples And Give Them The Same Legal State Rites As Heterosexual Couples. This Law Went Into Effect In June, 2011. Many People Believe That The Passage Of This Bill Will Pave The Way For The Legalization Of Gay Marriage In The State Of Illinois. Same Sex Wedding Law: To Perform A Marriage In Illinois You Need To Be Ordained And May Be Required To Provide Proof Of Ordination Such As An Ordination Credential , Wallet Credential , Or A Letter Of Good Standing From The Church.