Jewish Weddings by Rabbi Michael Sommer

Jewish Weddings with Modern Accents Celebrating You

Wedding Planning & Marriage Preparation 

Your wedding plans should include spiritual meaning and a sense of inclusion for friends and family.  This is a time to anticipate the joining of two lives into a single entity.

Focusing on ceremony, traditionIMG_7912 and you, Rabbi Sommer works to craft a wedding experience that will be meaningful and memorable. Together we will create an inclusive family event blending traditional spirituality while incorporating modern family values. With over 132 beautiful weddings officiated in the last twelve years, my biggest goal is to provide you with the ceremony you’ve always envisioned.



When planning your wedding please try to secure Rabbi Sommer prior to booking a date and venue if at all possible.

Developing a relationship is the most important part of all of this. I want to know who you are and understand the foundation of your love and relationship so that when we all stand beneath your wedding chuppah we feel like family. By the time you are married we will have spent almost 10 hours together. In the end I want you both to know that no matter where you are in the world you always have a rabbi you can turn to in your lives.

I am honored to be part of any wedding ceremony, so know in advance that the most important part to me is meeting you and getting to know you as a couple.

Cost –  $1400

  • 3-4 premarital meetings
  • Travel and officiating your ceremony

$700 deposit holds your date and covers all meetings.
$700 balance should be paid at the final meeting prior to your wedding date.

Additional expenses:

  • $35 for online premarital survey (payable online)

I have all my wedding couples take the Prepare and Enrich online premarital survey as a jump off point for our discussions and as a way to gauge what are your strengths in your relationship and what are the areas where you are still growing as a couple.

Parking: Many Chicago weddings are downtown and charge for parking. Please arrange with your wedding planner and or the hotel to provide a parking voucher for the day of the ceremony.

Additional travel expenses: Distances greater than one hour drive may cost additional travel expenses due to excess travel time and cost of a hotel room needed due to the distance.




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