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F A Q

GOT QUESTIONS? 

Answers to some of the most commonly asked questions can be found below. If you still have questions, feel free to reach out!

  • How do we get a marriage licence?
    Read our blog post for all the steps!
  • What are the requirements to get my marriage licence?
    In both Ontario and Quebec, the only requirements to get your marriage licence are that you are both there willingly, you are not already married, and that you are both over the age of 16. Those between the ages of 16 and 18 will require written parental consent.
  • Where can I get my Ontario marriage licence?
    You can get your marriage licence at any municipal office in Ontario (like City Hall in Ottawa) - it doesn't have to be the same city that you plan to get married in.
  • How much does getting a marriage licence cost?
    The cost for a marriage licence varies by municipality. At city hall in Ottawa, a marriage licence currently costs $171.50*. Tip: You can save a little money if you're willing to drive outside the city! For example, in North Grenville you can get your marriage licence for $120*. *Note: these fees can change at any time - check your municipality's website for the most up to date info!
  • I am getting married but my ID does not accurately reflect my gender or name. Is this an issue?
    The application for a marriage licence does not ask for sex or gender information, and your marriage certificate has no gender markings on it. However, in order to get a marriage licence, you are required to provide 2 pieces of ID. The marriage licence will be granted with your legal name on it. If you legally change your name at a later date, you can obtain a new marriage certifcate with your new legal name. To do this, contact Service Ontario at 1-800-461-2156 and request an application for a correction to a Marriage Registratoin Form (form 23).
  • Do I need any specific documents if I am widowed?
    No. In Ontario, you are not required to provide any additional documentation if you are widowed.
  • Do I need any specific documents if I am divorced?
    Yes. If you have been divorced, you will need to bring your original court certified divorce documents to your marriage licence appointment. If you were divorced outside of Canada, you will need a legal written opinion from an Ontario lawyer. Contact a lawyer for more information on this.
  • How far in advance should I book my wedding officiant?
    It really depends! If you are planning to get married on a Saturday in wedding season (May - October), we recommend getting in touch as soon as you have your date confirmed, as Saturdays in those months book up quickly. Off-season dates or non-Saturday dates tend to have a bit more flexibility... but it's best to book as soon as you can. Want to get married this afternoon? You never know until you ask, so reach out now to see if we have availability!
  • How soon after we get our licence can you marry us?
    As soon as you want - we can even meet you at city hall and marry you that same day!
  • What if we need to cancel or make a change to our date / time?
    Sometimes things happen and plans change! We do our best to be flexible, especially in the era of COVID19. Up until 60 days before your wedding, send us your new date or time, and we will make the change free of charge, pending our availability. Changes can also be made after the 60 day mark (wherever possible!) but a $50 change fee will be added to your contract. Looking to cancel your contract completely? Contracts can be cancelled in writing at any time. Please note that there will be no refund of any payments made up until cancellation.
  • Will my officiant attend my wedding rehearsal?
    We certainly can! While not always necessary, it does add a little extra comfort for everyone involved if we walk through it a few times before the big day. Additional fees will apply, and availability is dependent on the date and time of your rehearsal.
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