GETTING MARRIED?

Serving from the region of Peel, I officiate at
Civil, Contemporary, Traditional and
Wedding Vow Renewal ceremonies.

Although we’re the least expensive part of your
day, this is YOUR special day and you
deserve an experienced, professional
ceremony professional.

We’re focused on supporting your ceremony so
you, your family and friends enjoy a
memorable day YOUR way at
a location of YOUR choice.

Based on experience, we know there’s one of
3 ceremony options couples ask for …

  • The "CITY HALL" Ceremony

    For legal, work or travel reasons, some couples prefer a small, brief
    ceremony before two of their own witnesses.

    Couples choose this alternative when they
    plan on hosting a more formal wedding at a
    later date in their home country or at a
    holiday destination, but prefer their
    union to be registered in Ontario.

    WHAT’S INCLUDED?

    Once you’ve reserved your date and time
    with a $150.00 deposit ...

    * We send you a sample civil or non-denominational ceremony
    (a non-denominational service references God, a civil does not) over
    which you have complete editorial control.

    * Unlimited follow-up consultations via telephone, e-mail or Skype.

    * We meet on your wedding day and perform
    your ceremony, swear your marriage
    documents, then file the papers with
    the government on your behalf.

    NOTE ...
    ... that we only meet personally on
    your ceremony date and that YOU are
    required to provide 2 witnesses.

    HONOURARIUM
    $350.00 including taxes
    (minus deposit)

  • The "FAMILY" Ceremony

    This ceremony is chosen by couples who intend
    on celebrating their wedding before family and friends.

    WHAT’S INCLUDED?

    Once you reserve your date and time
    with a $150.00 deposit

    * We send you a sample civil or non-denominational ceremony (a non-denominational service references God, a civil does not) over which you have complete editorial control to review and personalize to reflect your own personal style, values and personal spirituality - a ceremony which speaks of mutual love, loyalty, commitment and respect.

    * Once you have your Marriage Licence in hand, we meet with you personally to answer any questions you may have regarding protocol and to implement any special requests.

    * We offer advice on customizing elements of the ceremony to reflect your own cultural or religious background, and we help you organize the Order of Service and choreograph the flow.

    * We’ll help you tailor the ceremony to include parents, children or friends.

    * We offer unlimited follow-up consultations via telephone, e-mail or Skype.

    * We’ll perform your ceremony at a location of your choice - in your home, at your reception venue, in a park, restaurant, or church.

    * We’ll swear your marriage documents and file your papers with the government on your behalf, then follow up with you via email with instructions on how to obtain your Marriage Certificate.

    HONOURARIUM
    $450.00
    (minus deposit/taxes included)

    REHEARSAL
    Although a rehearsal is NOT included in this package as some couples know exactly how they want their day to go, sometimes they're more comfortable having an involved third party like me manage their friends through a rehearsal.

    I’m happy to be there for you though so make sure when reserving you tell me that’s what you want as it’s a $150.00 time/travel fee above and beyond the ceremony honorarium.

  • Wedding Vows "RENEWAL" Ceremony

    People often ask if I can perform a Vow Renewal Ceremony as a surprise for their spouse, or for their parents.

    Of course I will!

    If it’s a surprise, I still send you a sample ceremony for approval for you to edit to your comfort level and we apply the protocols of the “City Hall” ceremony with the same honorarium.

    Occasionally, people also ask for a full “Family Ceremony” at a banquet facility before their family and friends to celebrate a significant anniversary with a renewal of vows.

    I’m happy to work with families to arrange Vow Renewals and I present the special couple with a personalized Certificate of Renewal suitable for framing.


WEDDING FAQS


BEFORE YOUR WEDDING

  • WHEN SHOULD WE RESERVE AN OFFICIANT?

    The best time to reserve our services is once you've confirmed your date, time and wedding venue.

    Call or e-mail me your details and if your date and time hasn’t been reserved already, then secure your booking with a deposit and consider yourself almost married!

  • DO WE HAVE A CHOICE OVER CEREMONY WORDING?

    Absolutely.

    Based on whether you're more comfortable with a Non-Religious or a Non-Denominational ceremony (a non-denominational ceremony references God), I send you a sample ceremony over which you have editorial control.

    Too, if you feel more comfortable with a fully denominational service, I'll send you a sample "Catholic Lite" service.

    Plus, if you'd like to invite family members or friends to present a Reading, or if you'd like to change your vows, you're welcome to do that.

  • HOW DO WE GET A MARRIAGE LICENCE?

    Download the Marriage Licence application for free from ServiceOntario.ca, fill it our and take the completed form to any City Hall in Ontario and purchase the Licence.

    Only one of you need go, and be aware that the Licence is only valid for 90 days.

    Once you have the Marriage Licence in hand, let me know and we'll arrange to meet personally for a wedding planning meeting.

  • WHAT'S INVOLVED IN OUR WEDDING PLANNING MEETING?

    We discuss the wording of the sample ceremony we sent you, implement any changes you’d like, I tell you what my legal obligations are and what your legal alternatives are, we discuss the choreography of the wedding itself and any special elements you might want to include.

    You tell me how you want your ceremony to go, and I make it happen.

  • WHAT IF WE CAN'T GET THE LICENCE IN TIME FOR THE WEDDING?

    No worries. Don’t cancel your wedding!

    Sometimes divorce papers are archived in another city, jurisdiction or country and can unexpectedly take some time to draw and certify.

    You’ve invested a lot of time and effort in your wedding day and guests may have already purchased their travel tickets or booked time off from work, so rather than cancelling, we simply go ahead with the ceremony.

    But, shhhhhh! You don’t have to tell anyone ‘cause when your papers do arrive, we meet again and swear them then, in which case your official wedding date is as of the date of signing, not the actual ceremony.

    Understandably, there is a time/travel charge of $120.00 to meet on the separate date for me to execute the documents.


during your wedding

  • WHEN DO YOU ARRIVE?

    I arrive 20-30 minutes before our scheduled start time.

    I go straight to the Groom and let him know I'm on-site, check on any last minute changes to the ceremony or special requests, confirm who has the rings, liaise with the photographers, the musicians and venue staff to ensure the ceremony area has everything ready to support your ceremony (signing table, etc).

    I also go to the bride if she's on-site, or speak to her by 'phone if she's off-site or in her room, and reassure her that everything's ok and that the Groom hasn't run away.

  • WHAT IF WE'RE RUNNING LATE?

    We know that traffic, weather and unforeseen circumstances can slow down your day but with good planning, we work to avoid any delays.

    Why? Several reasons ...

    Your caterers start the preparation of your banquet at least 2 hours before serving so everything's perfect when it's served as delays can not only affect the quality of your meal, but your guests' enjoyment of your day.

    Limo companies are on strict schedules and excessive delays might be unexpectedly billed to you.

    Consider too that nothing can go ahead on your wedding day without all three of us being together in the same place at the same time.

    Sometimes I may be coming from one ceremony to yours, or perhaps going to another following yours, so if your favourite aunt's plane has been delayed, we sometimes have to consider starting without her..

  • WHAT DO WE HAVE TO MEMORIZE?

    Nothing.

    Once you've ok'd the ceremony script, forget about it.

    I lead you through everything and give you your vows "a word at a time." All you have to do is breathe and smile..

  • HOW SERIOUS ARE YOUR CEREMONIES?

    This is one of the happiest days of your life.

    Although there’s a decorum of respect during your ceremony, if I have an opportunity to make you smile or laugh, I'll take it.

  • HOW LONG IS THE CEREMONY?

    Depending on the different elements you've written into your ceremony, the average is 20 minutes, but schedule 30 minutes from entrance to recession.

  • WILL YOU JOIN US FOR THE RECEPTION?

    Thank you.

    Almost all my couples ask me this, however quite often I have another obligation following your wedding and I usually leave immediately following the recession.

    In anticipation though, thank you for the thought..


AFTER YOUR WEDDING

  • WHAT HAPPENS TO THE WEDDING LICENCE?

    I'm required by regulation to personally mail it to the government within 48 hours of performing the ceremony.

  • HOW LONG BEFORE OUR WEDDING IS REGISTERED?

    Although you’re legally married the minute I "declare" you, the province takes 12 weeks to register your union.

  • HOW DO WE GET "PROOF" OF THE MARRIAGE?

    At the 12 week mark, download the “Request for Marriage or Death Certificate” form from ServiceOntario.ca and send it to the province with the applicable fee.

    The form can be printed, completed by hand, mailed or faxed to the Office of the Registrar General.

    NOTE - Remember that YOU are responsible for applying for your own Marriage Certificate. I am unable to do it for you.

  • WHEN DO WE SPEAK AGAIN?

    I'll contact you a couple of days following your ceremony to remind you how to obtain your marriage certificate.

    Remember too that I also perform Naming and Christening ceremonies at a location of your choice ... so when you start to grow your family, please call!

    Too, it's part of the circle of life that loved ones graduate from this earth, so please feel free to call when faced with funerary concerns and I'll help guide you through the process, including presenting the Celebration of Life service for your family.