FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a Marriage Commissioner? It is a civil wedding officiant. Alberta has       two kinds of ceremonies - religious or civil.  A religious service would be performed by a registered religious marriage officiant (eg pastor, priest etc). A civil service is performed by an appointed marriage commissioner. Both are equally legal in Alberta. The choice is yours. You can have religious content (such as hymns and/or religious readings) in your civil ceremony if you wish, but somebody other than myself has to perform them.

Can we write our own vows? Absolutely! The government of Alberta has standard vows that you can use in their entirety, or use as a template, but you are totally free to use your own wording if you would like. There are two statements that are legally required by the Marriage Act, the rest is up to you. If you have children, you could think about including them in the vows. I am more than happy to assist you with composing your vows.

How long will the ceremony take? The wedding usually takes approximately 20 minutes. If you are adding readings, music etc, it will obviously be longer. I always recommend that you allow 30 minutes from start to finish, to allow for late arrivals, entrances, signing of the register etc.

Do we have to meet with you prior to the wedding? No - that is not mandatory. However, many couples choose to do this to ensure that they have the right wedding officiant for them, and it is a great way to make sure we have covered all of the bases. However, all of the communication and planning can be done by phone, email, facetime etc if that suits you better. It is entirely up to you. The fee is the same either way.

Can we get married on the same day as we obtain our Marriage Licence?     Yes, you can. As long as you have 2 witnesses, and I do not have pre-existing commitments, I would be happy to perform your ceremony for you.

Although the Licence is only valid for 3 months, can we book you several months ahead? Yes. This is a really good idea if you want to ensure getting the ideal day and time for your wedding. 

Do we need to get blood tests? No. Blood tests are no longer required in Alberta.

Do we have to exchange rings? No. It's your choice - 2 rings, 1, or none.

Can we have a rehearsal? Of course! I am more than happy to walk you and your wedding party through the ceremony in advance. 

Can we get married at home? Absolutely - or at the home of a friend or relative.

Can we get married at your home? Yes - the ceremony and photographs can be done out at our family acreage West of Spruce View. For wedding parties under 8 people, there would be no extra charge for this. If it is just the 2 of you, I can arrange for 2 witnesses for ceremonies held at our home. Please go to  the 'About Me' and 'Rates' pages for details, including photographs, of our acreage.

Can our children be a part of the ceremony? Yes! If you are a blended family, this is a lovely way for your children to feel really included in your special day. Take a look at the 'Custom Weddings' page for some ideas. 

Can you marry same sex couples? Absolutely!

What will you be wearing? I will be in formal business like attire - usually a black or navy suit. However, if you are having a themed wedding  - eg Western - I am happy to dress a little more casually!

Do you give us a Marriage Certificate on our wedding day? No - a Civil Marriage Statement will be presented to you following the ceremony, serving as proof of the marriage. Once married, couples can go back to an Alberta Registries office to apply for an Alberta Marriage Certificate if they require one. For details please go to http://www.servicealberta.ca/marriage-certificates-documents.cfm

Are you able to renew our vows for us if we are already married? Absolutely. I would be delighted to do this for you. 

Do you perform commitment ceremonies? Yes, I do!

We are planning a destination wedding and would like to be legally married in Alberta beforehand - can we do this? Yes - this is a great idea to ensure that you have a legal marriage. Some countries have complex requirements for any marriages there to be legal (eg staying there for a certain period of time before and after the wedding, blood tests etc) You would be legally married in Alberta, thereby reducing possibly tricky legal documentation abroad, stress and costs. You could have a very small, private ceremony in Alberta, and then have your big celebration at the destination of your dreams.

                If you have any other questions - please contact me.

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