New limits on the size of weddings

Effective November 23, 2020:


City of Toronto and Peel Region:

  • Indoor weddings are prohibited.

  • Outdoor weddings up to 10 people.

  • Restaurant food service is prohibited.

Waterloo Region, Halton Region, City of Hamilton, York Region, and Durham Region:

  • Indoor weddings up to 5 people (at home) or 10 people (at a restaurant).

  • Outdoor weddings up to 25 people.

  • Restaurant food service is severely restricted.

Most other locations in Ontario:

  • Indoor weddings up to 10 people (at home) or 50 people (at a restaurant).

  • Outdoor weddings up to 25 people (at home) or 100 people (at a restaurant).

  • Restaurant food service is severely restricted.

Fewer restrictions apply to weddings that consist of a ceremony only, without a reception or social gathering. For more information, click here.

Rescheduling your wedding?

For 2020 couples: If you have previously arranged for me to officiate your wedding ceremony and are now considering a change to your wedding date, please let me know as soon as possible so I can hold your preferred "backup" date and time until you make a final decision. This avoids the disappointment of rescheduling your wedding to a date that I'm already booked. Remember to keep me informed of any changes to your plans so I can continue to be available.

My priority so far has been on accommodating schedule changes for existing clients, but with these now set and the end of the year almost upon us, I am taking on new bookings and my schedule for the remainder of 2020 and 2021 is filling up quickly. So the sooner you let me know of any changes, the more likely it is that I am still available on your new date.

For 2021 and 2022 couples: I am now accepting new bookings for 2021 and 2022. If your ceremony start time is flexible, please let me know at the time of booking so I can fit everybody's schedules to the best of my ability.

Micro-weddings during a pandemic? Yes!

Good news! You can still get married in-person while satisfying the current provincial restrictions on gatherings. Only 5 people need to be present during a legal marriage ceremony: the couple, the marriage officiant, and 2 witnesses.

The legal maximum size of social gatherings and weddings in Waterloo Region is currently 5 people inside your home, 10 people at a restaurant, or 25 people at a park or in your backyard. I've been performing mostly smaller ceremonies this year, typically a small number of guests attending in-person with additional guests joining online via live-stream.

All of the science and evidence so far is pointing to the use of masks (covering the nose and mouth) as the best protection against transmission of coronavirus, especially when combined with physical distancing. If you choose to remove your mask during your ceremony, please avoid close contact with others. As your officiant, I will be wearing a mask, standing at least 2 metres away, providing hand sanitizer when signing the marriage licence, arriving and departing promptly, and taking any other precautions that you would like me to take.


Some couples are choosing to have a small legal wedding ceremony this year with just immediate family and close friends, followed by a larger celebration or vow renewal at a one-year anniversary party in 2021. Some are calling it a year-long wedding, others a two-fer. I would be happy to help you with either one or both of your ceremonies.

Marriage licence expired?

Some expired marriage licences are still valid, even if the 90-day expiry window has passed. To qualify, a marriage licence must have been issued in Ontario after December 1, 2019, your legal name must be the same as what is printed on your marriage licence, and your marital status cannot have changed in the meantime. If have an expired marriage licence that meets these conditions, it will continue to be valid until sometime in 2023 and you do not need to get a new one, even if you previously postponed or rescheduled your wedding.

Please ensure you hold on to your original licence until your new wedding date. If you have lost your original licence, you can obtain a replacement at a reduced price ($75 off the price of a new one) from any city hall in Ontario.

Where to get a marriage licence?

A marriage licence is required before you can get married. You can get your marriage licence from any city hall in Ontario. It does not have to be from the same city where you live.

 

Most municipal offices require you to make an appointment and send in the forms online. Some are heavily booked and require several weeks of advance notice. Please plan ahead.

If you have left this until the last minute and are now looking for a marriage licence urgently, your best option is currently Waterloo City Hall at 100 Regina Street South. This is one of the few municipalities that are taking walk-ins without an appointment. Call the city clerk at 519-747-8549 first before going in to make sure they are available.

Here is a list of local municipalities and their current status for issuing a marriage licence. I try to keep this list up to date, but information changes quickly; always call the municipality directly to confirm availability.

Waterloo Region

Kitchener: Kitchener City Hall is open by appointment, Wednesday to Friday only. Click here for an appointment. Cost: $154.

Waterloo: Waterloo City Hall is open. Click here for more information. No appointment is needed, but call 519-747-8549 before going in. Cost: $149.

Cambridge: Cambridge City Hall is open by appointment, Wednesday and Thursday only, to residents of Cambridge only. Click here for an appointment. Cost: $165.

Elmira: The Township of Woolwich is open by appointment, Tuesday to Thursday only. Click here for more information and call 519-669-6009 for an appointment. Cost: $140.

Crosshill: The Township of Wellesley is open. No appointment is needed, but call 519-699-3946 before going in. Cost: $125.

Baden: The Township of Wilmot is open by appointment. Click here for more information and call 519-634-8444 for an appointment. Cost: $130.

Ayr: The Township of North Dumfries does not issue marriage licences.

Brantford and County of Brant

Brantford: Brantford City Hall is open by appointment, to residents of Brantford, County of Brant, and Six Nations of the Grand River only. Click here for an appointment. Cost: $140.

Paris: The County of Brant is open by appointment, to residents of the County of Brant only. Call 519-442-7268 or 519-449-2451 for an appointment. Cost: $120.

Guelph and Wellington County

Guelph: Guelph City Hall is open by appointment. Click here for an appointment. Cost: $145.

Harriston: The Town of Minto is open. Call 519-338-2511 for an appointment. Cost: $120.

Rockwood: The Township of Guelph/Eramosa is open by appointment. Click here for more information and call 519-856-9596 ext. 140 for an appointment. Cost: $135.

Elora: The Township of Centre Wellington is open by appointment. Call 519-846-9691 ext. 242 for an appointment. Cost: $135.

Kenilworth: The Township of Wellington North is open. Call 519-848-3620 ext. 4227 for an appointment. Cost: $125.

Erin: The Town of Erin does not issue marriage licences.

Puslinch: The Township of Puslinch does not issue marriage licences.

Mapleton: The Township of Mapleton does not issue marriage licences.

Stratford, St. Marys, and Perth County

Stratford: Stratford City Hall is open by appointment. Click here or call 519-271-0250 ext. 5237 for an appointment. Cost: $125.

St. Marys: The Town of St. Marys Municipal Operations Centre is open. No appointment is needed, but call 519-284-2340 before going in. Cost: $125.

Mitchell: The Municipality of West Perth is open by appointment. Click here for an appointment. Cost: $120.

St. Pauls: The Township of Perth South is open by appointment. Call 519-271-0619 for an appointment. Cost: $100.

Listowel: The Municipality of North Perth is open by appointment. Call 519-292-2062 for an appointment. Cost: $125.

Milverton: The Municipality of Perth East is open by appointment. Call 519-595-2800 for an appointment. Cost: $123.20.

Hamilton

Hamilton: Hamilton City Hall is open. Click here for more information. Cost: $160.

Ancaster: The Ancaster Municipal Service Centre is open. Click here for more information. Cost: $160.

Dundas: The Dundas Municipal Service Centre is open Monday to Thursday only. Click here for more information. Cost: $160.

Flamborough: The Flamborough Municipal Service Centre is open Monday to Thursday only. Click here for more information. Cost: $160.

Glanbrook: The Glanbrook Municipal Service Centre is open. Click here for more information. Cost: $160.

Stoney Creek: The Stoney Creek Municipal Service Centre is open. Click here for more information. Cost: $160.

Halton Region

Burlington: Burlington City Hall is open by appointment, to residents of Burlington only. Click here or call 905-335-7777 for an appointment. Cost: $160.65.

Milton: Milton Town Hall is open by appointment, Wednesday only, to residents of Milton only. They are heavily booked, so plan ahead or consider getting your licence from another municipality. Click here for an appointment. Cost: $187.

Oakville: Oakville Town Hall is open by appointment, Monday to Wednesday only. Click here for more information and call 905-815-6015 for an appointment. Cost: $155.

Georgetown: The Halton Hills Municipal Administration Office is open by appointment. Click here for more information and call 905-873-2600 for an appointment. Cost: $164.

Peel Region

Mississauga: The Provincial Offences Courthouse is open by appointment. Click here for an appointment. Cost: $140.

Brampton: Brampton City Hall is open by appointment, Tuesday to Friday only. Click here for an appointment. Cost: $150.

Caledon: Caledon Town Hall is open by appointment, Tuesday and Thursday only. Click here for more information and call 905-584-2272 ext. 7750 for an appointment. Cost: $150.

Toronto
North York: North York Civic Centre is open by appointment. Click here for an appointment. They are heavily booked, so plan ahead or consider getting your licence from another municipality. Cost: $145.

Toronto: Toronto City Hall is currently closed.

Scarborough: Scarborough Civic Centre is currently closed.

East York: East York Civic Centre is currently closed.

Last updated: September 4, 2020

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