New limits on the size of weddings

Effective September 19, 2020, weddings at private residences and certain other locations are limited to 10 people indoors or 25 people outside.

Click here for the news release.

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 reserve a new date and time for you. Even if you have not made a final decision on a date change yet, I can hold a "backup" date and time until you decide. This avoids the disappointment of rescheduling your wedding to a date that I'm already booked. I would like to help as best as I can, so please keep me informed of any changes to your plans and I will do my best to be available.

My priority so far has been on accommodating schedule changes for existing clients, but with these now set and September 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 couples: 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. As much as I would love to be in two places at once, I am unable to clone myself and am still constrained by the immutable laws of physics that apply to the spacetime continuum. (For now. I'm working on it.)

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 50 people indoors or 100 outdoors. For everyone's safety, it is recommended to keep well below the legal limit. I've been performing mostly smaller ceremonies this year, typically 10 to 20 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 physical distancing is difficult. If you choose to remove your mask during your ceremony, it is recommended that you keep at least 2 metres away from your wedding party and avoid close contact with your guests while your masks are removed.


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?

If you previously obtained a marriage licence but postponed your wedding, your original marriage licence may still be valid. Any marriage licence purchased in Ontario between December 1, 2019 and March 17, 2020 will have the 90-day expiry date extended to July 24, 2022, as long as your legal name and marital status have not changed in the meantime. This means you do not need a new licence for postponed weddings.

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 for $79 at Kitchener City Hall by calling 519-741-2275.

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 up to 90 days before your wedding date. 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. No appointment is needed and you do not need to be a Waterloo resident to get a marriage licence there, but call the city clerk at 519-747-8549 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 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: Friday, September 4, 2020

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