COVID-19 has impacted wedding ceremonies in 2020 and 2021 in sometimes unpredictable ways. But love conquers all. You can still get married while taking some common sense precautions.

Current limits on the size of weddings

Gray / White zones:

Currently in Toronto, York Region, Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon, and Niagara Region:

Wedding ceremony

  • all locations: 10 people indoors / 10 people outdoors

Wedding reception

  • private dwelling: not permitted indoors / 5 people outdoors

  • staffed venue: not permitted

Red zones:

Currently in Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Orangeville, Milton, Burlington, Hamilton, and London,

Beginning on February 22, 2021 in York Region, and

Beginning on March 8, 2021 in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon:

Wedding ceremony

  • private dwelling: 5 people indoors / 100 people outdoors

  • staffed venue: 30% capacity indoors / 100 people outdoors

Wedding reception

  • all locations: 5 people indoors / 25 people outdoors

Orange / Yellow / Green zones:

Currently in Brantford, Paris, Stratford, Haldimand-Norfolk, Huron County, Grey County, and Bruce County:

Wedding ceremonies

  • private dwelling: 10 people indoors / 100 people outdoors

  • staffed venue: 30% capacity indoors / 100 people outdoors

Wedding receptions

  • private dwelling: 10 people indoors / 25 people outdoors

  • staffed venue: 50 people indoors/ 100 people outdoors


Despite the easing of restrictions, extra vigilance is still required and our officiants will comply with all regulations made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, as well as municipal by-laws and public health guidelines.

  • Officiant will wear a mask, remain physically distanced, and provide hand sanitizer for signing your marriage licence

  • Officiant can supply an outdoor speaker system with two microphones at no additional cost to you
  • You are welcome to live-stream the ceremony to any number of virtual attendees

  • You must still obtain a marriage licence from city hall before your wedding day and bring it to your ceremony

Nobody knows for sure how long these limits will remain in effect, but they are expected to last at least through the winter and early spring, and possibly longer. This page will be updated as new regulations come into effect.

We want to help you celebrate your wedding day in a beautiful and memorable way, while keeping everyone safe. Remember, we are all in this together!

Rescheduling your wedding?

If you previously arranged for me to officiate your wedding ceremony but are now thinking of changing your wedding date, I would be happy to hold a backup date for you until you are comfortable making a final decision.

Due to the possibility of two different couples rescheduling to the same date, please let me know if your ceremony start time is flexible. This is so I can fit everybody's schedules to the best of my ability.

Some couples are choosing to have a small legal wedding ceremony in 2021 with just immediate family and close friends, followed by a larger celebration with a symbolic exchange of vows at a one-year anniversary party in 2022. Some are calling it a year-long wedding, others a vow renewal. I would be happy to help you with either one or both of your ceremonies.

Marriage licence information

A marriage licence is required to get married in Ontario. You must obtain the marriage licence before your wedding and bring it with you to your ceremony. Officiants cannot perform wedding ceremonies without a marriage licence.

Marriage licences normally expire after 90 days. However, you can currently use an expired marriage licence if it was issued after December 1, 2019 (as long as your name or marital status has not changed since the licence was issued).

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 (although some cities are only serving their own residents at this time). Once you have your marriage licence, it is valid everywhere in Ontario.

Most city halls are currently requiring you to make an appointment and send in the forms online. Some are heavily booked and require several weeks of advance notice. Others are temporarily closed. Please plan ahead.

As of January 14, 2021:

  • Waterloo City Hall is not issuing marriage licences at this time.​

  • Kitchener City Hall is issuing marriage licences, by appointment only.​

  • Cambridge City Hall is issuing marriage licences, by appointment only. Must be a resident of the City of Cambridge.

  • Guelph City Hall is issuing marriage licences, by appointment only. Must be a resident of the City of Guelph, Wellington County, or Dufferin County.

  • Brantford City Hall is issuing marriage licences, by appointment only. Must be a resident of the City of Brantford, County of Brant, or Six Nations of the Grand River.

This is a rapidly changing situation so please call ahead to city hall first, before going in to get your marriage licence.

Grand River Weddings

143 Coopershawk St., Kitchener, Ontario, N2K 4J3

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