To get married in Alberta, you require a valid province of Alberta marriage licence. This can be obtained at an Alberta registry office. You also require two witnesses over the age of 18. Lastly, you require an officiant to perform the ceremony. This can either be an appointed marriage commissioner or a religious officiant who is registered to perform marriages in Alberta. For the most current and up to date information, please visit the following site: www.servicealberta.ca/getting-married.cfm.
2. Where do I get a marriage licence? What is the process?
A marriage licence may be obtained at any Alberta registry office. A couple must present themselves in person with proper identification. If any person has been married before, the papers for divorce are needed. Each person will be required to provide the name of their parents and their birth places. An Alberta marriage licence is valid for three months from the day of issue.
3. How long does a civil marriage ceremony last?
A basic civil ceremony lasts approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Personal vows and special ceremonial touches will add to this time.
4. How much does a marriage commissioner cost?
Please click on my Rates tab to view my current fees.
5. What is a civil wedding ceremony?
A civil wedding ceremony is a legal contract between two persons. A civil wedding ceremony is one that contains no religious elements. However, a couple may choose to incorporate some religious components in their civil ceremony, but they cannot be performed by the marriage commissioner.
6. Are there any unique or special touches our marriage commissioner can add?
Yes! There are statements during the civil ceremony that must be included. But, many special components may be added: personal vows, special poems or blessings, and ceremonial touches (like sand ceremonies, love letter/wine box ceremonies, blended family ceremonies just to name a few). If a couple wants to incorporate a special touch, just discuss this with Nancy. Together you can come up with something truly memorable.
7. Where can the wedding ceremony be held?
A wedding ceremony can be held almost anywhere as long as it is in Alberta. A hall, backyard, acreage, events center, restaurant, hotel, park. Nancy has performed wedding ceremonies in a variety of venues around Alberta.
8. How far in advance should we book?
I accept bookings up to a year in advance. Saturdays in the summer fill up pretty fast! I also accept bookings for the next day. Give me a call and I will gladly check my schedule for availability.
I certainly hope that answers a few of your questions. Please feel free to call or email me if you have more questions. I really do love talking about weddings.