Civil Ceremonies / Elopements
Your wedding day is one of the most important and exciting moments in your life. There are so many decisions to make and so much planning that goes into creating this special day.
I would be honoured to help you create the meaningful wedding ceremony you have always envisioned.
City of Kingston staff do not offer civil ceremonies. Any Officiant licensed in the Province of Ontario can perform a ceremony at Kingston City Hall. It is a beautiful building to be married in and the rent is quite reasonable.
A civil ceremony/elopement is a marriage ceremony with just the mandatory wording as required in the Marriage Act, to make the ceremony legal. It is similar to what a Justice of the Peace would provide or municipal staff.
Civil ceremonies are designed to provide a service that is not available at local municipalities or through a Justice of the Peace.
Civil ceremonies are ideal for those couples wishing to have a destination wedding in a non-English speaking country. This eliminates the need to have your documentation translated and approved by the Province.
A civil ceremony is recommended for those couples who want to invite only a few guests (usually immediate family members which may include their two witnesses and totalling less than 10 people). I can go to their home, coffee shop, City Hall, a restaurant or a local park to perform this type of ceremony. A civil ceremony is not designed for a large venue.
I have chosen to reduce my fee for a civil ceremony since it is not necessary to meet with the couple prior to the ceremony as all the information can be obtained via e-mail. (i.e. pertinent information required for legal documents and I ask for a scanned copy of the marriage licence)