Frequently Asked Questions
What are the steps to book you for our wedding?
Prior to your first consultation, ensure you have determined your ceremony location and date. With these confirmed, complete my contact form and we will schedule our first consultation. If we contracted, your retainer fee will be due 7 days after our consultation. Once the retainer fee has been received, our contract begins.
What areas do you serve?
I am pleased to offer wedding officiant services across Windsor, Amherstburg, Leamington, Kingsville, Essex, Comber, LaSalle, and Chatham-Kent.
Do you offer religious ceremonies?
As a Pastoral Chaplain, I can tailor your ceremony to align with traditional Christian ceremonies if you wish (by incorporating readings, including religious language, prayer, and so on). I can also attempt to incorporate elements of your belief systems into the ceremony, provided they do not conflict with any legal obligations. Both offers apply inclusive of your sexual, gender, and religious identity.
Can we write our own vows?
Certainly! I recommend allowing me to review them before the ceremony, confidentialy, to ensure all legal obligations are met. I will also ask that you deliver them to each other during the ceremony, rather than repeat after me for the vows portion.
What happens after the ceremony?
I will place the Record of Solemnization from the marriage licence into a white envelope, which I will leave with a designated person. This is your portion to keep.
I will mail the remainder of the Marriage License to the Registrar General's Office where your information and marriage will be registered. You will not receive any notice or any paperwork from the government confirming the registration.
You must order a marriage certificate; one is not automatically mailed by the Registrar General’s Office. Carefully read the information about name change and the Certificate of Marriage on the Service Ontario website.
Please note that your officiant is not responsible nor able to purchase your marriage certificate on your behalf.
Where can I find more information about legal requirements for marriage in Ontario?
Learn more about legal requirements for marriage in Ontario, including how to order your marriage licence (which is required to have in-hand before your ceremony occurs), on the Ontario Government website.
Do you provide other services?
Yes! I provide vow renewal and commitment ceremony services. Contact me for a quote.
Who can officiate weddings in Ontario?
You can only perform a marriage in Ontario if you are authorized under Ontario’s Marriage Act as a marriage officiant.
There are two categories of marriage officiants in Ontario:
registered marriage officiants (that's me!)
civil marriage officiants
I have more questions!
Email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org