Who married the two of you…

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

We are getting a family friend of ours to do it. He is very religious but understands we don’t want it like that and he has done other weddings for family members before but is not an officiant for a living. Him and his wife played a big role in our lives when we lived in Japan and it will be special to have him officiate the wedding. We will probably pay for their hotel room (Around $200) as a gift. 

Post # 4
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1987 posts
Buzzing bee

I am Catholic but my husband is not. We actually had my aunt marry us. She is an ordained minister but she lives in Arkansas. She could not get her credentials to carry over to Texas so we had to have a JoP present (her fee was around $75, I think?). I’m not sure about Canada. Is there a government office you can call? 

 

Post # 5
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1259 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I also live in ON and there are a number of officiants.

Go http://www.ontario.ca/government/get-married-ontario . I think that is where you can find some of them. Certail officiants deal with certian regions.

I have looked through them but it is hard to pick someone you haven’t met. I am thinking my fiance and I will pick a couple, meet with them to see how we feel, then pick the one we want.

Hope that helps!

Post # 6
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873 posts
Busy bee

In Canada people can’t just get ordained online to do it like they do in the states. We have a native chief marry us

Post # 7
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2395 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We had a close college friend of mine marry us.  He’s an ordained minister.

Post # 8
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1754 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Sorry – can’t help you. We had an ordained minister do our cermeony.

Post # 9
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1140 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada

@birdy88:  I’m afraid that in Ontario you have to have a member of the clergy/religous organisation perform the ceremony or you can marry at City Hall. Those are the only legal option you have (I looked into this extensively for our wedding).  You cannot have friend be ordained online or have an officiant that is not one of the above. You can still have a non religious ceremony (we did) but those or the legal requirements. Hope this helps. 

Post # 10
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11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@birdy88:  We had a JoP marry us.  Cost around $250-300 before tip for a fully customized ceremony. THe basic ceremony would have cost $100 I believe.

Post # 11
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613 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I live in NB Canada! The man marrying us is actually FI’s uncle, he is a priest or minter or some religious figure in his church. However, FI and I are both athiets.

 

He married FI’s sister over 2 years ago, and even though she is religious, it wasn’t a religious ceremony, so I’m not worried about him marrying us at all.

 

He does live in the US, but he doesn’t mind driving us here for the wedding, since he also visits frequently anyways.

 

The best part is that he is free!! He said he wouldn’t charge his nice young nephew who is marrying a nice lady haha but he also hasn’t charged to do a wedding in the 20-30 years he has been doing them anyways 😛

Post # 12
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57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I live in Ontario and I too was having trouble finding a non denomenational officiant.  We actually asked our venue for their preferred vendor list and ended up booking the officiant they suggested.  She is absolutely amazing and has beautifully customized ceremonys. Her fee is a$550 for the fully custsomized option, but she also has less expensive options.  There are a lot of really great wedding officiants out here, you can also just try google.

Post # 13
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1400 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Our wedding planner found us a couple of officiants to meet with, and we loved both of them, but one of them just a bit more so we went with him 🙂 If we didn’t have a planner we probably would have found someone through weddingwire.com, but I’m not sure if that’s an option where you live.

His fee is $400 plus $100 for the rehearsal, and he takes care of the paperwork and will provide a nice book of the ceremony text and a simple sound system to make sure everyone can hear us for our outdoor ceremony. 🙂 He’s technically a reverend, but Buddhist I think, and he’s a total hippie, it’s great.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We got married by our AWESOME undergrad pschyology professor! She really knew the two of us and was AMAZING! I always pictured getting married by a woman for some reason and when I found out she was ordained I was like “Yep, she will be the one to do it someday!”

 

 

 

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