Canadian Bee here…
Indeed Canadian Provinces are just like US States (my own Destination Wedding is in the US)… in that you have to get your Marriage License from the place in which you wish to marry.
Some Jurisdictions will have more requirements than others (in regards to WHO can marry you, where you can marry, Witnesses Needed, Medical / Blood Tests… or Paperwork Required… often a “hurdle” if you’ve been married before)… and YES some will have Waiting Periods (while in others you can pick up your License & Marry immediately)
ALL that info can be found by GOOGLING for the particular place you wish to marry in… I’d check by CITY (vs State / Province) because requirements can be specific or different even from one Country / Township to another.
This really is the sort of stuff you should have checked into BEFORE you set the date and made all the arrangements 🙁 *frown*
Actually I am quite surprised that whomever is marrying you didn’t ask you about this stuff… and what arrangements you’d made to get the License
IF there is No Waiting Period… then it’ll be a mad scramble to get the paperwork done the day you marry (that is IF it is a Weekday… which is when Courthouses have Business Hours)
Otherwise… as another Bee suggested, you might be able to apply for your Marriage License by mail… that tho can have its own issues as I discovered when I tried to do that myself in the State of South Carolina… in regards to Turn-Around Time, Cost, Required Paperwork, Notarized Copies, and the Requirement to Pick-Up the License in Person (SC requires that they see you at least once together as a couple in the flesh… either when you do the Application or when you Pick Up the License)
As for your situation…
If all else fails, I gotta say that Sugar_and_Spice: might have the best solution… get married by a JOP at the Courthouse in your hometown / Province BEFORE you head off to the Destination Wedding. Then the Destination Wedding is just a “stand-in” and you won’t have to worry about all the paperwork.
Sorry, don’t have better news… hope this helps somewhat.
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Example link… here is the website for the City of Toronto showing what is required by them for someone to get a Marriage License / Marry … as I said, use GOOGLE and you can find similar info for wherever you are headed. http://www.toronto.ca/marriage/index.htm