(Closed) Intimate Wedding

posted 6 years ago in Ottawa, Canada
Post # 3
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452 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I can’t speak to the catering, although it sounds like it would be possible, depending on what type of buffet you want. Typically most buffets involve some sort of work during (restocking dishes of food, plates), but that might depend on how many guests you have. 

For the officiant – you can have someone who is not licensed do the ceremony, but you would have to go to city hall after or before to legally get married. We’re considering this, and I have no problem with it as I see when we say our vows as the most meaningful part, not whether we are legally married the day before or 2 days after. 

Setting up would fall to your friends, family, and yourself if you don’t want strangers involved. 

Good luck!

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@liz.tessier:  To answer your question about the someone officiating your wedding, I believe you can contact service ontario ( where you will need to get your marriage license) and ask them about the process of someone become an officiant , if you really want someone close to you to officiate your wedding.

 

For your decor set up and take down , it will all depend on the location of your ceremony/reception, my aunt is doing that for me, but she will be coordinating certain things with my venue and my decor is pretty minimal

 

Good luck for the rest

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@liz.tessier:  in regards to the officiant – I was told by our officiant that you can have a friend do “a reading” i.e. they can say anything they want and the officiant can stay out of the way and come in at the end to do the legally binding bit. It seemed like a good compromise.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@liz.tessier:  if you are open to getting married in Quebec anyone can act as an officiant. but as far as I know each individual can only perform a ceremony once. Be warned, if you get married in Quebec and want to change your name you will not be able to.

Post # 7
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692 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

We did the set up the night before and a bit the morning of. We hired a chef to come and cook for us. No catering company! Best choice ever!

We got legally married before then and had a friend perform the ceremony the day of the wedding : ) 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@liz.tessier:  I did not do this – I live right on the border in Ottawa so it is fairly well known here. We are dealing with All Seasons Weddings officiants and they would be the best to ask as they know all the legalities:

http://www.allseasonsweddings.com/

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