Is it hard for US Citizen to get married in Montreal?

posted 6 years ago in Montreal
Post # 3
1356 posts
Bumble bee

It shouldn’t be a problem, unless you plan on staying. Is your Fiance a Canadian citizen? If so there’s no problem. In my case, I’m a US citizen and he’s a Canadian citizen, and we’re planning to marry in Montreal.

If you plan on staying there, you need visas. But as far as I know, you can get married wherever you want as long as you don’t stay in the country, and it’s recognised by both the Canadian and the US government as long as the marriage complies with their requirements (not being underage, etc).

Post # 5
2226 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@MMaloy2003:  What kind of venue are you imagining? Since you’re getting married before you get here, there are no legal things you guys need do deal with. So you just need to contact an officiant, rent a venue and get ‘er done!

Post # 6
9952 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Montreal is very romantic… a great place for a Wedding / Vow Renewal.

And YES just like other places in North America someone from outside of the jurisdiction / country can get married there if they meet the current requirements.  (No Tourist Visa is needed for US Residents… just your Passport)

First off a few things you’ll want to know… so you can make an informed decision.

Montreal is in the Province of Quebec… which is all what is left now of what was once New France (most of the Continent of North America between 1534 and 1763).  This all changed in the mid 1700s with the Seven Years War (known as the French & Indian War in the USA) when the French lost “the continent” to the British

Wikipedia – New France =

After all that… just Quebec remained predominently French speaking… and the British made concessions to the French by allowing them to maintain some of their rights & culture (such as Language, Religion, and their Judicial System… which is known as Civil Law… vs the rest of the continent that uses Common Law)

As such, there are some marked differences between French Society in Quebec and the rest of North America.

And that includes Marriage.  Altho you can marry either in a Civil Ceremony or a Religious one in Quebec… you will not be able to legally change your name (assume the one of your Husband)… without processing a Legal Name Change with your own State etc.

This is because in Quebec Society names belong to the person from the cradle to the grave… as a way of maintaining historical french surnames… and the lineage of the Mother as well as the Father (altho it doesn’t at first glance appear that way… in fact Quebec is very progressive when it comes to Women’s Rights)

So that is the biggest issue… if you want to Mrs HubbySurname after your marriage… you really should marry in the USA or elsewhere in Canada (the Province of Ontario… is a mere 45 minutes west of Montreal).

If you really do want to keep your maiden name forever… then there is no issue in getting married in Quebec whatsoever.

For more info on marriage in Quebec see this website

Quebec Justice Dept – Marriage =

Hope this helps,


Post # 7
1856 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I would get legally married beforehand – while non-Canadians/non-QC residents can marry in Montreal/Quebec in general, the rules make it difficult to come in and do it on a random weekend. You have to declare your intent to marry and it must be posted in the venue of your marriage and at the courthouse for at least 20 days prior to the marriage taking place, so you can’t come and randomly get married. There are also a few rules about where a marriage can take place. The rules and details (in English) are here.

Also, @This Time Round:  is right that Quebec residents cannot change their names to their married names, but you can bring a Quebec act of marriage to your home location and use that to change your name. Any married person living in Quebec cannot change their name, but you can be married in Quebec as a non-resident and have your province/state change your documents to your married name.

Post # 8
2226 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@This Time Round:  Most of this isn’t particularly important in this situation.

Your mariage won’t be subject to the laws of quebec because of international private law. It will have already been legaly celebrated by the time the ceremony in Qc. All the effects of your marriage (names, matrimonial regime, status, etc) will be governed by the law of your state of residence OR if they differ, the laws of your first shared residence after the celebration of the marriage. I know this is a little technical; let me know if you need me to clarify.

Post # 9
1 posts

MMaloy2003:  hello maloy me and my Fi are going through the same issue, was wonder if you can email me at [email protected] about steps needed to take. Shes from san fran, im from montreal we want her to live here.

Post # 10
247 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Hi there!  I’m dual citizen of the US and Canada currently residing in Ohio.  The Montreal Botanical Gardens are beautiful.  I don’t know if you can have a wedding there, but I don’t imagine a small celebration with you, Fiance and a photographer would be an issue.   Even if you can’t, the gardens are a must-see (in my opinion) if you are in the area.    

Post # 11
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