Frequently Asked Questions - Wedding Officiant & Celebrant Ceremonies
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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where can I hold my ceremony?

A: The only requirement for a ceremony is the couple, a valid Ontario license and two witnesses. Your ceremony can be held at your home, a golf club, restaurant or almost anywhere else you can think of. Even your own living room. It is your choice.. where ever your heart desires (within legal boundaries, of course), you decide!

Remember, most wedding venues are able to accommodate your wedding ceremony as well as the reception. Often there are outside locations with garden and landscape backdrops for ceremonies which make beautiful photographs (weather permitting of course).

Q: How much do wedding ceremonies cost?

A: The cost of a wedding ceremony with us can be as low as $275 for a short and sweet wedding ceremony with up to 30 guests. Prices increase slightly for larger ceremonies are from $325, and for a ceremony which is more customized and can include a written story about your journey together, from $375.

For personal, custom written celebrant ceremonies, those start at $495 and include two interviews and the opportunity to review a written draft of the ceremony beforehand.

Please see our Wedding Ceremony Pricing and Packages page for detailed information.

Q: Can we put a hold on our date/time until we make a decision?

A: Regrettably we are not able put your ceremony time/date on a hold status.

Q: What are Special Elements?

Special Elements are mini-ceremonies incorporated into your wedding ceremony which add something extra special to your wedding. Special elements are traditions brought forth from other countries, different religions or historic times. New special elements are emerging as popularity increases. Adding different traditions to your wedding ceremony can make your ceremony even more special and symbolic. No two couples have travelled on the same path to arrive at their wedding day and therefore their wedding ceremony should reflect that. It is what makes you unique as a couple that should be captured in your wedding ceremony, and special elements assist in achieving that goal.

Q: Ceremony Start Time

A:  Your “Ceremony Start Time”  (not “Guest Arrival Time” or “Invitation Time”)  is scheduled at the time you book your ceremony and that time is set aside just for you and your ceremony.

Your ceremony should start on time or within 15 minutes of the Ceremony Start Time.  Otherwise, if we have other ceremonies on the same day, your ceremony will be affected.  Should we have other ceremonies after yours, we may have to condense your ceremony or leave to conduct a ceremony booked that day.  It is possible for us to return at a later time, subject to an additional fee.  If we don’t have to perform a ceremony for another couple after yours, and the wait time exceeds fifteen (15) minutes, an additional fee may also apply.

Q: We are not affiliated with a church, can you accommodate us?

A: Yes, we are able to assist you if you are not affiliated with a church. We are able to officiate many different types of ceremonies. Please call or e-mail us and we will be able to create a wedding ceremony which is just right for you.

Q: We want a really short ceremony, can you do that for us?

A: Yes, we can make the ceremony as short as you want provided the correct words are included in the ceremony which are required by the Marriage Act of Ontario. We can provide you with those words in advance so that you will be familiar with that part of the ceremony.

Please bear in mind that most wedding ceremonies are over very quickly and cannot be repeated as such. Many couples have regretted very short ceremonies and told us that they wished they had allowed more time for such a memorable and meaningful event.

Q: How do I book my ceremony with you?

That’s easy. Here are the steps:

  1. Confirm our availability for the date, time and location of your ceremony;
  2. Select a wedding package from our available wedding packages; and
  3. Book your wedding ceremony with us through our online booking system which will be available to you upon request.  That includes payment of a $100 non-refundable deposit (by bank e-transfer, credit card or PayPal), and signing your wedding ceremony contract.
Q: What are your Wedding Ceremony Terms and Conditions - AKA Fine Print?

FEES AND DEPOSIT:

A non-refundable deposit in the amount of one hundred ($100) dollars is to be paid at which point the Officiant will reserve the date and time of the Ceremony for the Couple and the Officiant will set aside the date and time for your wedding.  Access to our client Wedding Ceremony Portal will also be made available to the Couple at that time containing valuable information and resources for the Wedding Ceremony.  Regrettably we are not able put your ceremony time/date on a hold status without payment of the deposit.

The full balance of any unpaid fees including ceremony fees, and travel fees, rehearsal fees, if applicable, shall be received by the Officiant fourteen (14) days prior to the date of the Ceremony.

The Deposit is transferable to another date and time as long as the Couple requests the change in writing at least fourteen (14) days prior to the Ceremony date and the Officiant is available.  If the Officiant is not available at the new date and/or time, all fees paid in excess of the Deposit will be refunded upon request from the Couple.

FORMS OF PAYMENT:

The Deposit and the Final Balance may be made electronically via bank e-transfer, PayPal or credit card.

PRIVACY POLICY

We ask for certain personal information for use in the preparation of the Couple’s wedding ceremony and to complete required legal documents pursuant to the Marriage Act of Ontario. We keep your personal information up-to-date, accurate and relevant for its intended use. We rely on the Couple to let us know if their address, telephone number or other information they provide to us changes, so that we may provide you with the best possible service.

Under no circumstance will we lend, sell or otherwise distribute this information to any other group, organization, or commercial entity.

CHANGES:

Changes to the wedding ceremony including, but not limited to the date, time, and/or location of the Wedding Ceremony must be communicated in writing by the Couple and approved by the Officiant with respect to availability in writing before it is confirmed.

CANCELLATION AND REFUNDS:

Cancellations must be communicated in writing.  If written notice of Cancellation of Services is provided by the Couple at least fourteen (14) days prior to the Ceremony Date, all fees paid in excess of the Deposit will be refunded.  If written notice of Cancellation of Services is provided by the Couple less than fourteen (14) days prior to the Ceremony date, the Couple shall be responsible for full payment of Services, except for travel fees, if applicable.

If written notice of Cancellation of Services is not provided by the Couple, the Couple shall be responsible for full payment of Services, including travel fees, if applicable. If written notice of Cancellation of Services is provided by the Couple, the Officiant shall be released to make commercially reasonable attempts to re-book the date and time of the Ceremony.

In the unlikely event that the Officiant is unable to perform the ceremony due to unforeseen circumstances, the Officiant will provide a replacement Officiant at no additional cost to the Couple.

SCHEDULE:

The “Ceremony Start Time” advised by you shall be considered to be the actual Ceremony Start Time and not “Guest Arrival” time.  Any changes to the Ceremony Start Time shall be communicated by the Couple to the Officiant, in writing, fourteen (14) days prior to the Ceremony Date.  Changes in the Ceremony Start Time shall be subject to the availability of the Officiant.

MARRIAGE LICENCE:

It is the Couple’s responsibility to acquire a valid Ontario marriage licence and provide the marriage licence to the Officiant in advance of the Ceremony when the Services are rendered. The Couple must be aware that failure to have a valid marriage licence at the time of the Ceremony means that the Officiant cannot legally perform the marriage.

GOVERNING LAW:

The validity, construction and enforceability of these Terms and Conditions shall be governed in all respects by the laws of the Province of Ontario.

Q: Do you use Ceremony Templates?

A: Absolutely not.   As wedding celebrants, all ceremonies are personalized; we do not use templates or expect you to compile your own wedding ceremony – unless you really want to.

We provide you with information and a questionnaire so that you can let us know about your wishes for your ceremony and any important details about you, your relationship, your family etc.  Your questionnaire responses, as well as discussions we have with you, provide us with the right information to create a wedding ceremony just for you (within the parameters of the ceremony package selected).

To respect your privacy, we will not let others view your ceremony in any way – it is for you to experience at your wedding ceremony.

Because of all this, ceremony samples will not be provided to anyone.

Couples that book a Celebrant Ceremony will have the opportunity to review a draft of their ceremony at our second meeting and any changes or additions will be made and will be delivered on your special day.  Those couples will also receive a presentation copy of their ceremony on their wedding day.

Q: Do I need to book a wedding rehearsal with you?

A: Well, yes and no.  However, a form of rehearsal is always recommended.  It will assist you in preparing for your wedding ceremony and ensure that everything runs smoothly.  There is nothing worse than feeling unsure as to what is happening next on the most special day of your life.

Larger venues which hold a lot of wedding ceremonies often provide (within the cost of holding your ceremony) access to the venue prior to your wedding for your rehearsal. In addition, there will often be an experienced member of staff/event planner there to assist you with your rehearsal (a good idea to check if you are not sure) – so in that case, unless you specifically want us to be there, we are not really needed.

For smaller venues, which may allow access for an hour or so without assistance of a member of staff, then yes, you may want us there to assist you with your rehearsal.  There is an additional fee of $100 for Monday to Thursday rehearsals and $150 for a Friday to Sunday Rehearsal.

Alternatively, you can run your own rehearsal if you wish at the venue or elsewhere.

In any event, rehearsals are ALWAYS recommended. You will definitely be glad that you took the time to rehearse for your special day when it actually happens!

Q: Can quick elopements be accommodated?

A: Yes! – As long as you have obtained your marriage licence in Ontario, quick elopement ceremonies can be performed at any time. We will always do everything we can to accommodate a spontaneous or last minute ceremony as we don’t want anyone to have to spoil their wedding preparation time by hunting for an officiant.

Q: I am feeling a little overwhelmed, wedding planning can be exhausting, help?

A: Don’t worry, we know the right questions to ask and we can put the ceremony together for you without adding to your stress. You have enough to think about and because we specialize in the art of ceremony, you can pass all that on to us.

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