Small Elopement Ceremony Packages or Legalization of Marriage services can also be provided, depending upon your needs.
Available from November to April and on other dates pending availability (includes Monday to Thursday weddings). Not available on weekends from May to October. For small groups of guests (maximum of 15 individuals in attendance) for a pre-set ceremony at $350 inclusive. For more than 15 guests, the I Do Wedding Ceremony will be appropriate. Special elements can be added to this package such as handfasting, sand ceremony, ring warming, etc. and additional pricing will be added as also set out below.
This legalization of marriage is a very short service. Perfect for couples that are planning a larger destination wedding or those that want just two witnesses in attendance. Pricing is $250 inclusive for the couple and two witnesses (4 in total). To allow for guests in attendance and a full ceremony, the Elopement Package or our I Do Ceremony package would be appropriate.
Two witnesses are required for any marriage in Ontario. However, recognizing that couples have different needs, we can also provide two witnesses at $35 each which is paid by us directly to the witnesses.
The above pricing relates to services within our local area. A reasonable travel fee would be added to those locations outside that area.
All ceremonies comply with the Ontario Marriage Act and Regulations.
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A wedding ceremony rehearsal, whether conducted by us, your venue, wedding planner or in your own living room is a MUST for peace of mind and flow of the ceremony – it also makes your wedding party feel more at ease. Please see our article on rehearsals at Do I Need a Rehearsal?
For our attendance at your rehearsal, there is a fee of $200 ($275 for Friday rehearsals) which will be added to the cost of your wedding ceremony. Additional travel fees may apply outside of our normal service area.
The couple will write love letters to each other before the wedding which they will seal in an envelope. They will choose their favourite bottle of wine or drink of choice and place these and any other memorabilia in the wine box. If clients choose this ceremony option during the wedding ceremony, they will seal the box and vow not to open the box until an anniversary of their choice. Reading those letters on an anniversary date will remind them of their wedding day, why they fell in love and chose to be together until the end of time. Price include a bottle of your choice of red or white wine and a keepsake wine box.
The original meaning of “tying the knot”. Usually known as a Celtic tradition although it also has origins in other cultures and countries. The hands are tied with different types of fabric including ribbons/cloth /braid/tartan to symbolize the bringing together of the two hearts and families in a marriage of strength and unity forever. Price includes a custom made handfasting braid and a keepsake box. Can include a family tartan (or two) to be ordered separately by or on behalf of the couple. Tartan can be in wool or sateen – a quote for the imported tartan can be provided. The photo to the right shows materials used for a recent two tartan handfasting with coordinating organza ribbons, beads and a cord. The photo to the left is one of our custom made handfasting braids. For additional information on handfasting, please see our blog post at All About Handfasting and our handfasting page with additional information and photos.
The Unity Sand Ceremony is ideal for any wedding. This ceremony option symbolizes the joining of the couple. The sand is used to symbolize the uniting of the couple. Their separate lives are represented by two vials of sand (usually different colours). The couple come together after the exchange of vows, and pour the two individual vials of sand into one into one vase. The flow of the sand symbolizes the joining of the couple as they share their first experience of unity as a married couple. In addition, this ritual is used when there are young children involved and the couple are looking for a ritual to involve the children, and additional vials of coloured sand can be used. The unity vase is then a keepsake of your wedding day. Price includes two vials of sand and keepsake glass container with lid.
The Unity Spice Ceremony is similar to the unity sand ceremony except that spices and/or herbs are used. This is a wonderful tradition in that it can symbolically represent the heritage of each of the individuals to be married. They don’t even have to actually like the spice or herb to be used – because each ingredient has a different meaning and often have healing properties as well. Alternatively, favourite spices or herbs of the couple could be used. Each spice (7 of them in total) would be poured by the couple, one by one, into a larger container providing a similar visual effect to pouring sand as spices are each of a different colour. The jar could then be displayed in the kitchen of their home where family and special occasion meals are cooked and friends and family gather at certain times. The kitchen is of course the central core and heart of any home. The ingredients can also be used by the couple at a later date to make a tasty collaborative meal, cookies or a cake (perhaps to celebrate an anniversary milestone). The couple would provide their own selected 7 different spices or herbs and a vase or jar with lid in which the spices or herbs are to be poured into and kept. A Mason jar could also be used.
This ritual has long been used in Catholic weddings, but as a traditional ceremony option it also holds a universal meaning. It symbolises the joining of the couple in marriage as well as the joining of their two original families. The couple’s mothers can light their individual candles for them as a symbol to show that they are moving on from their family to create a new family together. Price includes two lighting candles, pillar candle and holder to keep.
The Breaking of the Glass Ceremony is traditionally used at Jewish weddings; this ceremony option signifies the end of the ceremony and the time of celebration. As a health & safety concern, the glass must be stemless and is placed in a cloth bag prior to breaking.
A ring warming ceremony happens when a couple’s wedding rings are passed around to each guest at a certain point in the ceremony. The rings should be tied or affixed to a ring pillow or placed in a decorative container to avoid any unnecessary accidents with the rings. Each guest will hold the ring and provide a silent blessing or wish. For smaller weddings, the wish can be spoken aloud and of course, the ceremony would pause for this to take place.
Rock ceremonies are similar except each guest will select a rock of their own from a container when entering the ceremony. At the end of the ceremony, all rocks are gathered for the couple to keep with the good wishes for the couple and their future imbued.
We all have different tastes when we drink wine. In this case, the bride and groom will choose either white or red wine – whichever may be their preference (one of each). They will each then drink from a glass of the wine chosen by the other, savouring the taste and flavour which may not be to their liking. The same is true in marriage, through the ups and downs, they will often compromise for the other. Includes a small bottle of white and red wine and keepsake wine glasses.
The Broom Jumping Ceremony does not originate with African Americans but is rooted centuries before in the British Isles and in particular, Wales, at a time when ordinary people could not marry. It symbolizes the clearing away of negativity with a sweep of the broom creating a threshold for the couple to cross over into their new life together. Hence, a bride was “carried over the threshold” (the broom laid across the front door opening of their home) to signify marriage. As the couple were not legally married, they therefore had a “broomstick marriage” or were “living over the brush”, a phrase that is still used in Great Britain today. It must be ensured that the couple can manage to safely jump over the broom to avoid accidents, otherwise stepping over the broom would be an option. Include your own broom or one will be provided for you to use. The photo to the right shows two recent brooms decorated very differently.
In the Rose ceremony the couple can choose to present roses to the mothers / grandmothers as a way of showing appreciation for their support. The roses can also be presented as the first gifts that the couple will give to each other.
There are many additional choices available including ring warming, rock ceremonies, time capsule, etc. (see also Involve your guests in your wedding ceremony)- to name a few. Ask us for details.
A travel fee is added for ceremonies outside our normal service area, which primarily covers the time spent driving and increasing cost of travel to your venue location. Please ask for pricing to your specific venue.
As set out in our FAQs section, after your ceremony and as a keepsake, a copy of your ceremony in a presentation folder can be provided, upon request, for a fee of $50 (except the Celebrant Ceremony where a presentation copy is already included in the ceremony package).
A $200 non-refundable deposit due at the time of booking to confirm your booking. We regret that until the ceremony is confirmed with a deposit, your date and time remains available to other couples.
Final Invoice payable 30 days prior to the Ceremony
Prices subject to change without notice
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