Fees & Frequently Asked Questions

FEES

 

Payment for a Wedding Ceremony is to be made immediately before the Ceremony, when more than four people (2 partners, 2 witnesses) are involved. Otherwise, if four or fewer people are involved, payment can be made immediately after the Ceremony.

 

No deposit in advance is required for a Wedding Ceremony.

 

Payment type: Cash only

 

Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville:

 

- Wedding Ceremony Cost is $150

 

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If you do not have the 2 witnesses that are required for the Wedding Ceremony, we can provide them at a cost of $50 each.

 

Etobicoke, Caledon:

 

- Wedding Ceremony Cost is $250

 

NOTE:

If you do not have the 2 witnesses that are required for the Wedding Ceremony, we can provide them at a cost of $50 each.

 

Burlington, Milton, Georgetown, Halton Hills, Acton:

 

- Wedding Ceremony Cost is $250

 

NOTE:

If you do not have the 2 witnesses that are required for the Wedding Ceremony, we can provide them at a cost of $50 each.

 


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Please take a moment to read through this page or click on one or more of the questions. You may find just the answer you are looking for.

 

ARTHUR’S SERVICES

1. Arthur, what is included in the service you offer?

2. Do you supply a sound system?

3. Do we need to memorize anything in advance?

4. Do you need to be included in the reception?

5. Arthur, can you provide 1 or 2 witnesses?

6. What if some of my guests always tend to be late?

7. How far in advance do we have to book you?

8. Arthur, how many weddings have you performed?

 

PAPERWORK ONLY

9. We are having a large wedding later. Can you perform a simple ceremony for us now that will meet the legal requirements?

10. We already had a traditional ceremony but it didn't meet legal requirements. Can you perform a small, private ceremony for us now - one that is legal?

11. Do you perform "paperwork only" weddings (because I'm having a big wedding in another country)?

 

WEDDING LOCATION

12. Arthur, do we have to get married in a church?

13. Will you come to my home to do the wedding?

14. What areas do you work in? Do you perform wedding ceremonies in Toronto or Hamilton?

15. Can I come to you - I don't want the wedding at my place?

16. Can I have my wedding outside?

 

TIME

17. Arthur, when are you available to do our wedding?

18. Do you work on holidays and long weekends?

 

WEDDING TRADITIONS

19. Can we add some cultural traditions to our wedding ceremony?

20. Do we need to have rings?

21. I am wearing an engagement ring - do I have to take it off for the ceremony?

 

DURING THE CEREMONY

22. Arthur, when do we need to give you our marriage license?

23. Can our children participate in the wedding ceremony?

24. Can we write our own vows?

25. Arthur, what do you wear for the ceremony?

26. How long does your ceremony take?

27. Can my friend do a special reading during the ceremony?

28. My partner doesn't speak English - what will we do?

29. Can our photographer take pictures during the ceremony?

 

RELIGION

30. Do you require premarital counseling?

31. Can we have a wedding that has nothing religious included?

 

LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS

32. How do we obtain a marriage license in Ontario?

33. How do we get a marriage certificate?

34. What is "legally Married"?

35. What does "Officiant" mean?

36. How old must you be to marry in Ontario?

37. How many witnesses do we need?

 

ABOUT THE FEE

38. Arthur, how much do you charge?

39. Do you accept credit card payments?

40. Arthur, when do we pay you?

 


 

Q1: Arthur, what is included in the service that you offer?

A: My fee includes the wedding ceremony only. It is your responsibility to purchase a marriage license in advance, and to pay for the venue (if applicable).

 

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Q2: Do you supply a sound system?

A: No, music or musical performance is your choice. There is no requirement. You may choose to bring your own music player and speaker or check to see if there is a sound system available at the venue, if you like. You may also decide to have a soloist or a musician.

 

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Q3: Do we need to memorize anything in advance?

A: You are welcome to memorize your vows, if you wish. However, that is not required. Many brides and grooms bring a copy of their vows, and read them during the ceremony. You also have the option of using one of the vows that I supply, and repeating it after me.

 

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Q4: Do you need to be included in the reception?

A: Time does not allow me to participate in receptions, as I often perform multiple weddings in a day. My assistant and I leave immediately after the ceremony.

 

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Q5: Arthur, can you provide 1 or 2 witnesses?

A: Yes, if you do not have the 2 witnesses that are legally required, I can provide 1 or 2 witnesses, at an extra cost.

 

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Q6: What if some of my guests always tend to be late?

A: If you will be inviting guests who you know always have a tendency to arrive late, it would be a good idea to ask them to be there 30-60 minutes early. Because I have a busy schedule, often doing multiple weddings in a day, I cannot guarantee time will permit me to wait for any of your guests who are late.

 

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Q7: How far in advance do we have to book you?

A: Because I work on short notice, it is possible to arrange a wedding on the same day that you call, if my schedule allows. However, the further in advance you book my services, the more likely I will be available.

 

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Q8: Arthur, how many weddings have you performed?

A: I have lost count of the exact number, but I have performed over 2000 wedding ceremonies in my career.

 

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Q9: We are having a large wedding later. Can you perform a ceremony for us now that will meet the legal requirements?

A: Most definitely! Sometimes it is a good idea to get the legalities taken care of here in Canada, so that you don't have to worry about meeting some of the challenges involved with having a legal wedding in another country.

 

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Q10: We already had a traditional ceremony but it didn't meet legal requirements. Can you perform a small, private ceremony for us now - one that is legal?

A: Yes, a short ceremony can be performed privately, at any location. If you do not have 2 witnesses, we can also provide those at an extra charge.

 

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Q11: Do you perform "paperwork only" weddings (because I'm having a big wedding in another country)?

A: Yes, as long as you have a valid marriage license, we can arrange a short ceremony for you. If you also need 2 witnesses, we can provide them for an extra charge.

 

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Q12: Arthur, do we have to get married in a church?

A: No, once you have your wedding license, you can get married anywhere in the province of Ontario. That includes all public and private buildings, parks and gardens, not just churches.

 

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Q13: Will you come to my home to do the wedding?

A: Yes, if it is in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) of Mississauga, Oakville, Brampton, Etobicoke, Caledon, Burlington, Milton, Georgetown, Halton Hills, or Acton, Ontario.

 

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Q14: What areas do you work in? Do you perform wedding ceremonies in Toronto or Hamilton?

A: I perform wedding ceremonies in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) of Mississauga, Oakville, Brampton, Etobicoke, Caledon, Burlington, Milton, Georgetown, Halton Hills, and Acton, Ontario.

 

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Q15: Can I come to you - I don't want the wedding at my place?

A: If you are not having a large wedding and are in need of a venue, we can meet in almost any public location to perform a simple ceremony. This might include a park, a coffee shop, a building, or any other landmark.

 

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Q16: Can I have my wedding outside?

A: Yes, as long as the weather cooperates. I reserve the right to ask that the location be changed if there is no protection from inclement weather that occurs on the day of the wedding.

 

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Q17: Arthur, when are you available to do our wedding?

A: I am available to perform wedding ceremonies 7 days a week, between, 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

 

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Q18: Do you work on holidays and long weekends?

A: I am available to perform wedding ceremonies on Saturdays and Sundays, but not on holiday Mondays. My usual hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

 

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Q19: Can we add some cultural traditions to our wedding ceremony?

A: Certainly. Feel free to center your wedding around any special traditions or themes of your family or your culture. Cultural traditions, romantic readings, and favorite songs are always wonderful to add to the ceremony. Just remember, it’s your special day and the ceremony should consist of segments that are meaningful to you.

 

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Q20: Do we need to have rings?

A: Legally, rings are not required – it is up to you whether you want to include rings in your ceremony. If you are planning a destination wedding, you may decide to wait until that ceremony to wear your rings.

 

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Q21: I am wearing an engagement ring - do I have to take it off for the ceremony?

A: Traditionally, the wedding ring goes on first, so that it will be the closest to your heart. It is suggested that during the ceremony you wear your engagement ring on your right hand, and then after your partner places the wedding ring on your left hand, he then moves the engagement ring to your left hand.

 

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Q22: Arthur, when do we need to give you our marriage license?

A: I do not need to see the marriage license before the wedding day, but it must be there before the ceremony is to be performed, so that the paperwork can be started. It is suggested that whichever partner is there first (usually the groom), that they bring the marriage license and the fee with them so those items can be taken care of in advance of the ceremony.

 

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Q23: Can our children participate in the wedding ceremony?

A: Yes, they can walk in with you, they can stand at the front with you, they can do special readings, and they can participate in the sand ceremony, should you choose that as an option.

 

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Q24: Can we write our own vows?

A: Yes, it is your wedding, and it should be exactly what you want. Of course, if you need guidance, with any aspect of your wedding ceremony, I will be glad to help with suggestions. You can see some examples of vows here

 

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Q25: Arthur, what do you wear for the ceremony?

A: A dark suit and tie.

 

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Q26: How long does your wedding ceremony take?

A: That entirely depends on what you want to include. Most of the weddings I perform take from 10-20 minutes, including the signing. However, it is possible to take longer than that, if you add special readings, special ceremonies, or have long personal vows.

 

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Q27: Can my friend do a special reading during the ceremony?

A: Yes, any friend or relative can do a special reading or a musical performance during the ceremony, if you choose to have that.

 

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Q28: My partner does not speak English - what will we do?

A: If you need an interpreter, because English is not spoken by one of the partners, that’s okay. I can marry you through an interpreter. Just let me know in advance, when you book your wedding.

 

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Q29: Can our photographer take pictures during the wedding ceremony?

Your friends, family, and professional photographer(s) are allowed to take pictures, according to the instructions given by you, the bride and groom. All picture taking is fine with me. I usually also have you pause during parts of the ceremony so that others can capture some of the more special moments.

 

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Q30: Do you require premarital counseling?

A: No, premarital counseling is not required.

 

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Q31: Can we have a wedding that has nothing religious included?

 

A: Religion is not required at your wedding – the choice is yours. However, if you choose to, it is perfectly okay to incorporate any Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Hindu, Spiritual, Non-Denominational, Jewish, Filipino, or other religious or cultural traditions with which you feel comfortable.

 

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Q32: How do we obtain a marriage license in Ontario?

A: To be married in Ontario, you must obtain a marriage license. They can be purchased at the municipal clerk's office of your city, town, village or township OR you can download the marriage license application.
Once you have filled out the application, apply for the marriage license in person. Make sure you and your partner bring identification, such as a birth certificate (along with any change of name certificates), current passport, Record of Immigrant Landing or Canadian citizenship card, along with photo identification.
There is a fee for purchasing a marriage license. Contact your municipal office for the current fee. The marriage license is valid anywhere in Ontario for 90 days from the date of purchase.

Useful link:
Government of Ontario - Getting Married in Ontario

 

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Q33: How do we get a marriage certificate in Ontario?

A: After the marriage, the marrying couple may receive a Record of Solemnization of Marriage.
This document includes the couple’s names, the date of the marriage, the names of the witnesses and whether the marriage was performed under the authority of a license or the publication of banns. This is not a marriage certificate or a legal record. The person who performed the marriage must forward the completed and signed marriage licence to the Office of the Registrar General for registration.

Note: The marriage must be registered before you may apply for a marriage certificate.

Useful link:
Government of Ontario - Obtaining an Ontario Marriage Certificate Online

 

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Q34: What is legally "married"?

A: If you are getting married in Ontario, you may have a religious marriage or a civil marriage.

  • Religious marriage:

A religious marriage is performed by a member of a recognized religious organization authorized to perform marriages in Ontario under the Marriage Act. The marriage can be solemnized under the authority of a marriage license or the publication of banns, depending on the denomination.

  • Civil marriage:

A judge, justice of the peace or municipal clerk may perform a marriage under the authority of a marriage license.

 

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Q35: What does "Officiant" mean?

 

A: Someone who is legally authorized to preside over/perform a couple's wedding ceremony.

 

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Q36: How old must you be to marry in Ontario?

 

A: You must be at least 18 years old to be married in Ontario by license or under the authority of the publication of banns without authorization or parental consent.
If you are 16 or 17 years old, you may marry if you have the consent in writing of both parents. Other restrictions may apply.

 

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Q37: How many witnesses do we need?

 

A: You will require 2 witnesses who are able to legally sign the documents (of sound mind and who are not children). These witnesses will be witnessing your willing declaration to be married. We can provide 2 witnesses if required, for an extra charge.

 

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Q38: Arthur, how much do you charge?

 

A: Please see the list of fees at the top of this page.

 

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Q39: Do you accept credit card payments?

 

A: No, sorry, cash only, payable at the time of the wedding.

 

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Q40: Arthur, when do we pay you?

 

A: Payment for a wedding ceremony is to be made immediately before the ceremony, when more than four people (2 partners, 2 witnesses) are involved. It is usually easier if the first partner who arrives is the one who brings the marriage license and the fee. Otherwise, if four or fewer people are involved in the wedding ceremony, payment can be made immediately after the ceremony.

 

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