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Frequently Asked Questions

I am available to couples needing guidance during the planning of their weddings. Here are some of the questions 

that are asked most often. If you need more information, just ask.

How & when do I choose a

marriage commissioner?

How?  Choosing a marriage commissioner that you are comfortable with is important.  I am

happy to book an interview with you to allow you to see if I am the marriage commissioner for

you.  There are many communities across Alberta that have marriage commissioners to make it easy to access this service. Check out this link to access a full list of marriage commissioners around Alberta.

http://www.servicealberta.ca/1156.cfm


When?   Generally six to nine months in advance is best when booking your marriage commissioner.  This period of time will allow you to choose who you want to officiate your wedding, not just who is available.  Do remember, Saturdays and the months of May through October are the busiest times for weddings. I recommend you book your marriage commissioner as soon as you are able to confirm your details. If for some reason booking a marriage commissioner was overlooked in your excitement, I will do my very best to help you right up to the last minute, so give me a call.

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What documentation do I need to get married?

You will need to obtain a marriage licence from an Alberta Registry office prior to your ceremony.  These licences are valid for only 90 days from the date of purchase.  It is important to know, that both you and your partner must be present when you apply. Please take the time to check out the link below to learn about the legal requirements to be married in Alberta, as well as the documentation you will need to bring with you to get your marriage licence. 

http://www.servicealberta.ca/1149.cfm

Whenever possible, I will need to have this licence in my files at least 2 weeks prior to the ceremony. 


What is your best piece of advice for couples planning a wedding?

Personally, I would say to book an indoor venue for your pictures just in case it rains. This was the best $100 I have ever spent!

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How long is the ceremony?

On average, most wedding ceremonies are 15-25 minutes, depending on what you would like to incorporate.  Many couples are choosing to participate in additional symbolic ceremonies including the warming of the rings or sand blending.  When these are included, the duration is impacted. 

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Are you open to same sex marriages?

Absolutely! I enjoy working with all couples and making their ceremony a personalized representation of the love they have for one another.

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Who can be my witnesses?

You will need to choose two witnesses who are 18 years of age or older. The marriage commissioner cannot count as one of the witnesses. If your witness(es) do not understand the language the ceremony is being conducted in, you will be responsible for providing an interpreter. Your witnesses can be of either sex and must not be cognitively impaired. If you require witnesses to be present, I may be able to arrange that for you, for an additional fee of $20.00 per witness.







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Is tipping your marriage commissioner expected?

The best "tip" or a marriage commissioner can receive is a referral to those you care about.

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Can we include our children in the ceremony?

I would love to help you incorporate children into your wedding ceremony.  There are many options we could discuss and determine, based on their age and interests.  Showing the children in your life that they are an important part of your union, may help them feel included and adjust more easily to the changes taking place.

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What do marriage commissioners dress like?

Everyone is different, but unless otherwise requested, I will arrive in a tailored suit or dress. Don't worry...no sashes or loud neon prints to ruin your photos or detract from you! :)  If you are planning a themed wedding and would like me to participate, please let me know A.S.A.P. so we can discuss how I can help.

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