Frequently Asked Questions


1. What do I require to be married in Ontario?

To be married in Ontario you must be 18 years of age. You require a marriage license and must have two witnesses over the age of 18 witness your marriage.
A marriage license can be purchased at the clerks office in city hall, and is good for 90 days. There is no waiting period in Ontario to be married. i.e. you can be married the same day as you purchase your license.

2. When should I book my Officiant?

As soon as you book your venue you should then book your Officiant. Summer months are busier than others one year in advance is not too early to book. Off season weddings November-April do not require booking so far in advance. A good rule of thumb is As soon as you know the date of your wedding book your Officiant.

3. How do I book with you?

After you have contacted me either by phone or email. I will send you an information package; in the package is an information form, complete this form and return it to me with the deposit. This will confirm the date and time of your ceremony.

4. Do I need to meet with you prior to booking?

No you don’t however; some brides and grooms choose to meet with me prior to booking. In most cases brides and grooms send in their deposit to confirm the date and time. Most of my ceremonies are done on a referral basis, many brides and grooms have attended weddings that I have conducted.

5. Do we have a wedding rehearsal?

We have a rehearsal meeting 4-6 weeks prior to your wedding. At this time we shall go over your entire ceremony so that on the day of the wedding you will know exactly what is going to happen. I encourage you to have a walk through with your attendants the night before your ceremony. I do not need to participate in this rehearsal.

6. What will your Officiant wear?

At most ceremonies I wear a classic black suit, however if requested I wear robes.

7. What time will the Officiant arrive?

I arrive within one half hour prior to the start time of your ceremony and leave about 30 minutes after the designated time. If there is a significant delay in starting the ceremony it may be necessary to shorten it. If I have another wedding to attend and your delay is extremely long I may have to leave and return at a later time. There would be an additional fee for this.

8. What happens if for some reason the Officiant is unable to conduct your ceremony?

I would arrange to have a colleague conduct your ceremony.

9. What name do I use to sign my marriage documents?

You sign with the same name used to obtain your license. After that you may sign with your assumed married name.

10. What is the start up time of the ceremony?

The start up time of the ceremony is the time you book on your information form. If for some reason you change the time or venue please notify me asap; as this could affect other ceremonies as well as your own.

I have suggested to brides and grooms in the past that when you are sending out your invitations you put the time of wedding one half hour prior to our start up time, this eliminates many late comers.

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Joanne McClory | Wedding Officiant in Ontario