Frequently Asked Questions


What is the fee structure?

We have a variety of wedding packages depending on your needs. This is all covered at your first meeting with your Minister and in some cases a deposit is all that is needed to hold your date.

How long does the ceremony take?

It depends on you. Average marriage ceremonies take about 25-30 minutes.

Can you write you own vows?

Of course you can. And some couples also choose to write a special love note to each other that they read in the middle of the service. But the vast majority of couples choose one of several standard sets of vows. We walk you through all your choices to help you.

Do I have to memorize my vows?

No, most couples choose standard vows that are repeated just a few words at a time.

Can our children take part in the ceremony?

Yes and we can provide a list of ways to do just that we have special parts children can do.

Can photos be taken?

Yes, and as many as you want after all it is your special day and the photos are part of that.

Is a rehearsal necessary? and how much does it cost?

Small weddings may not require one, but a ceremony that includes a large wedding party should probably have one. Rehearsals help you feel more at ease on your wedding day. Remember you have one shot to get it right and practice does make perfect. There is an additional fee for a rehearsal.

What does the minister wear to the ceremony?

Suit & tie. Unless a special request is made at the planning stage to wear something different.

Does the minister stay for dinner etc?

It's an honor to be invited, but most often the minister must decline because of other commitments or another Wedding to perform after yours.

What time does the minister arrive on our big day?

He will arrive 30 minutes before the ceremony. He is always there early enough to set things in order and your mind at ease.

Is a gratuity expected?

No it is not necessary or expected. One of the best ways to say thanks is with a card and picture following the ceremony. And the absolute best way is to refer a friend.

How do we book Your Special Day to Conduct our Wedding Ceremony?

Call 1-877-714-4994 or email at yourspecialday.stephen@gmail.com. To reserve a date requires a non-refundable deposit.

How long before the wedding should we book our wedding?

As soon as possible... some months are quite busy. Please call us and check our availability any time.

Where and when do I get my license?

You can get a license at any local municipal office or City Hall in Ontario. Licenses are good for 90 days from the date of issue. To get a license you must obtain an application from a city hall. The application can be picked up anytime, and it explains the I D, the legal documentation, etc. that you need to obtain the license. In most cases you can pick up the application and license the same day.

How long must I wait from the time I get the license till I can marry? Is it three days?

No. You can now get a license and be married the same day. There is no waiting period in Ontario.

How do I change my name in Ontario after the ceremony?

There are 2 issues involved in the Name Change:

The first way is easy. You just 'assume' your spouses last name. In other words to 'change' our name you do nothing. Just start using it. In short, spouses may 'take' the other spouses last name. You just tell your employer, credit cards, banks, organizations, etc. that you got married and give them a photo copy of the record of marriage you will get from your minister at the ceremony.

The second way takes a little longer. In order to get a new drivers license or OHIP card, credit card, immigration, etc. you will need to use a marriage certificate for a stronger proof that you are married. The bad news is that you can only get this official wedding certificate from the Ontario Government 12 weeks after the wedding. You get the forms to obtain this certificate when you buy your wedding license.

You may also pick up 'the marriage and the change of name act' hand out sheet at City Hall. It outlines three options. It is important to note that 99% of people who get married need only exercise Option 2 on the form, which I have explained above.

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