Enhance your wedding photos with the stunning background that is Canada.
Getting married may be exciting enough, but why not make your experience even more amazing by choosing to have your ceremony in Canada? Home to some of the world’s most stunning landscapes and possessing one of the friendliest attitudes around, Canada is a great place to tie the knot.
Not only will you have the chance to exchanging your vows against an amazing natural or cosmopolitan backdrop, but you’ll also have all the honeymoon destinations you could dream of on hand.
However, there are some practical things to consider before choosing to get married in Canada, so be sure to tick a few boxes before sending out your invites.
You don’t have to be a resident to get married in Canada, but you do need to make sure you have a marriage license. The process for getting hold of a license varies from region to region, but in most cases you will be expected to attend the regional office, providing proof of identity.
There will be a waiting period between the time you get your license and the rime you can get married, so be sure to book extra time in Canada to cover this. The wait can be anything from 24 hours to up to 20 days in Quebec.
You’ll also need to arrange the attendance of someone who is officially allowed to marry you. Whether you’re planning a religious or a civil ceremony, you’ll need an official wedding officiant. You’ll be able to get a list of civil officiants when you apply for your license or you can find one online if you’d like to book before traveling. For religious ceremonies, you are best contacting local churches directly.
In Canada, you need to have two witnesses with you when you say your vows. These can be your friends, family or even people you don’t know. If you don’t have anyone travelling with you who can be your witness, you could ask at the same time as getting your license – there will normally be people available to help.
Registering the marriage
The officiator or religious representative will help fill out a Marriage Registration Form, which will be sent to the Vital Statistics within 48 hours to make the wedding legal.
Of course, you also need to choose your perfect Canadian destination for your wedding, and make sure you book your flight to Canada with plenty of time to spare.
Contributed by Reagan Blackpool