Wedding Legalities – Do you know?

Wedding Legalities – Do you know?

Hey Grooms and Brides … do you know?

1. Marriage is a legal term. To get married is to make a legally binding commitment. In Canada, this contract requires a provincially registered celebrant to do the job i.e. solemnize and register the marriage in accordance with the rules of the Province.

2. A minister of religion may or may not be a registered celebrant in the Province he or she is asked to do a wedding in. Religious representatives must be registered to qualify to solemnize a marriage. Be sure to check that out at LINK or you may not be married at the end of the ceremony.

3. Solemnization is the ceremonial process of marrying that, executed by a qualified celebrant or officiant in the presence of 2 witnesses, along with a marriage licence or bans, makes a marriage legal.

4. Wedding is not a legal term. It is a social rite or transition ceremony that marks moving from single status to married. You may have a wedding and go through an entire wedding ceremony with vows, ring exchange and more, and not be legally married. Or, you may have married some time before the wedding.

5. There are very few “must haves” in a marriage ceremony. Within the ceremony, if you have a marriage licence, there are only 4 mandatory elements for you to be legally married:
– a formal Declaration of Intent to marry by each party
– in the presence of witnesses over 18 years of age and a provincially registered celebrant
– signing of the marriage licence and marriage register by the couple, witnesses and celebrant
– being pronounced married by the celebrant.
Everything else is optional.

Now, you know!