Marriage Commissioner ~ FAQs
Leduc wedding ceremonies
Q: Is a Marriage Commissioner the same as a Justice of the Peace?
A: No. A Justice of the Peace (JP) works within the judicial system and performs lots of different duties, including hearing traffic cases, issuing subpoenas and search warrants and conducting bail hearings. However, a JP cannot conduct civil marriages unless he or she is appointed as a Marriage Commissioner in the Province of Alberta.
A: A civil wedding ceremony is one that contains no religious elements. A couple may choose to include some religious components in their civil ceremony, but they cannot be performed by the Marriage Commissioner.
A: You will require a registration of marriage (aka marriage license), which can be obtained at any Alberta Registries Office and is valid for 90 days. More information about Marriage Licences is available at www.servicealberta.ca/vitalstatistics.cfm
A: The civil wedding ceremony generally lasts about 20 minutes.
A: The Alberta government provides vows that can be used or edited to suit the couple. Or the couple may choose to write their own vows. However, there are legal requirements that must be met, which Shaughan will be happy to discuss with you.
A: No, there is no requirement that rings be exchanged during a civil marriage ceremony.
A: We can arrange for a formal rehearsal, if required.
A: With advance notice, we can arrange witnesses for you. There may be a fee.
A: The basic fee is $275.00 and includes pre-wedding meetings, all paperwork and the civil marriage ceremony. Rehearsal fee is $50.00 and mileage is not charged if your wedding takes place within Leduc city limits. Shaughan will be happy to discuss payment options at your initial meeting.