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.
Q What is a civil wedding ceremony?
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.
Q What do we need to get married by a 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 3 months. The cost of your license is not included. More information about Marriage Licences is available at www.servicealberta.ca/vitalstatistics.cfm
Q How long does the ceremony take?
A The civil wedding ceremony generally lasts about 20 minutes.
Q Do you have standard vows that you use or do we write our own?
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.
Q Do we have to exchange rings?
A No, there is no requirement that rings be exchanged during a civil marriage ceremony.
Q Will you do a rehearsal with us?
A We can arrange for a formal rehearsal, if required.
Q What if we don't have our own witnesses?
A With advance notice, we can arrange witnesses for you. There may be a fee.
Q What are your fees?
A The basic fee is $300.00 and includes pre-wedding meetings, completion and submission of all paperwork and residing over your civil marriage ceremony. Rehearsal fee is $75.00 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.
I would highly recommend Shaughan Whalen to anybody looking for a GREAT Wedding Commissioner. She is great at her job and makes you feel comfortable, loved and your big day is like hers as well.
~ The Ravens
One of the most important things Shaughan told my fiancé and me from the start was to “Remember that this is YOUR day”. Those words echoed in my mind over the next few months of decision making and planning, juggling and over-thinking.
We were concerned what would be thought of our Wednesday Wedding at our own home (being small) but we were treated great and no different than if it was a Church Wedding with 100+ guests.
Thank you so much for being part of our wedding day, for such a lovely ceremony (we received lots of comments) and being so supportive and helpful.
~ Matt and Kate
Thank you so much for doing such a great job at our ceremony. We were honoured to have you be a part of our wedding ceremony. Thank you for adding so much humour and for making it so special. You knocked it out of the park for us. We have received lots of positive feedback about the ceremony and that is thanks to you.
~ The Pauls
"She made the whole experience very easy" We knew when we met Shaughan that she was the one who we wanted to perform our ceremony. Her easy-going personality and punch line jokes really helped us to relax and laugh even through the nerves of standing up at the altar. She made the whole experience very easy and was extremely flexible and adaptable
~ T & J
Shaughan is the woman for the job Shaughan is the woman for the job. From rehearsal to ceremony she brought her humor and wit to the space bringing my group of nervous and slightly stressed people back down to a relaxed state knowing that everything is going to be great. My favorite part is that she kept my husband and I laughing and smiling the whole time. This is awesome because all I asked for was a fun and easygoing service in between the serious stuff and the crying. All in all, it was all we could of asked for!
~ K & M
Exactly what we wanted Shaughan made our ceremony exactly what we wanted it to be. It was short, sweet, and she added a bit of humor. She was flexible when we needed to move dates at the last minute due to covid.
~ S & MJ
I'd recommend Shaughan was the only person we reached out to and we are happy we did. She was extremely flexible to accommodate our elopement plans. She was friendly and warm. Great person I'd recommend to officiate any wedding!
~ A & S
knocked it out of the park for us Thank you so much for doing such a great job at our ceremony. We were honoured to have you be a part of our wedding ceremony. Thank you for adding some humour and for making it so special. You knocked it out of the park for us! We have received lots of positive feedback about the ceremony, and that is thanks to you.