Our Ontario Marriage Ceremonies
- All ceremonies performed by Clergy Support Memorial Church clergy must be conducted by Appointed or Ordained ministers.
- We do not conduct civil ceremonies.
- Our clergy are required to display their credentials to all couples they meet.
- All marriage ceremony requirements below apply.
- A legal marriage licence is required.
For a marriage to be legal in Ontario it must meet the following requirements:
- The marriage licence must be valid on the date of marriage.
- The marriage licence must be given to the minister conducting the ceremony.
- The ceremony must take place in Ontario
- The ceremony must have the required text according to the Marriage Act, e.g. the words of impediment.
- The minister’s registration with the provincial government must be current.
- The couple and two witnesses over the age of 18 must be physically in the presence of the minister.
- Marriage by proxy is not allowed.
- Couples may add certain elements to the ceremony: e.g. the unity candle, the handfasting ribbon around the hands at the vows, wine ceremony, prayers and readings and blessings from various religions. If in doubt about a particular element run it by the Chief Governing Official.
The witnesses and the couple must meet the following requirements:
- Witnesses must be 18 years of age or older.
- Neither the witnesses nor the couple can cognitively impaired, including being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- The couple and the witnesses must be fluent in the languages being spoken at the marriage ceremony and fully understand the English documents they have to sign.
- If the couple and/or witnesses are not fluent in English, an interpreter/translator may be required – talk to your minister.
- When an interpreter/translator is required, it’s the couple’s responsibility to provide one.
- During the ceremony, the licence must be signed by the couple, two witnesses and the minister.
- A Marriage Register must be used for every marriage ceremony.
- Any other requirements the church should add by notifying the minister.
- If any of these rules raise questions, please discuss them with your mentor or the Church’s Chief Governing Official.
Revised & approved at our annual Board meeting June 17 2011