You can now exchange your wedding
vows at City Hall* Monday through Friday (except statutory holidays)
between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The simple, dignified and
non-denominational marriage conducted by the City Clerk - or designate -
lasts approximately 15 minutes. Due to the civil nature of the service,
there cannot be any religious connotation to the ceremony.
Couples who wish to reserve a specific date and time are welcome to do
so. Marriage booking requests are met on a first come, first served
basis. Wedding appointments must be made in person at the City Clerk's
Office and payment is due at the time of booking. A valid Province of
Ontario marriage licence is also required before the date of the
A consultation meeting with a member of the City Clerk's Office needs to
be scheduled at least three (3) days prior to the day of the ceremony,
or can be conducted at the time of booking the ceremony. This meeting
can be booked in person at City Hall or by calling the City Clerk's
Office at 519-661-4530 during regular business hours. Details of the
ceremony - including whether the event will be photographed or video
taped – will be confirmed at this meeting.
Due to space restrictions, only ten guests, in addition to the marrying
couple and their two witnesses, can be accommodated. Also, because you
are choosing a civil ceremony, Ministry of Government Services’
requirements apply to you and your guests. Specifically, this means no
music, decorations, confetti, bubbles, candles or incense will be
permitted at City Hall or on its grounds, as part of your ceremony.
Civil marriage ceremony: $250.00
Witness fee: $25.00 per witness should staff be required to act as
Note: a $100.00 administration fee shall be retained by the
City should the scheduled ceremony be cancelled after the consultation.
Marriage licence: $135.00, taxes included (cash, debit, Visa or
* Changes to the Marriage Act now allow couples to
exchange wedding vows in a non-denominational setting before the City
Clerk of London - or qualified designate - in compliance with the
requirements of the Ministry of Government Services. A civil marriage
ceremony previously required solemnization by a Judge or
- Valid Province of Ontario marriage licence: Couples are
requested to obtain or supply a valid Ontario Marriage License.
Marriage licenses are also available from most local municipalities
- Two (2) witnesses: Couples must provide two witnesses (one for
each partner) who must be present at the ceremony, as specified in the Marriage Act. The City of London does not provide
- Identification: Couples must present two (2) valid pieces of
government-issued photo identification for each partner, which
confirms full legal name and age. Parental consent is required for
persons who are 16 or 17 years of age.
- Marriage after divorce: If divorced in Canada, the couple must
provide the original or a court-certified copy of the certificate of
divorce, final decree or final judgment at the time of booking a
ceremony. Photocopies will not be accepted.
- Language interpreter: Couples are responsible for
bringing a language interpreter, if needed, for languages other than
English. Couples who require a sign-language interpreter for the
wedding consultation and/or for the wedding ceremony may make their
own arrangements or may ask the Clerk’s Office to make the necessary
arrangements. Either way, the cost for a sign-language interpreter
will be borne by the City as required by the City of London’s
Accessibility Standards for Customer Service.
City Clerk staff will not solemnize the marriage of any person who he or she
knows - or has reasonable grounds to believe - lacks capacity to marry.
Circumstances which make a person ineligible for the civil marriage include:
- One or both parties are under physical or mental duress.
- One or both parties fail to meet the age requirements (both parties must be at
least 18 years old to get married in Ontario. Parties who are 16 or 17 years old
may marry only if they have the consent in writing of both parents)
- The parties are related as grandparent, parent, child, grandchild, brother or
- One of both parties are currently married.
- One or both parties are mentally ill or under the influence of intoxicating
liquor or drugs and incapable of understanding the nature of the marriage
contract and the duties, obligations and responsibilities that result from