There are two types of marriage ceremonies performed in Ontario:
Religious Marriage Ceremonies
A religious marriage is performed by a religious official of a recognized religious body who has received authorization from the Office of the Registrar General to perform marriages in Ontario.
Check the online list of authorized religious marriage officiants to ensure that your religious officiant is authorized to perform marriages in Ontario.
A civil marriage may be performed by an Ontario judge, justice of the peace or a municipal clerk or designate under the authority of a marriage licence. The City of London offers Civil Marriage Ceremonies at City Hall.
Civil Marriage Ceremonies at City Hall
You can 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.
To have a civil ceremony completed at City Hall you must provide:
- Valid Province of Ontario marriage licence: Couples are requested to obtain or supply a valid Ontario Marriage Licence. Marriage licences are available from most local municipalities in Ontario.
- 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 can provide witnesses upon request for a fee of $25.00 per witness.
- 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. 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 sister.
- 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 marriage.
- Marriage licence: $135.00, taxes included (cash, debit, Visa, MasterCard or AMEX)
- Civil marriage ceremony: $250.00 plus HST
- Witness fee: $25.00 per witness should staff be required to act as witness.
Note: a $100.00 administration fee shall be retained by the City should the scheduled ceremony be cancelled after the booking.