Wedding Tips for Toronto Couples

Congratulations on your upcoming marriage! The Pride Weddings team want to ensure that all couples enjoy a worry free wedding. Here are a few tips for Toronto couples getting married.

  1. Plan well in advance, especially if you have a particular date in mind. Special occasion dates (e.g. during Pride Week, New Year’s Eve, etc.) and Saturdays get booked up very quickly. If friends and family will be coming into town for your wedding, you want to give them as much notice as possible so that they can make their travel arrangements.
  2. Select a venue that is appropriate to the number of guests that you are having. Too big is just as bad as too small.
  3. Make sure that you meet the requirements and have all of your documents in order. You will need a Marriage Licence that you can download or pick up in person at one of the Registry Offices. Fill out the application and then apply for the marriage licence in person. Don’t forget identification (e.g. birth certificate), change of name certificates, current passport, Record of Immigrant Landing or Canadian citizenship card and photo ID for both you and your partner. The Marriage Licence fee is currently $140 (subject to change) and is valid for 3 months. There are no refunds or any extensions.
  4. There are no citizenship or residency requirements for marriages in the Province of Ontario.
  5. There are no blood tests or medical certificates required for marriages in the Province of Ontario.
  6. After your ceremony it is the responsibility of your wedding Officiant to file the necessary paperwork with the Province of Ontario.
  7. Marriages performed outside of Ontario are not registered with the City of Toronto or the Province of Ontario. Therefore, if you are planning a destination wedding you may want to consider having the legal ceremony in Ontario before you leave and then having something ceremonial at your destination.
  8. If you are planning to serve alcohol at your wedding reception you will need a Special Occasion Permit issued by select LCBO stores.
  9. You can” assume” your spouse’s last name or combine both of your last names into a hyphenated last name without a legal name change by using your marriage certificate to make the change on all your other identification (driver’s licence, health card, passport, social insurance number (SIN) card, banks, etc). It’s free, easily reversible, and there is no long application process. You can do it at any Service Ontario Centre.
  10. To change your name legally call the Office of the Registrar General toll free at 1-800-461-2156 or in Toronto at 416-325-8305 to get forms sent to you in the mail.