Before the Day – Things to Think About for Your Customized Wedding

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Once you’ve firmed up ideas for your wedding, I will send you a draft written ceremony, which you will go through with me to help ensure your day reflects your wishes in every way.

The draft may include personalized vows, readings, greetings for guests, any special elements, and the schedule. It may also include the story of how you met and what happened next—this is often a much-appreciated part of the ceremony.


Wedding Rehearsal

The Rehearsal

A wedding rehearsal is always a good idea.  It helps with the flow of the ceremony and gives you an accurate idea of how long everything takes.

Rehearsals help you know what to expect and get over your nerves. It also gives you the chance to have your wedding ceremony twice!

Timing of the Wedding Rehearsal

Most couples book a rehearsal for one or two days before the ceremony.

Ideally, the rehearsal should be at the venue and as close to the time of day as the actual ceremony as possible. This is especially important for outdoor weddings so you can be sure no one is squinting into the sun during the ceremony—especially not the two of you!

This is your first chance to see, hear, and feel how your ceremony will unfold. Most venues are happy to let you rehearse on the Thursday before a Saturday wedding.

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As long as you are getting married in Ontario, you can obtain your Marriage Licence from any City Hall in the province, regardless of the actual location of your wedding. Applying for the licence is a process that you are required to do on your own. You will be able to obtain it within 90 days of the planned date of the wedding (but not before 90 days).

Many couples like to give me their Marriage Licence ahead of time so I bring it to the ceremony; it is one less thing for you to worry about on the day.

About the Legalities

We sign the Marriage Licence during your ceremony and I mail it to the Registrar. If you would like a Marriage Certificate, you apply for this yourself not less than 90 days after the ceremony.


“What a lovely ceremony. You are a natural for this. You have such presence and radiate such a sense of joy. And your accent is to die for!”

Aunt at Seline and Paul’s Wedding

Custom Wedding Ceremonies

“What a beautiful, elegant wedding. We are so glad we found you. You were just perfect for our ceremony.”
Meital and Rino

Planning a Destination Wedding

Sometimes a cruise or saying your vows on a sandy beach in a distant land seems the perfect prelude to a wonderful marriage.

For peace of mind and to make sure your marriage is recognized in Canada, many couples choose to have a simple ceremony in Ontario BEFORE their destination wedding. Then you can enjoy your wonderful destination and ceremony stress-free, secure and confident that the legalities are safely taken care of back home!

Even if you’re planning a destination wedding, you can choose to have any kind of ceremony in Ontario from a simple signing to a full-scale and custom‐designed ceremony—just ask.



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