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Marriage Ceremonies (Civil)

You can now exchange your vows at the Civic Square (City Hall). A simple, civil marriage ceremony can be conducted by the City Clerk or designate in Council Chambers. Due to the civil nature of the service, the Clerk has no authority to perform ceremonies of a religious nature.

This service is available Monday to Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. By prior arrangement ceremonies may be held afterhours onsite or at an offsite location within the Niagara Region, on Merritt Island, or down by the canal behind the Civic Square in our gazebo. An administration fee of $100.00 is required to reserve the date of after business hours ceremony. No refund will be issued, if the ceremony is cancelled less than 30 days from the date of the ceremony.

We can perform same day service, however it is suggested you prearrange a date to discuss and personalize your ceremony. To make arrangements or receive information regarding the requirements prior to your Civil Service, please contact the Clerk’s Office at 905-735-1700, ext. 2155 or 2154.

The fee for the ceremony is $325 (including HST) in the Council Chambers or $250 (including HST) at an offsite location during business hours. The fee for the rental of the Civic Square Gazebo is $75 per hour (including HST). The fee for the City to provide witnesses is $25 per witness during business hours. The fee for the ceremony afterhours/offsite is $300 (including HST).

Who can perform marriages?

A civil marriage may be performed by an Ontario judge, justice of the peace or a municipal clerk under the authority of a marriage licence. Each municipality will set its own fees and can even offer civil marriage services. The City of Welland Clerk and approved designates are authorized officials.

A religious marriage is performed by an official of a recognized religion who has received authorization from the Office of the Registrar General to perform marriages in Ontario. Find out if the person performing your marriage is an authorized official by checking online at www.ServiceOntario.ca/GettingMarried or by calling ServiceOntario at 1-800-461-2156 or 416-325-8305.

** Changes to the Marriage Act now allow couples to exchange wedding vows before the Clerk of the City of Welland - 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 Justice-of-the-Peace.

* Please be advised that the Civic Square is a scent free facility, and the City of Welland requests individuals refrain from wearing perfume and cologne for their ceremonies.

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