Frequently Asked QuestionsOtherwise known as FAQs
Answers to some of the more commonly questions we’re asked…
Q: Are there specific requirements we need to adhere to when we apply for our marriage licence?
A: Yes, you will want to make sure your read what documents and information you will need when you apply for your marriage licence. Be sure to check out the Marriage Licence Application Guidelines. You can find the most current version HERE on Alberta’s Service Alberta website.
Q: Do we need to get blood tests for our marriage licence?
A: No, in Alberta you do not need blood tests. For a complete list of documents and requirements required for your Marriage Licence, check out the Service Alberta website HERE.
Q: If possible, we would like one of our family friends to marry us. Are you allowed to just observe and let them perform the ceremony?
A: Unfortunately, no. The province of Alberta has very strict guidelines that we must follow in order to retain our status as licensed marriage commissioners. As a result, I cannot allow your friend to marry you. However, I am willing to work with you and your friend to find a meaningful way we can include them as part of your ceremony.
Q: Do we meet with you before the ceremony or do you just show up on the wedding day?
A: Yes, whenever possible, I would like the opportunity to sit down with the two of you before the ceremony and plan it out. Your wedding will be one of the most significant moments of your life. It should be special and meaningful, but in order to do that, I need to get to know the two of you and what is important to you to design a ceremony that suits you both. In order for me to do my best, I need you to give me some of your time. (If you live outside Calgary and are travelling here for a wedding, we can arrange a phone meeting.)
Q: Do we get our marriage licence through you?
A: No, you will actually have to go to an Alberta Registry Office to apply for the document. This can be done anytime within 90 days of your wedding ceremony. (My personal recommendation is that you don’t leave it until the last minute.)
Q: We give you our Marriage Licence before the ceremony. At the end, do you give us our Marriage Certificate?
A: No, I take your licence at the ceremony, complete it, and send it in to Alberta Vital Statistics. Approximately three to four weeks after your marriage, you can go to any registry office and apply for your Marriage Certificate.