A civil ceremony requires each person getting married to declare in front of the intended spouse, at least two witnesses and the marriage commissioner the following two statements:

  1. I do solemnly declare that I do not know of any lawful impediment why I, (name) may not be joined in matrimony to (name).
  2. I call upon those persons present to witness that I, (name), do take you, (name) to be my lawful wedded (wife/husband/spouse). 

Apart from these statements, the couple can personalize the ceremony to ensure a meaningful celebration of their love. I will work with you to incorporate poems, readings, and songs so that your wedding ceremony is a reflection of who you are as a couple. I can also provide assistance in writing vows and planning specialized components, such as:​

Personalizing your Ceremony

Whatever your wishes may be, I look forward to working with you to develop a memorable wedding ceremony.

  • Champagne Toast:  A fantastic way to transition into your reception.  After signing the marriage licence I say a few words and invite your guests to toast to a life time of happiness.

  • Breaking of the Glass -  A glass or light bulb wrapped in cloth is stepped on by one spouse at the end of the ceremony. Traditionally, this represents both the permanence and frailty of marriage. 

  • Blended Family Vow Ceremony - Many couples wish to include their children in the ceremony.  During this ceremony, vows are spoken from the partner entering the new family directly to the children. .

  • Love Letter Ceremony (Box Keepsake) - This romantic exchange serves as a lasting reminder the commitments made to one another. Heart felt letters, encapsulating your thoughts and feelings are locked away to be revealed several years into your marriage. 

  • Recommitment Ceremony - Couples already married may wish to renew their vows as a sign of commitment to one another. 

Judy Wiltse, Calgary, Alberta Marriage Officiant - Marriage Commissioner