WEDDING OFFICIANT SERVICES
The moment that two lives become one...
A Reflection of You
Marriage ceremonies can be short and sweet or a little longer and more elaborate, depending on what you decide!
You have the option of using our templates, or you can customize the wording and readings to suit your personal taste.
I am here to support you as much or as little as you require and to ensure that your ceremony meets all provincial legalaites.
Do you and your love have a special shared interest? A theme, cultural element or ritual that you would like to incorporate into your wedding?
Let's create a ceremony that is a perfect fit for you!
(Photo Credit: Samuel Meggs Photography)
LOVE IN THE TIME OF COVID
Love is not cancelled!!
Without a doubt, getting married during a global pandemic has been a huge challenge for couples around the world.
Many are opting for micro weddings and elopements to keep things simple. Some are choosing to share their day with the maximum allowable number of guests based on provincial guidelines.
Whatever your choice, I will do everything to ensure that your ceremony is as safe as it can be with my COVID protocols.
If you must postpone your wedding due to COVID, there is no fee to reschedule. I have worked with many couples over the past year (with lots of good will on both sides) to find a mutually agreeable new date.
(Photo Credit: Holly Mcmurter Photographs)
Get in touch today and let’s work together to create the perfect ceremony just for you! email@example.com
A marriage ceremony includes opening remarks, possibly a reading or a poem, vows, ring exchange, wishes and the marriage license signing.
We have script samples that can guide you, lots of ring exchange suggestions and vow exchange templates.
Many couples choose to write their own vows to one another, which is a beautiful way to personalize the wedding.
Following your ceremony, we will send your signed documents to the province via registered mail. Then, 6-8 weeks after your ceremony, you can apply for your marriage certificate.
(Photo Credit: Cait Lavoie)
Basic declaration (legal words spoken in the presence of the witnesses) and marriage license signing WITHOUT a ceremony.
This option would be for a couple who:
1. simply wants a legal marriage
2. has a person performing the ceremony who is not licensed to do so in Ontario (if we are present for the full ceremony, Ceremony fee applies)
3. did not include the signing in the original ceremony
4. is having a destination wedding
(Photo Credit: Samuel Meggs Photography)
The depth of commitment that grows through the passage of time, the sharing of life experiences and the bond that deepens along the way often inspires us to refresh our connection in a formalized way.
Sometimes this is a private moment shared by a couple, or it can be a grand celebration with friends and family present.
This option is becoming increasingly popular with couples who eloped during COVID but plan to celebrate with friends and family when it is safe to do so
THE WEDDINGS BY KARIN TEAM
Our Licensed Officiants
Officiant, Client Liaison
Words cannot describe how fulfilling my role as a wedding officiant is. The couples I work with, the moments I am a part of and the memories that are created are all incredibly rewarding and special.
Sharing your love with your perfect match is one of the most beautiful and true moments of your lives. A day which begins a new journey together. I am deeply honoured to officiate this magical moment and look forward to helping you arrange the perfect experience.
WHAT OUR COUPLES SAY...
...a few words from couples we have worked with
My husband and I were very happy with the wedding service Karin provided us! She was always quick to respond, extremely professional, friendly and very calm. She made the necessary changes we requested to the script to help make it more personal to us. She helped keep us on track right up to the minute we were officially married. Thank you so much Karin ☺️💜
-Kate & Greg, February 14, 2020
(Photo Credit: Holly Mcmurter Photographs)
Kate & Greg
The Answers You Need
WHEN WILL WE MEET OUR OFFICIANT?
Many couples prefer the convenience of working via email/telephone/Zoom/Microsoft Teams/FaceTime etc. exclusively until we arrive at a script and plan that they are completely satisfied with. We then simply arrive at the wedding and perform the ceremony.
If scheduling and locations permit, We are always delighted to meet with couples in person before the wedding, but in a COVID-cautious world, most of our meetings are currently electronic.
CAN COUPLES CHOOSE THE WORDING FOR THEIR WEDDING CEREMONY?
Yes. As long as legalities are met. Once a wedding is booked, Karin will provide the couple with templates, which they can edit (with Karin's assistance, if desired) by cutting and pasting, adding or deleting, to create a uniquely personal ceremony.
WHO CAN OFFICIATE MARRIAGES IN ONTARIO?
According to the Marriage Act only Judges, Justices of the Peace, City Clerks, or officials licensed by the Province of Ontario to solemnize weddings. I am an official licensed by the Province of Ontario through Angels of The Earth Interfaith Community to perform legal marriages.
CAN A FRIEND OR A RELATIVE PERFORM THE ACTUAL WEDDING CEREMONY?
Yes. As long as an Officiant either witnesses the ceremony or confirms intent, pronounces the couple married and signs all legal documents.
HOW DO WE GET A MARRIAGE LICENSE?
Couples must acquire a marriage license PRIOR to the ceremony from a municipal office. It is valid for 90 days after it is issued. Details can be found at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/getting-married#section-3
IS THE MARRIAGE LICENSE THE SAME AS A MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE?
No. Your officiant will leave the Record of Solemnization of Marriage with a reliable person (chosen by the couple) after the ceremony; if you are using a wedding planner/coordinator, this can be a great choice.
Before you can get a marriage certificate, the marriage needs to be registered. The marriage becomes registered after we send the complete and signed marriage licence to Service Ontario following the ceremony. Then, 6-8 weeks after the ceremony, couples can apply for their Marriage Certificate. More information can be found here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/how-get-copy-ontario-marriage-certificate-online
WILL MY OFFICIANT BE AT THE REHEARSAL?
If scheduling permits, we are always happy to join couples at the rehearsal. The cost is $150. We strongly suggest booking the rehearsal at the time of wedding booking to ensure availability.
WHEN WILL MY OFFICIANT ARRIVE ON OUR WEDDING DAY?
Your officiant will arrive about 45 minutes prior to the ceremony. The person who has the marriage license should be there around the same time so that we can get it from them and fill out the paperwork.
DO WE NEED A MICROPHONE?
Depending on the size of the ceremony, a mic is sometimes a good idea, especially so that guests can hear the couple saying their vows etc. You likely will not require a mic in a smaller, more intimate setting. Your officiant does not bring the mic if you choose to use one; it must be supplied by the couple, usually via the DJ.
WHAT IS A SIGNING TABLE?
If the couple chooses to sign the marriage license as a part of the ceremony (most do), it is wise to have a small table set up for this purpose. Usually a table and one or two chairs works best. This is also a great photo opportunity!
DOES THE OFFICIANT STAY FOR THE RECEPTION?
No. We will sometimes have more than one wedding in a day; we will just slip away as unobtrusively as possible after the ceremony.
I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with so many talented, passionate professionals who truly care about making each couples' wedding day the very best it can be.
I invite you to scroll through some of the profiles below for some of the people I have enjoyed working with and think you might too!
As you view each vendor you can visit to their websites by clicking on the underlined text.
Enjoy!!! xo -Karin
Photo: Samuel Meggs
The Grange of Prince Edward (venue)
Compass Rose Suites (venue)
Tucked away on a quiet side road in the south end of Prince Edward County, Compass Rose Suites offers a beautiful venue option including a rustic barn, space for a larger tent, a unique greenhouse and so much more. Perfect for an intimate elopement or a full-scale celebration.
575 Crowes Rd, Milford ON K0K 2P0
The Grist Mill (venue)
It also happens to be a great sample of Karin's voice as she performs a ceremony.
9 Division Blvd, Consecon ON K0K 1T0
The C.A.P.E (venue)
The sprawling Mansion was built in 1863 as a private residence, changing hands as Prince Edward County industry soared and swooned. Seeping with modern sophistication and bursting with timeless architecture, The CAPE offers a unique backdrop for any event or weekend getaway.
347 Main St, Picton ON K0K 2T0
Weddings by Brittiny (wedding planner)
"I’m motivated not only by the idea that I can make any environment stunning, but that I can give people the wedding of their dreams. Making couples feel like they’re a priority and easing the stress that wedding planning creates brings me so much satisfaction. I have a passion for love and will very likely continue to cry at every wedding I plan!"
Cait Lavoie (photographer)
"After graduating from school for Photojournalism, I pursued a career in the newspaper industry. While I loved elements of it, I found my real love was telling stories through my camera. After working alongside some awesome wedding photographers, I launched my own business. I've worked hard, grown and tried to become the best photographer I can be for my clients. I feel so rewarded and extremely grateful that people choose me to photograph some of the most precious moments in their life."
Holly Mcmurter (photographer)
"I love a timeless, classic couple with beaming smiles and hearts on their sleeves. I photograph people on the best days of their lives because I want to create images that will be looked at with new eyes as they’re passed down for generations.
I can’t wait to help you take care of every detail of your special day. Although it may be yours, this isn’t my first rodeo and I would love to help you in any way that I can"
(Photo Credit: Russett Photography)
Sonnet and Song (videographer)
This short video sample of the work that Sonnet & Song produce is a lovely representation of the top quality, story-based wedding films they create. Plus Art is simply a beautiful human.
Floralora Flowers (florist)
"Our floral design studio focuses on creating arrangements with a natural, relaxed, garden inspired aesthetic. Our aim is to use texture and colour, along with the natural elements of each season to create interesting and inspiring designs. Everything we create is inspired by nature and how flowers and plants grow, look and behave in their natural habitat."
(Photo Credit: LV Imagery)
Coriander Girl (florist)
"Our specialty has always been garden-inspired arrangements with unexpected palettes and timeless appeal. We proudly work with local growers, and this year, for the first time, we will be providing many of our own blooms—at the Coriander Girl Farm, our 15-acre parcel of land in Prince Edward County."
202 Main St Picton ON K0K 2T0
(Photo Credit: LV Imagery)
Flower Treasures (florist)
"Flower Treasures was born from our unconditional love for flowers and design. We’ve always loved entertaining and celebrating so getting to be part of people’s love stories and other special events by bringing flower dreams to life was such a natural fit for us.
Our style is a bit boho, a bit modern and also nature & garden inspired for the romantic at heart looking to bring a little magic to their wedding"
Matt DeMille (private chef)
EAT with Matt DeMille is a thoughtfully curated dining experience that brings the chef, along with the best of Prince Edward County’s food and wine, to your table. A social dining experience, Matt invites you to relax and let him do the cooking or welcomes you into the kitchen where he’ll share his recipes, tips and techniques and teaches the diner about the provenance of the ingredients they’re about to prepare.
(Photo Credit: Johnny C.Y. Lam)
Hawley Crescent (caterer)
"Hawley Crescent Catering is a Feast-On certified, flexitarian catering company and that means we can cater to every guest's individual dietary needs/restrictions no matter how small or large the guest list, with ease."