WEDDING OFFICIANT SERVICES
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STANDARD AND TRADITIONAL CEREMONIES
A Nod to Tradition
Standard and Traditional 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 standard templates, or you can customize wording and readings to suit your personal taste. I am here to support you as much or as little as you require.
(Photo Credit: Samuel Meggs Photography)
Think Outside of The Box
Do you and your love have a special shared interest? A theme, symbol or ritual that you would like to incorporate into your wedding?
Custom ceremonies are for couples who truly want their wedding to reflect their uniqueness. As always, I am able to to assist as little or as much as needed to create something out of the ordinary.
420 Friendly/ Cannabis Wedding Ceremonies welcome.
WEDDING VOW RENEWAL
Marry Them All Over Again
Vow renewals are a very special kind of wedding ceremony; they are an opportunity to refresh your commitment to one another and deepen the bond that you share.
The range for vow renewals can be anywhere from very intimate up to a grand celebration! Milestone anniversaries and special life events often inspire couples to renew their vows.
Get in touch today and let’s work together to create a magical ceremony just for you!
WEDDINGS BY KARIN
Karin Desveaux, Wedding Officiant
Words cannot describe how fulfilling my work 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.
I strongly believe in ceremonies that are respectful and inclusive; LGBTQ2 friendly.
I am based out of Port Hope, Ontario. I regularly work in Quinte West, Prince Edward County, Cobourg, Port Hope, Oshawa and Toronto. I am licensed by the province of Ontario through AEIC Weddings.
If you are planning your special day, please reach out to me! I absolutely love helping couples create a ceremony that is truly a reflection of them!!
CEREMONIES AND FEES
This simple, straightforward ceremony includes opening remarks, vows and ring exchange, wishes and marriage license signing.
Slightly more elaborate, the Traditional Ceremony includes opening remarks plus one reading, vows, ring exchange, wishes and the marriage license signing.
Very often couples want to include additional elements of personalization into their ceremonies that can represent both families. In a custom ceremony, we can weave shared interests, elements of traditions, rituals and symbols into the marriage to provide a truly unique experience.
I am happy to attend a rehearsal if the couple wishes, but it is not required. If desired, I strongly recommend including the rehearsal at the time of the wedding booking to ensure my availability.
Many couples decide to celebrate the union of a marriage without including the legal aspect. We can work together to create a beautiful Commitment Ceremony that reflects your individuality.
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.
These ceremony additions can provide powerful symbols of the couple's union and can include: Smudging, Sand Ceremony, Wine Ceremony, Unity Candle, Cannabis/Weed (***couples and their witnesses must not be under the influence of any substance at the time of signing/declaration)
$40 each (props are not included)
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 perform a legal marriage in Ontario (if I am present for the full ceremony, Standard or Traditional Ceremony fees apply)
3. did not include the signing in the original ceremony
$225-$275 (depending on location)
A few words from couples I've worked with... (photo credit: Samuel Meggs Photography)
"Robert and I had the privilege of having Karin as our officiant, she did a spectacular job making us feel like this day was for us. We both could tell that she is very passionate about what she does and was there every step of the way to answer any questions and helped in any way that she could, to make our ceremony a memorable one!! I highly recommend that anyone who is to be married, that they hire this wonderful woman to be their officiant as well!!!" -Tabitha & Robert, August 4, 2018
"My husband and I could not say enough positive things about working with Karin. Trust me on the day of your wedding you will want someone that is as calm, peaceful, understanding and confident. Karin exceeded all of our expectations, who would have known she would turn out to be our rock on our special day!" -Kelly & Adam , September 15, 2018
"Karin was the perfect choice to officiate our wedding. She was receptive to our ideas and made sure we felt comfortable and understood at every step of the process. Our guests thought she did a great job and we highly recommend her!”
-Todd & Sam, June 8, 2019
"Karin was an absolute pleasure to work with from the very beginning. She was attentive, kind and patient with all of our questions throughout. We specifically sought an officiant that was same sex friendly as we discovered in the search process that some were not. Karin far surpassed any expectations we had by making us feel comfortable, and as calm, cool and collected as one could be on their wedding day. My wife and I would wholeheartedly recommend Karin to anyone looking for a warm, personal and professional ceremony." -Danielle & Julia, July 20, 2019
"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
"Thank you so much for officiating our ceremony! All of our guests commented what a great job you did - with such a warm and natural delivery. Thank you for helping to make our wedding so special and beautiful.
All the best,
Natalie and Kevin" , July 25, 2020
VENDORS & VENUES
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The Answers You Need
WHEN WILL I MEET KARIN?
Many couples prefer the convenience of working with me via email/telephone/Skype/FaceTime etc. exclusively until we arrive at a script and plan that they are completely satisfied with. I then simply arrive at the wedding, and perform the ceremony.
If scheduling and locations permit, I am always delighted to meet with couples in person before the wedding.
CAN COUPLES CHOOSE THE WORDING FOR THEIR WEDDING CEREMONY?
Yes. As long as legalities are met. Once a wedding is booked, my head office will provide the couple with templates, which they can edit (with my 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 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. I 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 I 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 cane be found here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/how-get-copy-ontario-marriage-certificate-online
WILL KARIN BE AT THE REHEARSAL?
If scheduling permits, I am always happy to join couples at the rehearsal. The cost is $150, payable directly to me at the rehearsal. I strongly suggest booking the rehearsal at the time of wedding booking to ensure availability.
WHEN WILL KARIN ARRIVE ON OUR WEDDING DAY?
I arrive about 45 minutes prior to the ceremony. The person who has the marriage license should be there around the same time so that I 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. I have a strong, clear voice however and do not require a mic in a smaller, more intimate setting.
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. I will sometimes have more than one wedding in a day; I will just slip away as unobtrusively as possible after the ceremony.