Originally Posted by jrack
Me too...I keep looking at info on Calgary and it seems like you still need an officiant or JP who can sign paperwork.
In Calgary it would be the same as in southern Alberta, where I did it.
Email a few JPs... We literally found ours by googling it. I emailed a bunch of them, explaining we wanted something short and sweet, but we do not see it as a wedding day, and so on... a few responded, but the one emailed me back, saying she had a five minute ceremony she used for just such occasions. I met with her, looked over the ceremony. She was very understanding, just crossed out what she could while still keeping it legal.
We met her in a gazebo in a park overlooking the coulees last Friday evening, with two friends who were intending to make it to the wedding at couldn't at the last minute. The venue, then, was free. She said you can also do it at your home or hers or anywhere, really. We wanted free. LOL. And it was in an area we take our dog hiking a lot, with some nice scenery typical of the place in the background.
We just walked up, I switched into heels (flats for getting there - but I am more than a foot and a half shorter than FI, so heels are a must!), handed over the marriage license, and stood there and did it! I had handed our friends a little camera (we didn't even bring our fancy one - lol) and they took a couple shots, but that was it. We did not do rings or anything, though we kept the kiss in there. It was quick and simple, and FI and I agreed that we did not feel like it was a wedding at all, because we were not seeing it that way. I wore a white sundress - the same I wore to my shower - and he wore shorts and a button up shirt. Afterwards the four of us went to a local pub for supper and drinks, which we go to a lot.
Exactly what we wanted.