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#31 Little Princess

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    Posted 16 December 2010 - 09:55 AM

    Thank you for replying :) I posted on a different forum and got ignored, I was starting to get a little frustrated! I don't suppose you know if she would do the ceremony out of her own home do you? I know it's so cheeky to ask, but it would be so much easier that way! If no-one but Ann Moore does then I'll simply accept that and take an umbrella, it's not like I have a big white dress to worry about ruining :) Thanks again for the information, really appreciated. I like this forum better already! :P



    #32 muitoquerida

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      Posted 16 December 2010 - 11:36 AM

      I have no idea! You can ask her to come to your hotel room and do it?

       

      Originally Posted by Little Princess 

      Thank you for replying :) I posted on a different forum and got ignored, I was starting to get a little frustrated! I don't suppose you know if she would do the ceremony out of her own home do you? I know it's so cheeky to ask, but it would be so much easier that way! If no-one but Ann Moore does then I'll simply accept that and take an umbrella, it's not like I have a big white dress to worry about ruining :) Thanks again for the information, really appreciated. I like this forum better already! :P





      #33 bmadzia1

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        Posted 16 December 2010 - 11:39 AM

        I'm surprised by what you're saying. I'm from Ontario, and the way it works, you get your marriage license, you book a minister/judge at city halls, and you come to get married. My brother had a civil ceremony right in city hall.... I would def. double check your info (not that I'm saying you didn't) but everyelse in the world it seems to be the norm ...



        #34 muitoquerida

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          Posted 16 December 2010 - 11:56 AM

          It doesn't work that way in Vancouver. You can't get married at City Hall.



          #35 Little Princess

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            Posted 16 December 2010 - 01:48 PM

            It seems to be the entire of BC that you can't go to City Hall (I'm British and our equivalent is a Registry Office), so I find it weird that we can't do that. Would make life so much easier! I wasn't sure if my hotel room would be an option, if it is then that would work quite well :) We're doing the same as a lot of the brides of here seem to be, having a quick, small ceremony then the "proper" wedding later. Though in our case it'll be a few years later!

             

            I really appreciate reading other people's stories, it kind of helped my thinking. I was starting to stress out, like Oh I wonder if I could get my hair curled at a hairdressers so I can look kind of nice...I wonder what I could do about make up...I wonder if I could wear just a white dress...I have to make it "special" in SOME way...etc etc. But...the important part is that we're getting married, I get to spend the rest of my life with this guy, and the big celebration? I'll get that, just not right now :) It's also helped with how I'm going to word it when I tell my family "Oh guess what I did today...!!!" LOL It might help them eventually forgive me if I tell them it was just a legality, signing of papers, no big deal...!!



            #36 lesee

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              Posted 16 February 2011 - 09:21 AM

              Hi everyone!

               

              Thanks so much for the info. I just have a quick question. What is an appropriate tip for a commissioner? We're using Ann Moore and she has been an absolute doll to deal with.

               

              Thanks!!

               



              #37 CanadianLindsey

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                Posted 18 February 2011 - 06:28 AM

                Alberta is the same as BC.  You have to hire a marriage commissioner, you can't just go to City hall or a court house to get married.  It does take a bit more research and effort, but in the end, I'm glad we couldn't just go down to City hall, because we got to have our legal ceremony in our own home with our puppy and our two witnesses.  It was a simple, quick and legal only because our Mexican wedding was the real deal for us, but it is pretty unique and special to have had that moment in our first house!

                 

                We paid $80 for the paperwork and $175 for the marriage commissioner and we didn't tip her...I honestly never thought of it!



                #38 snowbeltchick

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                  Posted 18 February 2011 - 12:23 PM



                  Originally Posted by bmadzia1 

                  I'm surprised by what you're saying. I'm from Ontario, and the way it works, you get your marriage license, you book a minister/judge at city halls, and you come to get married. My brother had a civil ceremony right in city hall.... I would def. double check your info (not that I'm saying you didn't) but everyelse in the world it seems to be the norm ...



                  It wasn't always this way in Ontario. The provincial government only amended the Marriage Act in 2004 to give municipal clerks the authority to solemnize civil marriages in Ontario.  Prior to that it was only judges and justice of the peaces who could perform civil marriages.  Not all municipalities in Ontario perform the service, as I'm a Deputy Clerk at a municipality that does not issue marriage license nor solemnize civil marriages. 



                  #39 ckntb

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                    Posted 18 February 2011 - 09:02 PM

                    Luckily we don't have that problem in Ontario!



                    #40 muitoquerida

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                      Posted 18 February 2011 - 09:04 PM

                      We tipped her $50.






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