I did a symbolic wedding in Mexico and then was legally married about 2 months later in Canada. The legal wedding was very easy, we applied for a marriage license and then had a justice of the peace do the ceremony. I think it was about $130 for the marriage license and another $100 for the justice of the peace. We have choosen to use our Mexico wedding date as our anniversary.
To apply for the marriage license I went to Access Nova Scotia (dept that issues birth certificates and licenses) we needed photo id and answered a few questions. It took about a week for the license to be prepared.
When we applied for the marriage license I was asked if I needed the paperwork to change my name, I kept my last name so I'm not sure what kind of a process it is. I opted to keep my last name since I didn't want to deal with the hassle of getting new credit cards, passport, license, etc.
Originally Posted by Ashley1987
Im having a symbolic wedding in mexico in Nov , and I was planning on getting legally married in Canada when we get back but I was talking to someone that said its a pain and expensive to get legally married and that she is just assumed her husbands last name and everything has changed to her last name but her SIN card. Im confused with this does it mean she is not married in Canada at all then ? Also if your having a symbolic wedding and then getting legally married here which is your anniversary date ?