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Civil Ceremony City Hall (Ontario Brides)

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We live in London,ON and just booked our civil ceremony at City Hall. It was $135 for the license and $250 for the ceremony. We are going  to bring two friends as witnesses  that are not attending the wedding but  they also provide witnesses for an extra $25 each. We get  to choose between 5 vows  and are going  with the shortest no rings ceremony because we want to do that in Mexico. Were going to City  Hall on the Monday and  fly out on Wednesday,can't wait!!!

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We did the same as hayjules - we were actually married at City Hall in London ON also!  

 

Though I was surprised about the $250 charge, I had budgeted this fee into our wedding costs.  If you know someone that is ordained in Ontario it will save you some money (there is a huge list on the governments website).  For City Hall, we picked the vows out of a list and decided to not exchange rings and save it for our DW.  We had two friends come and they took pictures and signed our license.  It was a very sweet ceremony and took only about 15-20 minutes.  If I was to do it again, I wouldn't change a thing.  Afterwards we took our friends out for dinner.

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@@veryvalentine I thought of you today - I was talking to a friend who just got engaged this week and we were talking DW. She told me her friend (who is also from Ontario) had a DW and did the symbolic ceremony first, she and her husband are now fighting to make it legal as Ontario is refusing to recognize it.

 

Better play it safe ladies and do the legal wedding here first!! Wouldn't want to chance it and have to try and fight it after the fact!

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@snswedding2016  

 

Oh no, how sad to hear.  Yes, that's exactly what would happen if you proceed to do the legal wedding after doing symbolic.  It's seen as not in good faith.  They would have to apply for a 'validity order' from the provincial court which from what I was told at the Clerk's office, it can be quite expense and take some time. 

 

I have searched through the Marriage Act and I can't find it written in black and white. I should call the Clerk's office and ask where one would find it in writing.

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@@veryvalentine not that my fiance and I were planning on doing it after but I'm so glad you posted about it on this forum...I never would have known otherwise.  :)

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