Marriages in Smooth Rock Falls during COVID-19
Some couples may be wondering whether they can still get married or hold a small ceremony during COVID-19. Given the closure of non essential services and the uncertainty surrounding the duration of restricted services, it may be wise to postpone your wedding plans for the time being.
Are marriage licenses being issued at the moment?
The Town Hall offices are currently closed to the public and marriage registrar offices are not considered an essential service and so and will not be issuing marriage licenses for the time being. Keep in mind that gatherings are limited to 5 people and also, keep in mind that marriage licenses in Ontario expire after 90 days.
Can we hold a small ceremony during COVID-19?
Some couples are asking their officiants if they can conduct a small ceremony on their original wedding date and just postpone their wedding reception. Keep in mind that the province limits gatherings to 5 people and also, officiants are not considered an essential service and an officiant cannot legally officiate a wedding without a valid wedding license.
Can we elope during COVID-19?
If the couple does not have a marriage license, then they can exchange vows in a symbolic ceremony and postpone their legal union for later. This would likely need to take place at home as public spaces are closed to the public. Keep in mind that gatherings are limited to 5 people including the couple and the officiant.
What should we consider when postponing our ceremony?
When rescheduling your wedding ceremony or vow renewal, be patient. Timelines for licenses may be readjusted if there is a spike in demands. Listen to your officiant’s suggestions as they may be overwhelmed with requests and keep in mind that your ceremony venue may need to coordinate multiple types of events.
What should we do if our marriage license has expired?
We are currently waiting on additional directives from the province in regards to license timelines and will be providing additional information to those affected once received.
If you have any questions, please contact Veronique Dion at 705-338-2717 ext 7
Posted on: Apr 23 2020, 10.20 AM Category: Uncategorised