Civil Marriage Services
Sorry, we are unable to provide Civil Marriage Services at the Town Office at this time.
Civil marriage fees are as follows:
|Type of Service||Fee|
|Office Service, Friday Afternoons (by appointment only)||$250.00|
|After Hours Office Service (by appointment only)||$350.00|
|Special Off Site Service, Saturdays (by appointment only)||$400.00|
Ceremonies will be conducted in the Town of Erin Council Chamber located at 5684 Trafalgar Rd. Hillsburgh, ON, between 12 noon and 3:00 p.m. Fridays by appointment only.
The prescribed Fee for an Office Service is payable to the Town of Erin and the Fee for a Special Off Site Service is payable to the Clerk.
Changes to date and/or time are allowed at no additional charge provided that the location and the official are available. An administration fee of $25.00 will be charged if the ceremony is cancelled prior to the scheduled date. No refund will be issued if the ceremony is cancelled on the day of the ceremony, or the applicant(s) do not show up for the ceremony.
The ceremony will take approximately 30 minutes. Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the ceremony to allow time to review the marriage application form and final details.
A request for a civil ceremony is to be received at least seven days prior to the date of the ceremony.
Pre-ceremony meeting (approximately 30 minutes):
- Application for a Civil Marriage Ceremony form will be completed
- Tour of Council Chamber
- Music selection (if any), will be discussed
- Both parties must be in attendance and provide photo identification
- If specific vows are to be included, please provide a written copy
- Marriage Licence to be presented (date issued to be within 3 months of ceremony)
- Fee to be paid in full
Alcohol or stimulants are not to be used by the celebrants or their witnesses prior to or during the ceremony. If the Official believes that alcohol or other stimulants have been used, the ceremony will not proceed.
In order to maintain the dignity of the ceremony, clothing should be appropriate for the occasion.
Music will be permitted before and after the ceremony (applicants to provide equipment). When selecting the type of music, consideration should be given to its appropriateness and contribution to the dignity of the occasion.
A maximum of 50 guests (not including the bride, groom and designated witnesses) can be accommodated during the ceremony.
The taking of photographs will not be permitted during the ceremony. An opportunity will be provided for photos before the ceremony begins, during the signing of the register and when the ceremony has been completed.
Absolutely no confetti, rice, bubbles, candles etc. are allowed in the municipal council chamber.
Cell phones must be turned off prior to the commencement of the ceremony and not permitted until all documents are signed and witnessed.
Minimal decorations are permitted (e.g. flowers, balloons). They may be placed 15 minutes prior to the ceremony and removed within 15 minutes of the conclusion of the ceremony.
It is the applicants’ responsibility to provide an interpreter if they do not speak English and/or require language assistance. The interpreter should not be one of the witnesses. The interpreter will be required to sign a form that he/she has interpreted the wedding ceremony.
There is no minimum age requirement for a witness, however, it is suggested they should be at least 16 years of age, and should be able to understand and appreciate the nature of the ceremony and be able to give evidence of such at a later date, if required.
The Record of Solemnization of Marriage given at the ceremony is not a legal record. Approximately 12 weeks after the ceremony, you may apply to the Office of the Registrar General to obtain an official Certificate of Marriage.
The City of Guelph issues marriage licenses for residents of the Town of Erin. For more information please contact:
The Office of the Registrar General, 189 Red River Road, PO Box 4600, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 6L8, 1-800-461-2156.
Special Celebration Certificates
The Town of Erin will send out a Special Celebration Certificate to Town residents for the following:
- 25th wedding anniversary or other special anniversary and any subsequent anniversary in five year intervals
- Special birthdays - personal or other special birthdays
Director of Legislative Services & Clerk: Lisa Campion
519.855.4407 EXT. 248