What you need to know
Who is Sharon Barwick Weddings?
Sharon Barwick, CSEP is a licenced non-religious, civil wedding commissioner designated by the Province of Alberta.
COVID-19 and Weddings
As a past department head at St. Joseph's Hospital in London, Ontario, I am proactive in the health and safety of my couples and families. I am fully vaccinated, carry the vaccine passport with me and I bring a mask for ceremonies plus hand sanitizer and monitor my good health daily.
Mandatory restriction - Effective Sept. 20
Indoor wedding ceremonies and funeral services are permitted with up to 50 people or 50% of fire code occupancy, whichever is less, unless the hosting facility implements the Restrictions Exemption Program.
Indoor wedding and funeral receptions are prohibited, unless the hosting facility implements the Restrictions Exemption Program.
Outdoor ceremonies, services and receptions are permitted with up to 200 people and must follow liquor sales and consumption restrictions (sales end at 10pm, consumption by 11pm), unless the hosting facility implements the Restrictions Exemption Program
The marriage commissioner and clients must follow all AHS guidelines and directives. For up-to-date information visit the alberta.ca website @ https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx.
What should I do if we have made wedding arrangements with Sharon but one, or both of us, are not feeling well?
If you are not feeling well, inform me ASAP and we will make arrangements for an alternative time and date. Under the present circumstances, I will wave any additional fees. Ultimately, I want you to feel confident and healthy on what will be one of the happiest days of your life.
How soon do we book a Marriage Commissioner?
Along with selecting your venue, book your officiant as soon as possible as many vendors are booked 1-2 years in advance. However, Sharon can be booked the day of your ceremony if not already booked.
How do we book?
I will contact you within 12 hours. I require a $150 non-refundable booking fee to hold your time and date.
Can we talk with Sharon before we reserve?
Certainly! Be sure to fill out the contact form so Sharon has a clear understanding of your needs and expectations prior to a phone call. In person, Zoom and Google Meets are a great vehicle for the first meeting.
How long does the average ceremony take?
An average ceremony takes 20 minutes. Client punctuality is essential to ensure the wedding day timeline progresses smoothly.
What time does Sharon arrive on our big day?
Sharon arrives 20-30 minutes before the ceremony.
Can we personalize our ceremony?
Couples are encouraged to address parents at the beginning, mention persons not present or deceased plus write their own vows. Sharon can be your spokesperson, prompt you or you can read them without prompting.
What does Sharon wear to the ceremony?
Wedding should highlight you! Sharon prefers to wear dark coloured, professional business attire so that you stand out.
Where do I get my marriage licence?
A marriage licence can be obtained no more than three months prior to and up to the same day of the wedding at any Alberta Registry office. Visit this link to find an office near you.
How do I apply for a marriage certificate document after we are married?
Two after the wedding, the couple may return to the Registry to apply for an Alberta Marriage Certificate. Download the application here. To get married in any province other than your own, you must follow the legal process in the province where the wedding will take place. There are no residency requirements. Wherever you choose to marry, your marriage will be recognized in every other province in Canada. If you are out of province, you can apply for your certificate at Registry Connect.
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