What you need to know

Why hire Sharon Barwick Weddings?

Sharon offers almost three decades expertise as a florist, decorator, wedding planner and producer, large scale event producer, marketing manager for catering services plus MRU instructor for wedding planning and event management.

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?

Call Sharon at 403-880-1900 and leave a message or email me at

I will contact you within 12 hours. $150 non-refundable booking fee holds 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 or Zoom is a great vehicle for the first meeting.


How long does the average ceremony take?

An average ceremony takes 20 to 30 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 start time.


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 with Sharon's support. Sharon becomes your spokesperson, prompt you or you can read vows without prompting.


What does Sharon wear to the ceremony?

Weddings should highlight the couple!  Sharon prefers to wear dark-coloured, professional business attire so that you stand out.

Where do I get my marriage licence?

A marriage licence must 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 to three weeks after the wedding, return to any Registry and apply for the Alberta Marriage Certificate. Download the application here. To get married in AB other than your own, you must follow the legal process in this 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 the province, you can apply for your certificate at Registry Connect.

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 waive any additional fees. Ultimately, I want you to feel confident and healthy on what will be one of the happiest days of your life.  If I am not feeling well, I will notify you and arrange a marriage commissioner colleague to take my place.

My question isn’t listed/answered in this FAQ, what do I do?

Call 403-880-1900 or email