You just bring the marriage licence!
COVID SOCIAL DISTANCING AT MARRIAGE CEREMONIES
In this time of required social distancing, given the public health emergency declared by the government, the couple and two witnesses must all be in the presence of the marriage commissioner when the ceremony is being performed. Please ensure that no one has traveled in the past 14 days, everyone is double vaccinated and no one is ill plus we must maintain 2 meters from each other during the ceremony and signing of the licence.
SERVICE BOOKING FEES
To secure your wedding date and time, a $150 deposit is required. The remaining balance is due 14 days before the wedding day by e-transfer or cash. Gratuity is not required but always appreciated.
1) WEDDING CEREMONIES
We start with a pre-wedding consultation in person or by Zoom to commence working together as a team via email/phone/online conferencing to customize your unique ceremony. Ideally, we would meet 4-6 weeks before the wedding day to discuss all your options designed to be fun and will eliminate stress! We decide on your choice of symbolic ceremonies and rituals, your love story, poems/readings including family blending ceremonies. I assist with writing vows (if needed) and officiate the Marriage Ceremony the day of the wedding. I submit your Marriage Licence to Alberta Vital Statistics and you apply for your Marriage Certificate at any Registry 2-3 weeks after the wedding. I follow-up with couples after the Wedding Day for any further assistance.
2) VOW RENEWALS
Small, intimate vow ceremonies do not require an in-person consultation with Sharon in advance. Includes the creation of a ceremony that matches the couple wishes plus assistance with vow writing (if needed). I officiate your wedding day.
3) ELOPEMENT CEREMONY, DESTINATION WEDDINGS
My home wedding studio offers a FREE gorgeous backdrop with a bouquet and boutonniere! This is not a ceremony but I ensure is is still sweet! It is the legal signing of documents to "lets just make it legal" that takes around five minutes to complete. There are no vows, no ring ceremony and no guests except two witnesses. This service does not require an in-person consultation with Sharon in advance. Includes your wedding day officiating and your Marriage Statement. The documents are then submitted to Alberta Vital Statistics.
RITUALS AND FAMILT PETS
I welcome family pets in ceremonies from dogs and horses to small elephants. Yes, I have had elephants in my ceremonies! The inclusion of rituals that are meaningful and symbolic to you adds a personal element to the ceremony. Examples of Rituals: Sand Ceremony, Unity Candle, Couple Rose Exchange, Jumping The Broom, Hawaiian Lei Exchange, Hand Fasting Ceremony, Wine Ceremony, Earth Blending Ceremony, Family Sand Ceremony, Breaking of the Glass Ceremony, Ring Warming Ceremony, Hour Glass Ceremony, Tree Planting Ceremony, Wedding Bells, Hand fasting , 1,000 Origami Cranes or a prayer/poem reading to name a few.
A pre-booked rehearsal typically takes place between two weeks to one day before the wedding is encouraged to ensure everyone involved understands the choreography of the wedding ceremony. This eliminates the pre-ceremonies questions and the bridal party know what to expect the day of teh wedding.
Two witness can be provided if required for an additional fee of $30 and the ceremony services is held at Sharon's home only. This must be pre-booked.
OUT OF TOWN TRAVEL FEES
Travel fees for ceremonies outside Calgary city limits are charged on a per kilometer basis to cover officiants time, mileage, and vehicle wear. Early morning (sunrise) ceremonies in areas such as Moraine Lake may require night before lodging and meals.