If you decide you would like me to perform a ceremony for you, I will confirm the agreement with a memo to you detailing the conditions and explaining the process we will follow. This will serve as the contract between us. At the same time, I will send you a selection of sample ceremonies. That will allow us to start the process. Once you receive this package I ask that you send me a deposit of $100 to secure the date. I am available in person, by phone or by email to discuss any aspects of your ceremony.
Meeting in person
Normally, I meet clients a few weeks before their ceremony to obtain the marriage licence from them. We will want to discuss the details and finalize the wording of the ceremony, discuss how the ceremony will be carried out, and to take a post-dated cheque for the final payment. Another option is to make an Interac e-Transfer less than a month before the ceremony date. A meeting enables us to get to know each other, and offers you the opportunity to gain confidence in me as your officiant. An optional rehearsal at site can be arranged for an additional fee, but it is not a requirement.
In the case of a death, this process is generally somewhat different. It is frequently going to happen much faster and I will need to meet with you very shortly after you first contact me And if a funeral director is involved, the payment to me will normally be made by them.
Obtaining your license for a wedding
In the case of a wedding, you can obtain a marriage license from any municipal office in Ontario, of which there are several in the area. I will be happy to offer you suggestions on which office would be most convenient for you to use. Your marriage license is valid for 3 months from the date of issue and can be used anywhere within Ontario.