Civil Marriage Ceremonies

Civil Marriage Ceremonies


The Town of Gananoque offers civil marriage ceremonies for couples. A civil marriage ceremony is a great option if you are having a destination wedding and want to ensure that your legal paperwork is filed in Ontario.

Reservations for a civil marriage ceremony must be made at least two (2) weeks in advance. Please contact the Town Clerk at or via telephone at 613-382-2149 ext. 1120,  to check if your preferred ceremony date is available.

Marriage Solemnization Services
A fee of $367.25 (incl. HST) must be paid at the time of reservation.  The Town Clerk will forward information to you regarding the payment details. 

Ceremony Fee during regular business hours
(Council Chambers room or Town Park Bandshell*)
$325.00 (+HST)
Ceremony Fee outside of business hours $425.00 (+HST)
Cancellation Fee
(prior to consultation meeting)
$55.00 (+HST)
Cancellation Fee
(after consultation meeting)
$180.00 (+HST)
Witness Fee
(per witness, subject to availability)
$55.00 (+HST)
Marriage Licence Fee
(available through the Town by appointment only)

Of note, fees will usually be adjusted annually. If you are booking a wedding for the next calendar year, the fees payable will be in accordance with the General Fees and Rates By-law that is in effect on the ceremony date.

Ceremony Details
Ceremonies can be held in the Council Chambers (Monday - Friday) or the Bandshell located in Town Park. In order to book the Bandshell or other Municipal Facilities, please contact 613-382-2149 Ext.1414 or via email at

The availability of off-site wedding ceremonies is at the discretion of the Marriage Officiant and may be subject to additional charges.

Couples may bring decorations and music to enhance their special day.

Couples can choose from one of four (4) ceremony scripts. You can also enhance the ceremony by adding your own personalized vows or other custom elements. All additions to the ceremony must be approved by the Marriage Officiant at the mandatory consultation meeting.

Two (2) witnesses are required, both of whom should be over fourteen (14) years of age (sixteen (16) years old is preferred). The witnesses must be able to understand the ceremony and what is taking place in order to give evidence at a later date, if required. If you are unable to provide your own witnesses, Town staff can act as witnesses for a nominal fee (subject to availability). Please arrange this service at the time of your consultation.

Marriage Licence
Couples wishing to get married in Ontario require a valid Ontario Marriage Licence, which can be purchased from the Town. Marriage licences are valid for a period of three (3) months after the issue date and must be given to the Marriage Officiant during the consultation meeting. For more information on obtaining a Marriage Licence please visit the Town's Marriage Licence webpage.

Marriage Consultation
Couples must attend a pre-ceremony consultation two (2) weeks prior to your ceremony and bring the following documents:

  • Current valid photo identification
  • Valid Ontario Marriage Licence
  • Receipt for payment of the ceremony 
  • A completed Civil Marriage Questionnaire

Consultation meetings can be booked with the Marriage Officiant at time of reservation. For more information about Civil Marriages or to book a ceremony, please contact the Town Clerk 613-382-2149 x 1120.

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