Getting Married in Toronto, Canada

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If you're in Toronto Canada and interested in getting married, the good news is you don't have to jump through hoops. With a little planning, some paperwork, and around $130, you get a marriage license. After that, you just need to plan the type of ceremony you want, such as the venue, photographer and other wedding details.

Getting Married in Toronto Canada: Guidelines

The Marriage License

There's a fair amount of things you'll need to get your marriage license if you're getting married in Toronto. According to the City of Toronto website, here's what you'll need:

  • Identification in the form of a birth certificate, driver's license, passport, citizenship card from any country, Canadian citizenship card, etc. (For full list of accepted identification, visit the website.)
  • Both bride and groom have to be at least 18 or have parental consent if they are 16 or 17 years of age.
  • $130 to pay the license fee. Charge cards are accepted.
  • A certificate of divorce if you were divorced in Canada. If your divorce occurred outside of Canada, you'll need special authorization to obtain your license. Call 416-325-8305 for more information.

You don't have to meet any residency requirements, nor do you have to have any medical records or blood tests.

Places to Say "I Do"

One of the most magical things about a wedding is the location. The scenery sets the stage for your ceremony and offers the backdrop for all your wedding photos. That's why, when you're getting married in Toronto Canada, it's important to find the most beautiful-or hippest-spots to get hitched.

If you're toying with the idea of an outdoor wedding, check out the list of parks and gardens in Toronto provided by the city's website. Perhaps you'd like to have your ceremony surrounded by four acres of gardens at Toronto Botanical Garden in Edwards Gardens North District. Another option is to get married in the new Toronto Music Garden, a waterfront park.

Greater Toronto Area Venues

There are a variety of places to choose from in Toronto:

  • The Eglinton Grand: You can feed your party for roughly $75 per person. The venue holds up to 550 people and you can have catering inside or out-your choice.
  • The Holiday Inn Toronto Airport East: Feed your friends and family for roughly the same amount as at the Eglinton Grand, but just don't plan to let them eat outside. Catering is only allowed inside and the area can hold 300 people.
  • Black Creek Pioneer Village: Again, this will cost you about $75 per person to feed. Catering is available onsite, but not outdoors. This historical site can hold 300 people.
  • The Granite Club: Perfect for those who want very large weddings and receptions, this one will house up to 1,000 guests. It's a private club and a bit pricier than other options though (about $100 per person).


What's a wedding without the pictures to show off and remember it by later? Here is a list of photographers that work in and around the Toronto area. If you want a load of candid shots, try Chris Hicks from the list. Heavenly Photography also offers a unique twist on traditional wedding photos. Butterfly Kisses offers digital photography, videography, and even linen albums.Each of the photographers on the list has something to offer that's just a little bit different from the competition. Browse through their websites (linked from the Canada Wedding Photographers page) to find the photographer that can truly pick up on the nature of your union, your personality as a couple, and more. Don't skimp on the memory-making.

The Planning Process

Even if you have a good idea of where you want to get married and who you want to take your pictures, you may not want to deal with the hassle of planning the whole event. You could enlist the services of a wedding planner. Here are a few that can coordinate a wedding in the Toronto area:

Getting married in Toronto Canada can be a breeze with the right planning and excitement for your special day. From arranging the license to picking the venue to simply dancing the night away, you'll make happy memories in this Canadian city.

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