Civil marriage ceremonies

Set the date

You can apply for a marriage licence up to 90 days before your wedding day.
How to get a marriage licence

Contact us to schedule your marriage ceremony

519-822-1260 extension 5650
[email protected]

Getting married at Guelph City Hall

Civil marriage ceremonies are being provided for couples who are looking for a small, simple, non-religious ceremony at City Hall.

Marriage ceremonies take place on Thursdays between 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and Fridays between 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. As of July 2022, marriage ceremonies will be available on limited Thursdays and Fridays only. Please contact us to schedule your marriage ceremony. Please note that no ceremonies will be booked for October 2022.

About the ceremony:

  • The ceremony is a maximum of 30 minutes long.
  • Couple must provide two witnesses.
  • Couples must also provide an interpreter if they do not speak English and/or require language assistance. The interpreter cannot be one of the witnesses.
  • Up to ten (10) people may attend a ceremony. The 10 people in attendance includes the couple, witnesses, and photographer if present. Therefore additional 5-6 guests, depending.

Getting married at a different time or place

A City of Guelph marriage officiant can perform civil marriage ceremonies at other times and locations. Please contact us to discuss options for getting married at a different time or location.

We do not offer civil marriage ceremonies on Sundays.

Visit serviceontario.ca/gettingmarried to learn who can perform a legal marriage ceremony in Ontario.

Civil marriage ceremony fees

Type of service Fee
Ceremony during regular hours at City Hall $250
Ceremony at a different time or location in Guelph (No Sundays) $400
Ceremony at a different time or location outside Guelph (No Sundays) $400 plus a mileage fee

Fees do not include HST. Fees can be paid in person or by phone and must be paid prior to the ceremony.