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Getting Married in Alberta What You Need To Know

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How To Get Married In Alberta

  • How To Get Married In Alberta and have a wonderful wedding
  • When Getting Married In Alberta You Need Apply for a marriage license at an Alberta Registry Agent Office
  • Getting Married In Alberta Can Be More Cost Effective Than Getting Married In The UK


There are many reasons to get married in Alberta, from the Rocky Mountains to the prairies there are hundreds of amazing wedding locations. Getting married in Alberta is not a complicated process either as there are hundreds of amazing wedding vendors to choose from and the process to obtain a marriage license in Alberta is fairly simple. Today we want to outline everything you need to know about the technical and legal parts of getting married in Alberta. So, please read our article on how to get married in Alberta so you can decide if it is the right choice for you.

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Getting Married In Alberta Can Be More Cost Effective Than Getting Married In The UK

How to get married in Alberta does not have to be complicated. With weddings becoming more expensive in the UK more people are choosing to get married in Alberta. With Alberta becoming a popular wedding destination and a great honeymoon destination, more people are now searching the Internet to learn how to get married in Alberta.

Here’s what you need to do to get married in Alberta (whether you’re coming in for a destination wedding or you live in the province follow these steps):

  1. Apply for a marriage license at an Alberta registry agent office. Be sure to review the document carefully before leaving to check for any errors so you can have them fixed immediately.
  2. Choose a marriage officiant. A marriage officiant is a person with the legal authority to perform marriages. Alberta offers two types of marriage officiants – religious and civil. The religious and civil ceremony are both legal marriages.

    ◦    Religious ceremonies are performed by a religious representative or clergy person registered with Vital Statistics.

    ◦    Civil marriages are performed by marriage commissioners appointed by the Government of Alberta to perform civil ceremonies for the community and area in which they reside. (Unfortunately you may not have a close friend or relative act as your marriage officiant unless they meet the following requirements to qualify as a temporary marriage commissioner: retired judge, senator, Alberta Members of Parliament or Alberta Members of the Legislative Assembly)

  1. You must have two adult witnesses for the wedding ceremony (this does not include your marriage commissioner) and you must include these legal components during the marriage ceremony. You must declare to each other:

(1)    I do solemnly declare that I do not know of any lawful impediment why I, (name) may not be joined in matrimony to (name)

(2)  I call upon those persons present to witness that I, (name), do take you, (name) to be my lawful wedded wife/husband/spouse

Details about Alberta Marriage Licenses:

  •        The full document (Registration of Marriage and Marriage Licence) must be given to the marriage officiant that will be performing the marriage.
  •        The document must be kept in good condition and not folded.
  •      A marriage licence is valid for three months from the date the marriage licence is issued.
  •      A couple must apply together for their marriage licence. Both parties must provide their parents’ full names and birth places
  •      You must show acceptable identification (birth certificate, passport, driver’s license etc.)
  •      You must be currently unmarried. If you are divorced, you must present proof that the divorce is final (Certificate of Divorce or Decree Absolute).
  •      An Alberta Marriage Licence is only valid for an Alberta marriage; the wedding must take place in Alberta.
  •      A wedding may take place the same day a marriage licence is issued; there is no waiting time.
  •       In Alberta a person cannot marry his/her grandparent, parent, child, sibling or grandchild that is related by whole blood, half blood or adoption.
  •      A couple cannot be under the influence of a drug and/or alcohol when applying for a marriage licence.
  •     There is no time period that must pass between the date a couple arrives in Alberta and the date a marriage licence is issued.
  •       There are no residency requirements.
  •      There are no citizenship requirements.
  •        Blood tests are NOT required.

So, if you plan to get married in Alberta remember to check out all the great deals on hotels for your honeymoon. There are many hotel booking discounts sites to choose from.

(C) All photos are by Banff wedding photographer Kim Payant Photography.

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