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Welcome to ElopeToronto.com! We conduct simple, meaningful, 'civil' (non-religious, non-denominational, or secular) humanist weddings in Toronto. The ceremonies are similar to a 'city hall' wedding, or one conducted by a 'Justice of the Peace". We also provide simple legal weddings for couples planning a destination wedding. Mary is licensed as a Marriage Officiant by the Registrar General of Ontario, and the Ontario Humanist Society
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Saturday

A nice winter morning wedding at the CN Tower, 12/12/12/ at 12noon!

So - on a wintery December morning, in the middle of the week, it's possible to have a short little wedding with just witnesses at the CN Tower which is *almost* quiet and personal.  You can see Pearson behind us.  This lovely couple then left for their honeymoon in Cuba, after a wedding lunch at the 360 restaurant.  What a nice morning it was!
[This works best when the CN Tower is not busy. And on a foggy cloudy day, tho - not much to see... be sure to have other plans available].

Monday

Hart House Chapel - lovely Fall wedding



Hart House Chapel!  Two wonderful people, both engineers - and they had their post-wedding pix taken under the Soldiers Tower with an experimental car prototype - and the crew!
Hart House chapel is dark, and Very Small, only 30 people, so it's great for a wonderful intimate family-sized wedding.
Pix by Simon Tanenbaum  Harvard Photo

Sunday

Brickworks Wedding - Wonderful setting, wonderful time

Beautiful!  More pix soon of this wonderful wedding at the Brickworks - note the groomsman in the middle holding the stuffed moose - which held the couple's rings...

Pix by Karol Orzechowski, Decipher Film + Photo

Tuesday

Unusual and delightful private weddings - Graffiti Alley

Lots of fun weddings this weekend - from the Brickworks to Hart House to a 'secret' wedding inside a library (significant for 2 librarians :-)
...but here is a most delightful wedding at "Graffiti Alley", a Toronto landmark.  The couple actually met on a photoshoot here, so it was significant for them.  We even had a few people laying down some artwork on another wall while we were there.... and the occasional tourist, too - quite polite and congratulatory...

Saturday

Berkeley Field House - Super September wedding

Groom's party waiting in the Berkeley Tree House
Stunning Photos by Julius and James
Berkeley Field House Fall wedding
Stunning Photos by Julius and James

Lovely photo under the Tree House, Berkeley Field House
Stunning Photos by Julius and James

Thursday

Lovely Wedding at St Lawrence Hall


A wonderful light-filled wedding at St. Lawrence Hall on King Street, with lots of participation by friends and relatives, including music, readings, and a wonderful chorus at the end of the "Libiamo" (champagne aria) from La Traviata.  You don't need much decoration or enhancement for St Lawrence Hall, as the environment of the ballroom is so spectacular and delightful. 
And besides - it's on the streetcar!




Here's the view from the back

Friday

Registering a wedding: First the ceremony - THEN 'signing the papers'

Here's a lovely couple from a small wedding in Trinity Bellwoods.  We're 'signing the papers', which means signing the Marriage License, Record of Solemnization and the Marriage Register, and then our 2 witnesses will sit down and sign after us, to show they were there and heard the couple.
But note, we sign papers only AFTER we have a simple spoken wedding ceremony, as required by the Marriage Act of Ontario.
You cannot just 'sign the papers' to have a legal wedding.  The actual signing of documents is attesting that you have held a spoken marriage ceremony in front of 2 legal witnesses, under the jurisdiction of a legally registered officiant.The 2 witnesses sign the 'papers' to swear that they WITNESSED (saw and heard) the legal ceremony;  where you both said out loud that you accept each other as your legal spouse, in the words required by the Marriage Act of Ontario.
And then you sit down and sign!!  The ceremony can be brief, simple, and short.  But you must have qa legal wedding ceremony to be legally married.

Monday

Pride Parade Wedding: Carter and Breken

Toronto Pride Parade: American couple ties the knot with Pride - thestar.com
"On a float decked out in wedding white, with signs that read “Long Live Love” and “Here come the Grooms,” Carter Etherington and Breken Elwood wore light grey suits. Prompted by humanist wedding officiant Mary Beaty, they exchanged rings, and shouted their vows and their “I do’s” into a microphone.    Then the grooms kissed and the crowd roared its approval.
Etherington broke out into tears and Elwood wiped them away. They embraced again as Whitney Houston’s “Your Love is My Love” started to play.
The pair had been thinking about getting married since New York, their home state, legalized same-sex marriage last year. Then they won a contest from Tourism Toronto that included airfare, hotel accommodations at the Windsor Arms Hotel and an official marriage ceremony during Pride.
 “It’s not only our responsibility but our pleasure to come to a country that allows gay couples to legally recognize their love and their relationships. We hope we’re able to make a different in the U.S. with our story,” Etherington said in an interview before the parade"

(we had a blast - but remember, we can't actually do the legal wedding on a moving float where the crowd is yelling so hard we can't even hear  - this was a re-enactment and "renewal of vows", we had a wonderful private ceremony the  day before at the Windsor Arms, with all the required bells and whistles - and then the whistles (and water cannons) were for the public parade. Two weddings!  Happy grooms - what a wonderful day..)
You can see lots of great photos at: A Brit and a Blonde

Wednesday

Weddings and a Picnic at Riverdale Park

Bring the picnic, the badminton and backgammon, some flowers, your best friends - and have a little wedding!

Wedding at Hart House Chapel















An entirely lovely spring wedding at Hart House Chapel, and nobody stopped smiling the entire time...
(Please note! HH chapel can REALLY only hold 30 people -  if we all get very friendly ... book a bigger room at Hart House for anything larger...)

Saturday

Sabbatical in Rome - and spring weddings in Toronto

Rome! We spent a month in Rome in March.  Here I am on the oldest public road in the city, the "Clivus Publicus" - with rosemary bushes blooming and orange trees in fruit on either side.  We walked all the seven hills (and the 8th, the Janiculum, to visit Anita Garibaldi's statue - baby on her lap, pistol in her other hand!) and on rainy days, spent a lot of time investigating the Roman marriage ritual of "iunctio dextrarum" - clasping right hands in agreement.  It's the same ritual as the "fides" in the Renaissance, a willingness 'in good faith' - fides/fidelity, to share the joys and sorrows of life together.  We came home to snow, and brave crocuses (croci?).  And then, a lovely wedding yesterday, in a Beaches sunroom, and lots of laughter and happiness.

Everyone should go away - resets your hard drive.  Let's see what the year brings in Toronto now - and dream of oranges and rosemary....

Friday

Wedding in the wind and water

- in parkas and gloves and long underwear.  And hard to hear in the wind! - but oh, so very happy.  And then hot chocolate, and THEN wine!
Congratulations to everyone,  - you can see the wind on the waves!

House Call weddings - in your apartment!

A quiet morning wedding in a sunny apartment by the lake.  Just the couple, their witnesses, and me - and some yummy cupcakes.  And the cats, who knew something was up.  Best wishes and all happiness to this great (and funny) newly married couple!

Saturday

Small wedding locations - private dining in Toronto

Private dining in Toronto

Here's a piece from BlogTo - with a few ideas for private dining rooms, where - of course! you can hold a wedding.  You can also book out a small restaurant for your 'private function'. (When talking to a venue, we strongly suggest you simply enquire about a private function/celebration booking before you use the word "wedding" - which may conjure up a bridezilla event). Our restaurant ceremonies are usually quite simple 15 minute functions, followed by a little champagne. You can discuss those logistics once you find out about the booking fees.

We've had weddings in private and semi-private spaces at places like Fuzion, Colborne, Local, La Maquette, Globe Bistro (both locations), Balzacs, Edward Levesques - and on patios at Le Select, Les Provences Delices, Grace, (pix above), Vertical, etc. Sometimes the rest of the place stays open, and your party can ask for the patio or an inside room for a short simple wedding, and then brunch, lunch, or dinner for all.  Suggest you simply wander in to your local bistro/boite, and chat with them - we've sometimes had the 'first' small wedding in a restaurant, and when it goes well, they are happy to experiment with more events.

Friday

Winter Wedding by the City Hall Rink

Memories of winter past - here is an end-of-winter wedding outside at dusk near the ice rink at Nathan Phillips square (in front of Toronto City Hall ) Then the couple (the ones with the flowers :-) went for a skate, and we held thir dog.  Renovations at the plaza change things a bit now, but we hope that by summer the Peace Garden will permit some weddings by the fountain - dog or not!