Welcome to ElopeToronto.com!

Welcome to ElopeToronto.com! We provide simple, meaningful, secular (non-religious) humanist marriage ceremonies in Toronto, legally equivalent to a 'civil ceremony' or 'justice of the peace' wedding, for couples looking for a personal alternative to a 'City Hall' wedding.

See FAQ: HOW TO PLAN YOUR WEDDING: How to get your license, find a location, legal requirements, witnesses, the process of 'signing the papers', or 'registering a wedding' and how to apply for your CERTIFICATE OF MARRIAGE REGISTRATION. See the Toronto Registry link for information on a MARRIAGE LICENSE and MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE (online application, hours & location, fee, divorced applicants, IDs required, etc.)

Mary is licensed as a Marriage Officiant by the Registrar General of Ontario, and the Ontario Humanist Society (and has performed over 1200 weddings)
HUMANISM is an ethical philosophy of secular living, stating we all share a duty of care, to lead ethical lives of compassion and respect, for each other, and for the world we all share. Humanist Wedding Ceremonies are simple, meaningful, non-religious legal marriage ceremonies written specifically for each couple, which reflect your wishes, your values, and your story. We also provide humanist ceremonies for baby-namings, memorials, and other life events.


Couple learns wedding 'officiator' unauthorized after ‘mortifying’ marriage ceremony | Toronto Star

Couple learns wedding officiator unauthorized after ‘mortifying’ marriage ceremony | Toronto Star

I hate to post this article, as it is very sad.  (And it uses the non-existent word 'officiator', which seems like someone who drives a plane in an office?)

But PLEASE, check your officiant's legal status with the Ontario Government before hiring an officiant.  It's easy, you can check online:


A properly licensed officiant will always be able to confirm their status, and provide you with up-to-date information.  

Note: our Humanist officiants are listed under the "religious" category, even tho we do not perform religious ceremonies.  This is because there are ONLY two categories allowed in the Marriage Act:  municipal officiants (city clerks trained as marriage officiants, and paid by the municipality) and 'religious' officiants. Some judges may qualify, with conditions, as well. 
Humanism is an ethical philosophy of living, and like Unitarians and others, we have been classified as clergy by the province, as we have ethical standards that are stated in our charters, and we belong to organized ethical bodies. We are not employees or clerks of a municipality. That is why you can find our registered officiants under the links above.

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