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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.
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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 Ontario Humanist Society.
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.

Friday

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:

https://www.ontario.ca/document/religious-marriage-officiants

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.

Wednesday

Zombies were not invited to the wedding

We had a lovely wedding at the Arts and Letters Club on Elm Street at the end of October.  But somehow a few thousand zombies also decided to take to Yonge Street on that Saturday.  Photographer Neil Ta got this great picture of the calm couple in the midst of -- the zombie apocalypse.
Zombie March on Yonge Street

Wedding, rehearsal, performance, events spaces in Toronto

Here (courtesy of my theatre children) is a database of performance/ rehearsal/ event spaces in Toronto.  I've listed many of these before in other databases, but this is new, and searchable AND BOOKABLE.  Feel free to send us any other unique spaces you've found. Here are two art galleries, as examples.
Project Gallery
Alison Milne Gallery

Monday

Royal Conservatory of Music wedding event space

I just helped a bride find the contact info for event rentals at the Royal Conservatory of Music on Bloor.  It's a lovely space for weddings.  The event contact page is a bit buried in the website, so here is the info:
For more information and to book your event, contact Kristin Campbell at rentals@rcmusic.ca or at 416.408.2824 x500. 

Saturday

Small private winter weddings - indoor locations

We have a small flurry of winter elopements scheduled, mostly for under a dozen family and friends. We've been outside, in a few restaurants and 'secret' city spots.  But in rainy cold weather, it's good to have an inside option, and one of the best is a HOTEL SUITE.  You can dress up nicely, pour some champagne, take lots of pictures, and everyone has a place to sit down.  You can even order room service for the cupcakes or smoked salmon.  Look on groupon and other sale sites for hotel deals -  Expedia has a deal at the Royal York right now!  You can ask the hotel about their policy of wedding photo permits, but if you are a guest, they should be helpful.  The older hotels often have bigger rooms, the newer boutique hotels are also used to requests for small weddings.  The concierge should be your friend, see what you can arrange with them (room service, even flowers).  Or just book in, call your witnesses, book your officiant, and have a lovely quiet wedding.