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.
Just off, over the river (the Don) and through the woods (Ravine) to a nice family wedding in Granny's condo. Condo party rooms and your grandmother's lovely apartment might be a nice place to host a small family wedding, if she's willing.
OR, you can invite everyone to your hotel suite. We had a nice winter wedding in THIS beautiful suite at the Yorkville Four Seasons - they have a couple of large suites available for group event, AND the wedding was catered by the Four Seasons hotel, with the chef preparing the meal in the condo suite, and wait staff. Here's the dining table in this view. And marvellous flowers, as well.
Here's an entirely wonderful wedding in an art gallery in Yorkville. First comes the short ceremony (we're asking the witnesses for their legal participation in the top picture) and then after the ceremony, we're signing the Marriage License and Register. We're all pretty happy. What a nice afternoon this was - and best wishes to them and their family!
Note about a legal wedding:
When couples are looking for a simple legal wedding, it's possible to hold the ceremony in any location, and then we will all sit down and sign all the documents to swear that we actually HELD a verbal wedding ceremony in front of two witnesses. The documents we sign are the record of the ceremony, because the ceremony itself is what creates the legal wedding.
So - if you are planning a SECOND celebration (a destination wedding or even a religious wedding) please note you must have a short simple legal CEREMONY for the legal wedding, with two witnesses. "Signing the papers" is a record, not a substitute for the actual legal ceremony.
Philosopher's walk can be used in various seasons. This little walkway between the Royal Conservatory and the Gates on Harbord runs behind the ROM and the Music Building. It's a public walkway, but has lots of lovely trees, and is a great oasis with nice backdrops. They're rebuilding the law school on the south end, but there's lots of other room. In high summer, there are lots of kids at music camp, so it's good to avoid recess time while they're rolling down the hill, but they are also delightful. (also, of course you should avoid this during the PanAm games...)