Simple 'civil' legal wedding ceremonies: secular, non-religious & non-denominational, including elopements, private ceremonies, legal ceremonies for destination weddings, (aka 'signings' or 'registration of a marriage') and friendly family & community-style informal weddings,
We make house calls, and will perform the wedding at your home, apartment or condo, in a park, hotel, restaurant, or other location of choice. Secular Humanist weddings are legally equivalent to a "City Hall" or "Justice of the Peace" wedding ceremony, but personalised to suit your wishes.
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See FAQ and main website for more information for both small and larger events.
Mary is licensed as a Marriage Officiant by the Registrar General of Ontario, and the Ontario Humanist Society and has performed over 1400 civil weddings,since 2004. I am currently the Secular Humanist Chaplain at the University of Toronto
HUMANISM is an ethical philosophy of secular living, stating we all share a duty of care to each other, to lead ethical lives of compassion and respect, for other people, and the world we all share. Humanist Wedding Ceremonies are simple, meaningful, non-religious legal marriage ceremonies, which reflect your wishes, your values, and your story. We also provide ceremonies for baby-namings, memorials, and other life events.
Welcome to ElopeToronto.com!
Welcome to ElopeToronto.com! We conduct simple, meaningful, secular (non-religious, non-denominational) humanist marriage ceremonies in Toronto, legally equivalent to a 'civil ceremony' or 'justice of the peace' wedding, for couples looking for an alternative to a 'City Hall' wedding. We also provide simple legal weddings for those 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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We're in the park - with the lake behind us. A lovely late summer wedding, with just family and friends. You wouldn't know there are a zillion tourists only a few blocks away. Super lovely couple, and nice to meet all the family as well.
|Distillery Area wedding|
Here's a magic wedding - just the family, under a tree in Riverdale (no baseball game in session), and another stump to sign all the papers. But then the parents surprised the couple with a song - and all the small gifts mentioned in the lyrics. I was wondering what the guitar was for - and then we all got a wonderful surprise.
|After the wedding, everyone happy|
|Family serenade for the new couple (singing the verses and presenting a tiny gift)|
|Couple and witnesses, AGO, Grange Park|
|Grange Park wedding couple and Mary|
|Signing Register in front of Grange, AGO|
|U of T Astronomy wedding|
I love the Arts and Letters club on Elm Street. We often have large weddings in the Great Hall, which (like Hart House Great Hall) is very atmospheric in a 'Harry Potter' vein. This was a small, intimate wedding in the study, or "Lamps" room, which has Group of Seven portraits. It was very suitable for an 'academical' couple! Another option is the Library in the Grange at the AGO - perfect for a small wedding - with a little tea reception!
|Arts and Letters Club|
|Arts and Letter Club|
This delightful couple also had a destination wedding in the South. So this was their legal wedding, held with just their family witnesses, in the Party Room of their condo. It was a weekday event, so we had the lovely big room to ourselves - with the fire on in the background, and lots of space to take photos. Here, we've held the brief legal ceremony, and we're just finished signing all the papers!
|Party Room Condo wedding|
|Eloping in High Park|
We had family-size weddings in small restaurants, including Bricco, DeSotos, Peter Pan. Also event spaces like The Jam Factory, and quirky spots like The Gerrard Art Space, as well as some favourite places, like Le Select, and Hart House and The Enoch Turner Schoolhouse.
Some students and faculty (with connections) managed to arrange weddings at faculty rooms at Ryerson and even (hsh!) in the planetarium at UofT, on a quiet morning before school started. (Well, the bride was an astrophysicist, so she had some pull!).
And we've had lots of home weddings - reviving an Edwardian tradition - often in the parent's home (bigger!) or the couple's apartment (smaller!), or sometimes on the roofdeck of a condo.
|Condo roofdeck with CN tower view|
|Gerrard Art Space|
Most of these were small family weddings, or small private elopements, but even the larger events were mostly family and friends. Easy to plan, casual and fun, often catered by willing aunties. Lots of time to talk (and hug) everyone.
NO POP-UP WEDDINGS PERMITTED.
|Allan Gardens February|
|Queens Park Souvenir!|
Of course Queen's Park won't LET YOU DO THIS.
But we found the little parkette by the Physics building down on College, and we held the wedding where we could SEE Queen's Park behind us! Clever! And then we sneakily went up to Queen's Park Circle and took some photos anyway. The guard was a bit huffy, but we distracted him enough to get a photo!
|RUSH wedding Dec 21|