Welcome to ElopeToronto.com!

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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Covid-19, CoronaVirus and WEDDINGS

Please note:The earlier post below was written April 16.
UPDATE June 22>
As part of the City’s COVID-19 response, marriage licences will only be issued by appointment only. Contact marriage@toronto.ca for more information. Registry services counters at the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall and the North York, Etobicoke and Scarborough Civic Centres are closed for walk-in services. Stay up-to-date on all affected City services and when they may resume by visiting toronto.ca/covid19

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POST FROM APRIL 16.  
1) Marriage Bureaus are closed.  You cannot obtain a Marriage License at this time. The Registrar General is also closed, to register marriages.
2) Marriage licenses are good for 90 days.  We have no information on whether expired licenses may be renewed, or couples would have to apply again.
3) There is no provision in Ontario for "online weddings", weddings by Zoom or video, or proxy weddings (weddings with one partner using a stand-in).  ALL PARTIES, including 2 witnesses over 18, must be present in the same room.
As discussed in many places in this blog, a legal wedding requires a short legal spoken ceremony, not just signing of papers.
4) Therefore, it is not possible at this time to arrange a legal/civil wedding, except in very unusual circumstances, where the couple have a valid marriage license and a valid reason for an emergency wedding.  (Parties standing 6 feet apart, nobody but the couple and the 2 witnesses and the officiant present, no photographers, etc.).
4) Most officiants are very happy to chat by video or phone or email about your plans and concerns, and to help plan a wedding after sequestering is over.

STAY SAFE!  CELEBRATE SAFELY WHEN WE ARE TOGETHER AGAIN.  Mary

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