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Town of Amherstburg Civil Ceremony


The Town of Amherstburg now offers Civil Marriage Ceremonies at Town Hall 271 Sandwich St. S, Amherstburg, ON N9V 2A5.

The Town of Amherstburg, through By-Law 2017-101, and the Town Clerks authority;  offer three (3) qualified Marriage Commissioners that have been designated and trained to conduct Civil Marriages for the Town of Amherstburg, and would act as Officiators to solemnize the ceremony. The civil marriage service will be a non-denominational and solemn ceremony, adhering to the requirements of the Marriage Act.

Ceremonies can be held in the Council Chambers which can accommodate approximately 40 people, or at the Kings Navy Yard park which has unlimited accommodation. Photographers and/or videographers are allowed during the ceremony.

The civil ceremony usually lasts about 40 minutes. The service time booked should be approximately 1 hour to allow for photo opportunities.

Ceremonies are available from 8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.  Saturday services are offered upon availability.  There will be an additional fee for any ceremonies provided outside of regular hours, or in any location outside of Town Hall.

Ceremonies must be booked in person at Town Hall during office hours, 8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday. All ceremonies must be paid for in full (cash or debit only) prior to the ceremony.  The couple must attend an interview with the officiator prior to the ceremony.  For the interview, please ensure that you bring photo identification for both parties and the marriage licence that was issued in the Province of Ontario.

At the time of the interview the couple will choose their vows and provide the details of their ceremony.

**Please note same day service for civil ceremonies are not available**



During regular office hours (8:30am-4:30pm Mon-Fri)             $250.00

Additional costs:

Outside of office hours/ off-site                                                 $350.00

Per km off site mileage cost                                                      $0.54/km

 *all prices listed include HST*

All ceremonies must be paid in full prior to the civil ceremony.

All fees are in addition to the $117.00 non-refundable Marriage Licence fee. 



  • No refund will be given to couples who cancel the marriage ceremony or fail to appear the day of the Ceremony.
  • Marriage Licences are non-refundable.


Eligibility/ Requirements

Couples must purchase a valid Ontario Marriage Licence within 3 months of the marriage solemnization. A Marriage Licence may be purchased at the Town Hall, 271 Sandwich St. S, Amherstburg, ON, N9V 2A5. You can find more information on Marriage Licence requirements on our website.  If the Marriage Licence is purchased from another municipality, it must be provided to the officiator no later than one week prior to the marriage solemnization.

Couples are required to provide two witnesses. There is no set minimum age for a person to be a witness to a civil ceremony; the officiator for the ceremony must be satisfied that the witness understands what he/she is signing. Couples are also responsible for providing a language interpreter, if required, for any language other than English. The persons being married cannot act as the interpreter for the ceremony or cannot be a witness to either party.  


Marriage Ineligibility

 The Town of Amherstburg Marriage Commissioners will not solemnize the marriage of any person who he or she knows or has reasonable grounds to believe lacks capacity to marry. Circumstances rendering a person ineligible for the civil marriage include:

  • One or both parties are under physical or mental duress
  • One or both parties fail to meet the age requirements (both parties must be at least 18 years old to get married in Ontario. Parties who are 16 or 17 years old may marry only if they have consent in writing of both parents)
  • The parties are related as grandparent, parent, child, grandchild, brother or sister
  • One or both parties are currently married
  • One or both parties are mentally ill or under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs and incapable of understanding the nature of the marriage contract and the duties, obligations and responsibilities that result from marriage. If the person solemnizing a marriage has any doubts as to the mental capacity of the parties, or one of the parties, he/she may refuse to perform the ceremony.



The Town of Amherstburg offers civil marriage services to all eligible couples, following the June 10, 2003, Ontario Court of Appeal decision, making same-sex marriages legal in Ontario.


Related Links

Getting MarriedGovernment of Ontario

Marriage Licence Application, Government of Ontario