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Ceremony

Ceremonies are available in English only.  The service lasts approximately 30 minutes.  If an interpreter is required, same must be provided by the individuals.  The interpreter must provide identification and may not be one of the witnesses.

City Staff are trained and designated by the City Clerk and will act as officiants to solemnize the ceremony.  The civil marriage service will be a non-denominational ceremony, which adheres to all legal requirements.

As the ceremony is held in a public space, the following options are not permitted at the ceremony or on City Hall grounds.

  • Confetti, rice, incense, bubbles, candles, or similar.

 

Additional options for the marriage ceremony:

  • Individuals may choose from three pre written scripts. Scripts will be made available upon request.  Individuals may choose to personalize parts of the script.  Changes must be submitted in writing to the Legislative Services Department.
  • Music may be playing before, during and immediately following the ceremony on a iPod, iPhone, or laptop.
  • Flower arrangements are permitted. Any arrangements brought in are to be removed at the conclusion of the ceremony.

 

*Please note: receptions and post-ceremony festivities cannot be accommodated at City Hall.  You may rent the facility after business hours for an additional cost.  (See 2019 Fee Schedule for rental costs)

Ceremonies may take place in the Council Chambers or on the grounds (weather permitting) at the couple’s request.

*All participants are to be present at City Hall 15 minutes prior to the scheduled ceremony time*

 

Appointments

Please contact Legislative Services Department for available bookings. (204) 729-2296.

 

Fees

The fee for a Civil Marriage Ceremony is $300.00 + GST (By-law No. 7223 – 2019 Fee Schedule), payable in cash (CDN Funds), Cheque, or Debit.  The fee does not include the cost of the required marriage licence ($100.00), which must be purchased separately, either in person by visiting the Legislative Services Department at City Hall, or at any one of the registered marriage licence issuers in Manitoba.

A $100.00 non-refundable booking fee is required to confirm the date and time of the ceremony.  The remaining balance must be paid in full seven days prior to your ceremony.

Any change of date request will be subject to availability and a $50.00 + GST administration fee.

 

Requirements

Individuals are required to bring the following to the ceremony:

  1. Valid photo identification (1 of the below)
    • Birth Certificate
    • Canada Immigration documents
    • Canadian Armed Forces Identification Card
    • Citizenship Certificate (Canadian or United States)
    • Driver’s Licence (photo ID) with one of the following:
      • Manitoba Health Card
      • Senior Citizen Card/Old Age Security Card
      • Change of Name Certificate
      • Social Insurance Card
    • Government of Canada Indian Status Card
    • Passport or US Passport Card

 

  1. A valid Marriage Licence (purchased at least 24 hours before the marriage ((Manitoba marriage licences are only valid for three months)).

 

Witnesses

Two Witnesses:  Couples must provide two witnesses (one for each partner).  Witnesses must be present at the ceremony.  Witness will not be provided.

 

Divorced

Divorced persons are required to show one of the following:

  • Divorce Certificate; or
  • Decree Absolute

 

Widowed

Persons whom are widowed must show:

  • Death Certificate; or
  • Funeral Home Statement of Death; or
  • Obituary clipping from the newspaper

 

Marriage Ineligibility

City staff 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 individuals are under physical or mental duress
  • An individual(s) fail to meet the age requirements (under 18 years of age)
  • The individuals are related as grandparent, parent, child, grandchild, brother or sister
  • One or both individuals are currently married
  • One of both individuals 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.

 

For more information about marriage ceremonies, contact Legislative Services/Office of the City Clerk by calling 204.729.2296 or email cityclerk@brandon.ca

For additional information on Getting Married in Manitoba, visit Vital Statistics Getting Married/Marriage Licence Requirements.  

 


Marriage Application

If you would like to apply for a Civil Marriage ceremony at City Hall please fill out the form below. Someone from Legislative Services will be in contact with you regarding your application to confirm dates and times.

Applicant Information

Applicant #1

Applicant #2

Ceremony Information

Note: Ceremony options are during the work week.

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