Marriage Licences/Ceremonies

Civil Marriage

Marriage Licences & Civil Ceremonies

Planning a wedding can be a fun and challenging experience. The City of Thorold can help you check a few tasks off your long to-do list. Learn how to apply for a marriage licence and check out our civil ceremony package. We can even help you find the perfect venue for your special day (see our list of local venues below).

Apply for a marriage licence 

You need a marriage licence in order to get married in Ontario. Marriage licences are valid for 90 days from the date of issue. To apply, please complete the Marriage Licence Application.

We do recommend that if you are planning a destination wedding or to get married overseas that you first obtain your marriage licence at City Hall to save on complications and expensive lawyers fees afterwards. If your destination wedding ceremony will not be your legal marriage ceremony, we also recommend you do you legal marriage ceremony first. A marriage officiant will not sign a marriage licence if you have already had a ceremony where you exchange vows and or rings. 

Civil Ceremonies 

We offer civil marriage ceremonies in Council Chamber at City Hall or at your desired location within or nearby our municipality. 

Any Civil Marriage Ceremony performed by a City of Thorold Marriage Officiants will be a non-denominational and dignified ceremony, which adheres to the requirements of the Marriage Act for the Province of Ontario. 

To book a Marriage Ceremony with a City of Thorold Officiant, please email or give us a call at 905-227-6613 ext. 223. Couples must come prepared with the following:

  • A valid marriage license (Marriage Licence Application)
  • Government issued photo ID
  • Payment for ceremony
  • Names and addresses of two witnesses
  • Any materials to be incorporated into the ceremony

We recommend booking your special day at least two weeks in advance. Alternatively, you can book a ceremony up to six months in advance with full payment up front. We require at least 24 hours notice please.

Feel free to look over and choose from four marriage vow templates. The Officiant will prepare it for the ceremony.

Marriage Vows Template #1

Marriage Vows Template #2

Marriage Vows Template #3

Marriage Vows Template #4


Marriage Licence 

  • $125

Civil Ceremony 

  • City Hall Ceremony between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, $200.00 + HST.
  • A ceremony on weekdays after 3:30 p.m., or weekends (Saturday or Sunday excluding statutory holidays), $300 + HST.

When booking your ceremony, there is a $50 non-refundable booking fee that is required to be paid during your first meeting with the officiant. This fee will be deducted from the total ceremony fee.

  • The City of Thorold offers witnesses at a cost of $25 + HST each witness.
  • A rehearsal, $75 + HST 

The use of confetti, rice, bubbles etc. (at Municipal Facilities) is strictly prohibited and failure to comply will result in a cleaning fee of $75 + HST.  

Identification Requirements

Each partner must submit two pieces of government-issued identification. One piece of identification must include your photo. Here are the accepted identification documents:

  • Birth Certificate (Canadian or foreign)
  • Passport (Canadian or foreign)
  • Driver’s Licence (Canadian or foreign)
  • Ontario Photo Card
  • Photo Identity Card (other Canadian provinces/territories or foreign)
  • Canadian Citizenship Card
  • Canadian Permanent Resident Card
  • Canadian Record of Landing
  • Canadian Government Refugee Travel Document
  • Canadian Department of National Defence driver’s licence (Form DND 404)
  • Canadian Possession and Acquisition Licence
  • Canadian Status Card
  • Canadian Conditional Release Identification Card
  • Nexus card
  • United States Green Card
  • Report Pursuant to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Form IMM 1442)
  • Student Authorization/Study Permit (Form IMM 1442)
  • Employment Authorization/Work Permit (Form IMM 1442)
  • Visitor Record (Form IMM 1442) 
  • Temporary Resident’s Permit (Form IMM 1442)–Minister’s Permit/Extension of Minister’s Permit

Social Insurance Number (SIN) Card and Health Cards are not considered an acceptable form of identification.

 Marriage Ceremony Guidelines

Civil wedding ceremonies are conducted by the City Clerk, Deputy Clerk. Ceremonies may be held anywhere within the boundaries of the City of Thorold and the surrounding unincorporated area, subject to confirmation by the Marriage Officiant. If you would like to hold a ceremony elsewhere in Ontario, further approvals will be required.

Pre-ceremony meeting

Please schedule a pre-ceremony meeting with the Marriage Officiant at least three days before the ceremony. This meeting will last approximately 30 minutes. Please ensure you have the following information available at this meeting:

  • details of the ceremony (i.e., flowers, vows, rings, readings, number in wedding party)
  • if specific vows are to be included, provide a copy to the Officiant 
  • if you're using an interpreter, please provide an applicable form to the Officiant with details
  • provide a valid Marriage Licence issued in the Province of Ontario (date issued must be within three months of the ceremony)

The pre-ceremony meeting is only meant for the couple and Marriage Officiant. No other family or friends should attend.

Please note that during the busy summer wedding season officiants will not be able to meet with you weeks in advance. Should you require an earlier meeting, special arrangements may be made, depending on availability

Ceremony rules and guidelines

Review the following guidelines before your big day:

  • plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the ceremony
  • only music deemed appropriate by the Marriage Officiant will be allowed during the ceremony
  • please wear appropriate clothing for the occasion
  • you can take photographs during the wedding ceremony well as during the signing of the Register, and/or when the ceremony is complete
  • you can record the ceremony as long as you follow the guidelines set by the Marriage Officiant
  • alcohol or stimulants cannot be used by those getting married or the witnesses prior to, or during the ceremony
Frequently Asked Questions

Can guests attend the ceremony at City Hall?

Yes. However, no more than 50 guests can attend. Council Chamber has a capacity of 55 people, which means in attendance can be the two individuals being married, two witnesses, the Officiant, and up to 50 guests. This facility is fully accessible.

Can we bring our own flowers and decor to City Hall?

Yes, small items such as a bouquet of flowers or a corsage are acceptable décor during the ceremony. Items such as confetti, rice and bubbles are not permitted.

Are we allowed to take photos and videos at City Hall?

Yes, you can take pictures and videos throughout the civil marriage ceremony.

Can I get married at City Hall if I don't live in Thorold?

Yes, all you need is a valid Ontario marriage licence. 

How do I obtain a Marriage Licence before the Civil Marriage Ceremony or my Destination Wedding?

This is obtained by appointment only, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at City Hall. Learn how to apply for a Marriage Licence through the Ontario government.

Can the Officiant travel to my wedding venue in Thorold?

The Officiant is also willing to travel to any location within our municipality. There may be additional rental fees applied for the use of other municipal facilities outside of City Hall. It is the responsibility of the applicants to make necessary arrangements and payments for a facility to be utilized for a marriage ceremony. A Mileage Expense will be applied for offsite services. The rate will be decided upon by the current federal approved rate. For a list of local venues within/close to our municipality please look below.


Local Venues for Weddings

Amici's Banquet Centre

2740 Merrittville Hwy, Fonthill, ON L0S 1E5


Club Belvedere

57 John Street, Thorold ON L2V 2S9


Club Capri

36 Cleveland, Thorold, ON L2V 3K5


Club Roma

125 Vansickle Rd, St. Catharines, ON L2S 3W4


Darlene Ryan Port Robinson Community Centre

40 Cross Street, Thorold ON L0S 1K0


Four Points by Sheraton St. Catharines Niagara Suites

3530 Schmon Pkwy, Thorold, ON L2V 4Y6


Holy Rosary Hall

35 Queen St S, Thorold, ON L2V 3M9

Phone(905) 680-9001


John Michael's Banquet Centre

1368 Uppers Lane (Hwy #20), Thorold, ON L2V 3Y7


Stone Mill Ballroom

271 Merritt Street, St. Catharines, ON  L2T 1K1


Thorold Legion Branch 17 Hall

3 Ormond Street South, Thorold, ON L2V 1X9


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