Marriage Licences/Ceremonies

Civil Marriage

Civil Marriage Ceremonies

We offer civil marriage ceremonies in Council Chamber at City Hall or at your desired location within or nearby our municipality. 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. Any Civil Marriage Ceremony performed by Marriage Officiants will be a non-denominational and dignified ceremony, which adheres to the requirements of the Marriage Act for the Province of Ontario. 

For consultations, couples must come prepared with the following:

  • A valid marriage license (This can be obtained by appointment only at City Hall or through the Ontario government.)
  • Government issued photo ID
  • Payment for ceremony
  • Names and addresses of two witnesses
  • Any materials to be incorporated into the ceremony

Marriage Licence Application

Obtain a Marriage Licence

Please email or give us a call at 905-227-6613 ext. 223 to book an appointment to obtain a valid marriage license and schedule a civil marriage 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.

Book a Civil Marriage Ceremony Appointment

Civil marriage ceremonies are by appointment only and these appointments are limited in availability. They can be performed Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

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

  • If a ceremony is between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, the fee for the ceremony is $200.00 + HST.
  • If a ceremony is after 3:30 p.m. or on a Saturday or Sunday, the fee is $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 does make up part of the ceremony fee.
  • The Province requires that each applicant have a witness at their ceremony. Should you not have witnesses, the City of Thorold offers witnesses at a cost of $25 + HST each witness.
  • Should the applicants require a rehearsal, there is a fee of $75 + HST and must be done the day prior to the civil marriage ceremony.
  • 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. 
  • All ceremony fees do not include the $125 Marriage License fee. (required for a 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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