Congratulations on your upcoming marriage! Our Clerk's Office is pleased to issue marriage licences for couples who want to be married in Ontario. We can also provide officiant services on your special day.

How to Apply for a Marriage Licence

  1. Complete the Marriage Licence Application and have it signed by both parties.
  2. Bring the completed application to the Municipal Office (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday).  One or both applicants must be present. Appointments are strongly recommended.
  3. Provide the following 2 pieces of Identification for both parties:
    • original proof of identity (a birth certificate or valid passport); and
    • any government issued photo identification
    • Photocopies will not be accepted. Documents in a language other than English or French must be translated by a certified translator
  4. Pay the licence fee of $140 by debit/cash/cheque payable to the Municipality of Meaford.

Other information

  • If either party has a PO box number as a mailing address, you must provide the 911 address.
  • If either party lives on a Canadian Armed Forces Base, provide both room and barrack numbers.
  • The application requires the location of the marriage ceremony, including the municipality and county.
  • For applicants divorced in Canada, include an original or court-certified copy of the Final Decree, Final Judgment or Certificate of Divorce with the application. This certificate will have a seal and original signature. No photocopies will be accepted.
  • If you have a previous divorce granted outside of Canada, the Ministry of Government Services requires specific documentation before a marriage licence can be issued. The application must be submitted at least four weeks before to the date of the ceremony.
  • People under the age of 16 may not marry. People who are 17 or 18 years old need consent from both parents or guardians. Please request Form 6 from our office.
  • If either party is a widow/widower, they are not required to produce a death certificate to get a marriage license.

Marriage Ceremonies

There are many options available for your civil ceremony. We can provide a basic standard service, or include your own vows, poems, quotes or songs. Sample ceremonies will be provided.

Your civil wedding ceremony can be performed at Meaford Hall, or a municipal park or other facility. Services are available both during or after regular business hours.

Cost

Fees for a civil marriage service during the daytime (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) are $175, including room rental, based on availability.

Ceremonies can also be performed on evening and weekends. Costs, excluding room rentals are:

  • Evening/Weekend Ceremony - $300.00
  • Rehearsal/Incidental Fee - $75.00
  • Witness Fee - $50.00

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