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Civil Wedding Ceremonies at City Hall

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The City Clerk, Deputy City Clerk, and Customer Service Manager can perform civil wedding ceremonies in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 255 Christina Street North, Sarnia, Ontario. Ceremonies are held Fridays (some exceptions apply).  Download the City of Sarnia Civil Marriage Package (below) for more details.


What is a Civil Marriage?

A civil ceremony has a government or civil official performing the ceremony.  A civil marriage is a wedding that takes place without any religious affiliation and meets the legal requirements under the Marriage Act for the Province of Ontario.

Marriage ceremonies need to be pre-booked.  A mandatory pre-ceremony consultation meeting will take place prior to the ceremony (approximately up to 1 hour). This meeting can be done the same day the marriage licence is obtained. Applicants must pre-book this appointment with the City Clerk, Deputy Clerk, or Customer Service Manager.

For any clarification or assistance, please call, email, or visit City Hall Clerk’s Department or Customer Service Department.

Clerk’s Department
255 Christina Street North, 2nd Floor
Phone: 519-332-0330

Customer Service Department
255 Christina Street North, 1st Floor
Phone: 519-332-0330

Email: tietheknot@sarnia.ca  



Civil Marriage Ceremony Fee - $275.00
Marriage Licence Fee - $145.00

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When can a civil marriage ceremony be performed?

Civil ceremonies are performed most Friday’s (holidays and summer months excluded) from 1-4 pm inside Council Chambers at City Hall. Ceremonies are performed by appointment only.


Can guests attend the ceremony?

Your friends and family are welcome to attend.   City Hall is fully accessible, and we recommend no more than 15 guests in attendance, in addition to the wedding party.


Can we bring in our own flowers and décor?

Yes, you’re able to bring in flowers and balloons to make your day special; however, all items brought into Council Chambers must be approved by the Municipal Clerk / Designate and must be removed after the ceremony.


Are we allowed to take photos and videos?

Yes, pictures and videos may be taken throughout the ceremony provided they do not disrupt the ceremony.


What is the cost of a civil marriage ceremony?

The fee for a ceremony performed at City Hall is $275 (including HST).  The cost of the ceremony does not include the Marriage Licence.  A separate fee of $145 will be charged for the Marriage Licence. 


How do I obtain a marriage licence?

Marriage licences can be obtained Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:00pm at City Hall in Customer Service.  The licence is effective immediately and is valid for a period of three (3) months anywhere in Ontario from the date of issuance.


How much advance notice is required for a ceremony?

Civil Marriage Ceremonies are performed by appointment only.  We will try our best to accommodate last minute requests but we recommend booking your civil ceremony at least two weeks in advance.


What do we have to do in advance of the ceremony?

Both partners must attend a meeting with the Municipal Clerk / Designate approximately one week prior to the ceremony to finalize details.  A valid marriage licence and ceremony payment is required at the time of the meeting.


Can I get married at Sarnia City Hall even if I don’t live in Sarnia?

Yes.  All you require is a valid Ontario marriage licence.

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255 North Christina Street,
Sarnia, ON N7T 7N2
PH#: 519-332-0330
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