August 27, 2022
Planning a wedding is stressful enough without the added worry that the folks you are reaching out to aren’t welcoming or inclusive of 2SLGBTQ+ couples. Unless they mention they are inclusive vendors on their website, the pressure of having to ask every vendor can be exhausting!
So to save you some time, I’ve rounded up some popular and inclusive Toronto Wedding Officiants that are incredible at what they do, welcoming of all couples and super rad people! I’ve also included some information below to consider when planning your wedding. Enjoy and reach out if you have additional questions!
Up first is my friend Courtney! They identify on their website as a radical, intersectional feminist, queer wedding officiant! They provide fully custom ceremonies, focusing on what marriage, love, and what community mean to you & what feels good for you. They provide many services including Legal Paperwork, Ceremony Consulting, Custom Ceremonies, Rehearsals, Vow renewals, Friend Officiating and everything in between. No matter the number of guests, your ceremony will get all the love and care from them! PS. They also have an EPIC Tik Tok account that shares tons of helpful tips and resources around planning a ceremony that is uniquely you and your partner!
Tade has over 600 glowing reviews on her Google Business page and her couples rave about their experience working with her. She is passionate, friendly, provides clear guidance, tons of tips and has experience performing a variety of ceremonies, including Jewish, Filipino, Indian, Korean, Japanese, Buddhist and so many more! I’ve had the privilege of working with her on two different occasions and she is everything I expected and more. She got the crowd cheering, smiling, and really engaged – which made for incredible photos. Highlight recommend connecting with her too.
Rev. Rebecca D’Silva brands her ceremonies as “short and sweet.” She supports couples with handcrafting their ceremonies and vows through forms, questionnaires and workbooks. Also, if couples are looking to include special traditions or readings from scriptures, she is more than happy to accommodate. And fun fact!!! On May the 4th, as requested by the couple, she performed a ceremony dressed as a Sith!
Bryan from Bcauslove is adored by his couples for his custom ceremonies and the time he takes to get to know his couples. Regardless of how or where they say “I Do”, Bryan believes ceremonies should be personal and reflect a couple’s relationship and their unique story. He has experience performing a variety of ceremonies, including: ring warming, hand fasting, blanket ceremonies, jump the broom, break Sapatia, plant potting, candy blending and more.
Christine is a queer, polyamorous person and an active ally to folks who identify as queer, gay, lesbian, trans, gender nonconforming, two-spirit, kinky, and polyamorous. And although I’ve never had a chance to work with her, I have no doubt she creates incredible experiences for her couples! She’s an inclusive vendor, through and through, and guides couples with how they can honour the land and their experiences based on age, race, ethnicity, ability, religious or spiritual beliefs, sexuality, gender identity/expression, socio-economic status or political beliefs. ALSO… she’s a trained theatre artist and actor and so if you need an officiant who will be ok with dressing up as a creepy clown or zombie, she’s your person!!
If you are looking for a drag queen to officiate your wedding in Toronto, look no further. Kaleb is an accredited wedding official in the province of Ontario! Whether you want a simple signing, or an elaborate ceremony, Kaleb or Fluffy Soufflé would love to help you out! As a member of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, he recognizes the desire for an officiant who is sensitive to the community’s needs, will respect you and members of your family, and make navigating this process as easy as possible. They officiated one of my couple’s wedding and it was amazing! Highly recommend!
If there are wedding officiants in Toronto that I missed, let me know if the comments!
To get married in Ontario, you need a Marriage Licence or a Banns Form and a Registered Marriage Officiant or Civil Marriage Officiant. To obtain your marriage licence in Toronto, submit your marriage licence application online, print your application and take note of your application number as you will need this number to book your in-person appointment.
A marriage licence is valid for three months from the date it was issued and fees vary depending on the municipality. Check your local municipality’s website to ensure you have all of the information required to purchase a marriage licence.
A Banns Form comes “from a church when you publicly announce your commitment during a divine service (a church publishes this declaration, called “the publication of banns”)
Banns cannot be published if you or your spouse have been married before. You will need to get a marriage licence.”
A Registered Marriage Officiant is a person registered with the Office of the Registrar General as a marriage officiant under the Marriage Act. Find out if your officiant is registered to perform a marriage in Ontario
A civil marriage officiant includes the following:
Contact a local city hall, town hall or municipal office to find out if they provide civil marriage services.
The average cost of hiring a Toronto Wedding Officiant ranges from $200 – $1000. Cost vary depending on the date, travel and type of service couples receive. Some officiants will even offer barter and exchange to ensure all couples have access to an officiant – how cool is that?
Here are examples of services some officiants may offer:
Instead of performing a full wedding ceremony with a ring and vow exchange, some officiants will offer couples the opportunity to simply complete the legal parts of the ceremony to meet the Marriage Act and the paperwork – including the legal registration of your marriage licence. This is an ideal option for couples planning to have a destination wedding or a wedding officiated by a friend or family member.
A full ceremony package typically includes a customized ceremony, performing the ceremony and the legal registration of your marriage licence. Most officiants will also share tons of resources around ceremony crafting and vow writing and spend lots of time getting to know the couples who decide to get the full package so that their ceremonies are uniquely them.
Are you available on our date and legally able to perform a marriage in our wedding location?
How long have you been an officiant? How many weddings have you done?
Can you perform a wedding that incorporates our religions/cultures/traditions?
Do you have a script or do you personalize the wedding ceremony for each couple?
How will you create the ceremony and how much input will we have?
Can we write our own vows? Will you help us with that?
Do you have examples of your work?
How do you handle disruptions?
How many pre-wedding sessions do we need with you?
How long do your ceremonies usually last?
Will you attend our rehearsal?
What do you wear?
What happens in case of an emergency? Do you have a back-up?
What are your fees?
And that’s a wrap! I hope this blog was helpful. If you have additional questions, let me know in the comments! If you’d like to learn more about what it’s like working with me, visit my Wedding Experience Page.
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Amanda Soriano Photography is located within the traditional and treaty lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit. Known as Adoobiigok [A-doe-bee-goke], the “Place of the Alders” in Michi Saagiig [Mi-Chee Saw-Geeg] language."