Julie Tkachuk

Live Your Dream

Frequently Asked Questions

Do we need a marriage licence?

Yes, you do. Marriage licences are valid for three months from the date of issue. To obtain a marriage licence, both marriage partners must go together to a Registry Office in the province of Alberta.

To find a Registry Office, click here.

Our ceremony will be held in Edmonton but we don't live there. How can we meet with you before our wedding day?
If you live outside of Edmonton, we could meet on Skype or by phone.

What is a "civil" ceremony?
It is a non-religious ceremony.
We don't want a ceremony. Can you just sign the papers?
No, if you are having a destination wedding or just want two witnesses present, know that I do not (and cannot) just "sign papers". What I would be happy to do though is perform a condensed 10-minute or so ceremony for you.

How long does a full ceremony usually last?
Typically between 20 to 30 minutes.

We had a religious ceremony in another country but we want to have our marriage registered here. Can you officiate for us?
If your previous ceremony was a legal ceremony, I cannot officiate for you because you are already married. If it was a symbolic ceremony only, then yes I can officiate for you. 

Can we have a friend or family member perform the ceremony and have you just look after the legal documents?
No, as a Marriage Commissioner, I must be the obvious person conducting the ceremony. A friend or family member could be included though by having him/her do a reading.
Do you perform same-sex marriages?
Yes, I do.

Is a rehearsal included in your fee?
Yes, it is. 

How much do you charge?
I like to first check my availability and also require some specific details about your ceremony. Click here to fill out my Wedding Inquiry Form. Once I receive it, I will respond promptly.

Just for fun: In the days of old, the top tier of the wedding cake was to be placed under the couple's bed so that the bride would be fertile and bear strong children. After a year, the bride and groom would consume what was left of the cake for luck or health.      (Yikes!!)

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