What you need to know about having an Oshawa City Hall Wedding

Man and woman after getting married at City Hall

Getting married is a hugely personal endeavor. My husband and I decided the big wedding wasn’t for us and eloped ourselves years ago. Getting married at Oshawa City Hall is an easy way to say “I do”, whether you follow it up with a big bash with all your friends (post COVID of course) or an intimate dinner just the two of you. So what do you need to know about having an Oshawa City Hall wedding?

  1. Obtain your marriage license. Whether you are getting married at City Hall or another venue, to legally be married in Ontario you need to first obtain your marriage license. It’s recommended that you do this at least one month prior to your wedding date
  2. Pick your date. Head over to https://www.oshawa.ca/residents/civil-wedding-ceremonies.asp to review the availability calendar. Once you find a date that suits you, submit an application. You’ll need to have your marriage license number to submit, so don’t skip out on step #1!
  3. That’s it! Marriages at Oshawa City Hall can typically accommodate 100 guests and the service generally takes about 20 minutes. You will need to provide at least two witnesses (as in any marriage ceremony). An officiant is provided, as are some simple decorations in the hall. You will have a meeting prior to your ceremony where you will go over what to expect and chose from one of the four scripts provided.

That’s it! As far as weddings go, you can’t get much easier than a simple City Hall wedding. Make sure to schedule some time afterwards to take some beautiful portraits (all of these portraits were taken on the property, although there are some beautiful locations a short drive away). Then celebrate your marriage in whatever way works for you!

Once you have your date get in touch – photographers book up sooner than City Hall 😉

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