The Minister asks each of the intended spouses if they wish to take the other spouse as their husband or wife; the Minister must receive personal consent from each spouse.
The spouses, the two witnesses and the Minister sign the Declaration of Marriage and the spouses keep one copy.
During a wedding ceremony, the bride and groom make vows before God, family and friends who love and support one another throughout their marriage.
Wedding ceremonies are performed by ministers who are ordained to conduct weddings
- We Explain the marriage laws in Québec where you will be married.
- We meet with the couple to be married.
The couple may have a specific type of ceremony in mind for their wedding. Some couples may want a traditional wedding ceremony, while others may choose to create their own ceremony.
- Plan the wedding ceremony.
Wedding ceremonies consist of 7 parts:
- the procession,
- declaration of intent,
- vows exchange,
- ring exchange,
- and recession (newly married couple exits the ceremony space)
- Optional we can have a wedding ceremony rehearsal for a small extra fee.
- Conduct the wedding ceremony on the chosen date and time.
- Provide a marriage form (copy) for the couple who have all require signatures.
In the event that something doesn’t go as planned during the wedding ceremony,
it is the officiant’s job to keep the ceremony moving as smoothly as possible.
For example, if the wedding rings are missing, the bride and groom will look to the officiant for instructions on how to proceed.
Canon 201408 Liturgy 61
The Marriage Service within a Celebration of Holy Communion including Civil Wedding Formula for the Province of Quebec
In the presence of God, we have come together to witness the marriage of N and N, to pray for God’s blessing on them, to share their joy and to celebrate their love.
Love consists of this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet one another. Celebrates the joining through vows of two people who choose to make public their personal commitment to each other
What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined together to strengthen each other in all labour, to Celebrant to each other in all sorrow,
to share with each other in all gladness, and to be one with each other in the silent, and unspoken memories.
You came here today to take part in this celebration time, in this great moment in the lives of N and N. Your presence here is very important to them as you will be yourselves witnesses of their love and commitment through this ceremony. And your testimony of love towards them will be what in turn will allow you to accompany them on their path.
Marriage is an institution ordained by the province, sanctioned by the chaplaincy, and made honourable by the faithful keeping of good people through the ages. It is, therefore, not to be entered lightly, but consideration and with reverence.
Declaration of Intention
Please join your right hands.
N repeat after me:
I, N take you N as my lawfully wedded wife to have and to hold from this day forward,
for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish
from this day forward till death do us part.
N repeat after me:
I, N take you N as my lawfully wedded husband
to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer
in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish from this day
forward till death do us part.
Exchange of the rings
BLESSINGS & PRESENTATION