Frequently asked wedding questions (Wedding FAQ) are noted below.
What geography do you cover?
I perform weddings in Toronto, Markham, Scarborough, Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville, Vaughan, Woodbridge, Concord, Kleinburg, GTA (Greater Toronto Area), (Parts of Peel Region and York Region)
Additionally I cover all of Durham Region, Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, Claremont, Oshawa, Clarington, Port Hope, Cobourg, Newcastle, Bowmanville.
Note: At times, schedule permitting and by special quote, I do perform ceremonies in areas outside my typical geography.
What are your fees?
Please see the pricing page.
What are the requirements to be married in Ontario?
To get a marriage licence, you will need to:
- fill out a marriage licence application
- bring the completed application to your local city hall, town hall or municipal office
- show original identification with your current legal name, date of birth and signature – both people getting married will need to provide valid identification
- pay a fee (fees vary and depend on the municipality.
In Ontario you must be at least 18 years of age or older (or 16 years of age with permission from parents) to get married. You need a marriage license and two witnesses over the age of 18. There is no waiting period in Ontario to be married. The marriage license is valid for 90 days and can be purchased at the local municipal office or city hall. Marriage Application forms may be downloaded from the Ontario Ministry of Business and Consumer Website Services. http://www.ontario.ca/government/get-married-ontario
When should I book the officiant for the wedding ceremony?
Once you have finalized your wedding date, you are prudent to reserve the wedding officiant (as well as the location for your wedding). Remember spring and summer months are very busy. Reserving your date one year in advance is not too early.
Can we write our own ceremony?
Yes, I offer an extensive resource library exclusively for Silver, Gold and Platinum Packages. You’ll receive a secure password.
How do I book your services?
Please click on my contact page https://rudyheezen.com/contact/
Do we need to meet prior to booking?
No, however some brides and grooms prefer meeting prior to booking.
Can we meet you prior to deciding?
Of course! I offer a free introduction meeting – at my Whitby office – no obligations whatsoever!
Do we need a wedding rehearsal?
It depends, if you have a large bridal party I’d say yes! You should plan on having a rehearsal a few days prior to your wedding.
What will you wear?
I will wear a dark suit and tie. Of course if the wedding is casual I’d be happy to dress accordingly.
What time will you arrive on the day of the wedding?
I arrive about twenty minutes prior to the commencement of your ceremony. Should there be a significant delay in the start of the ceremony it may be necessary to condense the service. At times I may have another wedding to attend to. If for some unforeseen reason the delay is extremely long (and if I have another function to attend) I may leave and return at a later time. An additional fee would be applied. Similarly, should the delay be excessive and I do not have another function there still would be an additional fee.
What happens if you are unable to conduct the ceremony?
Have no worries, if I am unable to perform your ceremony, I’ll ensure to have a colleague conduct your ceremony. We are in direct contact with a number of clergy and/or wedding officiants for these reasons.
What name do I use to sign my marriage documents?
You sign with the same name used to obtain your marriage license. After the ceremony you may sign with your new married name.
How do I change my name in Ontario?
There are two things to take care of. First, you can simply “assume” your spouse’s last name, inform your employer, banks, credit card companies, organizations, etc. that you are married and provide them with a copy of the record of marriage.
Secondly, to obtain a new driver’s license, passport, health, credit cards, etc. you’ll need a marriage certificate. You can acquire one from the Ontario Government. You can apply on-line about eight weeks after the wedding. You’ll receive the necessary forms when you purchase your wedding license or you can download the form
Or for a PDF file please copy the following link into your browser:
Can we choose our own location or venue for our wedding?
Definitely! We’d be delighted to officiate at a location of your choice, anywhere in the Province of Ontario. The possibilities are endless, as long as it is a recognized legal venue by the Province of Ontario. Please find some examples for your consideration:
- Any outdoor locale, such as beach or a public park
- Resort, country club, charming inn or luxury hotel
- Historical home or sites with scenic grounds or gardens
- Museum or art gallery
- Aboard trains, planes or automobiles
- A sunset wedding
- Under the beautiful starry skies
- A lovely and very personal wedding at your own home
Your wedding can be as creative as your imagination!
Can you provide some guidance on the sequential order of events on our wedding day?
Following please find a typical order of course these can be modified to your specific desire. There is no right or wrong way. Remember it is your special day. You decide and make it what you want it to be!
- Ushers seat the guests (Prelude playing)
- Mothers / Parents / VIPs enter (Special music begins)
- Parents of the Bride and Groom are seated
- The Officiant and Groom enter and proceed to the front
- The Bridal party enters and proceeds to the front
- The Ring Bearer and/or Flower Girl enter, proceed to front, and are seated
- Music concludes for bridal party
- The Officiant asks the audience to rise and welcome the Bride
- Music begins for the Bride’s entrance (Processional music)
- The Bride and her escort enter, and are met by the Groom
- Bride’s music concludes.
- Opening commentary
- “Declarations Of Intent”
- The Marriage Ceremony (Civil, Spiritual, Traditional, etc)
- The Blessing of the Marriage (if included)
- Bride and Groom light Unity Candle or similar (if included)
- The Blessing (if included)
- Signing of Marriage Licence
- Introduction of the new couple by the Officiant
- Recessional music begins – Bride and Groom exit
- Bridal party exits and forms reception line
Can you make some suggestions for music?
Of course, although music is a very personal choice hence ultimately it is your preference that really matters!
- J.S Bach – Air on the G String
- Pachelbel – Canon in D Johann Pachabell
- Marry Me – Bruno Mars
- All of Me – John Legend
- At Last – Etta James
- This Ring –
- Ave Maria, Luciano Pavarotti
- J.S. Bach – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
- Mendelssohn – Wedding March
- George Friedrich Handel – Water Music Suite
- George Friedrich Handel – Royal Fireworks
- Hallelujah Chorus – Mormon Tabernacle Choir
- Sonata in A Minor – Allegro – Beethoven
- This Ring – Anthony W Carter/T Carter Music
- Trumpets Voluntary – Clarke
- Con te Parliro – Andrea Bocelli
- Ode to Joy – Beethoven
- A thousand years – Christine Perry
- Stand by me – Ben E. King
- From this moment on – Shania Twain and Bryan White
- Beautiful in White – Matt Johnson
Do you offer Premarital Counseling?
Yes I do
- A successful marriage can be one of the greatest experiences of life. What’s interesting is that those partnerships that last are not without its challenges or conflict. It’s how couples handle conflict that separates long and fruitful marriages from those that last five years or less.
- With premarital counselling, Rev. Rudy closely listens, sharing his wisdom on how to get the most out of a relationship while avoiding the traps which can damage a marriage.
- For those planning a wedding or marriage, Rev. Rudy is well suited to provide genuine advice. Couples who may benefit from premarital counselling include those considering engagement, are engaged, about to be married, or have a commitment.
- Is premarital counselling necessary? Well in the end it really is your choice. Consider this: With the divorce rates at about 50% it is important to learn the skills necessary to give your relationship the chance it deserves to make it last.
- Sessions are per couple and/or one on one sessions. Fee structure is $85.00 based on minimum of 1.5 hour session.
- Consultations are conducted in a relaxed atmosphere at my comfortable Whitby office.