Marriage commissioners provide couples with flexible nonreligious options for their wedding. Any person performing a marriage ceremony in B.C. must be registered with the Vital Statistics Agency. Use our online search to find a marriage commissioner in your area.
COVID-19 UPDATE: While restrictions on large gatherings are in place, couples wishing to proceed with a legal marriage ceremony may do so with a marriage commissioner and two witnesses in attendance. Couples deciding to postpone their wedding to a date after their marriage licence has expired may request a refund directly from Vital Statistics by calling 250 952-2681 or toll-free within B.C. 1 888 876-1633.
Find out how much the services of a marriage commissioner cost by reviewing the fees listed on this page.
Search for Marriage Commissioners
To search for marriage commissioners in your area, click on Search for Marriage Commissioners.
Marriage Commissioner Fees
A base civil ceremony includes one hour for ceremony preparation, meeting with the couple, rehearsal, travel time, and performing the ceremony.
|Base Civil Ceremony||$75.00|
Marriage commissioners are permitted to charge additional fees for the following:
- time spent over the one hour included in the base civil ceremony: $25/hour billed in 15-minute increments
- mileage (distance travelled to and from the marriage ceremony and rehearsal): $0.55/km
- parking or ferry costs (if applicable)
Marriage commissioners ask for fees and provide a receipt before the marriage ceremony to avoid interruptions before or after the ceremony. However, the couple getting married is responsible for any additional costs incurred by last minute changes.
Note: Vital Statistics does not authorize marriage commissioners to provide wedding planning, or consultation services.