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.
The Provincial Health Officer (PHO) order addressing gatherings and events was extended on February 5, 2021, as the ongoing pandemic has evolved to include risk of transmission of variant strains of the coronavirus. In person gatherings continue to pose a significant risk of transmission, and the order is specifically addressing events.
Weddings may proceed with a limited number of people and a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place. You can have a maximum of 10 people attend, including the officiant. While the wedding ceremony can proceed within the bounds of the PHO order, receptions associated with weddings are not allowed in any location, including inside or outside homes, or in any public or community-based venues.
While the order has imposed a limitation of 10 people at a ceremony, a legal marriage ceremony may proceed with a minimum of five people in attendance; the couple, two witnesses and the Marriage Commissioner.
Additional information on provincial health restrictions is available online at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/restrictions.
Find out how much the services of a marriage commissioner cost by reviewing the fees listed on this page.
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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.