Wedding Ceremonies ​

Rev. E. M. Nita Paulo is a Wedding Officiant and Ceremony Consultant

It is an honour and a joy to be a part of your special day.  My services include multi-faith, multi-cultural, and same sex weddings. I honour and respect the traditions and wishes of the clients I serve, and I am inclusive in my outlook and approach.

Whether you've chosen a beautiful idyllic outdoor wedding with the natural charm of the summer gardens, the forest, the park, the cottage, on a boat, on the beach, the backyard or the warmth of a beautiful sunlit chapel, it is my pleasure to support you. I will listen to you, and guide you and together we will prepare your  personalized ceremony with the elements to create a beautiful experience that expresses the love that you have for each other. 

Our initial meeting will be an introduction for us to get to know one another and to start planning your customized ceremony.  A few days later, I will email you a draft ceremony for you to review and add any personal elements that reflect you as a couple. The length of the ceremony can vary from about 15 minutes for a basic ceremony or up to 30 minutes if additional ceremonial aspects are added like readings, poems and music.  Whatever you choose, I will be with you through every step to create your dream ceremony, answer all your questions, conduct the ceremony, and take care of the paperwork. 

When the ceremony is finalized, the 3 of us will have a final meeting in person to review it together.  

The cost is $300 for a local ceremony in Toronto, and $350 for a ceremony outside of Toronto.

Process in Ontario:
  • Individuals must be single or fully divorced
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • 16 or 17 years of age require a letter of permission from their parents
  • Couple MUST get their own marriage license from any City Hall in Ontario by filling out an application. Same day service. Each person must take 2 pieces of government issued ID to City Hall (e.g. Valid Passport, Driver's License, Canadian Citizenship, Record of Immigration Landing, and Certificate of Divorce if you've been married in the past). Before you leave City Hall, read your license and make sure all the information is correct.  If their are any errors, return to the clerk to have it corrected. 
  • On the day of your ceremony, bring to your officiant the brown envelop that your marriage license gets put into by City Hall with all contents, do not prefill any information. The forms (record of solemization and marriage license) are to be completed at the ceremony along with record in the Marriage Register.  The brown envelop is used by the officiant to mail your marriage license - the couple DOES NOT mail the license. The Officiant will take a photo of it and mail it within 48 hours of having filled it out. The placeholder license will be signed at the ceremony as a souvenier until the couple can order a copy of the actual marriage license certificate 10 - 12 weeks after the ceremony.  
  • The price of the marriage license application varies throughout the province of Ontario, from $140 in Toronto or less if you're in Oshawa, Whitby or Peterborough. Oakville, Burlington, Milton, King City, can be more expensive than Toronto at times.  You may want to research and  consider where in Ontario you'll pick up your marriage license.
  • The Marriage license is valid for 3 months.  
  • Couples are not legally required to exchange rings if they don't want to, rings are a symbolic showing of your vows. There are only certain parts in the ceremony that are legal to oblige the Marriage Act of Ontario, the rest is open to whatever you wish to do.
  • 2 witnesses are required to vouch that you are entering into marriage freely of your own accord.  
  • If you wish, you can write your own vows. Vows are not a legal part of the ceremony.  The legal part of ceremony is where I ask each of you, "Have you come here freely and without any reservation to give yourselves to each other in marriage?"  You have to agree to get married or I can't officiate your wedding.
  • Only someone with a license number, registered to perform weddings in Ontario can LEGALLY perform a wedding in Ontario.
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Answers to Commonly Asked Questions:
Yes, E. M. Nita Paulo is a duly ordained Minister with the Canadian International Metaphysical Ministry, and she has been registered by the Ontario Department of Vital Statistics to perform weddings. 

To confirm your booking, a 50% non-refundable deposit is required.  This can be paid by E-transfer to [email protected]

If you need to change the date or time of your wedding, contact Nita by email to inquire if she is available and/or to discuss other options.  

Nita will handle all the paperwork and signing on the day of the ceremony, however the bride and groom MUST get their own marriage license, and bring it with them to the wedding ceremony.  After the ceremony, Nita will send in your marriage license to be registered with Service Ontario.  Registration can take up to 10 - 12 weeks, after which time the couple can order a copy of their Marriage Certificate from Service Ontario.

To change your last name, download the Application to Change an Adult’s Name, fill it out, then mail in the completed form and required documents to ServiceOntario at: Office of the Registrar General PO Box 3000 189 Red River Rd, 3rd Flr Thunder Bay, ON  P7B 5W0 
You will need:
        - your marriage certificate
        - your driver’s licence and/or current photo health card  
Note:  If you do not have a photo health card, you must also bring three original documents to prove your Canadian citizenship, that you are an Ontario resident and to prove your personal identity.