I will work with you to design a secular (non-religious) wedding ceremony that fits your personality and vision. I am a Humanist Officiant licensed by the Registrar General of Ontario to perform wedding ceremonies anywhere in Ontario.I work with couples to create personalized secular wedding ceremonies with humanist values*, while making sure weddings follow the regulations in the Ontario Marriage Act. (*For an explanation of humanism, click here.)
When I meet with couples, we discuss:
· sample ceremonies
· procession options
· themed weddings
· readings & poems
· rituals (e.g. ring exchanges, cocktail rituals, hand-fasting & sand ceremonies)
· the necessary legal stuff.
Where Can I Get Married?
While I am able to marry couples anywhere in Ontario, I focus on wedding ceremonies in these cities: Niagara Falls, Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Milton, Mississauga and Toronto.
I perform weddings in a variety of locations including in people’s private homes, at a beach, in a restaurant, in an art gallery/museum/historic house, a garden, coffee shop, rooftop garden or hotel, and even in my own backyard.
“We couldn't imagine having anyone other than Mary as our wedding officiant! When looking at different officiants we had a hard time finding someone that we could picture being such a big part of our day, but Mary Anne came highly recommended from family and we couldn't be happier! She really made us feel a part of the planning process and was so friendly and accommodating throughout it all. My husband was very nervous leading up to the wedding because he is not great in front of an audience, but Mary Anne walked us through everything and put him at ease. I would recommend Mary Anne to anyone - she really made our ceremony so special and memorable! Many of our guests came up throughout the rest of the night and commented about how perfect Mary Anne was and everything she had to say about marriage and us in the ceremony. We loved it! Thanks so much Mary Anne!”
“From the first meeting, Mary Anne was chiefly concerned with building a personalized ceremony that reflected us as a couple. She created a fantastic draft of the ceremony and together we turned it into the perfect script. She had great input and listened to our every concern and was both very professional and very reassuring. She went above and beyond the call of duty and we cannot recommend her enough!”
“Mary Anne gave us time and listened to what we wanted. She was professional and customized our wedding to make it fun. She never made us feel bad for asking questions—and we had lots! We loved our wedding day, and Mary Anne was a big part of keeping us calm. ” Mike & Sharon H.