GENERAL WEDDING/ELOPEMENT QUESTIONS
What do we need to bring on our wedding day?
You need to bring a valid marriage license that is in good condition (not folded). If, for any reason, this is forgotten on the day, we will not be able to carry out a legally binding marriage. Unfortunately, no refund will be given if you forget to register or bring the license with you on the day. Other than that, bring your fashion flare, wedding rings/other ceremony elements, smiles and of course each other!
Where do we get a marriage license?
We recommend getting your marriage license at least 30 days before your big day. Prior to being married in Alberta, you must obtain an Alberta Marriage Licence from an Alberta Registry Agent. Fees vary amongst Registry Agents. A marriage licence is valid for 3 months from the date it is issued.
- The registry agent issues a two-part document. The top part is a Registration of Marriage and the bottom part is the Marriage Licence.
- The full document (Registration of Marriage and Marriage Licence) must be given to our marriage officiant prior to the ceremony.
- Please do not fold the marriage license, it must be in good condition.
You must apply together and provide your personal information, and the full names and birthplaces of your parents (including a parent’s maiden name). You must be 18 or older, not under any influence and provide government issued photo I.D.
For more information and full requirements, visit Getting Married in Alberta
What are the requirements for the two witnesses for the ceremony?
You do not need to know the witnesses prior to the wedding so your coordinator and photographer can count. If you bring your own witnesses, they must meet the following requirements:
- The witnesses must be 18 years of age or older.
- The witnesses cannot be cognitively impaired.
Do you do Same-sex Marriages?
Of course! Same sex marriages are 100% legal in Alberta!
What happens in terms of legalities after the ceremony?
- The marriage officiant keeps the marriage license portion of the form and submits the Registration of Marriage portion for registration within two days of the ceremony.
- A Marriage Statement will be prepared by our Marriage Officiant and presented to you at the end of the ceremony.
- The Registration of Marriage document is permanently archived with Alberta Vital Statistics.
- The information on the Registration of Marriage is used to create government issued marriage documents.
- You are responsible for ordering a permanent Marriage Certificate, which is the legal proof of the marriage. This application can be made at any Registry office.
For more information on how to order a marriage certificate, visit here.
Can I use my own vendor?
Absolutely! We are happy to work with any vendor that you have in mind. All we’ll need is their contact information and your booking information (if you have already booked with them) so that we can keep them in the loop.
POP UP WEDDING QUESTIONS
What is a Pop-Up Wedding?
Simply put, it’s a wedding planned and organized in a way that you and your guests simply have to show up. We come in (pop-up), set everything up, open the doors to all of our lovely couples and soon after, disappear leaving little trace that we were ever there. Pop-up weddings are personalized, time conscious and beautiful events that above all else, focus on the love between you and your partner.
Why a Pop-Up Wedding?
When it comes to celebrating your love, you and your partner deserve something special and stress-free for your wedding day. Most of our couples have their hands full and are busy living their lives. It may be that they’re in school, saving for something bigger, wrangling kids, or they’ve been together for so long that all that’s left to do is the little legal bit. The thought of adding stressful wedding planning into the mix just doesn’t appeal to them. They know they want to be together, married and they want to do it their way.
They would like to add their personal touches, collaborate with us and choose the perfect ceremony design and colours for the flowers but forget scouring the internet and social media for venues, photographers, florists and spending countless hours calling and emailing each of these vendors. Leaving all the nitty gritty to us helps create an intimate wedding for you without the big overhead or stress.
Can I have a wedding party?
Yes, the wedding party will be included in your guests count. They can be standing right up there beside you and your partner or watching from the front row. If you wish to have them be a part of additional services such as hair and makeup or would like for them to have florals, please let us know and we can add them to your quote.
How does the 90 or 120 minutes work? Won’t I feel rushed?
You are in complete control of your wedding timeline! You can decide how long you’d like the ceremony to be, how long you would like to rent the venue for and how long you would like to spend taking photos or taking part in other activities (e.g first dance, speeches etc)
Additional hours can always be added to accommodate your perfect timeline! While we may take down the decor and pack up the cake, the party doesn’t have to end with us! Feel free to stay and enjoy the space for as long as you’re able to or head out with your crew for a night on the town!
Sample Elopement (60 minutes):
5-10 minutes to get guests settled and the couple ready for their chosen entrance.
10-15 minutes for the ceremony.
35-45 minutes for champagne, photos or treats (or all of it)!
Sample Pop-Up Wedding (120 minutes):
10-15 minutes to get guests settled and the couple ready for their chosen entrance.
10-15 minutes for the ceremony.
90-100 minutes for champagne, speeches, slow dances, family photos, couple photos, cake cutting and/or appetizers.
What can I expect for the mini cocktail reception?
This is your time to enjoy some nibbles and sips with your guests to celebrate after the ceremony or keep them happy while you’re off taking your photos!
Dependent on the location, we can serve just about anything that you’re craving! Generally couples opt to serve something sweet such as cake, cupcakes or pastries along with cheese, meat and/or veggie boards with crackers, breads and/or paninis. For drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options are available.
These are generally not hot foods so they will not require heating or special kitchen equipment to manage making it super easy to set up anywhere! However, if you are interested in serving hot foods, we can always find the perfect caterer to help out or use the venues in house catering team (if available).
*Please note, some venues require that we only use their in house catering for both drinks and food and may charge additional fees such as corkage or cake cutting fees for any foods/drinks brought in from elsewhere.
THE WEDDING DETAILS QUESTIONS
What do the decor themes look like?
Romantic: This will often include neutral or pastel colours, candles, lace, and mirrors.
Quirky: Taking from fun current trends, with the use of bright colours and other fun knick-knacks.
Rustic: Think light neutral colours, wood, burlap and antique looking decor.
You can upgrade to a custom decor theme starting at $525. There are so many themes out there, if your heart is set on a certain theme for your wedding – this add-on is perfect for you!
What do the Bouquet and Boutonnière look like?
If you have no preference, we base the flower colours and styles on the season. Colour scheme will be kept fairly neutral for Romantic and Rustic themes and brighter for Quirky themes. If you have a favourite colour or flower let us know and we will do our best to incorporate them!
You also have the option to upgrade your Bouquet and Boutonniere to include specific flowers that may be out of season or to a different material (such as handmade paper flowers, or silk bouquets). You can also upgrade to have real flower decor on your chairs, archway, or table. All of these options have custom rates.
If we decide on adding a videographer to our wedding package, what do we receive?
After filming for 90 minutes, you will get a full cinematic 5 minutes long edited video. Relive your amazing celebration any time you like!
Can we personalize our ceremony?
Our officiant performs a ceremony with vows pre-written. If you would like to personalize and bring your own or include readings, we ask that you let us know during the initial consultation or at least 3 weeks prior to passing it on to our officiant to skim over and prepare.
How does the ceremony music work?
If the venue allows music, we will have a collection of music that will be played through your 90+ minute wedding. If you have particular songs you would like to play during the ceremony, please let us know. We will have to be able to download the song, if we are unable to do so, we will ask you to supply the song.
For live music, the musician has a set they will play. If you have a particular song request, please let us know and we can see if the musician is able to include it in their set.
Can I bring my own vendor?
Whether you have your own officiant, caterer or photographer in mind we do not offer discounts in any of our services. You are more than welcome to discuss with us anything you may have in mind.
Should I get a makeup trial?
We only work with or recommend artists that are well established and versed in the world of hair and makeup, but your wedding day only happens once! At your makeup or hair trial, the artist learns about your dress, colours, inspiration and helps you put together a look that you will be comfortable with. They get to learn how makeup sits on your skin, the texture of your hair and can make recommendations for both hair and skin care before your big day. Most importantly, during a trial, the artist can adjust the look without the stress of a timeline which is much harder to do on your wedding day.
I want to have my elopement/wedding/vow renewal outside of Edmonton – can I?
Yes!! We can create your dream day just about anywhere on Earth! Fill out this form to get a custom travel quote!
Please keep in mind that if you obtain a marriage license in Alberta, you must get married in Alberta.
I don’t live in Edmonton, can you still help me?
Where will you stay?
The most convenient place relative to where the ceremony will be taking place. Whether that’s an AirBnb, hotel or a tent we always consider how we will be able to best manage the timeline and to do list ahead of us!
Will my wedding be legal in Canada/Alberta?
How does the photography work?
Our photographer will try to stay hidden and take some shots before and during the big ask. Once they have said yes, the photographer will take a few posed shots of the two of you.
If I decide on adding a videographer onto my proposal package, what do they do?
They will film your preparation, during the event and then the yes reaction! Then they will compile it into an awesome keepsake video for you and your partner to watch over and over again!
I want to propose outside of Edmonton during a trip I am taking with my partner. How does that work?
We have two options for you.
Option A: We meet before your trip and give you all the goodies you need to propose and if needed coordinate vendors for your big ask.
Option B: We take care of everything. We travel to your proposal location (travel and accommodation costs covered by you), and set everything up, coordinate everything and all you need to do is get your partner to that location.