Here are the short answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Be sure to read the important answer regarding COVID-19, at the bottom of the page.
For detailed information on a variety of topics, please check out my blog postings.
Be sure to read the "Getting Married in Manitoba" Blog.
For a specific outline of our mutual commitment see My Commitment to You
What services do you offer?
We are licensed Commissioners of Marriages in Manitoba. In addition, I will help you to custom-design a ceremony that reflects your unique personalities. We would also be happy to preside over commitment ceremonies if you are in a common-law relationship. If you are planning a destination wedding, we offer legality ceremonies to register you marriage here and to avoid costly and inconvenient "red tape" that may be necessary in some jurisdictions. If you would like to renew your vows, I would be honoured to help you in that regard, as well.
Should you have a family member that you would like to preside over your ceremony, we can attend to provide the legal signing. As well, I can write a beautiful ceremony for your friend to deliver.
Marry Me, Hunnie is also a registered Marriage Licence vendor.
As well, our newest Team Member, Rebecca, is francophone. She can offer many of our services in French as well as English.
Do we have any input into the service?
Absolutely! Your wedding service should reflect your relationship.
The Signature Package allows you to choose vows and readings from a varied selection, or you may write your own. I have worked with couples to create ceremonies that are meaningful and reflect their individuality. I love finding creative ways to include children, aspects of tradition and culture, and modern touches to ensure your wedding ceremony is perfect for you. I am also open to having friends and family share in the readings during the ceremony.
The Standard Ceremony: Short and Sweet affords you a choice of ceremony that you may add to by bringing personal vows.
So, anything goes?
Not exactly. There are aspects of the service that must be included in order for your marriage to be legal in Manitoba. I have summarized the Vital Statistics information in a Blog entry or you may wish to visit http://vitalstats.gov.mb.ca//GettingMarried.html.
What about witnesses?
You must have two witnesses sign your marriage licence. These can be members of your wedding party (the best man and maid/matron of honour are typical choices), your parents or other family members, or friends. If you are eloping and do not want your friends and family to know, we can usually arrange for witnesses to be in attendance and sign the license if given sufficient notice. We would ask that you compensate them appropriately.
Where can we get married?
We are able to perform your wedding in the Province of Manitoba. You can be married anywhere that has a legal address or description. We are happy to travel within a few hours of Winnipeg, though travel expenses will be applicable. There are many beautiful venues in and around Winnipeg that would be perfect for your day. Hotels, private homes, and halls are typical locations, but consider others as well; I have performed ceremonies at such diverse sites as Fort Gibralter, Pantages Theatre, the Western Aviation Museum, and the St. Norbert Cultural Centre. I even captained a ceremony on board the Nonsuch! During the summer months I would be pleased to perform your "cottage country" wedding at Falcon Lake, West Hawk Lake, or other Eastern Manitoba locales. I am also willing to preside over ceremonies in NW Ontario, as long as the legal paperwork is completed in Manitoba. Check the Links page for information regarding Winnipeg's public parks.
Are you "inclusive"?
If you are in love and legally able to be married in the province of Manitoba, we would be absolutely delighted to be part of your special day. We are fiercely supportive of those in the LGBTTQTS community.
When are you available?
Check our calendar to see if your wedding date is available, then use the "Contact Us" form to email me directly. Please note that dates marked "pending" are technically available as deposits have not been paid. Should the date you are hoping for be marked "pending", contact me. Deposits must be paid within 48 hours of booking in order for the date to be secured. We will certainly perform more than one wedding on a given day should time and travel allow for it.
Can we meet before we commit?
It makes sense that you might want to be sure that we "connect" before you entrust your wedding to me. We would be happy to connect with you via telephone, email, and Skype and am able to supply you with numerous references and testimonials.
What does the Marriage Commissioner wear to a wedding?
I believe that I should strive to look professional, elegant, and not take the the focus at the front. I do not wear robes (except if you are doing a Harry Potter wedding!). I typically (though not exclusively) wear black to perform a wedding and dress in a manner befitting the occasion (a dress or suit). There are a few photos of me "in action" on this site. On occasion, I have been asked to accessorize to fit the wedding theme (wear a corsage supplied by the wedding couple) and am usually happy to oblige.
Travis performs weddings wearing a suit.
During these "unprecedented times" we will wear a mask or face shield at our discretion.
If you are planning an all-out theme wedding (Hawaiian Luau? Star Wars? Harry Potter?) we can see what we can arrange as long as the dignity of the marriage commissioner is not compromised.
I would be THRILLED to be asked to perform a ceremony as Professor McGonagall (I have amazing dress robes).
What is the difference between a marriage ceremony and a commitment ceremony?
I am commissioned by the province to perform legal ceremonies and fill out the marriage registration documents. A commitment ceremony does not entail any legal paperwork, though my attention to detail in your ceremony remains the same. Couples who choose to a commitment ceremony are choosing to retain or begin a common-law relationship. They may also be renewing their vows.
Do you take care of all the paperwork?
You are responsible for acquiring the marriage licence; however, as a marriage licence vendor, Marry Me, Hunnie can help you with that! One of my associates will be pleased to provide the necessary documents, It is my job to complete and file the marriage registration documents. You and your fiance(e) must appear in person with the appropriate identification when you purchase your licence. There is a 24 hour waiting period between time of purchase and time of ceremony, and your licence is good for 3 months. You must apply for a marriage certificate after the ceremony (we will walk you through the process and even mail your application, if you wish.)
Where is your store?
Marry Me, Hunnie is a home-based business. For our mutual health and safety, marriage licences are sold as a curb-side service. In-person meetings have been suspended until further notice.
This is Winnipeg; do you offer any discounts?
From time to time we offer special rates. Our current promotion for couples whose plans have been affected by COVID-19:
- 19% off a future Signature package for couples who first book us for a Simple Signing Service or Short and Sweet in 2020 and later hire us to officiate a Signature ceremony in 2021.
At Marry Me, Hunnie, we love weddings. We love helping people in love be married if that is the step a couple is wanting to make in their relationship. We understand that you may not be able to have the wedding you were hoping for and that this is disappointing for you. We also understand that many of you want to forge ahead and have a celebration with family and friends, whatever that may look like. We are here for you.
However, at Marry Me Hunnie, we also believe in science. We know that the government has put protocols in place that may help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This information is ever-changing, sometimes contradictory, and may even seem open to interpretation. Know that our mutual health and safety is our number one priority. When it comes to following guidelines, we will ALWAYS err on the side of caution. This may mean that while the government continues to open things up, we might be not comfortable doing so.
Please note that as outlined on our website, all decisions regarding our health and safety are ours, alone. We expect that you and your guests will be following the 2m physical distancing guidelines at all times leading up to and during the ceremony. The number of guests in your physical space must account for this distancing. We will wear masks (or face shields when appropriate) and you and your guests must also wear masks or face shields when you are interacting with us. Please inform us in advance if any of your guests have traveled from out-of-province to attend your wedding.
If at any time, we feel our health and safety may be compromised, we will ask you and your signing witnesses to meet us in a separate space where we will fulfill our obligation to you by signing the legal documents. We will then turn the ceremony over to you and one of your special guests will have the honour of acting as your officiant. This decision will not be made lightly, but it must be respected. As stated in our Terms and Conditions, the officiant will NOT be held liable for any damages (including punitive) due to the non-performance of the ceremony or changes to how a ceremony is conducted.