Sarnia City Hall ( photo by Melanie Irwin)Sarnia City Hall ( photo by Melanie Irwin)

Civil Marriages Now Offered At City Hall

Sarnia City Council has passed a by-law allowing the City Clerks Department to provide civil marriage services to the community.

City staff say it will cost $250 and take about two hours for the initial meeting and wedding ceremony. Weddings would be performed one day a month in the council chambers.

City Clerk Nancy Wright-Laking says only Judges, Justices of the Peace, and City Clerks are allowed to solemnize civil marriages.

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City staff say there's public demand for the services.

Civil ceremonies differ from religious ceremonies in that religious connotations, such as to God or a Supreme Being are not made.

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