Hi, I’m KEN
Registered Clergy Member
JUST A LITTLE ABOUT ME.
I’ve been serving as a pastor in Alberta since 2005 and am a registered clergy member in Alberta. There are many incredible things about being a pastor. I get to talk about God’s love and plan for people’s lives. I get to meet people from all walks of life, with different backgrounds and different worldviews and talk to them about life, faith, and meaning.
And one of the greatest joys of my role as a pastor is being able to officiate weddings. There is nothing in the world like watching the groom light up (and occasionally get misty-eyed) as his bride walks down the aisle. It’s hard to put into words the excitement I have when I get to announce to the world for the first time “Mr. & Mrs. ______!”.
It’s always slightly strange talking about yourself and why you think you’re awesome, but I guess that’s what this part of the website is for! Here’s what you need to know about me: I am really good at officiating wedding ceremonies. I love the planning process and hearing the couple’s story and their vision for their big day. I love to help couples see what a gift marriage is. And I absolutely love standing in front of the couples’ friends and family and joining them in marriage.
When should I book an officiant?
Right after you’ve confirmed your wedding venue and date!
WHAT PAPERWORK IS REQUIRED?
There are typically three documents involved in the marriage process.
The first is the Marriage License. The couple must obtain this document from a registry agent office. You can learn more here.
The second document is a Proof of Marriage that I will provide to the couple after the wedding ceremony.
The last document is optional and is an official Marriage Certificate. This can be requested from a registry agent office. Learn more here.
HOW DOES PAYMENT WORK?
A $150 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your date. The full amount is due 14 days prior to your wedding date. You can pay via credit card or Interac e-transfer.
WHAT MAKES A MARRIAGE LEGAL?
To make a marriage legal, you need:
– A Marriage License (these can be picked up from a registry agent office and are good for 90 days).
– An officiant who is authorized by Alberta Vital Statistics to perform the marriage (that’s me!)
– After the ceremony, the officiant must send the marriage license form to Alberta Vital Statistics within 48 hours of the ceremony.
what will the ceremony look like?
That’s the great part about all of this, your ceremony can be as awesome and unique as you are. We can work together to craft a meaningful ceremony that will be just right!
Don’t have time to worry about the ceremony specifics? No worries. I can do most of the heavy lifting so you can concentrate on other elements of your big day.
The typical length of a ceremony is around 15-25 minutes.