How do I get a marriage license in New Brunswick ?

Choose your wedding date and officiant. You will need to provide this information, including the officiant’s name and address. You must get married within 90 days of obtaining your license, so get the timing right.

You can apply for your marriage license online but must appear in person to pick it up.

Gather the necessary documents. You both need to prove your age and identity by presenting government-issued ID such as a valid passport or birth certificate. If you have been married before, you must prove that you are no longer married (final divorce document).  If you are a widow or widower you must present a death certificate.  If one of you is unable to go in person to get the license, you will also need a completed “Personal Attendance Excused” form (which can be obtained at Service New Brunswick).

Go to a Service New Brunswick outlet to obtain your license. The fee is $115. You will be asked to complete an affidavit, solemnly swear that the information you have provided is true and sign on the dotted line. You now have your license.

Give the license to your officiant. Then it’s on to the wedding ceremony.
Once you’ve sealed the deal with your vows (and a kiss!), your officiant will get you and your witnesses to sign the Registration of Marriage, which will be filed with the New Brunswick government. You will be given a “Statement of Marriage,” but it’s not an official Marriage Certificate. If you want or need one of those, you will have to apply after your marriage is registered.

Who can be a witness to our marriage?

There must be two witnesses to your marriage. When choosing who your witnesses will be, keep in mind that both must be 19 years of age or older, as they will be required to sign the Registration of Marriage form on the day of your wedding.

Do you provide witnesses?

Yes! I can provide the required two witnesses.

How do I book a ceremony with you?

I can be reached at 506-377-4994 or by email at

What name do I sign on the Marriage Registration Form and Statement of Marriage after the ceremony?

These documents must be signed with the names indicated on your Marriage Licence in order to properly identify who was married. Note that this signature does not reflect your choice of marital surname, if you should decide to change it.

Is there anyone that I’m not allowed to marry?

According to the “Prohibited Degrees of Consanguinity Barring Lawful Solemnization of Marriage in Canada,” a person cannot marry their: mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, granddaughter, father, son, brother, grandfather, grandson, or half-sister, or sister by adoption, or half-brother, or brother by adoption.

How can we get married if we’re not of legal age?

If you are 16 or 17 years old and have never married, your parents or guardians must sign an affidavit of consent.

No person under the age of 16 years may be married in Canada.

How old do we have to be to get married in New Brunswick?

In order to marry without the consent of your parents or guardians, both you and your partner must have been previously married, or be at least 18 years of age.

Can we get married right away?

Yes. As long as your application is in order, there is no waiting period; your marriage license will be issued immediately.

How far in advance do we need to schedule a date with you?

There is no specific time required by law. However, the earlier the better, to make sure I’m available.

What if we want to change the date of the ceremony?

That’s OK, so long as I’m available.

Are rings mandatory?


Do I need to have a marriage license before I can book a wedding date?


If we don’t have a place to get married, can you provide one?

Yes, at my cottage, but only between May 15th and September 30th.

How long does the marriage ceremony take?

Generally, about ten minutes.  However, it can be as long or as short as you wish! Your choice.

May we take pictures during the ceremony?

Absolutely, as many as you like.

What type of ceremony do you perform?

The ceremony will be planned with your input. Some parts are basic and are required by law. That much we have to do. After that, I am open to suggestions. It can be serious, humorous or some of both. I am guided by what you want.  There is no religious content.

What do you wear during the wedding?

Usually, a suit, tie, and dress shirt. However, if you want something less formal, I’ll accommodate your wishes.

What do couples wear during the ceremony?

Your choice. Whatever you feel comfortable in.

May we write our own vows and have friends take part in the ceremony?

Absolutely! It’s your wedding, so we’ll plan it according to your wishes.

Do you perform same sex marriages?

I have already performed many.

Can you act as the master of ceremonies at our reception etc?

Yes, I have acted in this capacity at many weddings and love doing it

How much do your services cost?

My standard rate is $450, but this rate can vary depending on where the ceremony is to take place and your requirements. Please contact me by phone to discuss.

What surname may I use after I’m married? Who should I notify if I change my surname?

After you have been married, you and/or your spouse may choose to assume a marital surname. You have several options, including:

Keeping your registered birth surname, which is the name listed on your birth certificate.
Keeping the surname you retained from a previous marriage, if it was used immediately prior to your present marriage.
Assuming the surname of your spouse.
Assuming a combination surname consisting of both your surnames, with or without a hyphen.

It should be noted that assuming a spouse’s surname after marriage does not alter your birth certificate. Since it doesn’t constitute a legal name change, no notice of a change in surname will be issued by Vital Statistics, or any other government office. However, you may use the Form 10 “Statement of Marriage” given to you by the Marriage Officiant to change your surname on other documentation, such as your provincial driver’s licence, vehicle registration or Medicare card. In order to do so, you will need to present your Statement of Marriage at your nearest Service New Brunswick service centre.

Please note that specific offices may require additional documentation to make these changes, and that you are responsible for contacting such offices to determine what additional documents (e.g. a birth, marriage, death or divorce certificate) must be presented in order for the change to be processed.

For more information, please call 1-888-762-8600.