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Keeping it civil

Sudbury Living Magazine January 16, 2013 Weddings No Comments on Keeping it civil


Civil ceremonies at Tom Davies Square are simple, dignified and non-denominational. Ceremonies are available in both official languages, are conducted between the hours of 1 pm and 4 pm on Fridays, by appointment only. Two weeks’ notice is preferred.

Two witnesses are required and must be present at the ceremony. (Witnesses are available through the Office of the City Clerk for a fee.) Although there is no minimum age requirement for a witness, it is suggested that they should be at least 14 years of age.

To arrange a civil wedding, city staff will meet with the couple prior to the wedding to prepare a personalized ceremony. The ceremony takes about 20 minutes. Fees for the ceremony, which includes the use of city facilities, are $282.50 (taxes included). Fees are payable at the time of the pre-wedding meeting by cash or debit.

Photographs may be taken when signing the marriage register and following the ceremony. The service may be video- and audio-taped discreetly.

Flower arrangements and other decorations are permitted. Confetti, rice, bubbles, candles, incense and other similar items are not.

To book an appointment or for other inquiries, phone the Vital Statistics Office at 311, ext. 2467.

A walk in the park

It’s possible to get married in spectacular Bell Park. The city allows weddings at the William Bell Gazebo (Bell Park) and the Katherine Bell Gazebo, which has a large decked area with a view of Lake Ramsey.

Couples should book their date well in advance, and they will need to confirm the booking by signing a Facility Agreement and Schedule that sets out terms of usage.

If you intend to serve food. a food service permit from the Health Unit is required.

Vendors and/or alcohol service are not permitted. Decorations are allowed provided they do not permanently damage the facilities.

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