Often the ceremony is low on the wedding-planning list of things you have to do. A lot of the time it’s planned for you. The ceremony is a small portion of the day that many couples often don’t have a ton of control over. So in the adventures of planning your day, I can totally understand why the ceremony gets knocked to the bottom of priorities.
For us, it’s at the top. Early on in our relationship it was established that we wanted to write our own vows, play a role in writing our ceremony, and potentially have a friend marry us.
Wedding guests 2013 / Personal photo
Much to our disappointment, I quickly realized that in Ontario your friend cannot marry you. In Ontario, you can only be married by a religious officiant (for a religious ceremony) or by a judge, justice of the peace, or authorized municipal clerk (for a civil ceremony).