Civil Marriage Ceremonies


Please note: The City of St. Catharines is closing several City facilities and modifying some services to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Civil marriage ceremonies are cancelled until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 webpage. Please contact us by phone or email for more information on obtaining a refund for cancelled ceremonies.


The City of St. Catharines is pleased to offer Civil Marriage Ceremonies in the Council Chambers at City Hall. All you need is an Ontario marriage licence, which you can get from the Office of the City Clerk, third floor, 50 Church St., St. Catharines.

Two easy steps to getting married at City Hall 

  1. Make sure you have a marriage licence. Licences are available at City Hall (third floor - Office of the City Clerk), Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Marriage licences cost $158.25
  2. Contact the Office of the City Clerk to arrange a date for your civil marriage ceremony. Call 905.688.5601 ext. 1517 or email Civil marriage ceremonies performed at City Hall during business hours cost $316.45 (including HST). After hour/off-site ceremonies cost $342.90 (including HST). 

Frequently Asked Questions

When can a civil marriage ceremony be performed?
Civil ceremonies are performed Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. inside Council Chambers at City Hall. Ceremonies are performed by appointment only; however, special arrangements may be made with individual designates outside of our regular hours at a location of your choosing within the Niagara Region. Speak with a representative in the Office of the City Clerk for more information.

Can guests attend the ceremony?
Your friends and family are welcome to attend. Council Chambers can seat up to 64 guests and City Hall is fully accessible.

Can we bring in our own flowers and decor?
Yes, minor items such as a bouquet of flowers or corsage are acceptable. Please note that use of confetti, rice, bubbles, etc. are prohibited.

Are we allowed to take photos and videos?
Yes, pictures and videos may be taken throughout the ceremony provided they do not disrupt the ceremony.

What is the cost of a civil marriage ceremony?
*Please note that full payment is required in order to secure a date and time for your ceremony*

  • The fee for a ceremony performed at City Hall during business hours is $316.45 (including HST).
  • Ceremonies performed after hours/off site cost $342.90 (including HST). 
  • The cost of the ceremony does not include the Marriage Licence. A separate fee of $158.25 will be charged for the Marriage Licence. 
  • A cancellation fee of $52.75 is applicable.

How do I obtain a marriage licence?
Marriage licences can be obtained Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at City Hall in the Office of the City Clerk. The licence is effective immediately and is valid for a period of three (3) months anywhere in Ontario from the date of the issuance. For further information regarding Marriage Licences, please visit: 

How much advance notice is required for a ceremony?
Civil Marriage Ceremonies are performed by appointment only. We recommend booking your civil ceremony at least two weeks in advance as availability can be limited. All requests are subject to availability.

How far in advance can we book a marriage ceremony?
A marriage ceremony can be booked no more than six months in advance. Full payment is required up front in order to secure the date and time. 

What happens if I need to cancel?
If you need to cancel your ceremony, please note that there is a cancellation fee of $52.75 that is applicable. Cancellation time frames can be outlined for you by your officiant.

Can I get married at St. Catharines City Hall even if I don't live in St. Catharines?
Yes. All you require is a valid Ontario marriage licence.

Can the Clerk perform a civil marriage ceremony at a location other than City Hall?
Yes. The City Clerk or Designate will make every attempt to accommodate your plans, if they are within the Niagara Region. Off-site ceremonies must be performed after 5pm Monday through Friday or all day Saturday. Contact the Office of the City Clerk for more information.

It's your day. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Please call 905.688.5601, ext. 1517 or email

The Municipal Clerk / Designate is authorized to perform Civil Marriage Ceremonies at the City of St. Catharines under the authority of Subsection 24(1) of the Marriage Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.M.2, R.R.0 1990, Reg. 738.

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