All marriages in the Province of Alberta are legally required to obtain a ‘Marriage License’. To learn more about the steps you must take to get married in Alberta, please refer to the Government of Alberta website: http://www.servicealberta.ca/family-and-life-events.cfm However, I have included the “How it Works” Section directly from the Alberta Government website for you to review.
Alberta Government – Service Alberta – Marriage License How it works
- You must get an Alberta marriage license before you can get married in Alberta.
- A marriage license shows a marriage officiant that all the laws in Alberta have been met and the couple can get married.
- Alberta Marriage Licenses are available from a registry agent office.
- A registry agent issues a 2-part document. The top part is a Registration of Marriage and the bottom part is the marriage license:
- the full document (Registration of Marriage and Marriage License) must be given to the marriage officiant that will be performing the marriage
- the document must be kept in good condition and not folded as the document will be permanently archived
- a couple must apply together for their marriage license – some exceptions may apply, check with a registry agent for details
- a couple cannot be under the influence of a drug or alcohol when applying
- there’s no time period that must pass between the date a couple arrives in Alberta and the date a license is issued
- there are no residency requirements
- there are no citizenship requirements
- blood tests are not required
- banns, which are postings or announcements in a church, aren’t acceptable in place of a marriage license
- in Alberta a person cannot marry his/her grandparent, parent, child, sibling or grandchild that is related by whole blood, half blood or adoption
- the couple getting married must swear/affirm one or more affidavits
- the couple getting married must provide their parents’ birth places and full names (including mother’s maiden name)
- when either person getting married is hearing, speech or visually impaired, additional requirements may apply – check with a registry agent for details
- When either person getting married is cognitively impaired and has a court ordered guardian appointed, additional requirements apply – check with a registry agent for details
After you receive your marriage license
- a license is valid for 3 months from the date it’s issued
- an Alberta Marriage License is only valid for an Alberta marriage – the wedding must take place in Alberta
- a wedding may take place the same day a marriage license is issued – there is no waiting
Marriage Preparation Workshop
All of life prepares one for the intimacy and connection of marriage. A marriage preparation workshop creates an opportunity to sustain and strengthen the intimacy and connection of your marriage by enhancing the quality of your conversation.
A Marriage Preparation workshop will provide you with a confidential space where you and your partner may engage in private meaningful conversations about what is working well, what is not serving you well, and alternative choices for enhancing your communication.
A Marriage Preparation workshop engages you and your partner in important conversations about your relationship expectations, family of origins, communication skills, conflict resolution, financial management, sex and intimacy, spirituality and your goals and dreams.
If you wish to consider a Marriage Preparation workshop have a glance at the following two links. There are others to select from by doing an on-line search.