Many couples opt to have a destination wedding or do not wish to have a formal wedding in a church but still require the marriage to be solemnized here within Manitoba. Since 2007 I have been an officiant at many locations in Winnipeg and surrounding areas within Manitoba.
Such locations include the Winnipeg Art Gallery, The Inn at the Forks, Manitoba Club, Assiniboine Park, The Gates on Roblin, many golf and country clubs, community centers, resturants, park settings and for some in their own back yard. As long as you have permission to be wed at your desired location and the proper permits pulled (applicable for many city and rural parks), have purchased/obtained a valid Manitoba Marriage License and have 2 required witnesses; then you are good to go!
I do specialize in non-denominational services, although if you wish to include a reading from your choice of religion, ceremony or ritual then by all means I can incorporate your request into the service content. Please keep in mind though that I am not an ordained minister or member of clergy.
Many include wedding vows, ring exchange or poem readings into the content of their service. I have many samples and suggestions or if you desire we can work together to come up with the perfect way to get your message across. There is no need to memorize anything either, during the service you will repeat after me.
I am here to take the stress away!
I do not list rates for my services, for each couple that I represent are unique. Based on your date, time and ceremony location, preferences, your wedding nuptials and content of your service; will dictate the appropriate fee required. Please feel free to contact me today to personalize your wedding.
I have had the honour of providing my services in Winnipeg and surrounding areas of Manitoba; officiating marriage unions since 2007. I truly love what I do!
These comments and reviews are from some of the many marriages I have performed. Thank you again for sharing your union with me and choosing my services!
Shannon provides couples with a variety of unique options for the marriage ceremony. If you are uncertain on what you want, Shannon will guide you through all the details. Any questions I needed answering, she was always quick to respond, incredibly detail oriented, and very professional. I am so grateful Shannon is in this line of occupation, I honestly couldn't have picked a more perfect person to help us celebrate our special day. Thanks again Shannon!!! Jeannie, Wedding: 09/11/2010
Shannon was so accommodating! She was always so professional and always with a smile, she brought forth some ideas from other weddings she had done. She was exactly what we were looking for to officiate our wedding! Annette, Wedding: 09/05/2011
Shannon did such a nice job at our wedding. The service she wrote was amazing and she is a very nice and professional lady. She gave us so many idea's and walked us through the rehearsal. She made it so easy for us! She definitely went above and beyond for our special day! Allison and Chad, Wedding: 08/17/2012
Shannon was a complete pleasure to work with! We planned a very last minute wedding and she provided a beautiful ceremony for that we will remember forever! Lori, Wedding: 12/19/2013
It was a pleasure working with Shannon to create our wedding ceremony. We do not live in the area, so most of our contact was through email. Shannon was always very quick to respond to our questions and sent us copies of our ceremony for review. She created a heartfelt ceremony that reflected our personalities, it was perfect. Shannon's professionalism, enthusiasm, and easy going nature helped us feel at ease on our wedding day. Prior to the wedding, we met Shannon in person to go over everything and then again at the rehearsal. Highly recommended!! The Haskins, Wedding: 01/04/2014
Shannon was so thorough and sweet. She was very professional and it was such a relief to have someone who would remind you of upcoming important dates (like when to get the license, apply for permits etc) there's so much to do when planning a wedding and Shannon made it so there was one less thing to worry about. She was so accommodating and helped make our ceremony unique and "us". I would recommend her to anyone. She's the best! Lauren, Wedding: 10/03/2015
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Q: What is required for someone to obtain a Marriage License?
A: Applicant must be of 18 years of age or older, and free to marry. Proof of age is required, and may be accepted in the form of a birth certificate, driver’s license and\or passport.
Q: Where can someone obtain a Marriage License?
A: Various jewelers, florists, wedding supply shops and printers throughout the province of Manitoba issue marriage licenses. Vital Statistics agency in Winnipeg, 254 Portage Avenue will issue Marriage Licenses as well.
Q: Is there a waiting period of when someone can get married from the time the Marriage License is issued?
A: There is a waiting period of 24 hours from the time the license is issued to the time the marriage is performed.
Q: Are Witnesses required for a Marriage to take place? A: Yes, two witnesses are required to be present at the marriage ceremony. The witnesses do not have to be of legal age but they must be able to understand what they are witnessing.
Q: Where can a Marriage Commissioner marry someone?
A: A Marriage Commissioner can marry someone anywhere in Manitoba as long as there is a Legal Land Description and or address, such an example would be at the family lake, Jessica Lake, Block 4, Lot 2.
Q: Does the couple have to reside/live in Manitoba in order to be married in Manitoba?
A: Couples are not required to be residents of Manitoba, but the Marriage Commissioner must be licensed and a resident of Manitoba in order to perform the ceremony.
Q: Once married, where and how does someone obtain a Marriage Certificate.
A: At the time of the Marriage License being issued the couple is given an application for a Marriage Certificate and a pre-paid envelope, the fee is $30.00 for the certificate and usually takes 4-6 weeks to be generated by the province during the mad rush of wedding season June - August, expect delays.
You also have the option to apply for a rush certificate. Here is the direct link to Manitoba's Online Certificate Application; Vital Statistics Agency.
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