Alberta launches pilot allowing anyone to become a wedding officiant
It’s your big day! You should be surrounded by the people who mean the most to you and you should be married by whoever in the heck you want. Finally, The Government of Alberta has changed the rules. It’s 2020 and now, you can choose who you want to be the officiant at your wedding! Maybe that’s your sister, a friend, Elvis, Siri in a top hat. Maybe it’s us. You get to decide! Happy freaking Valentine’s Day, lovers!
The government has just launched an officiant pilot program, which will now allow any Canadian to be a wedding commissioner… but only for a day, so don’t bother getting those business cards made.
Seriously, don’t. The guidelines state that the temporary commissioner cannot represent themselves as a permanent marriage administrator or solicit any business. They also can’t be under 18, sorry folks!
Unlike in the states, where you can literally go online and become an officiant in a matter of minutes, which we actually know as fact because we drank too much one night and woke up registered by the Universal Life Ministry “just in case,” the process could take up to one week. But it is free! So there’s that.
The officiant pilot project will only continue into the spring of this year when the government will then determine the next steps. Hopefully, the rule will stick!
If there was ever a time to get hitched, its now, Calgary! Man, weddings are about to get a lot more interesting.