Why choose a notary as officiant for a civil union or marriage?

By choosing a notary to officiate your marriage, you will benefit from personalized legal advice about the undertaking and can rest assured that the rules surrounding its legality will be respected.

Notaries can officiate civil unions and marriages. They even benefit from a certain amount of flexibility.

Location of marriage celebration For instance, unlike clerks, who must perform marriages in a courthouse, notaries can officiate in any location chosen by the couple. However, the location must be accepted by the officiating notary.

If the ceremony is held in a courthouse, opening hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Saturday, excluding Sundays and public statutory holidays. Following a first meeting with the future spouses, the notary will be able to officiate the marriage 20 days after publication of a notice of marriage or civil union via the Directeur de l’état civil.

Time of the marriage Unlike a clerk, who must comply with the hours permitted by the courthouse, a notary has greater flexibility. A notary can officiate a wedding from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on any day of the week.

Advantage of a using a notary as officiant Marriage ceremonies are subject to many rules aimed at ensuring their legality. There are several advantages to using a notary as officiant:

  • You will receive personalized legal advice on the different matrimonial regimes
  • You will understand the legal consequences of the undertaking
  • You will make an informed decision as to whether or not to enter into a marriage contract
  • You will have answers to all your legal questions

By choosing a notary for your wedding, you will be able to personalize the celebration and adapt it to your needs. A notary can officiate a civil marriage regardless of the religion of the spouses.