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Getting married in British Columbia

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You’ve decided to tie the knot. Congratulations! Learn the legal requirements and the steps involved to get married in British Columbia.

“My partner and I are getting married next month! Last week, I bought a marriage licence through a local notary public. I also hired a licensed marriage commissioner to do our ceremony. Within two days of the ceremony, she’ll send the paperwork to the government to get our marriage registered. After that, we’ll receive our marriage certificate. I can’t wait until we can put the 'Just Married' sign on the back of our car!”

– Zach, Williams Lake, BC

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What you should know 

Steps to getting married

Who can help

  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in February 2020
  • Time to read: 5 minutes

Reviewed for legal accuracy by

Amber van Drielen, One World Law Group

Amber van Drielen, One World Law Group

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This information from People’s Law School explains in a general way the law that applies in British Columbia, Canada. The information is not intended as legal advice. See our disclaimer.


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