Getting Married

How it works

There are steps you must take to get married in Alberta.

Before the marriage ceremony

At the ceremony

  • make sure all the requirements for ceremonies are followed

After the ceremony

  • the marriage officiant keeps the marriage licence portion of the form and submits the Registration of Marriage portion for registration within 48 hours of the ceremony to Vital Statistics
  • the Registration of Marriage document is permanently archived with Alberta Vital Statistics
  • the information on the Registration of Marriage is used to create government-issued marriage documents
  • Alberta marriage certificates can be ordered at an Alberta registry agent office
  • in Alberta, you can keep your own last name or change your name when you get married
  • if there are errors on your marriage document, an amendment is needed.

Contact this service

780-427-7013 (Edmonton)

310-0000, then
780-427-7013 (toll-free in Alberta)

8:15 am - 4:30 pm (Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)