Are you looking for a wedding chapel? A community centre for your reception? A beautiful park for your photographs? Or a spectacular heritage site for your entire day's events? Whatever your heart's desire, if you've come to the City of Markham you've come to the right place.
Couples are required by the Marriage Act of Ontario to obtain a marriage licence before a ceremony can be performed. The Act also requires that a member of the clergy, the City Clerk or designate must be booked to perform the ceremony. Finally, two adults over the age of 18 must witness the ceremony and sign the marriage licence to validate it.
Marriage licences are issued Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM through the City Clerk's Office at the Markham Civic Centre.
A civil marriage ceremony is performed by the City Clerk in a simple and dignified service chosen by the couple and held either in the Wedding Chapel or the Wedding Room at the Markham Civic Centre.
If you would like to book an Officiant, you may contact Robert Anning at 905-960-2241 or Linda Lau at 416-722-1818.
If you would like to book the Chapel, you may contact our office at 905-477-7000 extension 2300 or 6930.
A religious marriage ceremony may be performed by a person who is registered under the Marriage Act to perform marriages in Ontario. If you wish to exchange your vows before a religious official, you can check on-line at ServiceOntario.ca/GettingMarried for a list of all religious officials who are registered to perform marriages in Ontario. Or call ServiceOntario at 1-800-461-2156 or 416-325-8305.
Wedding Chapel and Wedding Room
The City of Markham's Wedding Chapel is an elegant location with quiet ambiance and seating for up to 45 people. If you're looking for an even more intimate setting, you may wish to choose the Wedding Room, which will hold up to 8 people.
Both the Chapel and the Wedding Room are located at the Markham Civic Centre.
When you arrange your wedding service in either location, the City provides a registered officiant to conduct the ceremony. You may book a consultation with your officiant ahead of time or come in on the day of your wedding.
A limited selection of traditional and contemporary music is available in the Chapel or you may choose to play your own selections on the Chapel's audio system.
The chapel is available seven days a week between the hours of 10:00 AM and 8:00 PM. The chapel may be booked for more than one hour, but it must be booked in one-hour increments only, such as 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. You should confirm the time of your wedding with the registered officiant or clergy member you have chosen.
Wedding Service Fees
All fees for wedding services are per hour and include applicable taxes. The fee is payable to the City of Markham at the time of booking and is non-refundable.
The fees are as follows:
Monday to Friday, between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM:
Wedding Chapel $310.75
Wedding Chapel with Officiant (City Staff) $443.53
Wedding Room with Officiant (City Staff) $222.05
For weekend or after-hours services:
Wedding Chapel $310.75
Officiant (External) $270.64
Now that you've arranged your perfect wedding, let the City of Markham help you complete the day with a reception at one of several beautiful heritage and modern locations throughout the community.
The 25-acre historic Markham Museum site includes its own church and church hall for indoor weddings, and sweeping views for an outdoor wedding of almost any size, along with many attractions for your guests to enjoy.
To reserve the Markham Museum call 905-294-4576 or visit their website for more information www.markhammuseum.ca
Heintzman House c.1817
For a refined heritage experience and equally stunning photographs, the Heintzman House offers beautiful period rooms for your preparations, your ceremony, your reception and your photographs, which can also be taken in the lovely landscaped gardens. To reserve the Heintzman House call 905-889-7980 or visit their website for more information www.heintzmanhouse.ca
More Locations & Facilities
In addition to our historic sites, the City of Markham has a number of other popular venues suitable for your wedding reception or pre-wedding celebrations. For more information on these facilities please visit Markham facility profiles.
Some popular wedding photo locations:
Varley Art Gallery, Historic Unionville
Box Grove Community Centre, Box Grove
Cedar Grove Community Centre, Cedar Grove
Markham Village Train Station, Main Street Markham
Victoria Square Community Centre, Victoria Square
Rouge River Community Centre on Markham Green Golf Course
Photography and Videotaping Locations and Permits
When you book your wedding at the Markham Civic Centre, you may capture your memories on video or in photographs in the Chapel, the Wedding Room, or the Great Hall and around the beautifully landscaped grounds of the Markham Civic Centre.
Our Peace Garden is a favourite spot for pictures of the bride, while Reflections Pond provides an elegant backdrop for your wedding party.
Beyond the Civic Centre, the City of Markham's outdoor wedding photography locations have become so popular the City now offers photography permits ($125.00 per hour, non-refundable) so that you can reserve your preferred location for your exclusive use. Permitted locations include: