Helping couples create the wedding ceremony they’ve always wanted.
Early in 2015, I was appointed as a Marriage Commissioner by the Province of Alberta, serving the City of Calgary and surrounding areas.
Originally from Lethbridge, I have spent almost my entire life in beautiful Southern Alberta, residing in Calgary for the past 35 years. I am the mother of three adult children – two daughters and a son (triplets!) – and since the beginning of 2016, have become a proud Nana to two beautiful baby granddaughters, both of whom I absolutely adore! I love filling my leisure hours with cooking, reading, volunteering, travel and all sorts of music.
With an extensive employment background in customer service, I truly enjoy working with people. I can think of nothing better than to help a couple design a ceremony that reflects who they are and how they wish to celebrate the lifelong commitment they are making to one another.
My fee is for ceremonies held within Calgary city limits, including Springbank and Bearspaw municipalities. For out-of-city ceremonies, there is an additional charge of 54 cents per kilometre to and from the ceremony location, or a flat rate as negotiated with the couple. Additional charges may apply, i.e. parking, Parks Canada fees, etc. Full payment is due before the wedding ceremony. Fees may be paid by cash, cheque or e-mail money transfer. I do not require a deposit; I prefer to work on a trust basis. Pricing is subject to change.
Travel/mileage fees may apply based on location.
On occasion couples may need to obtain their official Statement of Marriage from Vital Statistics on a rush basis. I am able to assist in expediting this process for an additional fee of $40. If you require this service please let me know in advance of your wedding ceremony.
I have my own lav (lapel) mic, and may be required to wear it for large (125+ guests) ceremonies. It pairs well with most DJs’ sound systems. If there is not a sound system available at the ceremony site, I can provide my own battery-operated PA system for a $60 charge. Technical specifications of the PA system can be found here.
Two witnesses (18 years and older) are required for the ceremony. If you don’t have witnesses of your own, I can provide them for you as long as I have advance notice. An additional fee will apply.
We cannot say enough good things about Jane. She truly made our day incredible, the ceremony personal and heartfelt, and exactly what we wanted. She took the time to get to know us and guided us through the entire timeline, giving us mindful advice and encouraging us to make the ceremony our own. She then developed and delivered the most perfect day, full of humour and love. We cannot thank Jane enough and do believe she was one of the most critical pieces of an amazing day.
We just wanted to let you know how happy we were with our ceremony. It was absolutely perfect and we owe that to you. Thank you for the multiple trips you made to make sure all of our needs were met.
The feedback we have been getting about the ceremony has been amazing; things like 'most beautiful ceremony I have ever seen'. We knew you had helped us build a meaningful ceremony, but never expected it to impact so many people. Without your support and guidance, we probably would have ended up with a cookie cutter ceremony. Thank you!
We sincerely appreciate your presence at our wedding! We loved your presentation and positive energy that made the day complete. You were open to all our suggestions and had some great contributions for us to work from. Everything went exactly how we wanted it to. We'll definitely be recommending you to anyone in our circle who are thinking of getting married!
Jane is a wonderful, thoughtful, and caring person, which shines through in everything that she does. We felt supported and comfortable from the very first time we met all the way through to our first kiss as husband and wife. She took the time to not only understand our preferences for our ceremony, but really seemed to understand us as people. Our ceremony was intimate, romantic, and full of laughs, which was exactly what we had envisioned. Jane was an integral part of our special day and it truly wouldn't have been the same without her.
Many people choose to be married in a civil wedding ceremony. This may be because of convenience, lack of or conflicting religious traditions, or even time constraints. Civil marriages, just like marriages performed by clergy, are legal contracts between two persons and require actions and agreements between the parties. The ceremonies can be as formal or informal, as traditional or creative as the couple wishes.
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My $350 fee includes one or more planning sessions with the couple, a customized ceremony, a wedding rehearsal (if desired), the wedding itself, and completion of the legal documentation. I am available by email or phone at any time for answers to any questions you may have.
I do NOT ask for a deposit, instead choosing to work on a trust basis with my clients.
I am happy to meet with couples for a no-obligation coffee so they have an opportunity to decide if I’m a good ‘fit’ for them prior to engaging my services as their officiant.
I am appointed to perform weddings only in accordance with the laws of Alberta and, by virtue of this appointment, am not authorized to perform religious ceremonies or use religious/God language. However, if you would like to incorporate some religious aspects into your ceremony, you may invite others to contribute to the ceremony through the offering of prayers, religious readings etc. I am very comfortable with this — in fact, I encourage it!
In the Province of Alberta, you can obtain your marriage licence and be married on the same day. It is as easy as going to any government registry office with appropriate identification and proof of marital status (you must take your certificate of divorce with you if you have been previously married). However, it may be more of a challenge to find an available marriage commissioner on very short notice, particularly if you have chosen a summer weekend as your wedding date! If I have no other scheduled obligations, I’m always happy to accommodate a last-minute wedding.
To avoid disappointment, though, it is recommended that couples begin looking for a marriage commissioner as soon as they have set a date and secured a venue for their wedding.
Absolutely!!! It is an honour for me to officiate any wedding between any two individuals who love each other and are committed to building and sharing a life together.
I reside in a smallish, apartment-style condominium…not ideal for a wedding ceremony! However, I am willing to accommodate a couple who have a minimal number of guests (perhaps 4-6 people) if they have no other option for a venue
Yes, I am able to provide witnesses for a wedding if I am given a minimum of one week’s notice. There is an additional fee of $50 per witness.