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Marriage is a union in faithful love, to the exclusion of all others on either side, for better or for worse, until the partners are separated by death.  The couple exchange of vows at the wedding and by this  mutual exchange of vows the marriage is established.   They enter into this covenant relationship with the full intent of fulfilling the purpose of marriage which is: mutual friendship, support, and comfort of one another; the procreation of children (if it may be); and the creation of a relationship in which sexuality may serve personal fulfillment in a community of faithful love.

adapted from Canon 21, Schedule A:

On Marriage in the Church Anglican Church of Canada

St. James is an Anglican community of faith in Guelph.  People are married here for various reasons and couples do not have to be members of St. James to have their wedding here.  However, we are not in the "marriage business" and some conditions do apply.  Here are some guidelines, but as you read them remember that each situation is different.  You should discuss your situation with the parish priest before making a final decision.

Unless there are religious reasons (such as being Jewish or Buddist) it is expected that both parties will be baptised members of the church.  (This means baptised in one of the mainline churches such as the Anglican, Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Orthodox, United, Presbyterian etc.)  Baptism preparation can be arranged at various times of the year for those wishing to become a part of the Body of Christ through baptism.

Marriages where one party is a member of a different faith can happen at St. James.  In such cases there is no baptism requirement for the non-Christian and some adaptations to reflect the religious diversity of the couple are possible.  The decision on variations in the service rests with the parish priest.

Marriages between people of different Christian denominations are possible. 
People who have been divorced can remarry in the Anglican Church but proper documentation is required.

In some cases other clergy may participate in the ceremony, but couples may not "bring in" their own "minister" to perform the wedding.  Permission of the Bishop of Niagara may be required.

While the Canons of the Anglican Church allow weddings outside the church (in a park etc.) our present parish priest prefers not to do weddings outside the church.

Weddings are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.
The times for Saturday weddings at St. James are 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm.

Some weddings have several hundred people attending, some have only the bride, groom, two witnesses, and the priest.

Weddings are available at most times of the year, but some restrictions apply around major Holy Days.  Weddings are not generally available during July or early August. (because we are on holiday!)

A marriage prep course is required in most circumstances.

Again, these are guidelines.  If you need further information or would like to discuss a particular situation, please call the church at (519) 822-1061.  Ask to speak to the Rector.  You can also leave a message by voice mail at any time.


An RTF version of the application (so you can fill it out and email it back)
and an online version of the application are coming soon
For now we have to work with the PDF and Canada Post.