Frequently asked questions about weddings

Civil Wedding

You are a non religious organization, what does that mean?

Le Nouveau Penser, founded in 1981, is registered as a secular organization and we respect all religions. Consequently, the texts used in the ceremony that you choose will carefully respect your faith, or non-faith.

Does the Nouveau Penser celebrant take care of the preparation of legal documents and their transmission to the Directeur de l’état civil du Québec for the registration of our marriage?

We are recognized by the Directeur du bureau de l’état civil du Québec. to legally marry individuals. Thus, we take charge of all legal requirements and documents reflecting a change in your civil status to include notice of marriage, published on the website of the Directeur de l’état civil for 20 days preceding the scheduled solemnization date.

Post ceremony, your officiant will give you a copy of the Declaration of Marriage (DEC-50) as a proof of your marriage.

A few weeks later, you will receive a letter from the Directeur du bureau de l’état civil du Québec confirming that your wedding has been registered and inviting you to order your marriage certificate. We are not allowed to order your certificate on your behalf.

What are the required documents?

Proof of identity:

For both of you: official proof of identity with photo (Québec driver license, health insurance card or passport).

Birth certificate:

Person born in Quebec:

Birth certificate big size, bearing a 13 digits inscription number issued by the Directeur du bureau de l’état civil. If you do not have it in your possession, it can be ordered online from the Directeur du bureau de l’état civil du Québec. It can take up to five weeks to receive the documents. On their website you have the option to receive your document within a week at a higher cost.

For a person born outside the Province of Quebec or in another country:

Birth certificate delivered by the country or province of birth.

Divorce certificate:

To obtain a certified copy of a divorce certificate, you will need to contact the clerk’s office of the courthouse in the judicial district where your divorce was granted.

Should you have a document in hand, please note the following:

Your document must show an inscription number. On this one sheet document is inscribed « Divorce certificate ».

Be informed that a paper called « Divorce decree or divorce judgment », which generally contains multiple pages, is not accepted.

Death certificate:

Death certificate of the deceased spouse may also be obtained from the Directeur du bureau de l’état civil du Québec.

Important note:If any of the above document is not in French or English, it must be translated by a translator from the Ordre des traducteurs, terminologues et interprètes agréés du Québec.

What is Publication of a notice of marriage?

The law requires future spouses or civil union partners to give public notice of their intention to marry or to enter into a civil union, as applicable. Every notice of marriage or of civil union must be published on the website of the Directeur de l’état civil for 20 days preceding the scheduled solemnization date. A notice of marriage or civil union must contain the name and the address of the domicile of each future spouse or civil union partner, the year and place of their birth, the name and capacity of the officiant, the scheduled solemnization date, as well as the address of the place of solemnization. The accuracy of the information must be attested by a witness of full age.

You do not need to worry about this document since we will complete and publish it.

How can I make sure my Publication of notice of marriage has been published?

You can verify if your notice of marriage has been published by visiting the page of Publication of notices of marriage or civil union.

How can I make sure my celebrant holds a valid licence to officiate my wedding?

You can check the register of officiants on the site of the  Directeur de l’état civil.

How many meetings are required with the officiant?

There is only one meeting held at the celebrant’s office. The meeting lasts about 30 to 60 minutes. Meetings take place during the week or on weekend, day or evening at the time agreed with your celebrant.

Do we need witnesses?

Each spouse must have their own witness on the wedding day. You can choose whoever you want as a witness. If your child meets this condition, you have the right to nominate them even if they are not 18 years old.

Where can we officiate a marriage?

The civil wedding must be held in the Province of Quebec, at a civic address.

If you want the ceremony to take place in a temple, or a church, you will need to get permission or a contract from the church authority since we have no connection with religious communities or sects.

How will the officiant be dressed?

The officiant usually wears a stole over his or her business attire. If you wish, he or she can wear an alb and a stole to better match your ritual style.

May we modify wording and text of the ceremony?

Our texts can be modified in accordance to your preferences with the approval of your officiant to the exception of the law texts.

Can our ceremony be performed in both languages simultaneously?

The ceremony can be performed, in English, in French, or in both languages simultaneously.  You may inquire about the possibility of a ceremony to be performed in other languages.

Are friends and family allowed to participate in the ceremony?

We encourage your loved one’s to participate in the ceremony with a reading, music performance or any suggestions should you have.

How long the ceremony will last?

The ceremony will last about 25 to 30 minutes.

When can we do our ceremony?

We can officiate your ceremony at any given time on a weekday, weekend or evening.

What happens if our celebrant is ill or totally incapacitated the day of the ceremony?

Le Nouveau Penser regroups several officiants. If, for some major reason, your celebrant is unable to perform your ceremony, Le Nouveau Penser is authorized to replace him with another celebrant who will respect the date of your ceremony.

How long in advance should we book our wedding ceremony?

We advise you to book as early as possible. In practice, you can make your reservation as soon as you know the date, time and place of your wedding.

The publication of a marriage notice, with the Directeur de l’état civil, is a legal obligation that serves to publicly announce one’s intention to marry or unite civilly. The publication of a notice is carried out on the website of the Directeur de l’état civil. When he receives a request for publication of a marriage notice, the Directeur de l’état civil ensures the competence of the officiant. The publication notice must be posted for 20 consecutive days before the marriage ceremony on the site of the Directeur de l’état civil.

How do we make a reservation?

An official reservation can be made by phone or email.

We will need those informations:

  • Date and time of ceremony
  • Name and full address of ceremony site
  • Your names
  • Two phone numbers, ideally cellular
  • Preference for your celebrant: male, female or indifferent

If you are contacting us by email, please leave us the phone number to reach you and the best time for us to do so.

We will recommend a celebrant who will contact you within 24 hours.

You have two options:

  • Contact directly the celebrant of your choice. You will find a list of all our celebrants and their contact details on our website.
  • Contact our office, we are opened 7 days a week from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.1-514-254-2951 or celebrant@lenouveaupenser.com

What is the price of the ceremony?

The price for our services varies depending on the distance the celebrant has to travel to get to your ceremony location.

Our services offered are turnkey, to include first phone communication, opening of the file, the meeting, handling and registration of legal documents, preparation of the ceremony and travel charges. Taxes are included, no other fees will be added to the price.

What are the payment terms?

In order to confirm your reservation, we will ask you to send, within the following two (2) weeks, a check of $200 to the order of: Le Nouveau Penser, or more simply, an Interac transfer to the email address: celebrant@lenouveaupenser.com.

The balance must be paid no later than one (1) month before the ceremony. Note that you can pay the full amount with the first payment.

Spiritual wedding

You are a non religious organization, what does that mean?

Le Nouveau Penser, founded in 1981, is registered as a secular organization and we respect all religions. Consequently, the texts used in the ceremony that you choose will carefully respect your faith, or non-faith.

What are the required documents?

No legal document is required.

How many meetings are required with the officiant?

There is only one meeting held at the celebrant’s office. The meeting lasts about 30 to 60 minutes. Meetings take place during the week or on weekend, day or evening at the time agreed with your celebrant.

Do we need witnesses?

Although it is not necessary to have witnesses in this type of wedding, you have the option of choosing two people to act as witnesses making this ceremony more formal.

Where can we do our ceremony?

Your ceremony can be held anywhere.

How will the officiant be dressed?

The officiant usually wears a stole over his or her business attire. If you wish, he or she can wear an alb and a stole to better match your ritual style.

May we modify wording and text of the ceremony?

Our texts can be modified in accordance to your preferences with the approval of your officiant.

Can our ceremony be performed in both languages simultaneously?

The ceremony can be performed, in English, in French, or in both languages simultaneously.  You may inquire about the possibility of a ceremony to be performed in other languages.

Are friends and family allowed to participate in the ceremony?

We encourage your loved one’s to participate in the ceremony with a reading, music performance or any suggestions should you have.

How long the ceremony will last?

The ceremony will last about 25 to 30 minutes.

When can we do our ceremony?

We can officiate your ceremony at any given time on a weekday, weekend or evening.

What happens if our celebrant is ill or totally incapacitated the day of the ceremony?

Le Nouveau Penser regroups several officiants. If, for some major reason, your celebrant is unable to perform your ceremony, Le Nouveau Penser is authorized to replace him with another celebrant who will respect the date of your ceremony.

How long in advance should we book our ceremony?

We advise you to book as early as possible. In practice, you can make your reservation as soon as you know the date, time and place of your ceremony.

How do we make a reservation?

An official reservation can be made by phone or email.

We will need those informations:

  • Date and time of ceremony
  • Name and full address of ceremony site
  • Your names
  • Two phone numbers, ideally cellular
  • Preference for your celebrant: male, female or indifferent

If you are contacting us by email, please leave us the phone number to reach you and the best time for us to do so.

We will recommend a celebrant who will contact you within 24 hours.

You have two options:

  • Contact directly the celebrant of your choice. You will find a list of all our celebrants and their contact details on our website.
  • Contact our office, we are opened 7 days a week from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.1-514-254-2951 or celebrant@lenouveaupenser.com

What is the price of the ceremony?

The price for our services varies depending on the distance the celebrant has to travel to get to your ceremony location.

Our services offered are turnkey, to include first phone communication, opening of the file, the meeting, preparation of the ceremony and travel charges. Taxes are included, no other fees will be added to the price.

What are the payment terms?

The payment is made directly to your celebrant according to the terms he will specify.

Call us for more informations

You have not found an answer to your questions in our FAQ? Do not hesitate to contact us at 514 254-2951or by completing our contact form.