Alberta Marriage License Requirements & Local Church List - The Fairmont Banff Springs

Weddings

Alberta Marriage License Requirements

Prior to the Banff wedding ceremony, couples must obtain an Alberta Marriage License from a Registry in the province of Alberta.  The license is valid for three months from date of issue.

To obtain the marriage license, both the bride and groom must provide:

  • Proof of identification (driver license or passport)    
  • Full name and birthplace of father
  • Full name, maiden name and birthplace of mother    
  • If divorced - decree absolute 
  • If widowed - death certificate of former spouse 

A marriage license can be purchased in Banff at the Banff Bureau, 229 Bear Street, (403) 762-2177.  There are no issuing offices in Lake Louise. 

If documentation is in order, it is possible to obtain a marriage license and be married on the same day.  Issuing offices are closed on Sunday.

Persons from out of province can arrange their marriage license in advance through the Banff Bureau.

Two witnesses of at least 18 years of age are required for the ceremony.  It is not necessary that the witnesses have prior knowledge of the couple being married.  Marriage ceremonies may be conducted with the assistance of an interpreter if the bride or groom does not understand English.

Marriage Commissioners are appointed by the Alberta Government, but are not salaried employees and are not subsidized.  Fees may vary among commissioners. 

Local Church List

For your convenience, please see the below list of Banff wedding locations. These local Banff churches are within close proximity to the resort and would work perfectly with hosting your Banff wedding reception at The Fairmont Banff Springs.

Anglican Church St. George's-in-the-Pines 
100 Beaver Street, Banff    
Telephone:  (403) 762-2128 
Anglican Church St. Michael's
709 7th Street, Canmore    
Telephone:  (403) 678-5191 
Canmore Baptist International
Canmore      
Telephone:  (403) 678-2861 
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
 457 Cougar Street, Banff    
Telephone:  (403) 762-3113 
Lutheran Church Shepherd of the Valley
1st Ave. & Hospital Place, Canmore   
Telephone:  (403) 678-6700 
Presbyterian Church
Banff Ave. & Wolf Street, Banff    
Telephone:  (403) 762-3279 
United Church
302 Buffalo Street, Banff    
Telephone:  (403) 762-2075 
United Church
617 8th Street, Canmore    
Telephone:  (403) 678-5354