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Alberta Marriage Laws & Licenses

Prior to being married, couples must obtain an Alberta Marriage License from a registry in the province of Alberta. The license is valid for three months from the date of issue.

Obtaining an Alberta Marriage License The Bride and Groom must provide the following information:
• Proof of identification
• Full name of father, birth place of father
• Maiden and full name of mother, birth place of mother
• If divorced, Decree Absolute
• If widowed, Death Certificate of former spouse

Please note there is no Marriage License issuing office in Lake Louise. Couples from out of province may arrange their Alberta Marriage License in advance through the Banff Bureau.

Marriage Licenses
Banff Bureau (closed on Sundays)
220 Bear Street
Banff, Alberta T1L 1A6
T +1 403 762 2177

Civil marriage ceremonies can be conducted at any location.

Wedding Commissioners are appointed by the Alberta Government but are not salaried employees and are not subsidized.

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. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is able to provide witnesses at a cost of $100.00 per witness for their services.

Upon the granting of Royal Assent to the federal Civil Marriage Act, same-sex marriage is legal in Alberta as of July 20, 2005.

Note: This information is provided as a reference to assist you in planning your wedding. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise does not guarantee or warranty the services provided by these vendors but supplies this information to you for your convenience.

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