How To Elope In BC

Need a guide when eloping in BC? Look no further for this is a very concise guide on what you have to do. There is also a suggested timeline below on when you do you need to comply with something or book someone before the event.

Here’s what you need:

A Marriage License

This is the most essential requirement for eloping or a wedding. Costs around 100 CAD, you need to go to a marriage license issuer. Personal valid identification for both of you must be brought. As you secure your marriage license, you need to present it during the day of the ceremony.

An Officiant

Aside from the couples, the most essential person is the officiant. He/she can be a pastor, a religious leader, or a marriage commissioner. More importantly, he/she must be registered under the Vital Statistics Agency.

Witnesses (at least two)

Witnesses for the event must be at least 19 years old. When eloping, there is no requirement for the witnesses to be family members or close friends. They can be anyone present, with a sound mind and of legal age.

Preparation For The Event

This includes the following:

  1. Picking the day of elopement/wedding
  2. Choosing a location
  3. Booking at least a photographer, a florist, and a hair & make-up artist
  4. Securing wedding attires

Wedding Insurance

In BC, getting wedding insurance can cost between 100 and 200 CAD. This will depend though on the number of guests and the availability of alcohol at the event.

Suggested timeline for processes before the event

  • Getting a marriage license = 1 to 2 months
  • Booking an officiant = 4 to 12 months
  • Securing witnesses = 1 to 2 months for the wedding
  • Picking a date & a location = 4 to 18 months
  • Securing location permits = 2 to 5 months
  • Booking a photographer = 4 to 18 months
  • Booking a florist = 3 to 12 months
  • Booking a hair & makeup artist = 3 to 12 months
  • Securing attire and items = 3 to 12 months for the wedding
  • Getting wedding insurance = 2 to 5 months