In Nova Scotia, a civil wedding ceremony can be performed by:
- A Judge of the Family Court or Provincial Court.
- A Justice of the Supreme Court.
- A Justice of the Peace.
Civil Weddings in Courthouses
If you want your ceremony to take place in the Halifax Regional Municipality, please call 902-424-3990. If you want your ceremony to be performed in a courthouse outside of the Halifax Regional Municipality, please contact your local courthouse. There is a designated marriage scheduler in each courthouse who can assist you. Courthouse locations can be found here.
Cost for a Civil Wedding
The cost for a civil wedding in a courthouse in Nova Scotia is established by the Nova Scotia Cost and Fees Act. Current information about the cost of a courthouse civil wedding can be provided by courthouse staff.
You must obtain a marriage license prior to your wedding. Marriage licenses are not issued by the courts. A list of where marriage licenses can be obtained is available here or by visiting any Vital Statistics office.