Before getting married you must get a Marriage License and a Registration of Marriage from a registry agent. A marriage license shows that you meet the requirements to get married in Alberta and gives you the legal right to get married any time between the three months that the Marriage license was issued. When you receive a Registration of Marriage and Marriage License, you must present the documents to the marriage officiant. Once completed the Registration of Marriage form becomes a permanent legal record of your marriage. A marriage officiant is someone who has legal authority to perform a marriage in Alberta. When planning your marriage, you may wish to have a religious or civil ceremony and there is no legal differences between the two types of ceremonies. Basic requirements for marriage ceremonies in Alberta include that both parties of the marriage, a registered officiant, and two adult witnesses are present at the marriage ceremony. The couple must be present with a valid Alberta marriage license, as well as the Registration of Marriage must be signed by both parties to the marriage, the marriage officiant and two adult witnesses. A marriage ceremony performed by a marriage commissioner require that during the ceremony in front of the marriage commissioner and two adult witnesses that the couple declares to each other, i do solemnly declare that i do not know of any lawful impediment why i,(name) may not be joined in matrimony to (name). I call upon those persons present to witness that i, (name), do take you, (name) to be my lawful wedded wife/husband/spouse. For a religious ceremony, other than the above basic requirements, there is no government regulation with respect to celebration of the marriage by a member of a clergy.