City of Brampton will begin offering civil marriage ceremonies starting August 10. Couples opting for a civil ceremony can be married by the City.10. This new service will be officiated by staff of the City Clerk’s Office on Mondays from 9 am to 4 pm at Alderlea, an iconic heritage building, near City Hall in downtown Brampton. The ceremony is non-religious. This service is in line with the Marriage Act, which authorizes municipal clerks to solemnize civil marriages. Currently, 10 staff members are trained to conduct civil ceremonies. Bookings are now open and must be made in person at the City Clerk’s Office. In the initial phase, a maximum of five ceremonies will be held on Mondays. Later in the year, staff will assess the need for extending to additional days and locations, subject to Council approval. The ceremony will be approximately thirty minutes. The ceremony space can accommodate up to 30 guests and couples will be able to choose from three ceremony scripts. The City will provide minimal decoration of the wedding space. Details on registration and a mandatory pre-ceremony consultation are available online at www.brampton.ca On average, the City of Brampton issues 2,200 marriage licenses each year.