"Do you take thee to be your wedded husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, and in sickness and in health?"
Words like these could one day be uttered in the Vancouver City Hall council chamber, depending on how the politicians vote on a motion being presented by an NPA politician.
Coun. Melissa De Genova wants council to support her call for staff to investigate the possibility of offering three sites for weddings at Vancouver City Hall—the council chamber, Helena Gutteridge Plaza, and the garden.
If the measure passes this week, staff will report back with recommendations about a pilot project on set days of the year.
De Genova's motion points out that most city halls in Canada allow civil marriages on-site, with ceremonies lasting 10 to 20 minutes with five to 30 guests permitted per wedding.
The motion goes into a bit of detail about what's available in Ottawa, where it's quite affordable: $141.30 for weekday ceremonies and $212 on weekends. Marriage licences are available at Ottawa City Hall for $161.60.
It's already possible to obtain permits from the Vancouver park board to be married at some of its sites.