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Last update: May 2023

An award-winning wedding officiant, Rev. Mary McCandless, delights in helping you create a memorable wedding ceremony that captures the true essence of your commitment to each other. Regardless of whether you want something "short and sweet", contemporary or traditional, personalized, sincere and meaningful wedding ceremonies, showcase the love and promises made by couples. Or, if you want to elope, she'll provide the setting and the witnesses.

She is on a preferred Vendor's list at Whispering Springs in Grafton, Meadowview Gardens in Roseneath, Bloomfield Gardens in Newcastle, The Mill in Cobourg and has recently take on the responsibility of Officiant/Celebrant for the new Micro Weddings at the Art Gallery of Northumberland in Cobourg.

An open and engaging personality, Mary McCandless exudes caring, warmth and a sense of calm, welcome at any wedding celebration and is perfectly comfortable performing all kinds of weddings, for all kinds of couples, including same sex, inter-faith or multi-cultural. "All you need is love."


Mary McCandless is a licensed wedding officiant in the Province of Ontario. Her life experience, as a professional musical theatre performer, sets her apart and ensures that she is comfortable and confident in any public situation or setting. Wedding ceremonies are as different as the couples celebrating. She listens and hears your unique wants and needs and strives to make every celebration perfect for those involved, regardless where it is held.

Services offered

Mary's officiant services may include the following:

  • Welcomes couples' own thoughts, readings, vows
  • Handfasting
  • Unity Ceremony
  • Tree Planting
  • Licensed
  • Premarital counseling

Other services

Among the other services she offers, you can find:

  • Baptisms
  • Naming Ceremonies
  • Celebrations of Life
  • Funerals (Non-religious and Religious)
  • Memorials
  • Spiritual Counseling
  • House Blessings & Clearings

More information

What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?

Civil union
Single religion
Interfaith ceremony
Vow renewal
Ceremony rehearsal

What services do you provide?

Allow couple' own vows
Premarital counseling

What religious affiliations do you serve?

Baha'i faith
No denomination
Orthodox christian

On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

Less than 30 mins.

What is the starting price for your wedding services?


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Nicholas O. Married on 20/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The perfect officiant for our special day!

First of all I just want to give a huge shoutout to Mary for officiating our special day. She made the whole experience so comfortable for us and had such a warm personality. From beginning to end we knew we made the right choice. With her experience she helped us plan every detail to create the exact ceremony we envisioned and bring it to life.

Our guests still bring up what an amazing ceremony and how fantastic Mary was on the day. Highly recommended!
Mariya Y. Married on 30/06/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

Warm, Charismatic, and Magical Officiant!

Mary was so wonderful to work with! :)
From our initial Zoom interview as a couple in getting to know her, we knew she was the one!

She took the time to get to know us as a couple, and was able to accommodate the ceremony to our needs. She was flexible, accommodating, and inspiring!

We had a non-denominational service and still, Mary made our special moment feel divine and sacred.

Her warm presence and charismatic nature made her performance as an Officiant memorable and impactful.

My partner and I are grateful for her service and our guests were touched by the Ceremony.

I highly recommend choosing Mary for your wedding.
Shelagh S. Married on 07/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

If I could give 10000 stars I would!!!!

Reverend Mary McCandless was amazing! Not just for the service, she was there for us every step of the way!! There were snafooz but Mary kept everything going smoothly ( the entire venue had no internet so we lost music, which meant no wedding march) without missing a beat, Mary had the entire audience hum me down the aisle!!!!! IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!!! I SINCERELY BELIEVE THAT MY DAY WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN AS SPECIAL HAD MARY NOT BEEN THERE.
Maura Married on 04/06/2022
5 out of 5 rating

I cannot recommend Mary enough!!

Mary was our officiant for our wedding on June 4th 2022. She was amazing throughout the entire process helping us cultivate the perfect wedding ceremony. We felt heard the entire time and relaxed because she had everything handled. My family still comments about how great she and the ceremony were. Post wedding she mailed us our vow books, a cute card, and even helped us when we had issues with Service Ontario sending us our wedding certificate (even though she didn鈥檛 have to!)
Book with Mary - you won鈥檛 regret it!
Shanyn K. Married on 28/05/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Seamless and Flawless Wedding Ceremony

Mary was very professional from the moment we interviewed her straight through our ceremony and after. She made us feel at ease and we were able to ask her all the questions we wanted and she helped us make our ceremony exactly how we wanted it. She very helpfully provided us with a range of readings, poems and vows to fit all types of wedding ceremonies which gave us a chance to make the ceremony our own. During the ceremony itself, she guided us through each step so that we wouldn't feel awkward or worry about forgetting anything. We would totally recommend using Rev. Mary McCandless for your wedding.
Stephanie G. Married on 12/09/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Our fairy god mother

Mary did an absolutely amazing job officiating our wedding!! Mary is professional, reliable, and truly amazing at what she does. Would recommend.
Christine J. Married on 04/09/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Mary is an amazing person we definitely recommend to have her as your Officant

We highly recommend Mary she is so caring and makes you feel so comfortable and calming for your special day
Danielle M. Married on 25/06/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing experience !!

We had the pleasure of using Mary back in June for our small intimate wedding!
I was in a wedding a few years ago where Mary officiated and she was so well spoken ! When I came across her on our search for an officiant I knew we had to use her!
The whole experience was great, and my family still talks about how well spoken, and the great energy Mary brought to our wedding !
Darlene S. Married on 20/09/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Our very own Fairy Godmother

There are no words to express the perfect feeling of magic or the exquisite words of love Mary imbued upon our ceremony.

She genuinely cares about everyone included in the ceremony. From the Bride and Groom, to the shy lovely wedding guest in the back row.

Her melodic voice and words of wisdom, make all in attendance radiate with love and positivity.

All of our guests were absolutely taken with our enchanted officiant.

The care and detail she provides is second to none.

If you believe in love, Mary is the woman for you. She will make sure your love is represented and that everything is done to YOUR wants and needs.

Forever in our hearts,
The Shores
Jaymie M. Married on 14/09/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent - Definitely Recommend!

Reverend Mary was fantastic! She thoroughly explained the entire ceremony and made some super cute suggestions on how to make the ceremony even more intimate and heart felt. She made us both feel very comfortable and was always quick to respond if we had any questions. I would definitely suggest paying for a rehearsal, she walks you and your wedding party/family step by step through the ceremony so that you know exactly what is going to happen. We had a beautiful ceremony with Rev Mary officiating :)
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