It might be big in that you’re having a lot of guests, a large wedding party and a lavish reception
Or it might be small and intimate.
Either way, it’s big.

And, either way, it needs to be your big day. It’s your job to imagine and create the wedding you want. A wedding that will reflect and honour both of you, your unique relationship and the path you are walking together.

It’s my job to facilitate your vision for the ceremony, bringing energy and expertise to help make your big day be everything you want it to be.

I would be delighted to play that small role in your big day.

Barry Chugg

About Me

Even though it's all about you, you'll want to know about me.

As a young man I earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work but my heart took me in a different direction and I became a career entrepreneur. I co-founded a video production company which became one of Canada’s largest and have been a professional communicator in Alberta for more than thirty years. In the course of this career I was fortunate to discover two of my greatest talents and joys: writing and public speaking. Over the years I have won many writing awards and had numerous opportunities to speak to groups small and large here at home in Alberta as well as internationally. Both activities give me life.

I have become an Alberta marriage commissioner partly because it gives me the opportunity to use these skills but mostly because weddings are all about joy and love. And who doesn’t want to spend as much time as possible surrounded by joy and love?

Barry's Signature

Barry Chugg

Alberta Commissioner

Services

Because it’s your big day and all about you, I want to offer you what you want and need.
No more and no less.

You might want a very conventional Civil Marriage Ceremony or something completely unique. I am happy to customize your ceremony, write a few bits specifically for you and work with any ideas you have to make it special. Let’s talk about possibilities and make them realities.

My rates will vary somewhat depending on what you want. Please call or email for rates and availability.

“A good marriage is where both people feel like they’re getting the better end of the deal.”
– Anne Lamott

Testimonials

  • Barry was the perfect marriage commissioner. He was very flexible in order to accommodate us and made sure the ceremony was exactly how we wanted it yet offered helpful suggestions as well. He explained everything very well (as we had no idea – first timers!) and we couldn’t have done it without him. The smile never left his face. We are very grateful to have had Barry marry us and the day went perfectly!

    -Torey Paul and Allison Danish

    Thank you so much for officiating for us. You did an absolutely wonderful job, we couldn’t have asked for better. Your words and style really fit in with who we are and what our love is about (a little sweet with some sass).
    We are very grateful that you participated in our day. Thank you, sincerely!

    – Adriane (& Ryan) Scullen

    Barry is excellent at explaining all aspects of the ceremony and helping everyone in the wedding party understand their roles. As well, he instills an appreciation of both the celebration and commitment intertwined in the marriage ceremony. He encouraged both my daughters and their fiancés to personalize their ceremonies – and deftly assisted when they forgot their lines or otherwise missed a cue. In both cases, he took in stride the last minute delays and mini-crises, and once the ceremony was in progress, managed to set the bride and groom at ease.

    – Kathryn Shailer

    Barry was an important part of our ceremony adding wisdom, humour and a very personal touch. I could not have imagined a better or more carefully crafted event. Barry was able to apply his considerable communication skills, and lead in a meaningful way.

    – Kerrie Penney

    “Barry did an excellent job! He was well put together, easy to work with and had a calming sense to him. I hope he can renew our vows in 25 years because we just liked him so much.”
    – Adrienne Collen

    Barry Chugg married my husband and me. He brought to our ceremony such a deep love and warmth. The calming nature of his voice was contagious, and the joy in his smile was pure and up lifting. The ceremony was so meaningful and he brought such depth, life and love to it. I will forever be grateful that Barry was able to be a key individual in making our wedding so extremely special.

    – Amber Segarac

    To anyone seeking that all-important anchor of a person, the one who actually marries you, this is the man you want to have your back! The man who will bring your dream wedding to life, whatever that dream may be!”

    – Jason and Vanessa Benoit

  • To anyone seeking that all-important anchor of a person, the one who actually marries you, this is the man you want to have your back! The man who will bring your dream wedding to life, whatever that dream may be!”

    – Jason and Vanessa Benoit

  • Barry is excellent at explaining all aspects of the ceremony and helping everyone in the wedding party understand their roles. As well, he instills an appreciation of both the celebration and commitment intertwined in the marriage ceremony. He encouraged both my daughters and their fiancés to personalize their ceremonies – and deftly assisted when they forgot their lines or otherwise missed a cue. In both cases, he took in stride the last minute delays and mini-crises, and once the ceremony was in progress, managed to set the bride and groom at ease.

    – Kathryn Shailer

    Barry was an important part of our ceremony adding wisdom, humour and a very personal touch. I could not have imagined a better or more carefully crafted event. Barry was able to apply his considerable communication skills, and lead in a meaningful way.

    – Kerrie Penney

    “Barry did an excellent job! He was well put together, easy to work with and had a calming sense to him. I hope he can renew our vows in 25 years because we just liked him so much.”
    – Adrienne Collen

    Barry Chugg married my husband and me. He brought to our ceremony such a deep love and warmth. The calming nature of his voice was contagious, and the joy in his smile was pure and up lifting. The ceremony was so meaningful and he brought such depth, life and love to it. I will forever be grateful that Barry was able to be a key individual in making our wedding so extremely special.

    – Amber Segarac