Meet your marriage commissioner

Ren Holmberg | You May Now NL


As a government-appointed commissioner, Ren Holmberg (She/They) is legally authorized to perform civil marriage ceremonies in Newfoundland & Labrador. Ren is based in St. John's and can travel anywhere in the province. Ren specializes in adventurous ceremonies celebrating all couples.

Ren will work with you leading up to your wedding to create a personalized ceremony, provide guidance on obtaining the necessary legal documents, and walk you through everything you need to say "I do". After your ceremony, Ren takes care of the government paperwork so you can enjoy your honeymoon, certain that your marriage is legally binding.

Thank you so much for making our big day so magical. From writing and officiating the perfect ceremony, to helping keep us calm, advising me on processional order, holding Nan’s purse, the list goes on and on!

We can’t imagine having anyone else there with us. Thank you for everything.Alex & Nick


Thank you for your work on our wedding. You gave us exactly the support we needed to guide us through the process and ceremony (and paperwork).When Em and I thought about how we wanted to get married, one thing was clear. We wanted a tiny queer wedding, without any hetero cultural traditions, influence or expectations.

You got that, and delivered just the right loving messages that we needed in our ceremony.You're delivering a much-needed and hard to find public service, and I'm excited for all the other folks in NL who you'll be able to support and am so appreciative that you were there for us this year.Sarah & Em

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The best time to visit Newfoundland is from Mother's Day to Thanksgiving, which spans from mid-May to early October. During this time, one of the highlights is the St. John's Pedestrian Mall, an exciting initiative that transforms the downtown area into a pedestrian-only zone. From June 22 to September 4, the street is closed to traffic, creating a lively atmosphere with outdoor dining options, local shops, and entertainment venues lining the street. It's the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the energetic and inviting atmosphere of St. John's.Royal St. John‘s Regatta
The Royal St. John's Regatta, also known as the "Regatta," is a historic annual sporting event that takes place in St. John's. It is one of the oldest organized sporting event in North America, dating back to 1826. The Regatta features rowing races in Quidi Vidi Lake, as well as various other activities and entertainment for spectators. It is a highly anticipated event that brings the community together and showcases the rich rowing traditions of the province.
George Street Festival
The George Street Festival is a renowned annual music festival held on George Street in St. John's. It is known for its lively atmosphere and showcases a diverse lineup of local and international artists. What makes George Street unique is its distinction as the street with the most bars per square foot in North America, creating a vibrant and energetic nightlife scene that attracts both locals and visitors alike.
Iceberg Alley
Iceberg Alley Music Festival, held in mid-June, is a vibrant celebration of music. This annual event brings together local and international artists to showcase their talents, offering a unique fusion of music, culture.
Bonavista Biennale
The Bonavista Biennale is a biennial contemporary art festival held in Bonavista, Newfoundland and Labrador. It showcases diverse artworks by local and international artists, incorporating site-specific installations and performances that engage with the region's cultural and natural landscapes. What I love about this festival is how it feels like a go at your own pace treasure hunt.
Writers at Woody Point
Writers at Woody Point is a renowned literary festival held in the town of Woody Point, Newfoundland. Each year, this festival attracts acclaimed writers and literary enthusiasts from across the country and beyond. With its stunning waterfront venue and a lineup of inspiring talks, readings, and workshops, Writers at Woody Point is a gathering that celebrates the power of words and storytelling in a captivating and scenic setting.
Iceberg Hunting
Like many seasonal pastimes, iceberg hunting starts off as a fun way to get out of the house in the springtime and see if there's an iceberg floating by their usual routes. The next thing you know you've joined Facebook groups, set up an alert, keeping a rucksack packed with the iceberg hunting essentials by your front door. The once innocent pass time somehow turns into a competitive sport that will keep drawing you back until you triumph in your quest.
Folk Festival
Folk Fest is a vibrant celebration of folk music and cultural heritage held annually in Newfoundland. This lively festival brings together talented musicians, dancers, and storytellers from the region and beyond.
Boat Tours
Embarking on a boat tour in Newfoundland is a captivating experience, offering the chance to explore the stunning coastal landscapes, encounter majestic icebergs, spot various marine wildlife, and hear about the rich history and culture of the region from a unique perspective on the water.
Puffins & Whales
From the adorable puffins nesting on the cliffs to the majestic whales breaching in the ocean, the province offers incredible opportunities to encounter these magnificent creatures up close and personal. Embark on a boat tour and be prepared to be amazed by the vibrant puffin colonies and the graceful presence of whales. My partner's Dad can't help but say "magical isn't it" every time he sees a whale, no matter how near or far.
Hiking, Kayaking, Biking
With its diverse landscapes Newfoundland offers thrilling opportunities for hiking, kayaking, and mountain biking. Explore rugged trails that lead to breathtaking vistas, paddle along serene coastlines and picturesque lakes, or tackle exhilarating bike routes through scenic mountains and forests.
Ferry Rides
Island-hopping experience in Newfoundland by taking a ferry to its captivating islands. Whether you're planning a day trip or an overnight adventure, the ferry transports you to remote and charming destinations where you can immerse yourself in the island way of life. From exploring pristine landscapes to discovering quaint communities and enjoying outdoor activities, a ferry journey to Newfoundland's islands adds an extra layer of exploration and enchantment to your Newfoundland experience.
Can't forget the fjords. Where rugged cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and serene waters converge. Explore these awe-inspiring natural wonders by boat or kayak, immersing yourself in the dramatic beauty of the fjords. Marvel at the towering peaks, spot wildlife along the shores, and witness the tranquil serenity of these remarkable geological formations. A fjord expedition in Newfoundland promises an unforgettable adventure amidst nature's grandeur.

If you're looking for a marriage commissioner, I cannot recommend Ren enough! So kind and we felt so comfortable during our intimate elopement ceremony because we knew we were in good hands

Cass & Chris

How to get to Newfoundland

Newfoundland is an Island with three ferry routes and three airports. St. John’s Airport is the most popular way to fly into Newfoundland. You will arrive in the city, less than 15 minutes from downtown. If you’re planning on visiting St. John’s and maybe taking a day trip to a nearby area, this is a great option. Keep in mind, though, that if you’re interested in visiting Gros Morne National Park, that is an 8-10 hour drive from St. John’s. There are two other airports; one is in Gander, famously known for the musical come from away. This one is three hours away from St. John’s and still around 5+ hours to Gros Morne. The third airport is in Deer Lake, which is 5+ hours away from St. John’s but only around 1 hour to Gros Morne. Flights in and out of Gander and Deer Lake will have fewer flight options and may be more expensive, and you may have a stopover in St. John’s. Though some new airlines in Canada, such as Flair, have been introducing cheaper flights to airports like Gander and Deer Lake.There are three Ferry routes to Newfoundland. Both the Argentia and the Port Aux Pasque Ferry leave from Sydney, Cape Breton. The Argentia Ferry is 13 hours overnight and gets you to a terminal around 1.5 hours out of St. John’s. The Port Aux Basque ferry is a 7-hour trip, either daytime or overnight. You get off in Port Aux Basque, which is a couple hours away from Gros Morne and around 13 hours to St. John’s. If you’re considering the roadtrip option and would like to see as much of Newfoundland as you can in one trip, you could arrive via one ferry, road trip across the island and take the other ferry back. The third Ferry option connects to Labrador.


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