Imagine waking up one morning to discover that your spouse may not actually be your spouse, as far as the law is concerned.
In what can only be described as "un-frikin-believable", a
Marriages solemnized in good faith
31. If the parties to a marriage solemnized in good faith and intended to be in compliance with this Act are not under a legal disqualification to contract such marriage and after such solemnization have lived together and cohabited as a married couple, such marriage shall be deemed a valid marriage, although the person who solemnized the marriage was not authorized to solemnize marriage, and despite the absence of or any irregularity or insufficiency in the publication of banns or the issue of the licence. R.S.O. 1990, c. M.3, s. 31; 2005, c. 5, s. 39 (5).
So at the end of the day, all is not lost for the happy couple. While their wedding may have been a "train wreck" (to quote the groom himself), they can rest assured that their marriage will be recognized in Ontario...well eventually.