After you have checked out our website/price range/reviews etc, it’s best to first drop us a quick email or a text to check if we have availability on your date. Please include your name and best way to contact you, your venue/city and the approximate ceremony starting time (because we might be booked for a shorter ceremony nearby a few hours earlier and thus be safely available on the same date). This can also be done with our Contact Form. We’ll get back to you quickly.
Most couples schedule an initial phone call or a meeting to compare all the ceremony options, discuss your ideas and preferences and receive an accurate price quote based on your specific needs. It’s also important to get a feel for your JP’s personality and professionalism, since all officiants are not the same.
Ceremonies held in MA require a valid MA Marriage License. Ceremonies held in NH require a NH Certificate of Marriage. It doesn’t matter where you both live, only where the ceremony is taking place.
You must BOTH go to any City or Town Clerk’s office in that state to “File Your Intentions”.
Fees will vary depending on the city or town where you file.
You do not have to be a resident of the town/city and the license/certificate may be used to be married in any other city or town within the same state. It is not valid out of the state.
You must both be over 18 and show a valid ID: (birth certificate, driver’s license, passport etc). If either person is under 18 years old, a court order must be obtained first from the probate court or district court where the minor resides.
In Massachusetts, there is no blood test required, but after filing, there is a waiting period of 3 days before you can pick up your license from the clerk’s office. The 3-day waiting period may be waived only by a court order. If either or both of you are divorced, divorces must be FINAL before the time of the filing of intentions. Massachusetts does not require any witnesses present at a marriage ceremony.
A MA marriage license is good for 60 days from the date you file for it, so don’t file too early. 6 weeks before is perfect. A NH Certificate of Marriage is good for 90 days.
Get it to your Justice of the Peace in advance. A good time is a month before the wedding, since things can get pretty hectic for you in the final few weeks. A Justice of the Peace cannot perform the ceremony without your marriage license. After your marriage ceremony, your JP is required to sign and return your license to the City/Town Clerk’s Office where you applied for it. After it has been recorded there, that is the only place where certified copies will be available, at a fee. Each town/city hall will set the fee for the official copy.
A wedding ceremony is usually followed by 5 or more hours of eating , drinking and dancing to help you celebrate your marriage. It is a grave error to permit the drinking of alcohol prior to the ceremony, since it can alter clear judgement and lessen the full, polite attention span of those who drink beforehand. For this reason, we suggest leaving specific instructions with your venue/bartender, wedding party (flasks!), family and guests that you would prefer everyone to respect your wishes to start the party AFTER the ceremony.
Our customized ceremony offers couples the option of a polite pre-ceremony announcement asking everyone to please power down their cell phones and to allow the professional photographer to capture the pictures while all attendees capture the ceremony with their hearts. We can offer many other ideas to help you craft your ceremony.
Most of the time, it turns out very similar to having a friend with an iPod try to DJ and MC a wedding for the first time. It looks easy until you try to do it yourself. An experienced, professional wedding officiant who takes pride in his or her work is always your best option if you want everything to be organized correctly and run smoothly.
Yes, but I will need to apply in advance for a special permit that allows a Massachusetts Justice of the Peace to legally perform a marriage in New Hampshire. We do them all the time. A small surcharge is added to cover the NH fee/administrative involved.