Frequently Asked Questions

What are the legal requirements to be married?

You must be 18 years of age and have a valid marriage license to marry in Massachusetts. Your marriage license can be issued by any city or town clerk. Most people obtain their license in the city of town in which they live or plan to be married.  There is a three-day waiting period before the ceremony can be performed legally. You don’t need anything else.

 

Don't I need witnesses at the Ceremony?

No, this is not required.  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts recognizes the Officiant (me) as the witness.

 

Do we need a blood test?

No, as of 2005 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts does not require a blood test to be married.

 

Can you perform ceremonies in any State?

Yes! Should you choose to be married in New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine or any other state, I am licensed to perform your ceremony.  

Do we need to exchange wedding rings at our ceremony?

Many couples opt to do so, but that is not a requirement. 

Can we write our own vows?

Of course! You may write your own vows or choose from samples that I have. We will work together to rework the language so that it is special and meaningful for you.

Can we include others in the ceremony?

You may choose to have Family or Friends play a part in your marriage ceremony.  Some couples incorporate Family and Friends into their ceremony through readings, prayers, cultural or religious wedding traditions, or presenting of the wedding rings.  Whatever you decide to do, we will work together to create your vision for your ideal ceremony.

 

Do you perform same-gender and interfaith weddings?

I certainly do!  Love is Love, and I am honored to perform weddings for all couples.  

Where can we have our ceremony?

Anywhere you want – on a beach, in a field, at your home, or any venue you choose.

Do we need a pre-nuptial conference?

We should meet before your wedding. I am happy to get together at a mutually convenient time and location so that we can get to know one another and discuss how to customize your wedding. We will discuss whether you want special readings or meaningful passages, and what vows you would like to exchange. Should you decide not to use my services, there is no charge for the pre-nuptial conference.

 

Should we have a rehearsal?

A rehearsal is important if you are planning anything more than just a basic wedding. It gives everyone—not just you—an opportunity to become familiar with their roles in the wedding ceremony. However, it is not a “must.”

 

We want to elope.  Will you perform a ceremony for just the two of us?

Of course!  Massachusetts law does not require witnesses at a wedding ceremony. Your officiant is the only witness you need.

 

We are planning a destination wedding.  Will you perform a ceremony prior to our trip so that we are legally married in the U.S.?

I would be happy to do so.  In general, marriages which are legally performed and valid abroad are also legally valid in the United States.  However, foreign countries may have cumbersome requirements to make the marriage valid.  Many couples wish to forego the stress and uncertainty and have their ceremony prior to leaving the United States and have a ceremonial service at the destination site.  

 

What will you wear to the wedding?

I will wear whatever attire best suits your event, but I usually wear a dress or suit with or without a robe. I will accommodate based on your preference.

 

 

Services/Fees

The fee for a basic wedding ceremony is established by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

 

Pricing is determined during a consultation with each couple and is based upon your individual ceremony.

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