How do I apply for a marriage license?
According to Massachusetts law, you must jointly file intentions to marry with the city or town clerk in any community in the state. The filing cost ranges from $4.00 to $50.00 depending on the town in which you file.
Is there a waiting period?
Yes there is a mandatory three day waiting period once you receive your marriage license.
May we marry before the three day waiting period?
Yes. You must obtain a waiver from a court in which case you may marry the day after applying for your marriage license. The cost to do this is $195 and you will need to fill out a Marriage Without Delay form. Keep in mind that courts are only open on week days so if you apply on a Friday, you must obtain your waiver and return to the town hall with the waiver before town hall closes for the day.
Is a blood test required?
No, Massachusetts does not require couples to have a blood test to get married.
Is it necessary to have witnesses at the ceremony?
No, Massachusetts does not require witnesses to be present for your ceremony.
At what age may a couple marry?
Massachusetts residents may marry if they are 18 years of age or older.
How long is a marriage license valid?
A Massachusetts marriage license is valid for 60 days from the date of issue?
What is your title?
I was a Justice of the Peace as a Chatham resident from 2014 – 2020. When I moved to Harwich, there were no JP positions open (there are only a certain amount allotted per town). Not wanting to abandon my career, I was able to get ordained and registered with the Commonwealth as a Member of the Clergy. I operated exactly the same as when I was a JP, just under a different title.
What do you wear to ceremonies?
Typically, I wear a dress or dress pants and top in neutral tones. My goal is to look polished and professional, and not detract from your wedding party and color scheme. If you have a particular color/attire you prefer for me to wear, I’m happy to do so as long as I own it or you want to make a financial contribution to my wardrobe.
Do you accept gratuity?
Gratuity is always appreciated, but certainly not necessary. I understand that financing a wedding is not inexpensive, so please know that a tip is optional.
Do you attend the rehearsal?
I am happy to attend the rehearsal, but it is not usually necessary for me to be there. Typically, a wedding venue has a dedicated wedding coordinator to run the rehearsal, but if you need someone to organize everyone, or just prefer that I attend, please let me know so I can save the time slot. There is an additional $100 fee for me to attend to compensate for my time. For off-Cape rehearsals, the additional travel fee of $2/mile round trip also applies.