Frequently Asked Questions...


Question: 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.

Question: Is there a waiting period?

Yes, there is a mandatory three day waiting period.

Question: May we marry before the three day waiting period?

Yes, if you obtain a court waiver.

Question: Is a blood test required?

No - a blood test is no longer required.

Question: Is it necessary to have witnesses present at the ceremony?

Massachusetts statute does not require that witnesses be present at your ceremony.

Question: At what age may a couple marry?

Massachusetts residents may marry if they are 18 years of age or older.

Question: How long is a marriage license valid?

A marriage license, once obtained, is valid for 60 days from the date intentions are filed and may be used in any city or town in the Commonwealth.

Question: Can same gender couples get married in Massachusetts?

Massachusetts was the first state in the nation to legalize same gender marriages. I have officiated at many of these marriages.

Question: How does one become a justice of the peace?

A justice of the peace is appointed by the Governor for a seven year term and confirmed by the Governor’s Council. Each city/town is allowed one justice for every 5000 residents.

Question: What fees are involved?

The following is a list of wedding services:

Standard wedding in Easton, MA                              $100

Standard wedding outside of Easton, MA               $150

Optional rituals, additional                                         $50

(ex: unity candle, sand ceremony, breaking the glass, anam cara,
handfasting, hand ceremony, jumping the broom) 

Rehearsal                                                                     Same price as a standard wedding

Vow renewals                                                              Same price as a standard wedding

Some free options:
Readings, prayers, recognition of deceased, unity circle,
gift of flowers to parents, notarization services