Frequently Asked Questions
Massachusetts Justice of the Peace / Wedding Celebrant Regina M. Pacitti

 

Home About Me My Services & the Process Frequently Asked Questions Photo Gallery

What must we have to be married?

How old must we be to get married?

Do we need witnesses for the ceremony?

Can we write our own vows?

How long is the ceremony?

Where can we be married?

Can we be married Christmas or New Year’s Eve?

We are being married for the second time and have children. Can they be including in the ceremony?

Must we have a rehearsal?

What do you wear?

Should we invite you to our reception?

Will you give us a copy of our marriage license?

What if you become ill and are unable to perform my ceremony?

How can I contact you for more information?

 

 

What must we have to be married?

You must have a marriage license issued by the state of Massachusetts. To obtain one, both members of the couple must apply to the city or town clerk in any community in Massachusetts. It does not necessarily have to be where you live or work. Be aware that marriage license fees vary from city to city. Blood tests are no longer required in Massachusetts. There is a mandatory 3-day waiting period including Sundays and holidays. The license is valid for 60 days. Only a court waver through a probate or district court can eliminate the waiting period.

Back to Top

How old must we be to get married?

A Massachusetts resident may marry at the age of 18. A birth certificate may be required to show proof of age.

Back to Top

Do we need witnesses for the ceremony?

A Justice of the Peace ceremony does not require witnesses although some religious ceremonies do.

Back to Top

Can we write our own vows?

Yes. I will help you to do so. The critical element is evidence of a promise and the concluding pronouncement “by the authority granted me by the state of Massachusetts…”.

Back to Top

How long is the ceremony?

It depends on what you want. A simple, basic ceremony can de done in 10 minutes. Readings, rituals, and musical selections can make your ceremony as long as an hour.

Back to Top

Where can we be married?

You usually provide the location. If you wish to be married in a park, you may have to apply to the city or town for a permit. Some couples choose to be married in their homes or backyards. I have also performed some very small weddings in my home and front yard.

Back to Top

Can we be married Christmas or New Year’s Eve?

I often perform holiday weddings. These are popular dates!

Back to Top

We are being married for the second time and have children. Can they be including in the ceremony?

I would be happy to write them into your ceremony in a meaningful way.

Back to Top

Must we have a rehearsal?

Not necessarily. I recommend rehearsals if there are many attendants, readings and musical selections. I can help you orchestrate a rehearsal, but there is an additional charge just for my presence.

Back to Top

What do you wear?

I usually wear a robe.

Back to Top

Should we invite you to our reception?

I do appreciate your thoughtfulness but generally do not accept, as I would not know any of your guests. Please save yourself the expense. I do like a photo for my album and appreciate any favor that is given to your guests as a keepsake. I do accept gratuities if you are pleased with my services.

Back to Top

Will you give us a copy of our marriage license?

I am forbidden to do so by law. I return it to the city or town where it was granted after filling out the appropriate parts, signing it, and recording it in my register. You can then obtain a certified copy from that city or town hall for a nominal fee about a week after the ceremony when the license has been registered.

Back to Top

What if you become ill and are unable to perform my ceremony?

In the rare event that I am unable to celebrate your wedding, I will try to secure a replacement among several friend JPs or from our professional association who will do the designated ceremony at the agreed upon price.

Back to Top

How can I contact you for more information?

Click here to request additional information or a consulation.

Please contact me at your convenience.

Phone: 781-894-5277
E-Mail: jpgina53@gmail.com

Back to Top

 


No portion of this website may be reproduced, republished or mirrored, without the expressed written consent of the owner.

© 2017
Last modified: 02/13/2017