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Boston Ceremonies

Brighton, MA 02135
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Boston Ceremonies has been officiating weddings in Brighton for 10 years. The group has performed over 300 weddings and other ceremonies, and the officiant is known for her spirituality as well as humor and vibrant delivery. Couples can choose from various themes for their nuptials including a Love Story Wedding and elegant smaller weddings at public spaces such as The Boston Public Garden or Rowe's Wharf. The Jewel Box Wedding features a romantic ceremony at the officiant's own home and includes selected music, gourmet appetizers, wedding cake, champagne and other beverages, professional photography, and flowers. Elly Jackson is a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant and Ordained Officiant, is a former New York actress, and also currently works as a Lecturer on Writing at Northeastern University.

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Gary Fine Weddings

Hanover, MA 02339
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Gary Fine Weddings brings almost 30 years of experience in officiating weddings to Hanover couples. Clients love the ability for them to incorporate personalized touches, vows, and other meaningful elements to make their ceremony unique and greatly benefit from pre-ceremony counseling as well. Gary Fine is a Justice of the Peace and an ordained non-denominational minister who performs custom as well as traditional ceremonies for same and interfaith couples. Mr. Fine has an interfaith marriage himself and is ordained through the Universal Brotherhood Movement. Brides can find a list of preferred wedding vendors on the company's website to help plan their big day, and officiating services can be requested on short-notice as well. Outside of his wedding ceremony work, Mr. Fine works for a financial services company as a management development corporate trainer.

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Justice of the Peace, Alan Jardine Ulrich

Reading, MA 01867
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Justice of the Peace, Alan Jardine Ulrich brings over 12 years of officiating experience to brides and grooms in Reading. Couples can request custom weddings, secular, civil or religious services, traditional ceremonies, or modern weddings, and the officiant works with each couple to plan and design a memorable day per their beliefs and values. Services are available for same-sex couples, vow renewals, and commitment ceremonies as well. Justice Alan W. Ulrich is Director of the Massachusetts Justices of the Peace Association, is a member of Toastmasters, and has been seen on The Knot. Justice Ulrich has also won a WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award in 2016 and was listed on Boston A-List as one of the Best Wedding Officiants.

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Justified Love

Quincy, MA 02170
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Justified Love is a wedding officiant service in Quincy. Brides and grooms get to design their very own unique wedding ceremony and can choose from various packages such as the "I Do" Quincy Package, the "I Do" Out of Quincy, the "I Do" Chapel Package at Lydon Chapel, a Sweet & Simple Elopement Package, and the "I Do" Drive-Thru Package in Lydon Chapel's parking lot. Clients can also request a pre-ceremony meeting if not in their package, limo rentals, photographers/videographers, and other options and can find information on marriage license laws as well as a list of other wedding vendors on Justified Love's website. Services are available for civil ceremonies and vow renewals as well, and Roberta Black is a Justice of the Peace and Certified Life Coach.

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Leslie A Zises Justice of the Peace

Newton, MA 02467
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Leslie A Zises Justice of the Peace officiates weddings in Newton. Clients use the service for marriage and commitment ceremonies as well as wedding vow renewals, and Justice Leslie Zises has won a WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award from 2014 through 2016. The group is also listed on as well. Justice Zises officiates small and large ceremonies, casual and elegant weddings, and traditional, same-sex, and interfaith ceremonies at a number of locations. Brides and grooms can choose more intimate and less well-known spots for their nuptials or places like the Freedom Trail, the Esplanade, Fenway Park, the Boston Waterfront, or the Swan Boats. Ms. Zises is a member of the Massachusetts Justice of the Peace Association and also specializes in lunchtime weddings. Notary services and services for baby welcomings are also available.

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Massachusetts Justice of the Peace Stoddard H. Melhado

Littleton, MA 01460
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Massachusetts Justice of the Peace Stoddard H. Melhado provides wedding officiating services in Littleton. The officiant seeks to create personalized ceremonies and hopes guests are left with a meaningful and beautiful memory. Justice Melhado previously worked as a high school English teacher and School Counselor for almost 40 years and brings a wealth of knowledge to each ceremony. The group has won a WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award three times, is GLBT Friendly, was a 2016 Pick for The Knot Best of Weddings, and was named a Top Wedding Officiant in Boston by Top 10 Wedding Vendors. Justice Melhado is a member of The Massachusetts Justices of the Peace Association and The American Council of Wedding Officiants and also rescues and adopts racing greyhounds.

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Maureen Cotton Ceremonies

Beverly, MA 01915
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Maureen Cotton Ceremonies caters to couples located in the state of Massachusetts It would be her honor to be your guide. Her process leads you and your partner inward so that you can articulate the magic of your shared life, values, and vision for the future. We’ll develop a radically present wedding ceremony that no one will ever forget. . Maureen is known for creating a calm environment for intimate ceremonies and authentic documentaries of wedding days. Maureen wants couples will reflect on moments when they have felt an unnamable divine presence, and seek to tap into that on their wedding day.

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Meaningful Weddings

Harvard, MA 01451
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Meaningful Weddings handles officiating services in the Harvard area. The group believes that a union between two people must be guided by someone who can incorporate and reflect their true identity and values. Brides and grooms from all backgrounds and faiths can find a comprehensive guide on the company's website to selecting the perfect person to oversee their union following the motto of "Your Choice, Your Voice, Your Ceremony." Wedding Celebrant and Interfaith Minister Cindy Matchett is not presently officiating weddings herself but refers couples to the Celebrant Institute for bios and contact information to numerous officiants as well as to her own mentor and colleague, Dr. Dennis Geller, who deals with secular, interfaith, same-sex, and Jewish ceremonies. Meaningful Weddings also offers a free e-book on creating a meaningful wedding ceremony.

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Rev. Sue

Rockport, MA 01966
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Rev. Sue has been officiating weddings in Rockport for over 20 years. Couples have a fun time creating a personalized ceremony according to their input with guidance and support and are encouraged to receive premarital counseling with the officiant as well. Rev. Sue was a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, obtained her Master of Divinity degree with distinction from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and was ordained by One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in 2011. Rev. Sue has worked with other religions and the LGBT community on an interfaith program while a Roman Catholic Campus Minister at Wellesley College as well and won a WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award from 2013 through 2016. Brides and grooms can also listen to the reverend's podcast via her website on how to find that perfect officiant.

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Wedding of Your Desire

Malden, MA 02148
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Wedding of Your Desire officiates weddings in Malden. The group has overseen the union of over 960 couples who came from a diverse range of religions and backgrounds and prides itself on enabling couples to have a wedding ceremony perfect just for them. Carol J. Merletti is a Massachusetts Justice of the Peace and Ordained Minister who caters to all faiths and religions, same-sex couples, and whatever personalized touch brides and grooms would like included in the ceremony. Wedding of Your Desire has won a WeddingWire Bride's/Couples' Choice Award seven times, was a 2013 Pick for The Knot Best of Weddings, and has officiated weddings at a long list long list of unique venues including Fenway Park. Ms. Merletti has also been a notary public for over 30 years.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much do wedding officiants make?

A: Individuals who perform weddings professionally make an average of $400 to $800 per ceremony, plus mileage fees. They may also charge a fee to participate in the wedding rehearsal. Other optional services, like personalized ceremonies and custom embellishments, may incur additional costs. It’s also customary to tip the officiant.

Q: What should I wear to officiate a wedding?

A: It’s best to discuss clothing options with the couple you’re marrying. Ask if they have a preference and follow their lead. If they have no input, choose an outfit that’s suitable for the type of ceremony, whether it be formal, casual, trendy, or something else.

Q: How do I get my wedding officiant license?

A: It’s not necessary to have a license to become a wedding officiant in every state. However, states that allow private individuals to become officiants usually require that they be ordained. Many jurisdictions let you complete this process online, but be sure to review the applicable state and county statutes before getting ordained.

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