Beach Wedding Canopy

Frequently Asked Questions


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.