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Your wedding ceremony will be conducted by a member of the clergy, a Massachusetts Officiant or a Justice of the Peace.
If possible, you should select an officiant that knows both of you. This will allow them to personalize the ceremony for you. Unless the two of you belong to the same parish, this may be difficult to do.
Take the time to meet with more than one officiant and select the person that made you feel the most at ease. Be sure to ask for references, plus other pertinent questions. Below are questions you should include in the interview.
In Massachusetts, a couple can choose to have a family friend or relative perform their wedding ceremony. In order to become a "Justice of the Peace" for a day, you must fill out an application from the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth. The process takes 4-6 weeks to complete.
After filling out the application and sending it back, you will then receive a letter from the Secretary of Commonwealth granting permission for the person to perform the wedding ceremony. The letter will give you further instructions to complete the process. There is a $25 fee to apply. Find complete details and an application.
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