Massachusetts Justice of the Peace

Stoddard H. Melhado







A Unique Approach to Weddings

The Process:

To be married in Massachusetts, you must obtain a Massachusetts Marriage License, plan a ceremony, and select someone to officiate

Learn and understand the process of getting married with the help of Personalized Marriage Ceremonies in Littleton, Massachusetts.

Obtaining a Marriage License: 

  • Appear jointly before any town or city clerk in Massachusetts -- it does not have to be the town or city where you will be married
  • Bring identification and a valid proof of age -- birth certificate or driver's license
  • You must be 18 years old to obtain a marriage license
  • Blood tests are not required
  • There is a three day waiting period (weekends and holidays included)
  • The license is valid for 60 days from the date that you first applied
  • Fees are set by the individual cities and towns

Your Ceremony:

  • Contact me to reserve your date
  • Meet with me to begin discussing the elements that will make your ceremony special and personal -- usually an hour
  • Continue planning through telephone conversations and/ or e-mails -- readings, vows, ring statements, and special ceremonies like the wine box and love letters or handfasting -- until the ceremony is precisely the way you want it
  • Have a rehearsal with me and all parties involved in the ceremony to make certain that things will go perfectly on your special day
  • Have the wedding of your dreams -- your wedding, your way

My Fees:

The fees for Justices of the Peace officiating at a wedding are set by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

  •  Initial Consultation...$50.00
  • Officiating at a wedding in the Town of Littleton...$100.00
  • Officiating at a wedding outside the Town of Littleton...$150.00
  • Attending a rehearsal in the Town of Littleton...$100.00  
  • Attending a rehearsal outside the Town of Littleton...$150.00
  • Vow renewals in the Town of Littleton...$100.00
  • Vow renewals outside the Town of Littleton...$150.00       

A $50.00 deposit is required to secure a specific date.

I am not allowed to charge for mileage; however, if your venue is more than 30 miles from Littleton, I hope you will consider some compensation.

All fees must be paid prior to the ceremony.

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A portion of every fee I receive is donated to Greyhound Friends, Inc.

References gladly provided upon request.

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