Cape Vows

Time honored and personalized wedding ceremonies at the time and place of your choice by a Massachusetts licensed Justice of the Peace. Lovely Victorian setting available.


Hello, my name is Royden Richardson and I have been a Justice of the Peace since 1972 and have performed over 125 weddings a year, each one unique and different – touching the hearts of all involved.


Ceremony Planning

I like to meet with couples who are thinking of using a Justice of the Peace. It is so helpful to have a face to face meeting. It is not always possible but speaker phones and e-mail are great tools for communication.

Location Scouting

Cape Cod is a beautiful place to live and bring up your family. It is also a beautiful place to be married: sunrise, sunset, beach, meadow... or in a lovely garden. Perhaps you prefer the sea; a beautiful wedding destination, an inn, a hall or a chapel.

“Michael and I just wanted to send you a quick note to express our sincere appreciation for making our wedding ceremony so meaningful. It was our honor to have you preside over our wedding. Thank you so much for being such a big part of our special day. Your ceremony is a tearjerker... will never forget our first meeting.”

“We wanted to thank you again for the great job you did on our wedding ceremony. You really took the time to sit with us listen to our story, our input and get to know our personalities. Because of you attention to detail we had a memorable and personal ceremony only enhanced by your eloquent way with words. Perhaps we’ll run into you again someday at a wedding on the Cape! We’d surely recommend you to friends”

“Thank you so much providing the service on our special day. It was an honor to have you speak with us. Everyone said the service was wonderful.”

“Many thanks to you! You brought real delight to the ceremony and helped make our day, extra special, happier and brighter.. Everyone loved the ceremony from start to finish. It was everything we envisioned and more. Our deepest thanks.”

“Thanks for marrying a Muslim groom and a Jewish bride. We’ll think of you often.”


Massachusetts law does not require that witnesses be present at your ceremony.

Sorry, but Massachusetts law prohibits me from legally marrying you without a license in hand.

No, you are free to create your own ceremony any way you choose. The only necessary requirement is that you must be legally declared married by your officiant.

This will vary according to what a couple wishes to include in their ceremony. The typical ceremony however, will be 15 to 20 minutes in length.

If you are having a small, informal ceremony a rehearsal is not usually necessary. A rehearsal, however, is recommended for larger and more formal ceremonies.

Dependeing on location the fee is either $100.00 or $150.00. Additional fees apply for ceremonies outside of reading, rehearsals, renewal of vows ceremonies, etc.

After the ceremony, I will complete the section of the license for the officiant and return it to the City or Town Hall that issued it. After they record your marriage, you will be able to get a certified copy from them for a small fee. If you wish, I can issue you an unofficial wedding certificate which may be suitable for things such as hotel upgrades, etc.

First, get an original Marriage Certificate from the City or Town Clerk that issued your Marriage Licence (most cities and towns charge about $10.00 each). Then start by calling Social Security at (800) 772-1213 and follow the automated instructions. Or go to They’ll send you your new Social Security card at no charge.

You will also need your Marriage Certificate to update your Massachusetts driver’s licence. This also requires a personal appearance at the Registry of Motor Vehicles. And don’t forget to notify credit card companies and banks, the Post Office, employers, schools, etc. And you will need to update your voter registration, insurance policies, mortgages and other loans.

One important note: Wait until after your honeymoon to update your passport which needs to match the name on your plane ticket.

I conduct weddings in my home town of Barnstable, which includes the villages of Barnstable, Centerville, Cotuit, Hyannis, Hyannis Port, Marstons Mills, Osterville and West Barnstable.

I am frequently officiating at weddings held in all of the other Cape towns – Bourne, Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Eastham, Falmouth, Harwich, Mashpee, Orleans, Sandwich, Truro, Wellfleet and Yarmouth.

It is not uncommon for me to be invited to Plymouth, Onset or Wareham in order to perform a wedding.


Call or email me today to schedule your ceremony.