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.
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.
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.
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 www.socialsecurity.gov. 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.