In the State of New Hampshire, a Justices of the Peace is authorized to perform any legal marriage ceremony provided the ceremony occurs in New Hampshire.
In Massachusetts anyone can perform a marriage ceremony with either a one day license or as a non-resident clergy member. Couples need to complete this form and send it to me so I can petition the state to perform a service.
One main duty of a Justice of the Peace is to officiate Marriage Ceremonies, Commitment Ceremonies, or Vow Renewals. This site is designed to help couples plan their special day. The intent is to give couples ideas on how they want their ceremony. All ceremonies are unique and I encourage couples to customize their service as little or as much as they prefer.
My one and only goal is to help couples create a special ceremony. I will help you design your unique wedding ceremony and am open to any and all ideas…
Your ceremony is the most beautiful and moving part of your wedding day. If you acquaint yourself with the way a ceremony is conducted and plan the order of your processional and recessional, you’ll present an impressive picture to your guests.
There are many web sites with great sample vows and ceremonies… Couples are encouraged to create their own special service. Everything on this site is for reference only.
QUESTIONS FOR THE COUPLE
- Where is the wedding location?
- Will the wedding be Indoors or outdoors? Is there a back up plan for bad weather?
- What is the wedding date and time?
- What is the size of the wedding party?
- What will the wedding party be wearing?
- Will there be a ring bearer? If yes, will the ring bearer carry the actual rings?
- Will there be a flower girl?
- Will there be a ceremony such as a Unity Candle, Sand Mixing, Glass Breaking etc.?
- Will there be a moment of remembrance for lost loved ones?
- Will there be speakers for readings, poems etc.?
- Will there be music at the ceremony?
- Is there a formal Wedding Coordinator?
- Will there be a wedding rehearsal? Where? When?
- Will there be a request for the JP to dress in a certain way. Typically I will be wearing a dark suite with a tie.
Couples do not need to live in New Hampshire to marry in New Hampshire!
All persons wishing to be married in the State of New Hampshire must complete a Marriage License application with any City or Town Clerk regardless of their place of residence. This includes out-of-state residents. Once the marriage license is issued, the couple is free to marry within any city or town in the State of New Hampshire.
A marriage certificate is a copy of the record certified by the city or town clerk or by the Registrar of the Vital Records and Health Statistics and serves as evidence of the fact of marriage.
Both individuals must appear at the same time in the Office of the City or Town Clerk. However, if either party (or both) is a member of the armed forces, he or she shall forward an affidavit of marriage intentions, prepared by the armed forces legal representative, to the City or Town Clerk, if he or she cannot appear in person. Individuals may apply for a marriage license during the City or Town Clerks normal business hours. The application process takes approximately 45 minutes to complete if all the supporting documentation is in order.
Identification Requirements: (No photo or electronic copies)
- Proof of age (example – driver’s license, passport, certified birth certificate).
- Photo identification (example – driver’s license or passport).
- Certified copy of a death certificate of a former spouse, if either applicant is widowed .
- Certified copy of a final divorce decree, if either applicant is divorced.
- Certified copy of a civil annulment decree, if the applicant’s previous marriage as annulled.
Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a translation that has been signed by the translator. A notary must witness the translator’s signature.
There is no waiting period in the State of New Hampshire.
LINKS / RESOURCES
- NH Marriage Law
- Nowlan Photography & Videography
314 main st., Suite 101
Wilmington, MA, 01887-2747
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