Available for unique traditional, interfaith and same-sex weddings. Also, vow renewals and commitment ceremonies.
Congratulations! He, she, or they just popped the question! And now you want me to help you make it official! So, let's do this. I clean up nicely and can perform your traditional, 'wearing white and walking down the aisle' ceremony. Or, I can help you express your quirky, unique side to create a ceremony that reflects your distinctive personality. Whether it's a formal ceremony with 200 guests, a hike up Mt. Washington, or a colorful seaside service in Provincetown, I'm here to make your day unforgettable!Check Availability
Joseph Sakelos is a notary public and a member of The Massachusetts Justices of the Peace Association. Joe first became interested in weddings while working in his family-owned florist shop in New York. His later experiences as a pastry chef, caterer, and event coordinator have added to his expertise in wedding planning.
Are you performing ceremonies during the current COVID-19 pandemic?
Actually, I've never been busier. Maybe it's because those big weddings were canceled, or because someone lost their job and needs to be covered under a spouse, or maybe it's because what we need most during our darkest hours is love and hope. Whatever the reason, our interaction will be contact-free and observe social distancing guidelines to make sure everyone stays healthy.
Will we need a marriage license?
Anyone who marries in the state of Massachusetts must possess a marriage license issued from a city or town in Massachusetts. You may obtain a license from any city or town and get married in any other city or town within the commonwealth. The license is valid for sixty (60) days from the date you file your Intentions. For more complete information, visit mass.gov's website.
Will we need witnesses to get married?
No. Only the authorized officiant who will be performing your ceremony will sign the marriage license and return it to the city or town clerk’s office from which you obtained the license.
Will we get a marriage certificate or proof of marriage from you?
No. You may purchase a certified copy of your marriage license from the city or town from which you obtained the license. The original license stays with the city or town clerk. The certified copy will have a raised city or town seal, proving it is a true copy. Fees for certified copies vary by city and town.
Do you perform vow renewal ceremonies?
Yes, I love them! I also perform baby blessings and am available as a notary public.
What are your fees?
Wedding officiant fees for a basic or standard ceremony are set by state law and are the same for all justices of the peace, regardless of city or town. Justices may charge more than the statutory fee for providing supplemental services such as personalization of the ceremony and attending rehearsals, to name a few. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has set fees for basic services at $100 for in-town weddings, and $150 for out-of-town weddings. In-town is defined as the town where the officiant has been appointed and resides. Out-of-town is defined as any other community in Massachusetts.
Please call 617-905-1376 to request pricing, optional services, and availability.
In recognition of the time, effort, and expertise necessary to produce your special day, a gratuity, while not necessary, would be greatly appreciated. Rest assured, however, that you will receive the same quality and attention to detail, regardless.
“We feel so fortunate to have had Joe officiate our wedding. He made our ceremony absolutely perfect! We highly recommend him!”
“It was a pleasure to have Joe marry us. He was so accommodating and flexible. ”
“You have forever changed our lives for the better!”
“Joe, thank you so much for being a part of our special day. We loved the ceremony you put together for us and enjoyed your company even more! Thank you again for everything!”