Finding a justice of the peace is one of the most important parts of having a smooth wedding day. Every wedding needs an officiant but hiring a justice of the peace is ideal for a small wedding or elopement. Whoever you hire to do the job will be the person walking you through your vows on the big day, so finding the right fit is vital! Below we have some tips for finding a justice of the peace that’ll be perfect for your special day.

Know What You’re Looking for

Before you can make a list of potential candidates, you need to make a list of what you’re looking for. Some things to consider include:

  • Preferred age of the justice
  • Preferred gender of the justice
  • Religious affiliations
  • Experience level
  • Prewritten VS personalized vows

Some of those factors may not matter to you at all and that’s okay! Just ensure you know the absolute must-have’s and must-avoid things before calling any justice of the peace in your area.

Speak to Potential Justice’s

Next, you’ll need to contact the justice’s you find that meet your list of qualifications. This gives you the opportunity to speak with them about the vision you have for your wedding day and determine if you think it will be a good fit. Ultimately, you want to find someone who is easy to talk to and who is eager to bring your vision to life.

Read Reviews

The internet is your best friend during the wedding planning process and hiring a justice of the peace is no exception! Read reviews from past clients of the justice you’re considering. If multiple people leave negative reviews, take their word for it and cross that person off your list to ensure a stress-free wedding day.

Discuss Prices

Finally, you should discuss the rates with each justice you’re considering. The rate may be a flat rate per ceremony or it may change depending on the length and location of the ceremony. You should be looking for the best overall value instead of the cheapest price tag. That means finding someone who checks all your boxes and has a reasonable price, not someone who has the lowest price but doesn’t quite meet all your requirements. Your wedding day isn’t a day to be cheap, especially when it comes to the person who’s officiating the ceremony!

Contact Justice Lydon & Co

If you’re in the Boston, MA area and looking for a justice of the peace to officiate your small wedding or elopement, contact Justice Lydon & Co today! Our team is experienced with a variety of ceremony types and can personalize the experience to meet all of your wants and needs on the big day. Booking your justice of peace early is ideal to avoid a last-minute scramble to find the right fit, so contact Justice Lydon & Co today and save the date!