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Frequently Asked Questions


Can marriages be performed by justices of the peace anywhere in Connecticut?
A Justice of the Peace can perform a marriage in any town in Connecticut. The marriage license must be issued by the registrar of vital statistics in the town in which the marriage will take place.

Can a justice of the peace perform marriages out of State?

No. The Justice of the Peace has jurisdiction only in Connecticut.

Is a blood test required in Connecticut in order to apply for a marriage license?

No blood test is required.

How long is a Marriage License valid in Connecticut.

The marriage license is valid and a ceremony may be performed within a period of not more than sixty-five days after the date of application.

How far will you travel to officiate at ceremonies?

I travel all across Connecticut.

Can we write our own vows?

Yes. Writing your own vows can be an exciting and good way to make a ceremony even more personal. Or, if you prefer, pre-written and sample ceremonies are also available to help.

Do we have to speak at the ceremony?

Speaking is optional. Connecticut law provides a lot of leeway on what is required at ceremonies.

Are witnesses required?

No, Connecticut law does not require witnesses but you can certainly have people stand up for you and join in the celebration.

Can children be involved in the ceremony?

Yes. Any and all family or friends can be part of a ceremony.. A marriage is a time to celebrate and most people would love to be involved and would consider it an honor.

Can we combine traditions in our ceremony e.g. Christian and Jewish?

Yes. The joining of two people many times includes the combining of two traditions. I will work with you to make your ceremony reflective of both faiths or cultures.

Do you need rings for the ceremony?

No, rings are traditional, but they are not required for the ceremony.

What are your fees?

Fees are evaluated on an individual basis depending on time required and location. A pre-marriage conference, assistance with the ceremony, and rehearsal fee will be quoted in advance.