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Getting Married In Massachusetts?
Information you might want to know if you are getting married in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts State Flower

Do you want to use the state flower in your wedding bouquet?
The state flower of Massachusetts is the beautiful Mayflower.  (Pictured above)

Massachusetts State Fruit

Do you want to use the state fruit in your wedding dessert?
State Fruit:  Cranberry

Getting Your Marriage License

If you are getting married in the sate of Massachusetts, you must first apply for a wedding license in person, together at the same time which is issued within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Marriage license fee: Varies by city or town

  • Minimum age to get a marriage license in Massachusetts: Age 18
  • You may file your intentions with the City/Town Clerk in any community in the state.
  • There is a 3 day waiting period.
  • The wedding license of good for 30 days.
  • There is NO blood test required.
  • Residency is NOT required.
  • Witnesses are not required in the State of Massachusetts.
  • Both parties need to be present to apply in person.
  • Both parties need to provide a valid form of I.D.
  • Both parties need to provide a valid Social Security number/card.

You can check most recent updated laws here.

Plan Your Wedding According To Your Favorite Season

Summers are rather uncomfortable in most of Massachusetts, humidity is high and temperatures are in the 80F’s.  If you do decide to have a summer wedding, the coastal beaches are a popular place.

You will see plenty of snow in the Winter.   Temperature average in the upper 30F’s and lower 40F’s.   The coast is about 5 degrees warmer in the Winter than inland.  

By September the humidity has dropped and the air is drier.  The temperatures have cooled off.   Fall is the best time for weddings in Massachusetts.

Spring is a short season in Massachusetts.  Melting snow and ice turn much of the state into a muddy mess.   Daytime temperatures are around 65F.

Popular Massachusetts Wedding Traditions

  • Most engaged couples in Massachusetts choose formal attire for their wedding.
  • Indoor wedding venues are just as popular as outdoor venues.
  • Summer and Fall are the most popular seasons for weddings in Massachusetts.
  • Tradition in Massachusetts is that the bride’s family pays for the wedding.
  • Boston, Cape Cod and Worcester are the three most popular cities to get married.
  • Rustic barns for receptions are still popular.