Marriage Ceremony

A Massachusetts Minister, Priest, Rabbi, Justice of the Peace, or an individual with a valid One-Day Marriage Designation may perform the ceremony. Out-of-state clergy may perform the ceremony provided authorization has been obtained from MA Secretary of State.

  • Out-of-State Clergy

    Out-of-State Clergy may perform the ceremony in Boston provided that an authorization has been obtained from the Secretary of State’s Office prior to the ceremony. The marriage license will not be registered unless the required authorization is enclosed with the license.

    Procedure for Non-Resident Clergy »

  • One-Day Marriage Designation

    To have a friend/family member perform the ceremony, a One-Day Marriage Designation is required. A One-Day Marriage Designation is granted by the Governor of Massachusetts, according to Mass General Laws Ch. 207, S. 39, to designate non-clergy individuals to solemnize a marriage. The marriage license will not be registered unless the required authorization is enclosed with the license.

    One-Day Marriage Designation »

  • Getting Married at Boston City Hall

    The City Clerk is a Justice of the Peace and couples wishing to be married at City Hall may do so by appointment. Couples must have a marriage license issued by the Registrar before a ceremony is performed by the City Clerk.

    Getting Married at City Hall »

Office Information

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday9AM - 4PM
    Tuesday9AM - 4PM
    Wednesday CLOSED
    Thursday9AM - 4PM
    Friday9AM - 4PM

  • Holidays

    We are closed on 11 City-recognized holidays.

    View List of City Holidays

  • Address

    Registry Division
    1 City Hall Square, Rm 213
    Boston, MA 02201-2006