In my experience as a professional wedding officiant, adding a unity ceremony into your wedding ceremony is a wonderful way to bring the ceremony to a close. It’s usually an element that symbolizes your union and commemorates your marriage. There are many different ways to do this and you’re only limited by your imagination! I encourage my couples who want to include an element like this in their wedding ceremony to find one or create one that is meaningful to them. This offers another opportunity to personalize their wedding.Read More
They started out as clients, then became my friends, and are now wedding vendor colleagues. That's the story of my relationship with Collin and Abigail. These two sweeties got married at (one of my all time favorite wedding venues) William Allen Farm under an apple tree on a gorgeous fall day. I used this description of them during their ceremony:Read More
Mark and Lauren love beer! Which is why they decided to include a black-and-tan beer ceremony into their wedding. Not only did this special moment symbolize their union and their first drink as a married couple, it was a fun, light-hearted way to bring some humor into their wedding. As an officiant, I strongly encourage my couples to find unique ways to personalize their ceremony.Read More
Your wedding ceremony marks one of the most important moments in your life. You’ll want to spend time with your officiant working on the structure and flow of the ceremony to make sure it’s well paced. When people talk about boring wedding ceremonies, they’re usually talking aboutRead More
What happens when two dog lovers get married? They include their dog family, of course! Barbie and Mark, who are the devoted parents of Jewel, Cory and Maddy, traveled all the way from Texas to get married on top of the mountain at the Granite Ridge Estate in Norway, Maine. While the doggies couldn't quite handle the duty of being "in" the wedding, they did a wonderful job walking down the aisle and being well-behaved through the whole thing.Read More
Becky and Jeff were married on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic ocean on a chilly day that was warmed with love! They included Jeff's 16-year old daughter, Kalea, in the ceremony which brought happy tears to their guests' eyes. It's fair to say, we laughed, we cried, we cheered and clapped. A ceremony for the storybooks!Read More
It's time to start looking for your wedding officiant. You're getting married in Maine, and it's a destination wedding, so you have no idea who's going to perform your ceremony. You thought about asking a friend to officiate your ceremony, because it would be so meaningful, but, although that friend is a great public speaker, they're kind of disorganized and you're not sure you can trust them to pull it all together by wedding day.Read More
How to Get a Marriage License in Maine
Marriage licenses are issued at the town or city level and are obtained by filing an "Intention to Marry" form. Both members of the couple getting married must visit the town office in person to apply for the marriage license. You may want to check your town's website for information.
If both of you are residents of the state of Maine, you should both apply at the town office where at least one of you is a resident. If you are residents of different Maine towns, you both may apply in one town or the other - you do not need to apply separately in each town.
If one is from out of state, then both of you should apply in the town where one holds residency.
If neither of you is a resident of Maine, then you may apply in any Maine town office. It need not be the same town where you plan to be married.
Your marriage license is valid for 90 days and can only be used within the State of Maine. There is no longer a waiting period from the time your marriage license is issued until your wedding can take place. The person performing the ceremony is responsible for filing the marriage certificate with the town office that issued the marriage license.
Requirements to Obtain Marriage License
Photo ID such as a driver's license may be required.
If this is not the first marriage for one of you, bring a certified copy (raised seal) of the divorce from or death certificate of the last spouse.
Applicants must be over 18 years old. Written parental consent is required for an applicant under 18. Written parental consent and written consent of a judge are required for an applicant under 16.
No blood test is required.
You may want to check with the municipal clerk where you are filing beforehand to find out what that municipality's policies are.
Who Can Marry Us in Maine?
Other than me, the following individuals are authorized to perform marriages in Maine:
Ordained ministers of the gospel
A person licensed to preach by an association of ministers, religious seminary or ecclesiastical body
Judges or justices (residents of Maine only)
Lawyers admitted to the Maine Bar (residents of Maine only)
Maine does not have Justices of the Peace. Out-of-state Notaries and Justices of the Peace cannot officiate weddings in Maine.
Legal Requirements for a Wedding in Maine
You must have two witnesses (the officiant cannot be a witness)
You must agree to marry each other (yes, really!)
Your officiant must pronounce you married
Other IMPORTANT Notes
As of 2018, the fee for the marriage license is about $40, but always check with the town office for the actual fee as it may vary from municipality to municipality.
You can fill out the Intention to Marry form ahead of your appointment at the town office, which will speed up the process once you’re in the office. Call ahead and ask the town to send you the fillable PDF form (it changes periodically so make sure you get the most up-to-date version).
The Intention to Marry form asks for the name, title, phone number, address, and email address of your officiant. You can leave it blank, but have this info handy, if you want to fill it out.
Ask the town if you can purchase a certified copy of your marriage certificate at the same time you file your intention to marry. As of 2018, it's $15 for the first certificate and $6 for each additional copy. You'll get the certificate quicker than having to obtain the certificate after the wedding.
You will need to know the birthplace of both of your parents (state or country).
Always call the town office first to make sure they're open when you want to go and that there will be someone there who knows how to issue the marriage license.
If you were previously married, give yourself plenty of time to order the "raised seal" copy of your divorce decree. I've heard it can take a really long time to receive this document.
Excerpted from maine.gov's website.
On a perfect autumn day at the stunning William Allen Farm in Pownal, Maine, Chris and Melissa tied the knot...literally. They chose to create a Lovers Knot during their ceremony to symbolize the joining of their two hearts. The ceremony took place under blue skies and a apple tree, and I had the great fortune of being their wedding officiant.
Everything about this wedding was beautiful from the bride in a princess gown, to all the thoughtful rustic decor elements and the gorgeous overflowing of flowers from Snell Family Farm. It felt lush and comfy, rustic and cozy, elegant and comfortable. Just a perfect day all around!
All photos below by me, A Sweet Start.
Officiant: A Sweet Start
Venue: William Allen Farm
Photographer: Greta Tucker Photography
Day of Coordinator: Dragonfly Services Day of Wedding Coordinator
Florals: Snell Family Farm
Rentals: New England Country Rentals
Catering: Famous Dave's BBQ
Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Music: Affordable Elegance Strings
Reception Music: Double Platinum Celebrations DJ Kevin Durant
Hair: Studio 88 Salon
Cake: Bam Bam Bakery
Are you looking for some unique, creative, nontraditional readings for your wedding ceremony? I hope so! Adding readings or poems to your wedding ceremony really personalizes it. The best part is, you can ask a family member or friend to come up and do the reading, thus adding another voice to your ceremony.Read More