Cameron and I are not religious, so we don't have a parish or other resource for getting an officiant for our marriage. A Justice of the Peace sounds great, right? Well, that's a bit more money than we're willing to pay, and we really want this small, intimate wedding to be with close friends. Whenever possible we want our love ones to help us out (like Holly did with our engagement photos) and so we looked into all the possible options. That's how we came upon the one-day marriage designation.
In Massachusetts, we can have a family friend perform the wedding ceremony. Essentially they will be a "Justice of the Peace" for a day.
How? Well there is an application from the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth. The process takes 4-6 weeks to complete. After filling out the application and sending it back, you will then receive a letter from the Secretary of the Commonwealth granting permission for the person to perform the wedding ceremony. The letter will give you further instructions to complete the process.
There is a $25 fee to apply which is nothing compared to some of the fees official officiants request. We will be applying in a week or two to give us enough leeway for mail to be slow (due to snowstorms, and typical USPS issues I seem to run into. More on that next week).