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Ernest Adams, Justice of the Peace

Ledyard , CT
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P. O. Box 385
Ledyard, CT 06339 US (map)

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860-543-2334

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ABOUT US

Celebrate Your Day Your Way! Whether you choose a simple home wedding,
a rose garden wedding,
or an elegant wedding at a luxurious resort,
may your special day be... Read more
Celebrate Your Day Your Way! Whether you choose a simple home wedding,
a rose garden wedding,
or an elegant wedding at a luxurious resort,
may your special day be filled with joy and happiness! As a Connecticut Justice of the Peace I am happy to serve all loving couples who choose to get married. Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Baha'i Faith, Buddhist, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Anglican, Christian - Baptist, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Mormon, Christian - Orthodox, Christian - Presbyterian, Christian - Quaker, Evangelical, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Muslim, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
Yes
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Absolutely! Your beliefs are important to me. No matter what tradition you follow, I will be happy to incorporate it into your ceremony.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Your ceremony will be as unique as you are. Together we will craft exact the the wording that you want. I can offer suggestions, but it is always your choice!
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
More than "allow", I encourage you to write your own vows. If you would like help, I will give you suggestions to get you started.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
You may choose any readings that you like, or none at all. There are some suggestions that you may find helpful, or you can find your own favorites. If you would like to have a friend or family member do the reading, that would be fine!
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
Premarital counseling is not required.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Depending on the number of people helping you during your ceremony, a rehearsal may or may not be needed. If you and I feel that a rehearsal is needed, I will be happy to conduct the rehearsal.

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Derek
Wedding:
9/5/2014
0.0/5.0
If I could give a rating less than zero, I would! This man is rude rude rude. Some of our wedding party hit traffic before the rehearsal, arriving 15 minutes late. He proceeded to rush us all around, because he overbooked himself. He snapped at my best man for making a small joke, and said in a satanlike voice " i have a sense of humor just not today people". He then proceeded to receive phone calls the whole time, pausing to check them, then yelling at us when we were taking too long.
Then the wedding day....
The bride got caught in traffic. She was 25 minutes late and he threatened to leave! All he did was cause stress on an already stressful day. He was more than rude to our great DJ, and just a real pain all around. 10 minutes before the ceremony, we told him to get lost. Fortunately, since Ernest here isn't even registered in the state as a JP, he had brought someone else with him. We asked his helper to perform the ceremony and he was more than happy to do so. He did a fantastic job. Ernest meanwhile, stormed out huffing and puffing.
DO NOT HIRE THIS DUDE! He was the biggest mistake of the whole wedding!
If I could give a rating less than zero, I would! This man is rude rude rude. Some of our wedding party hit traffic before Read more...
If I could give a rating less than zero, I would! This man is rude rude rude. Some of our wedding party hit traffic before the rehearsal, arriving 15 minutes late. He proceeded to rush us all around, because he overbooked himself. He snapped at my best man for making a small joke, and said in a satanlike voice " i have a sense of humor just not today people". He then proceeded to receive phone calls the whole time, pausing to check them, then yelling at us when we were taking too long.
Then the wedding day....
The bride got caught in traffic. She was 25 minutes late and he threatened to leave! All he did was cause stress on an already stressful day. He was more than rude to our great DJ, and just a real pain all around. 10 minutes before the ceremony, we told him to get lost. Fortunately, since Ernest here isn't even registered in the state as a JP, he had brought someone else with him. We asked his helper to perform the ceremony and he was more than happy to do so. He did a fantastic job. Ernest meanwhile, stormed out huffing and puffing.
DO NOT HIRE THIS DUDE! He was the biggest mistake of the whole wedding! Read less
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Ernest Adams, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Thank you for reading the reviews!

This "review" contains so many errors of fact that I cannot begin to respond accurately. Please contact me directly if you would like to know the TRUTH!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
0.8/5.0
This vendor is no longer licensed with the state of CT.
This vendor is no longer licensed with the state of CT.
This vendor is no longer licensed with the state of CT. Read less
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Alan
Wedding:
9/26/2013
5.0/5.0
Ernest was a blessing! My husband & I decided to get married after being together three years. We moved from Saginaw, MI to Atlantic Beach, FL on September 21, 2013; decided to marry on September 24, 2013; Called Ernest Adams that day to make arrangements and left that night for Groton, CT. We drove the whole way enjoying the scenery along the way. Spent Wednesday night in a hotel he suggested and Thursday morning we met at Groton Town Hall, filled out the application and then Ernest took us to the most perfect place to marry us. He is very knowledgeable and very accommodating. Fall Time in Groton, Connecticut is ideal for beautiful wedding scenery settings. Our Wedding was perfect thanks to Ernest Adams, Justice Of The Peace.
Ernest was a blessing! My husband & I decided to get married after being together three years. We moved from Saginaw, MI Read more...
Ernest was a blessing! My husband & I decided to get married after being together three years. We moved from Saginaw, MI to Atlantic Beach, FL on September 21, 2013; decided to marry on September 24, 2013; Called Ernest Adams that day to make arrangements and left that night for Groton, CT. We drove the whole way enjoying the scenery along the way. Spent Wednesday night in a hotel he suggested and Thursday morning we met at Groton Town Hall, filled out the application and then Ernest took us to the most perfect place to marry us. He is very knowledgeable and very accommodating. Fall Time in Groton, Connecticut is ideal for beautiful wedding scenery settings. Our Wedding was perfect thanks to Ernest Adams, Justice Of The Peace. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
1.5/5.0
What a disappointment! We met with him before our wedding and we thought he was nice, funny, and a great guy. However, at the rehearsal he turned into a crazy person! He started yelling at the staff at the venue, saying that he was in charge and they "could stay and watch if they keep their mouths shut". They were so shocked, they've never been treated that way by any vendor before. I couldn't believe it and told him everyone had to work together, but he just kept on it! We all waited until he left to talk to the planners at the venue to get the information that we really needed. If it wasn't the night before my wedding and he didn't already have my marriage license I would have told him to leave and not bother showing up the next day. It was absolutely ridiculous. I actually had to excuse myself and go to the bathroom because I was so embarrassed by this guy. I've never seen anyone treat people so badly before, and I've worked in retail! The only positive is that none of my guests knew the next day, and he got the job done. But I was so disgusted with him, I didn't even want to see him there during my ceremony. Seriously, stay away from this guy. Some of my shyer bridesmaids were afraid of him. He's nuts!
What a disappointment! We met with him before our wedding and we thought he was nice, funny, and a great guy. However, at Read more...
What a disappointment! We met with him before our wedding and we thought he was nice, funny, and a great guy. However, at the rehearsal he turned into a crazy person! He started yelling at the staff at the venue, saying that he was in charge and they "could stay and watch if they keep their mouths shut". They were so shocked, they've never been treated that way by any vendor before. I couldn't believe it and told him everyone had to work together, but he just kept on it! We all waited until he left to talk to the planners at the venue to get the information that we really needed. If it wasn't the night before my wedding and he didn't already have my marriage license I would have told him to leave and not bother showing up the next day. It was absolutely ridiculous. I actually had to excuse myself and go to the bathroom because I was so embarrassed by this guy. I've never seen anyone treat people so badly before, and I've worked in retail! The only positive is that none of my guests knew the next day, and he got the job done. But I was so disgusted with him, I didn't even want to see him there during my ceremony. Seriously, stay away from this guy. Some of my shyer bridesmaids were afraid of him. He's nuts! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Angela
Wedding:
8/3/2013
2.4/5.0
When my (now) husband and I met with Ernest to get to know each other, he seemed friendly, professional and knowledgeable. I read his reviews and saw that they were mixed. I decided to give him the benefit of the doubt and select him despite of the negative reviews. Big mistake. He was rude and condescending to our bridal party. At our rehearsal dinner, someone very innocently interrupted me and Ernest furrowed his brows and firmly told him to not talk over me. Everyone remarked at the rehearsal dinner how uncomfortable they felt around him. The day of our wedding we made a change that our 7 year old ring bearer would actually carry the rings down the aisle. He exclaimed, "That is a TERRIBLE idea!!!!" Luckily, the best man was able to tell him, "Well, it's thier wedding and they are going to do what they want." Last but definitely not least, he booked a wedding one hour after ours. Again, he was unbelievably condescending in telling me I HAD to show up at 5:00. I was planning on it - and I showed up at 4:50. But my poor (soon-to-be) husband had to hear Ernest complain to him for 15 minutes before the wedding that if I was more than 10 minutes late he would leave. Seriously, do not hire this man.
When my (now) husband and I met with Ernest to get to know each other, he seemed friendly, professional and knowledgeable. Read more...
When my (now) husband and I met with Ernest to get to know each other, he seemed friendly, professional and knowledgeable. I read his reviews and saw that they were mixed. I decided to give him the benefit of the doubt and select him despite of the negative reviews. Big mistake. He was rude and condescending to our bridal party. At our rehearsal dinner, someone very innocently interrupted me and Ernest furrowed his brows and firmly told him to not talk over me. Everyone remarked at the rehearsal dinner how uncomfortable they felt around him. The day of our wedding we made a change that our 7 year old ring bearer would actually carry the rings down the aisle. He exclaimed, "That is a TERRIBLE idea!!!!" Luckily, the best man was able to tell him, "Well, it's thier wedding and they are going to do what they want." Last but definitely not least, he booked a wedding one hour after ours. Again, he was unbelievably condescending in telling me I HAD to show up at 5:00. I was planning on it - and I showed up at 4:50. But my poor (soon-to-be) husband had to hear Ernest complain to him for 15 minutes before the wedding that if I was more than 10 minutes late he would leave. Seriously, do not hire this man. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Zeus
Wedding:
8/1/2013
5.0/5.0
Ernest provided us with absolutely everything we could ask for. He was very detailed on what we wanted in a ceremony, giving us lists and examples of what he could say and we could say. He even had tons of options on how he could dress! The experience and professionalism was hard to miss. When the ceremony came, he made sure everything went off without a hitch - or rather, he smoothed out all the hitches that were bound to happen. No wedding goes off perfectly. Someone will say the wrong thing, step in the wrong spot, be unsure what to say or do, and in those times, you need someone like this to smooth out those little wrinkles and make everything work.

We contacted him initially because he does secular and non secular weddings. The hourglass ceremony was beautiful and symbolic, everything you would want in a wedding. We even took some of the extra wedding sand and made it into two minute hourglasses as gifts to those closest to us.

I could not reccomend his services enough.
Ernest provided us with absolutely everything we could ask for. He was very detailed on what we wanted in a ceremony, Read more...
Ernest provided us with absolutely everything we could ask for. He was very detailed on what we wanted in a ceremony, giving us lists and examples of what he could say and we could say. He even had tons of options on how he could dress! The experience and professionalism was hard to miss. When the ceremony came, he made sure everything went off without a hitch - or rather, he smoothed out all the hitches that were bound to happen. No wedding goes off perfectly. Someone will say the wrong thing, step in the wrong spot, be unsure what to say or do, and in those times, you need someone like this to smooth out those little wrinkles and make everything work.

We contacted him initially because he does secular and non secular weddings. The hourglass ceremony was beautiful and symbolic, everything you would want in a wedding. We even took some of the extra wedding sand and made it into two minute hourglasses as gifts to those closest to us.

I could not reccomend his services enough. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Adriana
Wedding:
10/21/2012
5.0/5.0
It was a pleasure to work with Ernest. We found Ernest via his website, which listed different locations for weddings, as well as photos, price range, and other information (parking, how crowded the location is, etc, plus what was needed to get married in CT). We live in Texas and had never been to Connecticut; the fact that his website was so informative and his price was so reasonable is what lead us to hire him. He offered suggestions about things we might want, and was very flexible about my last-minute choice to have a sand ceremony with our daughters. My 5yr old was a bit bored by our solemn vows, but Ernest asked her if she would like to hold the sand bottle - she was so happy to be included, and after that she waited patiently until it was time to for the sand ceremony. It was a nice, short, sweet ceremony (Our wedding was very small – just ourselves, our two daughters, two photographers and Ernest). We were married on Sunday; Ernest returned our marriage license to the town clerk the very next day, and they processed it immediately so we were able to get our marriage certificate via mail on Tuesday! Ernest was so easy to talk to during the initial phone call that we recommended him to our friends who were also looking for a Justice of the Peace in Connecticut. Ernest performed their beach-side ceremony a couple of months before ours!
It was a pleasure to work with Ernest. We found Ernest via his website, which listed different locations for weddings, as Read more...
It was a pleasure to work with Ernest. We found Ernest via his website, which listed different locations for weddings, as well as photos, price range, and other information (parking, how crowded the location is, etc, plus what was needed to get married in CT). We live in Texas and had never been to Connecticut; the fact that his website was so informative and his price was so reasonable is what lead us to hire him. He offered suggestions about things we might want, and was very flexible about my last-minute choice to have a sand ceremony with our daughters. My 5yr old was a bit bored by our solemn vows, but Ernest asked her if she would like to hold the sand bottle - she was so happy to be included, and after that she waited patiently until it was time to for the sand ceremony. It was a nice, short, sweet ceremony (Our wedding was very small – just ourselves, our two daughters, two photographers and Ernest). We were married on Sunday; Ernest returned our marriage license to the town clerk the very next day, and they processed it immediately so we were able to get our marriage certificate via mail on Tuesday! Ernest was so easy to talk to during the initial phone call that we recommended him to our friends who were also looking for a Justice of the Peace in Connecticut. Ernest performed their beach-side ceremony a couple of months before ours! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
1.8/5.0
The only thing I regretted about my wedding, was hiring this man. He was incredibly rude to my guests, and the wedding party. He yelled at my 8 yr. old neice when she simply told me it was time to walk down the aisle. He is beyond controlling, speaking over the wedding planner and ignoring other people's suggestions. If you want to be spoken to like a child, and enjoy the company of rude people, then he is the officiant for you.
The only thing I regretted about my wedding, was hiring this man. He was incredibly rude to my guests, and the wedding Read more...
The only thing I regretted about my wedding, was hiring this man. He was incredibly rude to my guests, and the wedding party. He yelled at my 8 yr. old neice when she simply told me it was time to walk down the aisle. He is beyond controlling, speaking over the wedding planner and ignoring other people's suggestions. If you want to be spoken to like a child, and enjoy the company of rude people, then he is the officiant for you. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Anonymous
Wedding:
10/11/2011
2.4/5.0
Ernest is almost completely non-responsive to e-mails. He is a procrastinator. He never sent me back a confirmation that he received, read, and understood my ceremony script. Then, he cracked corny jokes during the ceremony after I EXPLICITLY stated that I did not want any jokes. He also went off-script to do one of those "community vows" after I was very clear that I did not like them. He was not well prepared, and it showed. I think he got nervous, which is why he went off script.
Ernest is almost completely non-responsive to e-mails. He is a procrastinator. He never sent me back a confirmation that Read more...
Ernest is almost completely non-responsive to e-mails. He is a procrastinator. He never sent me back a confirmation that he received, read, and understood my ceremony script. Then, he cracked corny jokes during the ceremony after I EXPLICITLY stated that I did not want any jokes. He also went off-script to do one of those "community vows" after I was very clear that I did not like them. He was not well prepared, and it showed. I think he got nervous, which is why he went off script. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Lori
Wedding:
10/9/2011
5.0/5.0
Ernest was a great officient. He answered all of our questions, provided direction when asked and was more than willing to follow directions if it was asked of him. His website is really informative and truthfully, its what made us contact him to begin with. Its chock full of helpful information for before, during and after your wedding. Ernest was great at rehearsal, bringing the focus of our bridal party's attention away from socializing and back to practicing our wedding. I was the type of bride who preferred to ask questions regarding how things could be done, and while Ernest believes that everything should be done the way the couple of the hour want, he was still willing to make suggestions where needed. His modest fee is truly a great value!

Our guests thought the ceremony he provided was wonderful. We had a renaissance wedding and Ernest provided some Renaissance background for things like the ring ceremony and hand fasting. He went so far as to use old english during the ceremony to make it fit even more with the theme.

Thanks again Ernest!

Lori & Steven - Connecticut
Ernest was a great officient. He answered all of our questions, provided direction when asked and was more than willing to Read more...
Ernest was a great officient. He answered all of our questions, provided direction when asked and was more than willing to follow directions if it was asked of him. His website is really informative and truthfully, its what made us contact him to begin with. Its chock full of helpful information for before, during and after your wedding. Ernest was great at rehearsal, bringing the focus of our bridal party's attention away from socializing and back to practicing our wedding. I was the type of bride who preferred to ask questions regarding how things could be done, and while Ernest believes that everything should be done the way the couple of the hour want, he was still willing to make suggestions where needed. His modest fee is truly a great value!

Our guests thought the ceremony he provided was wonderful. We had a renaissance wedding and Ernest provided some Renaissance background for things like the ring ceremony and hand fasting. He went so far as to use old english during the ceremony to make it fit even more with the theme.

Thanks again Ernest!

Lori & Steven - Connecticut Read less
Services Used: Officiant

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