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Have Your Wedding Your Way

Arlington , MA
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18 Grafton St.
Arlington, MA 02474 US (map)

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781-641-4229

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I am a Justice of the Peace in Massachusetts. I will also officiate at the wedding of couples from out of state who want to marry in Massachusetts. I welcome all couples and I will work... Read more
I am a Justice of the Peace in Massachusetts. I will also officiate at the wedding of couples from out of state who want to marry in Massachusetts. I welcome all couples and I will work with each to plan the perfect wedding . Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Non-religious Ceremony
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
Yes
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes and I have performed ceremonies at hotels, parks such as the Public Garden, Town Hall gardens in Arlington, Spy Pond in Arlington, restaurants, on a footbridge over the Charles River, at the home of the couple, in prisons, and at my home.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
Justice robe - black or crimson
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Yes - I believe the ceremony should completely reflect the wishes of the couple. Although I am a civil, not religious, officiant, if the couple wants a religious passage read or would like God mentioned in the ceremony, I am happy to do that.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Yes and I will help them do that if they wish, including providing sample language to give them ideas.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
No - any reading the couple wants is fine with me. I do have a collection of readings from which the couple may choose if they wish.
How long are your ceremonies?
If the couple wishes to incorporate music, a unity candle ceremony, a sand ceremony, and/or readings, the ceremony will be anywhere from 20 minutes to about 45 minutes. If the ceremony does not have any such additions, it will be about 10 to 15 minutes.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Yes
Do you supply a sound system?
No

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Sage and Sam
Wedding:
6/14/2014
5.0/5.0
With all the fanfare that goes into a wedding, it could be easy to lose sight of one of the quieter, but central, pieces: the ceremony where someone guides you through your passage into marriage and makes it legally official. But Melinda did such a wonderful job that we received so many compliments on the ceremony and her delivery (including from my husband's pastor grandfather), and though we had fun the rest of the night the memory of our ceremony itself is something we will cherish above all else. One of our friends spent the entire night raving about Melinda, in fact. It's a very personal experience and it could have felt very odd going through it with a relative stranger, but Melinda was terrific -- kind and warm, but also professional with the gravitas you'd want from the person officiating your wedding.

It was also a pleasure to work with Melinda throughout the planning process, which for us was almost two years. We met with her in person first and then worked with her by email. She was always very responsive, which is hugely helpful when you're juggling so many vendors. She provided information on possible readings and rituals when we asked for guidance, and seemed very willing to provide more or less help and direction depending on what we wanted. Ultimately we wrote most of the ceremony ourselves because we had a particular vision in mind, and she delivered it exactly as we'd imagined but also provided some of her own thoughts (at our request) to make sure there was some new food for though in it for us. It seemed like she was also totally comfortable with whatever direction we wanted to take things in spiritually -- we have some religious family members but we ourselves aren't religious, so we were walking a fine line and Melinda totally followed our lead and allowed us to go in whatever direction we wanted.

I'm so glad we had the chance to work with Melinda, and I couldn't recommend her more highly!
With all the fanfare that goes into a wedding, it could be easy to lose sight of one of the quieter, but central, pieces: Read more...
With all the fanfare that goes into a wedding, it could be easy to lose sight of one of the quieter, but central, pieces: the ceremony where someone guides you through your passage into marriage and makes it legally official. But Melinda did such a wonderful job that we received so many compliments on the ceremony and her delivery (including from my husband's pastor grandfather), and though we had fun the rest of the night the memory of our ceremony itself is something we will cherish above all else. One of our friends spent the entire night raving about Melinda, in fact. It's a very personal experience and it could have felt very odd going through it with a relative stranger, but Melinda was terrific -- kind and warm, but also professional with the gravitas you'd want from the person officiating your wedding.

It was also a pleasure to work with Melinda throughout the planning process, which for us was almost two years. We met with her in person first and then worked with her by email. She was always very responsive, which is hugely helpful when you're juggling so many vendors. She provided information on possible readings and rituals when we asked for guidance, and seemed very willing to provide more or less help and direction depending on what we wanted. Ultimately we wrote most of the ceremony ourselves because we had a particular vision in mind, and she delivered it exactly as we'd imagined but also provided some of her own thoughts (at our request) to make sure there was some new food for though in it for us. It seemed like she was also totally comfortable with whatever direction we wanted to take things in spiritually -- we have some religious family members but we ourselves aren't religious, so we were walking a fine line and Melinda totally followed our lead and allowed us to go in whatever direction we wanted.

I'm so glad we had the chance to work with Melinda, and I couldn't recommend her more highly! Read less
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Kate
Wedding:
7/6/2013
5.0/5.0
Melinda is wonderful. After our initial meeting, we knew that we wanted Melinda to marry us. After that meeting, we corresponded mainly through email to come up with the right ceremony for us. Melinda promptly and helpfully replied to each message.
On the day of our wedding, Melinda began with her own beautiful statements about marriage, and then worked in our personal vows, along with some very traditional vows. So many of our guests came up to tell us how great they thought our ceremony was - I think she really helped us strike precisely the right chord.

We highly recommend Melinda - we are so glad that we found her!
Melinda is wonderful. After our initial meeting, we knew that we wanted Melinda to marry us. After that meeting, we Read more...
Melinda is wonderful. After our initial meeting, we knew that we wanted Melinda to marry us. After that meeting, we corresponded mainly through email to come up with the right ceremony for us. Melinda promptly and helpfully replied to each message.
On the day of our wedding, Melinda began with her own beautiful statements about marriage, and then worked in our personal vows, along with some very traditional vows. So many of our guests came up to tell us how great they thought our ceremony was - I think she really helped us strike precisely the right chord.

We highly recommend Melinda - we are so glad that we found her! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Melinda is fantastic! She was very easy-going, extremely responsive, and really well-spoken. I can't imagine the process going any smoother. Melinda incorporated exactly what we asked for, and added her own thoughts and words as well (after checking with us first). Anytime we wanted to get in touch, she responded immediately. Many people complimented us on how well the ceremony went-- exactly enough sentimentality, sweetness, humor, and it didn't go too long (just what we wanted)! You will be really happy if you go with Melinda as your officiant, we can't say enough great things about how things went!! Highly recommend.
Melinda is fantastic! She was very easy-going, extremely responsive, and really well-spoken. I can't imagine the process Read more...
Melinda is fantastic! She was very easy-going, extremely responsive, and really well-spoken. I can't imagine the process going any smoother. Melinda incorporated exactly what we asked for, and added her own thoughts and words as well (after checking with us first). Anytime we wanted to get in touch, she responded immediately. Many people complimented us on how well the ceremony went-- exactly enough sentimentality, sweetness, humor, and it didn't go too long (just what we wanted)! You will be really happy if you go with Melinda as your officiant, we can't say enough great things about how things went!! Highly recommend. Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
5/5/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I are both spiritual, but do not belong to a church, so we elected to have a Justice of the Peace join us in marriage. We found Melinda Drew, of Have Your Wedding Your Way, and could not be more thankful that we did! Melinda is a very warmhearted and attentive person. She met with us and communicated over email and phone up until the day of our wedding to ensure it would be perfect. Melinda provided her own spin to the ceremony with beautiful words regarding marriage, and also worked in our selections for vows, readings, etc. Everyone told us that it was one of the most amazing ceremonies they've ever witnessed. Short, but bursting with love and meaning. We recommend Melinda to anyone in the area looking for a JP because she will make your ceremony exactly what you hope for. She did for us!
My husband and I are both spiritual, but do not belong to a church, so we elected to have a Justice of the Peace join us Read more...
My husband and I are both spiritual, but do not belong to a church, so we elected to have a Justice of the Peace join us in marriage. We found Melinda Drew, of Have Your Wedding Your Way, and could not be more thankful that we did! Melinda is a very warmhearted and attentive person. She met with us and communicated over email and phone up until the day of our wedding to ensure it would be perfect. Melinda provided her own spin to the ceremony with beautiful words regarding marriage, and also worked in our selections for vows, readings, etc. Everyone told us that it was one of the most amazing ceremonies they've ever witnessed. Short, but bursting with love and meaning. We recommend Melinda to anyone in the area looking for a JP because she will make your ceremony exactly what you hope for. She did for us! Read less
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Brandi
Wedding:
5/5/2010
5.0/5.0
Melinda was amazing and made our wedding day perfect. She was very flexible and was very responsive to make our wedding custom to our families needs. I would highly recommend her.
Melinda was amazing and made our wedding day perfect. She was very flexible and was very responsive to make our wedding Read more...
Melinda was amazing and made our wedding day perfect. She was very flexible and was very responsive to make our wedding custom to our families needs. I would highly recommend her. Read less
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aimeeb
Wedding:
8/7/2009
5.0/5.0
Melinda was wonderful! She was very professional, quick to reply to emails, helpful with ceremony ideas and a joy to meet on the day of our wedding. We would highly recommend her!
Melinda was wonderful! She was very professional, quick to reply to emails, helpful with ceremony ideas and a joy to meet Read more...
Melinda was wonderful! She was very professional, quick to reply to emails, helpful with ceremony ideas and a joy to meet on the day of our wedding. We would highly recommend her! Read less
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