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Massachusetts Justice of the Peace Stoddard H. Melhado

Littleton , MA
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32 Oak Hill Road
Littleton, MA US 01460 (map)

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978-857-9698

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As a Massachusetts Justice of the Peace, I specialize in personalized marriage ceremonies tailored to your needs. Together we will create a meaningful, memorable wedding with dignity,... Read more
As a Massachusetts Justice of the Peace, I specialize in personalized marriage ceremonies tailored to your needs. Together we will create a meaningful, memorable wedding with dignity, style, and grace. Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Buddhist, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Quaker
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes. Most of my ceremonies are at non-religious sites.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
Generally, I will wear a black robe. I can also wear a tuxedo, suit, or more casual attire depending on your wishes. Think about your pictures and the look you want to achieve,
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
I am extremely flexible -- it is your wedding -- let's make it the way you want it.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Yes and I will help you write them if you would like me to.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
I have a wide list of readings from traditional to contemporary, but the couples are not limited to my list only.
How long are your ceremonies?
20 minutes is the optimal length.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No -- but meeting with me will let us get to know each other and help me to personalize your ceremony
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Yes -- I am happy to run the rehearsal on my own or in conjunction with your venue coordinator.
Do you supply a sound system?
Yes -- at no cost -- using a lapel microphone so that there are no unsightly microphones or stands in your pictures. The system is portable, battery operated and rechargeable -- no power outlets needed.

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Christina
Wedding:
6/27/2014
5.0/5.0
Stoddard Melhado is an amazing wedding officiant. The ceremony he provided us with was everything we wanted and so much more. Stoddard worked with us to be sure we received exactly what we wished for. He was wiling to officiate any type of ceremony we wanted. It was beautiful, our guests were in awe! I loved the story he told about us too! If possible we would give Stoddard Melhado more than 5 stars.
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Julianne
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Stoddard officiated my wedding on June 21st, 2014. I can not say enough nice things about Stoddard and his services. He was wonderful to work with through the entire process. He works with you to make your ceremony special and personal to you and your fiance. All of our guests told us how unique and meaningful our ceremony was, one of the best they had ever seen. I will always remember our ceremony and how perfect it was for us. Thanks, Stoddard!
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The
Wedding:
6/17/2014
5.0/5.0
We wanted to just have someone to "validate" our marriage certificate as our wedding ceremony was being held elsewhere. We were pleasantly surprised by the readings that Stoddard conducted, along with the vows. And, he's a greyhound rescue advocate which only added to the beauty of it all.
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Amy
Wedding:
6/14/2014
5.0/5.0
Stoddard was great to work with. I was not sure what I wanted in a ceremony, but I knew I wanted my dogs to be a part of it. Stoddard helped us create a ceremony that was perfect for us (provided sample vows, readings, and ceremony options) and we were able to include our dogs in the wedding. It was perfect for us.
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Bryan
Wedding:
6/14/2014
5.0/5.0
We could not have been more happy that we chose Stoddard for our ceremony. He was delightful to work with right from the beginning and easy to work with even with some changes we wanted only a week before our ceremony. We are so happy to have shared our day with him and would highly recommend him to anyone!!
Thank you so much Stoddard!!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Incredibly helpful in planning our ceremony. Provided many ideas and guidance to personalize our ceremony. Always very prompt in returning phone calls/emails. Very thorough. Provided a detailed outline of the ceremony for our review prior to make sure we were on the same page with how the ceremony would go.
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Frank
Wedding:
6/1/2014
5.0/5.0
Stoddard is a very nice, thoughtful and caring man. He put together a very special and meaningful ceremony for us and did it in a remote spot that required a little walk! He is a great guy and his wife is a special lady too!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Stoddard was great; his professionalism impressed everyone guest in our wedding. We felt so lucky to have him as our officiant.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
As soon as I met Stoddard I knew that I wanted him to officiate my wedding ceremony. He focuses on telling the story of the couple. His personal touch and style draw out the emotions of the experience, connecting the couple with everyone in the room through his thoughtful words. Many of our guests were brought to tears, as well as smiles and laughter.

Working with Stoddard was a very personal experience. He gets to know the couple in advance. At the rehearsal and ceremony he was very early, completely prepared, and guided everyone through the process. He treats each ceremony as a special and unique experience for the couple and guests.

Stoddard provided extensive materials to plan the ceremony, and also offered personalized suggestions. We couldn’t be happier with our choice of Stoddard, and give him the highest regards.
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nicole
Wedding:
5/25/2014
5.0/5.0
Stoddard was excellent to work with - he was outstanding , the clients were thrilled with his services. He was prompt and customized the ceremony to meet their needs. I would recommend him 100% to future clients.
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Stephen
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
Stoddard was our officiant for our wedding and was excellent to work with. He made the whole process of putting together our ceremony with great ease and couldn't have asked for anyone better to work with. Stoddard had also provided great recommendations on questionable items that we had such as our Wedding program and how that is typically arranged since we weren't familiar with what is the etiquette on this. Highly would recommend Stoddard to anyone and thank you Stoddard for being part of our special day!
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Meghan
Wedding:
5/15/2014
5.0/5.0
Stoddard performed a lovely, poetic ceremony for us. He far exceeded our expectations. He was respectful and responsive, and made our wedding so much more special and meaningful than we both could have imagined.
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Kathleen
Wedding:
5/14/2014
5.0/5.0
Stoddard did a great job for my (now!) husband and I at our wedding. He had many great suggestions for us as to how to structure our ceremony, and the whole thing went off beautifully. I would unequivocally recommend Stoddard to anyone looking for an officiant for their event.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Stoddard was a wonderful officiant. The service he created with our input and presented on our wedding day was personal and meaningful. He was very responsive to our requests. He provided just the right amount of structure that we felt we neither had to do too much on our own nor were overly constrained on what we could include. As a result we ended up with a program that matched us very well. Practically every guest at the wedding made a point of remarking how much they enjoyed the ceremony and how meaningful and personal it was, which we owe in large part to Stoddard.
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Gillian
Wedding:
5/10/2014
5.0/5.0
Stoddard did a wonderful job with our ceremony! He gave us lots of options for how the ceremony could go together, was very responsive to our suggestions, and gave advice for how to structure the ceremony so that it would go smoothly. Many of our guests commented on how beautiful the ceremony was!
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Louis, Lisa
Wedding:
5/2/2014
5.0/5.0
Stoddard was a fantastic officiant for our wedding. We found him browsing the internet for an officiant and after reading his bio and realizing that he, like us was an animal person, we decided to take a ride out and visit with him. Almost from the moment we met him we knew that we wanted him as our officiant. Knowing nothing about what exactly we wanted at our ceremony and how exactly it was "supposed" to go, Stoddard provided us with a great outline while still giving us several suggestions allowing us to still make our personal wedding ceremony. Throughout the process he was very responsive to any problems, questions, concerns, etc that we had along the way. On our wedding day he made sure to show up very early for the ceremony and make sure that everything was in order as it should be. From coordinating with the DJ, the wedding coordinators, and just general setup of the reception itself he was amazing and made the ceremony as stress free as possible for both of us. During the reception both of us were fairly nervous and Stoddard was great at leading us through the ceremony and has a calmness about him that made us both more relaxed throughout it. During our ceremony in speaking to our guests about us, he made an impact on many of our family and friends. All through the reception and for several days after we kept receiving compliments about our selection of Stoddard as our officiant. Wedding officiant aside Stoddard is an amazing person who has a big heart both for animals and people alike. We would recommend him to anyone who is looking for a warm caring person to be that special person on their wedding day.
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Dawn
Wedding:
4/27/2014
5.0/5.0
I would absolutely recommend Stoddard H. Melhado to all my friends and family, he made my wedding day such an amazing experience that I will never forget! He and his wife are very kind and warm hearted, I couldn't appreciate it more they we're amazing!
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Cynthia
Wedding:
4/19/2014
5.0/5.0
Stoddard was wonderful! He provided a personal, thoughtful and meaningful ceremony that we will always remember. Just what we were looking for!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Stoddard officiating at our wedding, and it was beautiful. The personal remarks he added to our ceremony really personalized it and made it stand out from other ceremonies. We have had so many people compliment Stoddard and our ceremony. Stoddard is very professional and responsive, but also down to earth and has a great sense of humor. It was a true pleasure to work with him and have him officiate our wedding.
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Caroline
Wedding:
3/29/2014
5.0/5.0
My fiance and I wanted a destination wedding but figuring out the legal logistics in a foreign country was not something we wanted to manage. Originally we were just going to "take care of the legal part" here in the U.S. but the idea of signing documents in town hall didn't seem quite right. Stoddard was recommended to us by a friend who had a good experience, so I contacted him. We handled all our consultations via email (due to a short timeframe) and he was easy to work with. We had some ideas, he had some suggestions, and what was originally just going to be the legal part turned out to be much better: more meaningful and more memorable in a very private ceremony. I would definitely recommend Stoddard (and his wife Ky, who was our photographer) for a customized and special ceremony. Congratulations and best wishes!
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Rebecca and Janine
Wedding:
3/15/2014
5.0/5.0
Stoddard made us feel very comfortable throughout this process. We felt we were in control of our service and with his guidance we were able to have a wedding that we felt was our own.
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Kimberly
Wedding:
2/1/2014
5.0/5.0
Stoddard was absolutely perfect in every regard. Going in, we didn't have any real preferences for the ceremony, but he provided us with a thoughtful set of options and helped us to figure out exactly what we wanted. He's incredibly friendly, very easy to work with, and is a total professional -- punctual, responsive, and thorough.

The ceremony turned out beautifully and we got so many compliments from our guests at how fantastic Stoddard was. He's an excellent officiant and we can't recommend him highly enough.
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Kim
Wedding:
1/18/2014
5.0/5.0
Stoddard gave us a truly beautiful wedding ceremony. It was personal and emotional and we've had compliments from all our guests. We loved every minute of it, and I highly recommend Stoddard if you want your wedding to be unique and memorable.
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Emily
Wedding:
1/11/2014
5.0/5.0
Stoddard was friendly and professional. Our ceremony was traditional for the most part with a few unconventional quirks. Stoddard helped us come up with our own personal take on our ceremony, and was happy to accommodate our two dogs, who were included in our ceremony.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Thank you for a graceful and sensitive wedding service last Saturday. Your humble yet confident presence set everyone at ease and encouraged mindful experiencing of the event. You are wonderful and I'm so glad to have had you there with us. Much thanks!
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Monica
Wedding:
12/28/2013
5.0/5.0
When my husband and I were looking for an officiant for our wedding we felt that we needed a lot of guidance creating our ceremony. We generally don't make ceremonies, our wedding would be the first. Yet, we had a great deal of opinions and concerns about what we wanted our ceremony to be like. The primary reason why we chose Stoddard as our officiant was because he offered a structure of a ceremony with the flexibility of making it our own. He had copious readings, vows, etc. from which we could choose all within a framework. He provided the tools for us to create our own ceremony; this was exactly what we needed. Finally, we simply enjoyed meeting with Stoddard and discussing our ceremony wants and needs. He made us comfortable, provided support, and was impressively fast in responding to any communication from us.
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Denise
Wedding:
12/17/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I didn't really know what we wanted for a ceremony, just some thing simple. Stoddard interpreted perfectly and added exactly enough to make it special and genuine. We decided to take the wedding outside, it started snowing a few minutes before we even started, Stoddard stepped up to the occasion perfectly.
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Candace
Wedding:
11/30/2013
5.0/5.0
I was vet pleased with stoddard as our justice of the peace! He made it very easy for us to do the ceremony nerve free! I will definitely be recommending him to future couples!
Candace and Fouad
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Caryn-Amy
Wedding:
11/29/2013
5.0/5.0
We met Stoddard through Greyhound Friends and knew immediately that he was the right person to marry us. Our first discussion with Stoddard confirmed our impression, as we discussed our relationship and Stoddard shared his ideas about a ceremony and the meaning of marriage. Stoddard was very knowledgeable about wedding structure and easy to work with and incorporated many of our individual ideas and readings, including traditional Jewish aspects such as incorporating friends and family into the ceremony and reading seven blessings in Hebrew and English. Stoddard led the ceremony beautifully. His words about us and about marriage were very sweet and meaningful, and he made all the guests laugh in the way he told anecdotes about us. The ceremony was beautiful and also lots of fun.

A month later, people are still spontaneously commenting to us about how excellent he was and how much they enjoyed the ceremony. Stoddard was also perfectly calm and unfazed throughout the ceremony, even when it turned out I'd changed some of the readers without updating him, so the script he had in front of him was not what was happening! We wholeheartedly recommend Stoddard for any style of wedding whether you are eloping in the back yard or having a formal ceremony with hundreds of guests. He will make it a very special ceremony that you will always treasure.
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Diane
Wedding:
11/23/2013
5.0/5.0
I found Stoddard online and took a chance, going only by his web site and pictures. What a blessing he was! We planned my sons wedding in a short 8-10 weeks and never had a rehearsal for the ceremony. Stoddard came early and met with my son, who is active duty Marines and just flew in that morning. He reviewed everything with him and did the same with the bride. He was professional, kind, patient and what a ceremony he presented! I thank him so very much for all he did, it would not have been the same with anyone else!
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Meaghan
Wedding:
11/16/2013
5.0/5.0
Stoddard made my wedding ceremony as perfect and I always imagined! His delivery was so beautiful. Everyone at my party commented on what a wonderful job he did. I couldn't be happier!!!
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Rachel
Wedding:
11/9/2013
5.0/5.0
Stoddard was able to create exactly the feeling we were looking for. He made it unique and touching with just enough emotion and spirit. I wouldn't change anything. I'll recommend him any chance I get. It was
perfectly put together. Like you could read our hearts.
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Luke
Wedding:
11/7/2013
5.0/5.0
Stoddard is truly a wonderful person and was a perfect officiant for our wedding.
We were able to meet with Stoddard beforehand in order to tailor the ceremony exactly as we wanted it. We talked briefly about ourselves and why we were choosing to commit our lives together. In addition, we discussed details of our wedding and the style/vibe we were envisioning. Stoddard was very responsive and flexible - but also gave great suggestions/feedback. MANY of our guests commented on how beautiful, enjoyable and unique our ceremony was. Lots of laughs as well as tears. We would highly recommend future couples to seek him out as an officiant.
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Jenna
Wedding:
10/25/2013
5.0/5.0
Stoddard was a life saver and absolutely wonderful! Two weeks before my wedding, my original officiant canceled!! I was panicked thinking about trying to find a new officant for a wedding that was only two weeks away.
Thankfully, I cam across Stoddard and he was able to work with me and schedule our wedding in! Now I feel like it was a blessing that we were able to have him officiate instead. The ceremony he came up with was so much better than the original! He made it so much more personal due to being so flexible. We wanted a ceremony that was a bit more creative, and not quite so traditional. He nailed it! He ceremony was amazing! Two month later, we are still getting compliments on how much people loved out ceremony because it was actually entertaining! I don't think it would have worked out so wonderfully without someone as great as Stoddard.
The fact that he works with rescue animals also was great to me and my husband! Anyone so caring inside of this line of work, as well as on his own time, is someone I am more than happy to give my business to!
I would recommenced Stoddard a hundred times over! I can not begin to thank him enough for the wonderful service he provides!
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Ryan
Wedding:
10/20/2013
5.0/5.0
Stoddard was an unbelievable officiant! He was so kind and was a perfect fit for my husband and I.
He was on time, extremely professional and always put our needs first. We had wanted to change some of the wording in our vows-and he was more than happy to do that for us and actually emailed us some samples! He responded to our emails on time always within a day or 2. We never had to worry about anything. He made it all so easy. Before our ceremony, he actually came into our separate suites to relax our anxiety and tell us everything would go perfectly-and it did! We were both very nervous that day and Stoddard went the extra mile to care for us as if he were part of our family. Stoddard is a wonderful officiant and person!! We are so happy we chose Stoddard!
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Tiffany
Wedding:
10/18/2013
5.0/5.0
Stoddard was wonderful at our wedding; we had a non-religious, simple ceremony and he still made it really beautiful.
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Shelby
Wedding:
10/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Stoddard was a great find for us. He helped us every step of the way with our vows, when to apply for a marriage certificate and even driving our marriage license to our town hall after our ceremony. He makes everything run so smoothly and he has experience with weddings. He made us feel so confident in our choice to work with him, at our ceremony rehearsal, he made all of our worries disappear that we had regarding saying our vows in front of everyone. He is right there incase you stumble on your words or forget what comes next. He loves what he does and it shows! We highly recommend Stoddard if you want your day to run smoothly and he makes it memorable, he is such a kind, loving, generous man.
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Taylor
Wedding:
10/12/2013
5.0/5.0
Stoddard made the process of planning a ceremony very easy. He offered a great deal of information and choices for the ceremony, and was willing to incorporate our own additional vows for our children.
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Rich
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
With very short notice, Stoddard was able to provide us with a ceremony that truly reflected who we are and how we wanted to formalize our commitment to each other. He was very quick to respond and made time to meet with us prior to our ceremony. His experience and ability to listen to a couple allowed him to take that brief encounter and turn that into some very touching personal comments about us and our relationship. We couldn't have asked for a better ceremony. As our ceremony was private, we plan on inviting Stoddard back for our big one year anniversary party to celebrate our marriage with friends and family.
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Donna
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
We searched a long time to find the perfect officiant to marry us and when we found Stoddard we felt immediately that we had found our perfect fit. We read everything we could find on him before our face to face meeting. When we met him in person he was truly the unique person that we had read about. His kindness, compassion, and concern was genuine. He promised to make our ceremony beautiful and memorable, and he did. We he spoke about us during the ceremony we felt as though we had known him forever. He exceeded all our expectations. Our family and friends are still talking about how wonderful he was. Each time we are asked how we found him, our answer is, "We were blessed to have found Stoddard". He will always hold a special place in our heart.
Thank you Stoddard, Love Ernie & Donna
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Perry
Wedding:
10/4/2013
5.0/5.0
Stoddard made our wedding ceremony absolutely beautiful and personalized. Every one of our guests commented on how lovely the ceremony was. We are absolutely satisfied and lucky Stoddard was our officiant!!! Highly recommended
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Julie
Wedding:
9/29/2013
5.0/5.0
Stoddard made us feel very comfortable and at ease. Our ceremony was beautiful and the passages Stoddard used brought tears to my eyes ( good tears). You could tell he was a caring man with how he spoke about love and how he made it special,all about us.
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Amy
Wedding:
9/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Stoddard was very professional and accommodating in all our requests. My husband and I were married on his front lawn with our closest family in attendance. The weather was beautiful and the event was just what I wanted!
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Nicole
Wedding:
9/22/2013
5.0/5.0
Creates a sense of calm throughout the ceremony and makes it very personable
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Britt
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Stoddard was the perfect officiant! When I first looked at his website, I knew he was for us. I love the fact that he lives in our town. He's well spoken, sweet and he spoke from his heart. He encouraged us to create our ceremony and provided us with options to choose from in each portion of the ceremony. He understood who we are and gave us the perfect wedding ceremony!
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Valerie
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Our ceremony was unbelievably personal and amazing because of Stoddard. So many of our guests came up to us with glowing praise. Stoddard helped us design and personalize our ceremony to fit our needs in every way! Thank you!!
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Patrick
Wedding:
9/20/2013
5.0/5.0
Stoddard was by far one of the most compassionate, caring and professional Justice's of the peace. Stoddard meets with you prior to even taking on your wedding, he gets to know who you and your future bride are and customizes the wedding ceremony to who you are again with compassion and love. He did an amazing job with our wedding and will forever be a part of our lives and our special day. I wouldn't want to have been married by anyone else. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!! Patrick O'Donoghue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
From the moment we sat down with Stoddard in his cozy home, my now husband and I knew that we had found our JP. We had met with other prospective officiants, and since we weren't really sure what we wanted in terms of a ceremony we left those meetings unsure of what we might expect. Stoddard was different in that he asked us a few basic questions and then laid out a perfectly organized plan for a ceremony. We were able to give feedback and make choices throughout the process, and with his help we were able to craft a ceremony that perfectly suited us. He then asked a few questions about us and how we met, which he used to write some personal remarks (which were lovely) that he said during the ceremony. Throughout the process he kept in communication with us, sending ideas for our approval as well as gentle reminders about things like getting a marriage license on time, etc, and I felt it was a true collaboration. Our ceremony was outdoors and he came fully prepared with a lapel mic and speaker, as well as a book with our vows written out that also had a mic so that our guests could hear us. Not to mention his reasonable rate, a portion of which is donated to Greyhound rescue which is awesome :)
Everyone in attendance was blown away by the ceremony - we got tons of compliments! I literally cannot recommend Stoddard enough - he helped make our special day perfect and I cannot imagine having had a better experience with anyone else!
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Caitlin
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
Stoddard was the justice of the peace at our wedding, and he truly did an amazing job. From the first time we met him, we felt like he really knew us and understood what made us tick as a couple. We also felt comfortable having him guide us through the process as he and his wife have been married for 44 years, and he clearly knows a lot about marriage and the commitment being made during a wedding ceremony. He crafted a beautiful ceremony that totally reflected our ideas and values about love. And he was completely open to any revisions that we wanted to make, including creating our own take on the unity candle ceremony.

He also put us at ease throughout the whole process, and as things were very busy before the rehearsal and ceremony, he helped me stay grounded and focused on what was important--letting all the planning go and being present for the commitment we were making to each other. The ceremony felt magical, and because we knew we were in good hands, we both felt completely at ease and able to be fully present throughout it.

People are still commenting to us on what an amazing job Stoddard did, and I couldn't even begin to tell you how many compliments we received on the ceremony (we were even asked to pass along his info). Having looked at and talked with several justice of the peaces prior to contacting Stoddard, I wouldn't hesitate to say that Stoddard was the absolute best we could have gone with. He will always hold a place in our hearts for making such a special contribution to our wedding day.
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Laura
Wedding:
9/9/2013
5.0/5.0
Stoddard made my wedding ceremony very special and memorable. He is worth every penny and more than the rates allocated to Justices of the Peace in the state of Massachusetts. He was very professional and personable from the beginning until the end. My husband and I eloped to Stoddard's backyard where he has a gazebo and waterfall. It is obvious that he takes pride in what he does. His words were touching and unique. He took pictures and provided us with a written copy of the ceremony. I would highly recommend his services to anyone.
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Mr and Mrs
Wedding:
9/1/2013
5.0/5.0
What can we say about Stoddard Melhado? Simply, he is the most genuine and caring man who, with every kindness went above and beyond to ensure our ceremony was flawless. From his sincere smile, to his sweet nurturing voice to his professional attire, Stoddard is the archetypal JoP and we recommend him with all our heart. Any couple would be lucky to have him.

For me, Mr W. the ceremony was more special than I ever imagined and a lot of that is thanks to Stoddard. With him, my bride was calm, with him my guests cried and with him we understood the true importance of marriage outside of all the decorations, partying and presents.

Mrs W. and I wholeheartedly thank Stoddard for making our ceremony be so special. He would be a perfect choice for any bride and groom planning their wedding in Massachusetts.

Thank you Stoddard.
Love Mr & Mrs W.
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Lauren
Wedding:
8/31/2013
5.0/5.0
Stoddard is truly gifted when it comes to telling the story of love. He is so down to earth and does an excellent job of getting to know you as a couple, and making your ceremony as "you" as it can get. We loved everything about our ceremony and I got more comments about how sweet his words were than I did about anything else at the wedding! Stoddard and his wife Ky are a beautiful example of marriage, and the ceremony Stoddard will help you put together will be the foundation of your own beautiful marriage.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I communicated with my officiant several times, and it was was easy and simple. He was very professional, and courteous. The wedding was very simple as I wanted. I believe he forgot we had prepared our own vows as he had us recite some he prepared. They were in good taste & we simply said our own after. Overall pleased with his services.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Thank You Stoddard, The ceremony was beautiful Anna and I enjoyed everything, you were easy to work with. Sorry for any short notice decisions and your special words of us were great.. Thank You for bringing the speakers.. Enjoy the last days of Summer and Keep in Touch.
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Rebecca
Wedding:
8/24/2013
5.0/5.0
We were so lucky to work with Stoddard. Many of or guests commented on the unique and wonderful ceremony. He really helped make our day special.
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Lynda Lee
Wedding:
8/17/2013
5.0/5.0
It was an absolute pleasure working with Stoddard. He was incredibly flexible and accommodating while my husband and I started planning from out of state, and when we finally met when we got back to MA we knew he was perfect for us. We are so happy with the beautiful ceremony that he helped us create, we received so many compliments from our friends and family who were curious about him. I am grateful that we found him and would highly recommend using Stoddard to everyone!
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Megan
Wedding:
8/16/2013
5.0/5.0
We wanted to have a private ceremony with our 2 kids. Stoddard was wonderful and went above and beyond to do what worked for us. We went to his home and had a simple yet wonderful exchange of vows. His back yard was a wonderful location and beautiful with a little fish pond. If we had to do it all over again- we wouldn't change a thing! Thank you so much Stoddard for a wonderful memory for our family.
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Bailee
Wedding:
8/11/2013
5.0/5.0
Very sweet, understanding, professional, flexible and a joy to be around. I would absolutely recommend him as your officiant.
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Susan
Wedding:
8/10/2013
5.0/5.0
Stoddard made our Wedding Day very special and meaningful for my husband, Daniel and I. He incorporated personal memories and a funny story of our first date into our ceremony which we loved. And with the choices of beautiful verses, readings and vows it was exactly what we wanted. He was a pleasure to meet and work with and we want to thank him from the bottom of our hearts!!
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JennieMartin
Wedding:
8/2/2013
5.0/5.0
Stoddard officiated at our wedding on 08/02/2013. We could not have picked a better JP. Before booking with him we met at his home and he got to know us and our wedding plans. He advised us to go home and think about it before booking with him; there was really no question, it was a yes. We emailed him the next day. Stoddard is a kind and warm person and you can tell he is passionate about what he does as a JP. He attended our rehearsal and was always prompt and helpful. Stoddard sent us sample vows and readings and a script to work from for writing the ceremony. He was happy to customize and encouraged us to make it our own. He always answered emails quickly and we never had to worry about a thing. The day of the wedding he even made sure the setup of our wine ceremony was in place and non-intrusive to where we'd be standing or pictures. We could not have asked for anything more.... it was perfect. Jennie&Jason
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We loved Stoddard! We thought he was very friendly, warm and genuinely enthusiatic about performing our ceremony. He took the time to get to know us so that he could make our ceremony personal and unique. He was also very responsive to questions and accommodating. Overall, I would highly recommend Stoddard.
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Claudia
Wedding:
7/19/2013
5.0/5.0
We could not be happier with the beautiful ceremony that Stoddard prepared for us. Before finding Stoddard we met with two other JOPs. Most people considered it silly that we met with so many, but I knew I didn't want just anyone to perform our ceremony. I didn't want someone who just treated it as a business transaction, I wanted someone who really cared and who would make us feel special on such an important day. The moment I met Stoddard I knew he was the JOP for us. His ceremonies are truly beautiful, he takes the time to get to know you and adds a real personal touch to your ceremony. He is extremely professional and responsive. He provides input when asked but also gives you the freedom to make the ceremony your own. I highly recommend him to anyone getting married, we have had so many people comment on how beautiful the ceremony was. I hope that those that are still searching for their JOP can find the joy we did in our ceremony led by Stoddard.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Stoddard was absolutely fabulous to work with from the very beginning of the planning process. We had met with a couple of other JPs prior to finding him, and were unimpressed. After our initial meeting with him, my husband and I got in the car and looked at one another and both said, "well that's settled."

Afterwards Stoddard went back and forth with us on several iterations of the ceremony until it was exactly what we wanted - personal and meaningful. We've since been told by family and friends that they absolutely loved it and thought it reflected on us and our relationship perfectly.

I cannot recommend Stoddard highly enough!
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Sarah
Wedding:
7/6/2013
5.0/5.0
I searched a few different sites for a Justice of the Peace and was struck by Stoddard's consideration for couples' needs in all facets of the ceremony - from a desire to ensure the ceremony represented the couple to making sure their guests could appreciate the words they shared by providing a sound system for himself, the couple, and any readers. As I read over his website I fell in love with the idea of him connecting his work as a Justice of the Peace to his passion for rescuing greyhounds. Upon meeting Stoddard, I knew we had found a kindly soul who would work with us and for us, listening to our story and helping us develop a personalized ceremony. Throughout the process he was attentive, caring and flexible - even when we found out right before the ceremony that the Priest who was there, we thought, simply to represent the Catholic Church as a ceremony guest (he insisted he would not be officiating), presented himself to stand beside Stoddard during the ceremony. Stoddard was absolutely wonderful and we received several compliments on his officiating and the quality of the ceremony he so greatly assisted us in creating. Would recommend to everyone!
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Alyssa
Wedding:
6/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Stoddard was awesome, my mom stumbled across him on the Internet and insisted my fiancé and I meet with him and I couldn't be more thrilled she insisted.

During our initial meeting he explained the types of ceremonies he does and what options we had. My fiancé very much wanted to write his own vows but I wasn't feeling as confident and Stoddard provided the fantastic idea of finding all sorts of vows I liked and piecing them into my own. He also explained that he had a method so that during our ceremony we wouldn't need to memorize our vows nor would we end up reading pieces of paper to one another so that during our ceremony we would actually be able to focus on one another.

He provided ideas for ways to add to our ceremony, ideas for readings, ideas for how to include people who are important to your wedding but not necessarily in it as well as multiple options for his "typical" readings and wording.

Our ceremony itself went off without a hitch, Stoddard lead perfectly and brought his own microphone to be sure all of our guests could hear, we were comfortable and able to focus on one another.

Afterwards I think we got compliments from every single guest about how amazing and personal our ceremony was and how it really spoke of us as a couple rather than your everyday ceremony.

Thank you Stoddard for our amazing ceremony and fantastic experience, we couldn't have asked for more.

Alyssa & Patrick McFeeters
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Lauren
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
Stoddard was awesome to deal with! I would highly recommend him. Several of the guests at my wedding have commented to me about how wonderful Stoddard was and I completely agree! Very Professional and adds his own personal touch to the ceremony!
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Julie
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
Stoddard is very detail oriented. He kept communication open from the beginning all the way until the end. It was appreciated!
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Wendy
Wedding:
6/15/2013
5.0/5.0
Over the last three years Stoddard has become a friend of our family. I first met him when he officiated my brother and sister-in-law's wedding in September of 2010. Then a week ago he married my husband and myself. He is a wonderfully caring person, who puts a lot of thought into your ceremony. I would definitely recommend choosing him for your special day!

Thank you for all of your help!
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Kathie and Steven
Wedding:
6/1/2013
5.0/5.0
The ceremony was everything we wanted. Very simple and beautiful.
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Joe
Wedding:
5/24/2013
5.0/5.0
Great ceremony for such short notice of the wedding! Very professional and peaceful. We enjoyed the added poetry and words of wisdom. Thank you Very much. We would highly recommend to anybody looking for a happy and enjoyably service.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Stoddard provided us with a beautiful and perfect ceremony in his back yard. The ceremony was exactly as we had envisioned it and will be a great memory for us. He was also extremely accommodating with our schedule. Thank you so much for helping us with our special day!
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Rebecca
Wedding:
4/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Stoddard was extremely helpful with our wedding and made are day so special.
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Lisa
Wedding:
4/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Stoddard was a pleasure to work with from the very beginning. My husband and I instantly new that we wanted him to be the one that married us! He was both professional and caring throughout the whole process. On the day of our wedding his words were perfect and it set the tone for the rest of the wedding! I would highly recommend Stoddard and without him our day wouldn't have been as special as it was.
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Janal
Wedding:
3/25/2013
5.0/5.0
Stoddard did an AMAZING ceremony for my husband and I. He was professional but he also cared about our feed back on how we wanted the ceremony to go. Everything he did was wonderful! I can't express how happy and appreciative we are to Stoddard!
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Kellie
Wedding:
3/23/2013
5.0/5.0
Stoddard was recommended to us by a friend, who had nothing but positive feedback on her own experience working with him. From the moment we spoke with him on the phone to schedule our initial consult, we knew he was the person that we wanted to officiate our wedding. Stoddard is a kind, warm person that we immediately liked and felt comfortable with. He was professional, yet efficient throughout the entire process and on the eve and day of, was very assuring and made us feel at ease. When it came to 'our story' he listened to us and gave such a heartfelt speech. All of our guests were touched at how beautiful the ceremony was. Stoddard is a great guy and we are more than happy to endorse his services.
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Katie
Wedding:
1/26/2013
5.0/5.0
Stoddard was so wonderful to work with during our wedding planning. He always responded to my questions quickly and I feel as though he tried to get to know us on a personal level before the ceremony. He really helped make everything so special. Stoddard added a lot of personal touches and everything flowed so wonderfully. Everyone raved about the ceremony, and felt that it was a wonderful and a very personalized service. I highly recommend Stoddard as an officiant!!!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Stoddard was a wonderful choice as an officiant for our small ceremony. He is very professional, very attentive and an excellent communicator. He was happy to answer any and all questions. He created a serene environment that was both beautiful and heart-warming. I would highly recommend him to everyone!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Stoddard was wonderful. The pressure was off once we met him. He gave us examples of everything so all we had to do was pick what we wanted to be said. He got to know a little bit about us and really made our wedding feel special and personalized. Not only did we love him but everyone at our wedding commented on how beautiful the ceremony was. Stoddard is really passoniate about what he does and it shows.
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Briana
Wedding:
9/22/2012
5.0/5.0
So thoughtful and details we amazing!
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Autumn
Wedding:
9/15/2012
5.0/5.0
Stoddard was an amazing officiant. He was very professional and met with us to discuss various options for our ceremony. He had interesting and creative ideas and was flexible in terms of changing the ceremony to meet our needs. We felt very comfortable having him as the officiant and would highly recommend him to any bride and groom. He even came with his own microphones so that everyone could hear the ceremony and it was one less thing to worry about. Thank you Stoddard!
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Shannon
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
If you are considering a JP for your wedding your search should end with Stoddard. He is calm (which is most helpful the day of), caring, and compassionate and takes the time to personally get to know you as a couple. The end result is a phenomenally personalized ceremony which you and your guests will remember for a life time. My husband and I have received so many compliments on our ceremony and feel so fortunate to have found Stoddard.
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Samuel
Wedding:
8/25/2012
5.0/5.0
We planned our own wedding, and Stoddard's knowledge and advice helped make our day so much less stressful. Highly recommended!
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Alanna
Wedding:
8/18/2012
5.0/5.0
Stoddard Melhado was a perfect officiant for us! He gave us some great suggestions for readings and a wine box ceremony, while also being open to our ideas. He made the day special and many people told us he said some things that really hit home for them about love and friendship. Great to work with, thoughtful and professional.
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Ed
Wedding:
8/12/2012
5.0/5.0
Stoddard was better than great. He really listened (and cared) gave us several meaning options and the result was great. All of our guests really liked him, and he is a very sincere man.
Ed and Dianne O.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Stoddard was an absolute pleasure and what an honor it was for us to have him share and officiate our day. We highly recommend Stoddard for your occasion.
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Robin
Wedding:
10/22/2011
5.0/5.0
Stoddard did a great job with our ceremony - it was simple, personal and thoughtful. He is extremely flexible, very pleasant and very easy to work with. He provided us with a lot of options in regards to readings, vows, blessings, etc. The day of the ceremony, Stoddard looked extremely professional and did a really great job performing the ceremony. It was a lot of fun to work on our ceremony and with Stoddard's input I couldn't be happier with the results.
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Valerie
Wedding:
6/11/2011
5.0/5.0
Mr. Melhado gave my husband and I the wedding ceremony right out of a movie scene. He mixed humor and wit to keep the audience engaged. People who knew us for years learned something new about us from his speech and he picked verses and offered advice on love and life that everyone could take to heart. The ceremony was so personalized for who we were and we couldn't have scripted it better. Listening to how he structured our ceremony, it was like my husband and I were back on our very first dates and falling in love from the beginning again. He spent the time getting to know about us, about our relationship and for our ceremony told the story better than I ever could. He took the time to do the research to find the right readings that truly fit our personalities. Every question I had - and I had many - was promptly answered with examples or suggestions to get my mind going about what I wanted. He truly gave us the most perfect ceremony that I could've asked for. Out of everything I was trying to manage for our wedding day, I never had to worry about the officiating because I knew Mr. Melhado had it covered. It was the only stress-free task on my wedding list!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
When we set our wedding date, we hoped to find an officiant that would be a great fit for us. We wanted someone personable, professional, warm and friendly. But even more, someone who would make our day extra special and unforgettable and we found the perfect officiant when we met Stoddard. Friends and family spoke to me days, weeks and months after the wedding took place, telling me it was the most beautiful wedding ceremony they have ever been to and we owe much of that to Stoddard. What makes Stoddard so special is that he considers each couple's unique qualities and adds a little special something to the ceremony that makes it unique and different from another person's wedding.
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lorib
Wedding:
10/15/2011
4.9/5.0
Stoddard was great, AND he rescues greyhounds (which was what sold be from the beginning)

We had the most amazing ceremony with Stoddard. He was exceptional. I was a super picky bride and basically re-wrote everything, and he was very patient with me and still added his personal touches and stories, that made it even better. Everyone raved about the ceremony, it was exactly what i wanted!!

Would DEFINITELY recommend!
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Nicole
Wedding:
9/21/2013
4.8/5.0
Stoddard helped my husband and I create a wonderful, and unique ceremony. He really took the time to get to know you and it showed during the ceremony. He was very professional and helped us through the whole thing. He was there for any questions or concern you may have. I have received numerous compliments on what a great JP he was from my family members!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.5/5.0
Stoddard made my private wedding between my husband and I very special and something that we will always remember.
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