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Rosaria Salerno, Justice of the Peace

Boston , MA
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29 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA US 02116 (map)

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617-599-0319

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Celebrating the marriages of two people who love each other and are committing their lives to one another is a very singular privilege for me. I have been fortunate over the years since... Read more
Celebrating the marriages of two people who love each other and are committing their lives to one another is a very singular privilege for me. I have been fortunate over the years since I became a Justice of the Peace, to have celebrated weddings with thousands of couples. I have married people from all over the world at ceremonies that have been very private and intimate to those which have been quite elaborate and everything in between. I have celebrated marriages on boats, in apple orchards,at the beach, in hotel ballrooms, in private suites, in homes and back gardens, in my office and in churches. I have celebrated marriages accompanied by rabbis, and ministers of various denominations. Most of the ceremonies, by far, have been non-religious while at the same time very dignified and reflective of the couple exchanging vows.

I love celebrating these marriages and love working with couples (if they wish) to design their ceremony to be their own unique expression of what the commitment means to and for them. Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious 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?
No

REVIEWS

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Chantelle
Wedding:
7/13/2014
5.0/5.0
Simply AMAZING!!! The service was beautiful, she was our dream officiant and she was kind enough to rearrange her schedule work with our wacky Sunday evening start time. She made both of us feel so special and all of our guests remarked that they had never been to a wedding ceremony where the officiant took such great care of the couple. I actually feel like we got to breathe and there was no pressure, it was a beautiful moment. Rosaria is truly a gem, class act all the way! I wish I was getting married again just so that I could get more time with her!
Simply AMAZING!!! The service was beautiful, she was our dream officiant and she was kind enough to rearrange her schedule Read more...
Simply AMAZING!!! The service was beautiful, she was our dream officiant and she was kind enough to rearrange her schedule work with our wacky Sunday evening start time. She made both of us feel so special and all of our guests remarked that they had never been to a wedding ceremony where the officiant took such great care of the couple. I actually feel like we got to breathe and there was no pressure, it was a beautiful moment. Rosaria is truly a gem, class act all the way! I wish I was getting married again just so that I could get more time with her! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rosaria is absolutely wonderful. My husband and I decided to elope on our 10 year anniversary, and we are so happy to have chosen Rosaria to officiate our ceremony. It really shows that she loves and values what she does. It was just the 3 of us at her office, and we could not be happier with our choice. It was simple, intimate, and perfect. I would recommend her to anyone.
Rosaria is absolutely wonderful. My husband and I decided to elope on our 10 year anniversary, and we are so happy to have Read more...
Rosaria is absolutely wonderful. My husband and I decided to elope on our 10 year anniversary, and we are so happy to have chosen Rosaria to officiate our ceremony. It really shows that she loves and values what she does. It was just the 3 of us at her office, and we could not be happier with our choice. It was simple, intimate, and perfect. I would recommend her to anyone. Read less
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Kristina
Wedding:
5/13/2014
5.0/5.0
I had contacted a few officiants before Rosaria, but the moment I spoke to her on the phone I knew she was the one! She really understood what my fiancé and I wanted in our small elopement. We did a private ceremony in the public gardens; Rosaria suggested some nice spots that we could have our ceremony. On the day of we were running a little late and Rosaria was very flexible and understanding. Our ceremony was everything we had hoped it to be, Rosaria's words were loving and kind. We felt at ease with Rosaria like she was an old friend. I highly recommend her as an officiant and hope her kind words and smile make your day as special as mine was.
I had contacted a few officiants before Rosaria, but the moment I spoke to her on the phone I knew she was the one! She Read more...
I had contacted a few officiants before Rosaria, but the moment I spoke to her on the phone I knew she was the one! She really understood what my fiancé and I wanted in our small elopement. We did a private ceremony in the public gardens; Rosaria suggested some nice spots that we could have our ceremony. On the day of we were running a little late and Rosaria was very flexible and understanding. Our ceremony was everything we had hoped it to be, Rosaria's words were loving and kind. We felt at ease with Rosaria like she was an old friend. I highly recommend her as an officiant and hope her kind words and smile make your day as special as mine was. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Ms. Salerno wrote a perfect ceremony for us, without really knowing us at all. Many of our guests told us it was the nicest wedding they'd ever witnessed. She's a true professional, too -- immediately responsive to e-mails and phone calls. She showed up early to walk us through it and she was kind and patient with me when I was clearly too nervous to process her instructions. When the time came to walk down the aisle and start the wedding I, predictably, messed it all up by standing in the wrong place. She gently moved me into position without skipping a beat and off we went with the ceremony. 10/10 would recommend.
Ms. Salerno wrote a perfect ceremony for us, without really knowing us at all. Many of our guests told us it was the Read more...
Ms. Salerno wrote a perfect ceremony for us, without really knowing us at all. Many of our guests told us it was the nicest wedding they'd ever witnessed. She's a true professional, too -- immediately responsive to e-mails and phone calls. She showed up early to walk us through it and she was kind and patient with me when I was clearly too nervous to process her instructions. When the time came to walk down the aisle and start the wedding I, predictably, messed it all up by standing in the wrong place. She gently moved me into position without skipping a beat and off we went with the ceremony. 10/10 would recommend. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rosaria made our special day so unique! Although we only spoke on brief occasions, the words she choose for our ceremony seemed as though she had known us for years. Very intimate. Everyone who attended said she's spoke so beautifully and from the heart. She was always quick to respond to my emails with any questions I had. And very accommodating for our location and especially, when we had to move our date. I would recommend her to any couple's special day!
Rosaria made our special day so unique! Although we only spoke on brief occasions, the words she choose for our ceremony Read more...
Rosaria made our special day so unique! Although we only spoke on brief occasions, the words she choose for our ceremony seemed as though she had known us for years. Very intimate. Everyone who attended said she's spoke so beautifully and from the heart. She was always quick to respond to my emails with any questions I had. And very accommodating for our location and especially, when we had to move our date. I would recommend her to any couple's special day! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
My partner and I wanted a commitment ceremony to make our 20 year relationship legally binding. We found Rosaria on Wedding Wire and contacted her to check her availability. Rosaria responded to my request (and subsequent requests) quickly and helped us answer all the questions we had. We chose to have our ceremony in her office and she made us feel welcome and comfortable. She took the time to talk with us and our children (10 and 8). We were thrilled to have Rosaria as our officiant and would highly recommend her to all couples.
My partner and I wanted a commitment ceremony to make our 20 year relationship legally binding. We found Rosaria on Read more...
My partner and I wanted a commitment ceremony to make our 20 year relationship legally binding. We found Rosaria on Wedding Wire and contacted her to check her availability. Rosaria responded to my request (and subsequent requests) quickly and helped us answer all the questions we had. We chose to have our ceremony in her office and she made us feel welcome and comfortable. She took the time to talk with us and our children (10 and 8). We were thrilled to have Rosaria as our officiant and would highly recommend her to all couples. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Of all the decisions that go along with planning a wedding, finding the right officiant was an important one for my wife and me. We wanted the ceremony to be heartfelt and reflective of our personalities and our relationship and we wanted an officiant with whom we felt comfortable. We could not be happier with our decision to have Rosaria solemnize the marriage. She was professional and sincere every step of the way. She helped us design a ceremony that truly fit us and felt very natural and meaningful. The ceremony was beautiful and all of our friends and family also commented on what a lovely job Rosaria did - several even made a point to ask us if we had gotten a copy of the ceremony as a keepsake. Thank you, Rosaria!
Of all the decisions that go along with planning a wedding, finding the right officiant was an important one for my wife Read more...
Of all the decisions that go along with planning a wedding, finding the right officiant was an important one for my wife and me. We wanted the ceremony to be heartfelt and reflective of our personalities and our relationship and we wanted an officiant with whom we felt comfortable. We could not be happier with our decision to have Rosaria solemnize the marriage. She was professional and sincere every step of the way. She helped us design a ceremony that truly fit us and felt very natural and meaningful. The ceremony was beautiful and all of our friends and family also commented on what a lovely job Rosaria did - several even made a point to ask us if we had gotten a copy of the ceremony as a keepsake. Thank you, Rosaria! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Rosario provided an incredible ceremony that was thoughtful, emotional, and articulate. She truly put us both at ease and made for a wonderful and memorable day. When I left, I honestly felt that I could call her a true friend. Thank you Rosario.
Rosario provided an incredible ceremony that was thoughtful, emotional, and articulate. She truly put us both at ease and Read more...
Rosario provided an incredible ceremony that was thoughtful, emotional, and articulate. She truly put us both at ease and made for a wonderful and memorable day. When I left, I honestly felt that I could call her a true friend. Thank you Rosario. Read less
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Breanna
Wedding:
6/1/2013
5.0/5.0
My partner and I were married in the gardens in June. We do not live in Boston and did all the planning from out of town. Rosaria was very helping in helping us find a beautiful spot to hold our ceremony. After meeting Rosaria we were quickly put to ease and knew we had chosen the correct officiant. She was caring and got to know us as a couple and listened to what we wanted in our ceremony. She was very helpful and great at what she does, you can tell she does it because she truly cares and enjoys it.
My partner and I were married in the gardens in June. We do not live in Boston and did all the planning from out of town. Read more...
My partner and I were married in the gardens in June. We do not live in Boston and did all the planning from out of town. Rosaria was very helping in helping us find a beautiful spot to hold our ceremony. After meeting Rosaria we were quickly put to ease and knew we had chosen the correct officiant. She was caring and got to know us as a couple and listened to what we wanted in our ceremony. She was very helpful and great at what she does, you can tell she does it because she truly cares and enjoys it. Read less
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Samantha
Wedding:
5/17/2013
5.0/5.0
Rosaria is very professional, and she takes her job as officiant and the institution of marriage very serious. We had a little hiccup (groom forgot our marriage license back at our bed and breakfast!) Even though she had other obligations she was willing to accompany us and perform the ceremony at the b&b's garden.
A few helpful tips: 1. She likes to be paid in cash 2. She doesn't drive. So if your wedding is a bit out of the city you might have to consider providing transportation.
Rosaria is very professional, and she takes her job as officiant and the institution of marriage very serious. We had a Read more...
Rosaria is very professional, and she takes her job as officiant and the institution of marriage very serious. We had a little hiccup (groom forgot our marriage license back at our bed and breakfast!) Even though she had other obligations she was willing to accompany us and perform the ceremony at the b&b's garden.
A few helpful tips: 1. She likes to be paid in cash 2. She doesn't drive. So if your wedding is a bit out of the city you might have to consider providing transportation. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
7/21/2012
5.0/5.0
Rosaria is such a kind and sweet individual. She met with me and my fiancee (at the time) and took the time to get to know us as a couple and provided us with advice as we began our venture into marriage.

My husband and I wrote our own bilingual ceremony, and Rosaria was more than willing to give suggestions. She provided us with a binder with the scripts of all of the ceremonies that she has performed as a guide. It was very helpful.

Rosaria was dedicated and sincere and our friends and family had nothing but kind words regarding our ceremony. We would gladly provide a reference for any couple that is interested in having her officiate their ceremony.

Fun fact: We found out after our wedding that Rosaria officiated the first same-sex marriage in Boston! How wonderful!

We felt honored that she solemnized our marriage.
Rosaria is such a kind and sweet individual. She met with me and my fiancee (at the time) and took the time to get to know Read more...
Rosaria is such a kind and sweet individual. She met with me and my fiancee (at the time) and took the time to get to know us as a couple and provided us with advice as we began our venture into marriage.

My husband and I wrote our own bilingual ceremony, and Rosaria was more than willing to give suggestions. She provided us with a binder with the scripts of all of the ceremonies that she has performed as a guide. It was very helpful.

Rosaria was dedicated and sincere and our friends and family had nothing but kind words regarding our ceremony. We would gladly provide a reference for any couple that is interested in having her officiate their ceremony.

Fun fact: We found out after our wedding that Rosaria officiated the first same-sex marriage in Boston! How wonderful!

We felt honored that she solemnized our marriage. Read less
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mlpjlk
Wedding:
4/23/2010
5.0/5.0
Rosaria was very welcoming, informative and interested in our relationship. She was very caring and professional.
Rosaria was very welcoming, informative and interested in our relationship. She was very caring and professional.
Rosaria was very welcoming, informative and interested in our relationship. She was very caring and professional. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.1/5.0
We were happy with Rosaria overall, but we didn't have as much communication with her as we would have liked. We were also a little blindsided at our consultation when she told us how much the visit would cost (it was mentioned on the website that additional costs may be incurred for consultations, but we didn't find out how much until the end of the visit. Not a big deal, but would have been nice to know beforehand). My husband also had to play "email tag" with her at one point because she wasn't in town.

Our first and only meeting before the wedding lasted maybe 15 minutes, and we didn't feel like she really got to know us. We changed our minds about writing our own vows a few weeks before the wedding, and she accommodated the change, which we appreciated. If it weren't for personalized vows, our ceremony would have been very generic.
We were happy with Rosaria overall, but we didn't have as much communication with her as we would have liked. We were also Read more...
We were happy with Rosaria overall, but we didn't have as much communication with her as we would have liked. We were also a little blindsided at our consultation when she told us how much the visit would cost (it was mentioned on the website that additional costs may be incurred for consultations, but we didn't find out how much until the end of the visit. Not a big deal, but would have been nice to know beforehand). My husband also had to play "email tag" with her at one point because she wasn't in town.

Our first and only meeting before the wedding lasted maybe 15 minutes, and we didn't feel like she really got to know us. We changed our minds about writing our own vows a few weeks before the wedding, and she accommodated the change, which we appreciated. If it weren't for personalized vows, our ceremony would have been very generic. Read less
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Rosaria Salerno, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

I am sorry about your areas of dissatisfaction; I aim to always give my best to each couple.
There was never any indication during our consultation that you were not pleased with the ceremony I proposed ; I always accommodate clients' preferences.

As for "being out of town", I was with family during a family medical emergency.

Since the review was submitted anonymously, I do not know who I am addressing, but I did want to let you know that I am sorry you were not totally pleased with my service.
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