NOTICE: The Office of Personnel and Administration is committed to processing applications for a one day marriage designation in a timely manner. In order to ensure that all applications are processed before the end of the Patrick Administration, no applications for a one day marriage designation will be accepted between December 12th, 2014 and January 8th, 2015. After January 8th, please contact the Office of the Governor for information about how to apply for a one day marriage designation.
A One-Day Marriage Designation is a procedure to allow a friend/family member to perform a wedding ceremony in Massachusetts.
According to Massachusetts General Laws Ch. 207, S. 39, the Governor can designate non-clergy individuals to solemnize a marriage, such as a friend or a family member. It is not meant for a member of the clergy or Justice of the Peace residing in Massachusetts or out of state. The only exception is for clergy residing out of the United States.