Joe Lapiana Justice Of The Peace

A Member of Massachusetts Justices of the Peace Association

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Welcome, and  Thank you  for stopping by my wedding services website. Whether  you have one year or just a few days before your wedding, you will find the pages of this site very useful and informative in completing your wedding plans.

These pages are filled with; samples of wedding vows,  a fee schedule, how to obtain your marriage license, frequently ask questions, as well as a little history of the Justice of the Peace office and web resources for your celebration. 

Although I  know that you have many choices in the selection of who will have the honor to officiate your wedding ceremony; you only have one chance to select the right officiant to make your most memorable day…indeed - Memorable!

For this reason, this Justice of the Peace service is your best choice. 

As you explore these pages, I  suggest that you bookmark them on your computer, thus facilitating your easy return to them.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need any further information at 978-692-2688 or 978-821-7188 or by email at

In anticipation.................................Best Wishes for your long and lasting happy union!

Marriage Services For Westford and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Personalized Wedding Ceremonies
Renewal Of Vows
Non-Denominational Ceremonies
Religious Ceremonies
Interfaith Ceremonies
Commitment Ceremonies
Same Gender Ceremonies
Pre-Marriage Consultation
Notary Services


Fees are set by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at $125.00 in the town of the Justice’s residence (Westford) or $150.00 outside of town (Effective 3-31-09).  Most justices, myself included, charge additionally for an initial pre-marriage consultation, customization of the ceremony and its preparation, additional meetings, travel time, rehearsals and special requirements. My services are comprehensive and you will be made aware of all charges at the time of booking. A fifty (50%) percent non-refundable deposit is required to secure the date, with the balance and marriage license due at least 3 days before the ceremony. On your wedding day, I will organize the members of the wedding party for the processional and recessional, direct special guests, including the readers, to their assigned seats, cue the musicians to begin the processional and recessional music, and offer assistance to the photographer and videographer, if needed.

Pre-nuptial conference:

The prenuptial conference provides an opportunity to introduce myself to you. The main objective, however, is to get to know you in an effort to create a highly customized ceremony that reflects your personality and style. You may select one of my ceremonies, or choose to write your own. There is no additional charge for assisting you with the writing of your ceremony and vows. The conference also allows us to begin planning and discussing the details of your ceremony, including musical selections for the processional and recessional, readings, and, if desired, the incorporation of special traditions such as sand ceremonies, unity candles, hand fastening ceremonies, and breaking of the glass. There is a $75.00 (non-refundable) fee for this conference.

Rehearsal fee:

I will perform a dry run of the ceremony including the processional, recessional and readings. My fee for a wedding rehearsal is $150.00 or, if in Westford, $125.00.



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