How to Get Married in Martha's Vineyard

Whether you are a resident, planning your hometown wedding from afar, or choosing the location for destination wedding, knowing how to get married in Martha's Vineyard can be challenging if you do not have event planning experience. Pulling together any wedding requires an intricate balance of time, resources and money, but you can easily handle this challenge with a few easy steps.

Steps

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    Obtain a Massachusetts marriage license in order to be married legally in Martha's Vineyard. You can do this by visiting any town clerk's office on Martha's Vineyard Island, or the state of Massachusetts lets you do it in the city or town clerk's offices in the state.
    • Massachusetts residents who are in the military or are incarcerated may file intentions to marry.
    • When you apply for a marriage license in Massachusetts, the day that you apply is not counted in the mandatory three-day waiting period, but Sundays and holidays are included in that time.
    • Your marriage license will be valid for 60 days after it has been filed, and the legal marrying age in Massachusetts is 18 years old. Anyone younger than 18 years will need to obtain a court order from the probate or district court in the area that the minor resides in before that person can file marriage intentions.
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    Find a ceremony site in Martha's Vineyard that suits your faith and/or big picture of your wedding day.
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    Find a Martha's Vineyard reception site that is the right size to accommodate the number of guests you are planning on having.
    • Take a look at the wedding facilities listed by the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce.
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    Look for other wedding vendors in Martha's Vineyard to round out what you need for your big day.
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    Contact the Martha's Vineyard wedding professionals that you are interested in and discuss pricing and booking details.
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    Sign all of the wedding contracts and mail them with your payment. Most vendors will not hold your big day until both the payment and contract are in hand.
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    Stay in contact with your Martha's Vineyard wedding vendors, and give them a call or email the week leading up to the wedding just to touch base on the last-minute details.
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    Make your final payments the week of your wedding, and then sit back and enjoy the fruits of all your hard work while pulling the day together.

Tips

  • Ask a close friend or family member to act as your liaison with your wedding vendors. This person will be in charge of fielding any questions or concerns thus freeing you up to enjoy the day and be a good hostess.

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Categories: Weddings