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Boston City Hall Wedding Civil Ceremony
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Tips for getting married at Boston City Hall – Updated for 2021

Marriage License

  • Marriage Licenses are good to use for 60 days in Massachusetts from the date you applied. For elopements, as long as you are within the state of MA you can use your marriage certificate. Please note that this license is not valid outside the state of MA.
  • You can make an appointment to apply for a license in person using an online scheduler on the website. You must apply together.
  • Additional dates open in blocks at 10am. Check the website for updates.
  • Currently, as of 3/30/2021, they are booking through the beginning of May. More appointments for the end of May will be added on April 7, 2021, at 10am.
  • Be FAST. Appointments generally fill up within 5 minutes.
  • Bring your ID and $50 for your license fee (cash, debit or credit card).
  • The license will be issued 3 days afterwards and sent to your address.
  • To make an appointment, please head to the City of Boston website.

What if you want to waive the waiting period?

If you want to apply for the Marriage without Delay Waiver, there will be a $195 fee to bypass the 3 day waiting period.

Create a Courthouse Wedding Checklist

Make sure you bring all necessary paperwork when you head to the courthouse. This includes your ID, marriage license and any associated paperwork. If you require witnesses at your appointment, please ensure they are present. MA does not require witnesses. You can read more HERE.. If you would like to recite your own vows, make sure you bring them. Another thing to consider is if you’d like to have a photographer there to document your vow exchange.

Capturing the event on film

How I know the bride

Linda and I go back quite a few years after we worked together on a gorgeous wedding Linda was commissioned to put together. Her work really stood out, but more so her great and bubbly attitude caught my attention. She was always upbeat, positive and happy. We kept in touch after that wedding. Years later I couldn’t be more flattered when she reached out to ask me to photograph her wedding as well as this Boston city hall wedding. This was a lady that had worked with so many industry professionals on really high end weddings and she asked me out of everyone she knew. I was floored and completely honoured to be her wedding photographer. If you’re in need of an extremely talented and organized wedding planner, please reach out to Linda of Lemon Drop Team. I highly recommend her.

Boston City Hall Marriage

The first part of her wedding was to obtain the actual city hall marriage certificate. I was on hand to capture the short but sweet civil ceremony in a room filled with just family. Boston City Hall provided the great architectural backdrop and the family all provided the jolly laughs and tears. Everyone was overjoyed.

The Wedding Photos

Linda and Mo are so low-key. They just wanted a few quick photos after the 8 minute civil wedding ceremony that featured their family and a few keepsake images to commemorate the day. I worked quickly to create these images in the limited time because my priority is always to make the couple comfortable and happy. I work a lot with children so I am always able to think quickly on my feet and make the most of a location with a limited amount of time. Toddlers wait for no one. Please enjoy Linda and Mo’s Boston City Hall Wedding images by yours truly: Bella Wang Photography | Boston City Hall Wedding Photographer

Ceremony photos inside Boston City Hall at the Clerk's office during civil marriage ceremony
Boston City Hall Wedding Ceremony
Ceremony photos inside Boston City Hall at the Clerk's office during civil wedding ceremony
Exchanging rings and Vows | Wedding Photography by Bella Wang Photography
Ceremony photos inside Boston City Hall at the Clerk's office during civil marriage ceremony
Lots of happy tears were shed during the beautiful ceremony
Family photos inside Boston City Hall at the Clerk's office after civil marriage ceremony
There’s always time for some family photos
Newlyweds inside Boston City Hall at the Clerk's office
They’re just over the moon from getting married!
Newlyweds inside Boston City Hall
Boston City Hall just put up a new mural by the elevators.
Newlyweds outside Boston City Hall
When you have limited time, you take creative photos in the elevator and when they are leaving City Hall.
Newlyweds outside Boston City Hall
Love the stark architecture and light of Boston City Hall in the late afternoon.
Newlyweds outside Boston City Hall with just married sign
Her sister made them a sign – oops! Typo!
Newlyweds outside Boston City Hall
Now that’s better. Check out that good looking couple.
Newlyweds outside Boston City Hall
They make waiting to cross the street look good.
Bride and groom portraits outside City Hall
The newly married bride & groom
Bride and Groom after wedding civil ceremony posing outside Boston City Hall Faneuil Hall
Time for a creative photo. Who would have thought Sephora could look so good?
Bride and Groom after wedding civil ceremony posing outside Boston City Hall
Time to capture the location at Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market
Bride and her sisters after wedding civil ceremony posing outside Boston City Hall
Sister love!
Groom's parents after wedding civil ceremony posing outside Boston City Hall
They were watching and all were rocking sunglasses, so I had to create this.
Bride and Groom after wedding civil ceremony posing outside Boston City Hall
Wedding Portraits by Bella Wang Photography
Bride with bouquet after wedding civil ceremony posing outside Boston City Hall
The gorgeous bride and her bouquet
Groom tickling bride with bouquet after wedding civil ceremony
Mo had other ideas and preferred his ‘flowers’
Groom with bouquet after wedding civil ceremony
So we had to capture the groom with his bouquet.
Faneuil Hall
And then they rushed off for late lunch reservations.

For images from Cambridge city Hall, please click over HERE.

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Bride and Groom modern portrait

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My path here is a bit different than most. I have a background in engineering and accounting/auditing. Like every good Asian daughter, I wanted to make my parents happy. With my first paycheck I bought a camera. I was instantly addicted to capturing life's details and observing people's interactions. When I moved from Toronto to Boston, I found myself without a job but with a fresh start. I got my first gig off Craigslist (crazy!) and have been fully booked ever since. The family that had booked me on Craigslist still keeps in touch with me to this day and I've photographed them quite a few times since. I've been featured in numerous publications both online and in print (Martha Stewart Weddings, Boston Magazine, The Knot). 8+ years later, you've stumbled onto my page.  

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