Getting married in Maine? Congratulations!
You've chosen the perfect place to tie the knot.
Now you need a wedding officiant.
Whether it's a grand affair or something simple with a few friends, I'm here to help. As a Notary Public in the State of Maine for over 10 years, I have worked with couples of all stripes and styles to create elopements, weddings, and renewals of vows that are just the right fit. Let's make your wedding day truly memorable!
Unsure about getting married during a pandemic? You're not alone. Following the State of Maine's guidelines around masking and distancing, we can make your wedding or elopement happen.
If you're coming from out of state, I ask that you abide by the State of Maine rules around testing and quarantining.
Please note that in the interest of keeping everyone safe, I will not be taking reservations for indoor weddings and elopements as of January 2021. I will update this approach as the COVID situation evolves.
Thanks for understanding.
Engaged? Check. Now, time to create a great ceremony...
Fun options for a low-stress hitching adventure...
My philosophy and a little bit about me...
I'll work with you to create a wedding ceremony that's just right for you. I can use a great selection of wedding ceremony readings, ideas, and samples or build something entirely from scratch. Whether you're right next door or on another coast, together we'll make the most important part of your wedding day truly memorable.
The price includes:
Within 20 of miles Portland - $300
21-50 miles from Portland - $350
Whether you have a wedding party of 2 or 20, wedding rehearsals are always a good idea. It helps to put everyone at ease and enjoy the celebration. Especially recommended if you have young flower children or ring bearers.
The price includes:
Within 20 miles of Portland - $125
21-50 miles from Portland - $150
Photo: Christine & Jeff in Saco
Photo by Julie Gray, www.juliekgrayphotography.com
I love elopements! And what's more romantic than eloping in Maine? This option includes:
Within 20 miles of Portland - $225
21-50 miles from Portland - $250
Fabulous bouquet of flowers - $25
All of the above plus:
Within 20 miles of Portland - $275
21-50 miles from Portland - $300
Fabulous bouquet of flowers - $25
Celebrate your love and commitment all over again with a renewal of vows tailored to you!
Within 20 miles of Portland - $200
20(ish-50 miles from Portland - $250
Photo: Maya & Joseph at Two Lights State Park, Cape Elizabeth
Photo by Cassie Rosch, www.cassierosch.com
Your wedding day should be about you, your beloved, and the utterly unique love you have for each other. You deserve a ceremony that reflects that.
The best wedding ceremonies are those that capture the spirit and personality of a couple. Your wedding ceremony tells a story. It can be whimsical, solemn, hopeful, out-of-the-ordinary. But above all, your ceremony should feel right to you.
Perhaps you were raised with religious or cultural traditions you wish to honor in your ceremony. Perhaps you are looking for a spiritual ceremony that is not necessarily religious. Perhaps you are blending two families. There are as many variations of a wedding ceremony as there are couples, and I welcome them all.
I will help guide you through choosing a ceremony or creating your own, selecting readings, poems, or passages, even writing your own wedding vows or ring exchange. I want you to have a wedding ceremony that feels just right for you - whatever that may be!
I have lived in Maine for 20 years and have been a Notary Public almost as long. My winding road includes previous lives as a Peace Corps Volunteer, a radio documentarian, and the business license administrator for the City of Portland. Now I divide my time between being an actor and voice over artist, working for the Department of Theatre at USM, and marrying fantastic couples from all over the world. I love Maine, yoga, being a member of Mad Horse Theatre Company, and my brood of furry four-leggeds.
We want to have a ceremony outside. Where are good some places to get married?
Some of my favorite locations include:
Spring Point Lighthouse, South Portland (pictured)
How do we get our Maine marriage license?
If you are getting married in Maine, you have to obtain your license in Maine. Here, Town and City Clerk's Offices issue marriage licenses. If one or both of you live in Maine, go to the Town/City Clerk Office where you reside. If neither of you live in Maine, you may go to any Town/City Clerk's Office in the state.
Bring with you:
You can fill out the marriage license application in advance by clicking here or at the Clerk's Office. They will give you a license that is valid for 90 days. Your officiant is responsible for completing and returning the license to the Clerk's Office after your ceremony.
Do you have photographers you recommend?
Yes! Here are just a few great photographers I've worked with. Click on their names to see their work:
"Janice was an absolute pleasure to work with. We needed a last minute civil ceremony that was still special and memorable. Janice recommended locations, helped us consider vows, and even provided me with the perfect bouquet. We didn't have witnesses so Janice was able to provide those too. We couldn't be happier with the results of our little elopement on the Eastern Prom. I would recommend her services to anyone in the Portland area looking for someone who is open to the little things that make the day yours, someone who is flexible, and sincere."
"Janice was an amazing officiant for our DIY wedding. She encouraged us to understand what we wanted in a ceremony and then provided us with the means to achieve it. Through her guidance and flexibility, we were able to have exactly the type of ceremony we wanted - despite not at first knowing what we truly wanted! She orchestrated the rehearsal and ceremony beautifully. She is a wonderful speaker (you can tell as soon as you speak to her) who delivered our ceremony in perfect fashion. We also sincerely appreciated all her help with the legal aspects of getting married as well! Do not hesitate to hire Janice; she is a talented officiant and also an all around great person."