Boston City Hall Wedding

The iconic concrete steps at Boston City Hall in Massachusetts provide a symbolic image of strength and ascendancy, fitting for many a picturesque Boston City Hall wedding

The thought of horse-drawn carriages, tin cans tied to bumpers, and rows upon rows of guests do not portray the perfect wedding for some. Many couples have chosen to have a Boston City Hall wedding for this reason.

If you too are considering tying the knot, here is everything you need to know about your Boston City Hall wedding.

I know that no one likes paperwork, but I’ve done this process myself, and the paperwork isn’t too cumbersome!

Read my “Best Boston Elopement Guide” to read all about how to get married!

How to get married at Boston City Hall

Complete a ‘Marriage Intention Form for a Marriage License’

Located at Registry Division, 1 City Hall Square, Room 213, Boston ($50 fee). 

Wait the three day waiting period

or 72 hours, or 4320 minutes, or 259200 seconds

Return to City Hall to get your Marriage License

Your Marriage License will be valid for 60 days.

Schedule your ceremony

Paul Chong, the City Registrar, has created an online appointment calendar for wedding ceremonies. Link here: https://calendar.app.google/M6eQHScuJhyKgyXv5.

If you need help, email the City Registrar, Paul Chong, at paul.chong@boston.gov. Please tell him I said hi, and that I’m in support of his Industrial Revolution.

Hire Nicole Chan to be your Boston City Hall wedding photographer

Email her at nicole@nicolechanphotography.com or call her at 617-506-9059

Arrive to Boston City Hall for your wedding ceremony

Show up 15-30 minutes early before your ceremony appointment time ($75 fee) with your family and/or friends.

Wait for Nicole to finish editing your beautiful wedding photos

Cry over them, and hug your partner. Tell them how awesome they are.

E-mail Nicole and tell her how much you love your wedding photos

Live happily ever after

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT GETTING MARRIED AT BOSTON CITY HALL

How much does it cost to get married at Boston City Hall? 

$50 fee for ‘Marriage Intention Form for a Marriage License’
$75 fee in cash for payment for the Boston City Hall wedding ceremony 

How many people can attend my Boston City Hall elopement wedding? 

Most marriages at City Hall take place in Room 601 on the 6th floor.

Where do I fill out the ‘Marriage Intention Form for a Marriage License’ application?

This ‘Marriage Intention Form for a Marriage License’ application needs to be filled out at 1 City Hall Square, Room 213 Boston, MA 02201-2006.
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
After you fill out the form, they will give you a white card with the date for when you can pick up your marriage license at City Hall.
When you go to Boston City Hall to fill out the ‘Marriage Intention Form for a Marriage License’, you and your partner will each need to bring the following pieces of information: Valid ID (Passport, Driver’s License, State ID, or Military ID), Social Security Number, Legal Names, Address of where you both live now, Date of Birth, Location of your Birth, Names of Parents (including maiden names), If you parents were married when you were born, Previous marriage information (How many times, date of divorce, or annulment papers), $50 application fee cash, money order, or debit/credit card.

When will my Boston City Hall wedding elopement ceremony be?

Your Wedding date will be on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday. Boston City Hall hosts wedding ceremonies from 10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. and 2 – 3:15 p.m. You’ll be able to make an appointment with a specific day and hour that your wedding will take place.

How early should I arrive to my Boston City Hall elopement?

When arriving at the Boston City Hall location, you’ll have to go through a metal detector and then find your way to the correct floor. I always advise to arrive between 20-30 minutes early, but I am the type of person who hates being late. 

What do I need to bring to my Boston City Hall elopement wedding ceremony? 

Bring your newly obtained license and $75 in CASH for payment for the ceremony (and an extra $25 in case you are late!)

What are Boston City Hall weddings like? 

The City Clerk, Maureen Feeney or assistant, Alex Geourntas, will be leading proceedings and your Boston City Hall Wedding ceremony on the day.
If you wish, you can bring your own personalized vows to read alongside the traditional vows.
Most marriages at City Hall take place in Room 601 on the 6th floor. The room itself is relatively small and so you are advised to invite no more than 2-4 guests.
The waiting room is often a hive of activity, and you will likely not be the only couple to marry that day. Once called, you will walk into an office through a row of desks into the back office of the City Clerk.
Couples have commented that the juxtaposition of wedding participants grouped in with normal 9-5 City Hall workers. This makes this an unconventional, certainly unusual, but ultimately unforgettable experience.

Where should I park my car when I elope at Boston City Hall?

You can select from several parking garages nearby, try your luck at street parking, or use the SpotHub app reserve a parking space online. Remember, finding parking in Boston can sometimes be a process, so leave extra time for this! The entire city sometimes feels like one giant one way street.

How long are Boston City Hall weddings and elopements?

The wedding ceremony at town hall is short. Typically waiting for 15-20 minutes with your family and friends outside of the clerk’s office, and then the wedding ceremony itself is 15 minutes.

Can my family and friends take photos during the elopement ceremony?

Absolutely! I encourage it!

How long is my marriage license valid for?

60 days!

How long is my marriage certificate valid for?

Hopefully forever.

When will I get my Boston City Hall elopement photos back?

Our standard turnaround time is two weeks! We know the waiting period to get your photos back is suspenseful, so my team and I try our hardest to be efficient for you! We hope that when you do get your wedding ceremony photos back, all of the emotions that you felt during your ceremony will come flooding back to you!

How many photos will we get in our wedding ceremony online gallery?

Typically, I can create one finished photo per minute.
So about 100-150 photos for two hours

Where can we take wedding photos in Boston afterwards? 

Boston Public Garden and Boston Common
The victorian era Boston Public Garden with its endless willow trees and poetic lagoon make this the ideal first stop for newlyweds. to take family photos and wedding photos.

Copley Square
Awe-inspiring architecture including the Boston Public Library, Fairmont Copley Plaza and the iconic John Hancock tower make this the perfect metropolitan setting.

Beacon Hill
Known as Boston’s most picturesque area, Beacon Hill offers cobbled streets, winding brick-row houses, lined with antique lanterns. For charm, this setting cannot be surpassed.

The State House
The Massachusetts State House provides an essence of prosperity, royalty, and grandeur. Its Idyllic garden and marble staircases at the entrance are open to the public for photo opportunities.

Seaport
For Boston’s greatest city skyline vantage point the harbor walk has few competitors. The views from the harbor do not resemble your typical waterside paradise, but they are no less stunning to behold.

Where can we have dinner after our Boston City hall wedding? 

Oceanaire Seafood Room – Delicious lobster!

Parker’s Restaurant @ Omni Parker House – Beautiful setting in an iconic hotel with a cool story about the birth of the Boston Cream Pie 

Mooo – My favorite steakhouse of all time 

Marliave – Classy spot with incredible food. I love their beef wellington. 

Boston City Hall Elopement photos by Nicole Chan Photography
Boston City Hall Elopement photos by Nicole Chan Photography

Why should I hire Nicole Chan as my photographer for my Boston City Hall wedding?

1. Nicole knows her stomping grounds and all of the secret spots
I was born and raised in Boston. Though I don’t have the accent, I know the lingo. I know the cops, the security guards at Boston City hall, and frequently bump into people I went to Kindergarten-12th grade with. Boston is my home, and I know it very well. There’s a comfort in photographing the familiar. 

Is everyone going to the Boston Common to take the same cliche spots? Let me show you my version of Boston for some of the best light, the best spots, and somewhere a little different. Do you know Boston, too? Excellent, let’s collaborate. 

2. Nicole genuinely wants to get to know you, and is a great listener
You made a decision to have a get married at Boston City Hall, and not have a 200 person bash at a large hotel. Tell me why. I’d love to know what’s important to you. Who are you inviting to your wedding at Boston City Hall? Tell me about those relationships, so that I can create photos that are meaningful, timeless, and filled with emotion for you. 

3. Nicole gives lots of posing guidance and direction
Not everyone is an instagram model. Nicole will give you gentle posing guidance so that you will be able to have photographs that are natural and relaxed. She has a lot of corny jokes – ranging from the most awful dad jokes to the most inappropriate. 🙂 

4. Nicole cares about your elopement
Enough said.

How much is Boston City Hall elopement wedding photography?

Boston City Hall Elopement photography includes two hours of photography coverage, and an online gallery of digital images. Perfect for 2-8 people. $2200.

One hour of photography coverage, perfect if you and your fiance are eloping without any guests is $1800.

High resolution digital photographs are delivered via online gallery. 

Want to talk more? I’m ready!
Click here to send me an email or set up a phone call!

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BOSTON CITY HALL TIMELINE

Most book the Nicole Chan Photography & Videography team for four hours, but we’re available for the simplest two hour coverage to all day coverage!

Just because you’re eloping and having a simpler Boston City Hall wedding, does not mean that you don’t deserve to have your entire day’s worth of celebrations documented!

These moments matter. Your entire wedding day matters, everything from how you feel as you wake up and get ready, to how you cherish each other moments and hours after your Boston City Hall wedding ceremony. Whether you decided to elope spur of the moment or whether City Hall ceremonies is something you’ve thought about for a while, these wedding portraits and your big day is something I’d like to help you celebrate.

Here is a sample Boston City Hall wedding timeline schedule

10:00 – 11:30 – Brunch at your favorite restaurant – fluffy pancakes with bananas and Nutella, crab cake eggs benedict, fresh squeezed OJ, and one of those beautiful coffees with latte art.

11:30 -12:00 Walk back to your shared apartment together, the same walk that you have done together hundreds of times, in the neighborhood that you have called home for the last two years.

12:00-1:30 Get ready separately, but together! Eat a light lunch or snack at home as you get ready!

1:30-2:30 First Look! You two get to share an intimate moment together in your wedding day outfits. Things are starting to feel real! Let’s wander around your apartment and neighborhood, photographing some portraits in a place that is special to you.

2:30-3:00 Uber or walk to Boston City Hall for your appointment. Don’t forget that marriage license! People will yell out cheers of congratulations and joyfully honk at you from their cars. Little kids will point at how fancy you look!

3:00-3:30 Get to City Hall a little early. Go through the metal detector. Sit and wait! If you are meeting family or friends here, hug and kiss them. Let them shower you in compliments!

3:30-4:00 Ceremony at City Hall! This is it! Let’s say your vows to one another. Save the page with your vows in case you want to frame it later.

4:00-5:00 Portraits with the two of you, family, and friends. We can do some inside of Boston City Hall, outside of it, or in your favorite part of Boston – Faneuil Hall, by the waterfront, Boston Common, Boston Public Gardens, or North End!

5:00-6:00 Head to your favorite restaurant together, stopping along the way for a cannoli, ice cream, or food truck stop. Share a kiss as you enter the restaurant. Sit down and cheers. Have a casual informal first dance together. Listen to toasts given by your closest friends. Eat delicious food. Pat yourself on the back for a relaxed, fun, and meaningful elopement ceremony at town hall.

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