Frequently Asked Questions

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WHY CHOOSE A JUDGE?

Judges are experienced, knowledgeable and trained to make sure your wedding ceremony complies with all legal requirements and is conducted in a dignified fashion. Having a judge preside at your ceremony will let everyone know how serious you are about the commitment to marriage.

WHAT GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS DOES Judges For Love SERVE?

We can provide an officiant for weddings throughout New York State, Connecticut, New Jersey and Washington DC! Beginning in 2022, we will be expanding our services to include Maryland.

WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT OUR SERVICE?

We are the only civil wedding officiant service in New York State providing licensed former New York State Supreme Court Justices to officiate civil wedding ceremonies. Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life and you deserve to have a ceremony that is unique and sets yours apart from all others. Having a former New York State Supreme Court Justice preside over your ceremony will make you the envy of all of your friends and relatives. We will work with you to personalize your ceremony in the way that is most meaningful for you.

WHAT COSTS ARE INVOLVED?

The initial consultation is free. Costs will be determined by your special needs and requests.

What types of marriage ceremonies do our judges perform?

Judges perform all legally permitted weddings. We welcome interfaith, non-religious and gay couples. For couples seeking to reaffirm their vows, we also create personalized marriage renewal ceremonies.

Getting your license to marry in New York State

You and your partner must be present in New York State to get your marriage license and to have your wedding. You can get your license from any County Clerk in New York State no matter where you live or in what county you will have your ceremony. In New York City as of June 25, 2021 the Marriage License Bureau in the five boroughs remains closed but you can get your marriage license on line by filling out an on-line application and scheduling a virtual appointment with a Clerk. At the appointment, the Clerk will ask to see your identification documents, will walk you through the process and issue your license as a PDF attachment. Outside of New York City, check with your local County Clerk's office by calling ahead to find out their procedure for issuing a license. After receiving the license, there is a 24 hour waiting period until the ceremony can be performed.

What awards and recognition has JUDGES FOR LOVE received?

We are a Hall of Fame inductee and have been awarded "BEST OF WEDDINGS" 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 by the KNOT.com, for our outstanding service to our couples. We are the Editor's Choice Award winner 2021 and 2020 by Wedding Rule. ABC TV'S GOOD MORNING AMERICA chose us, because of our professionalism and integrity, to perform weddings on their live television show and the New York Times and New York Daily News have written featured articles about our unique services.