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Conference 2021 – Sponsors & Exhibitors

Highlight your products and services with civil marriage officiants before, during and after the JPus 2021 virtual conference. The Justice of the Peace Association is celebrating 20 years with a virtual conference. This event will bring together professional marriage officiants and town and city clerks who are eager to learn more about their profession and hone their skills. In addition to Sponsoring, which gets your brand in front of our attendees, we will host opportunities for Exhibitors to connect with attendees in interactive booths. This is a unique opportunity to get in front of a very specific target audience. Join […]

Conference 2021 – Attendee Help

Our first virtual conference is powered by Accelevents and can be attended via computer, tablet or mobile device. Answers to general questions about the conference can be found below. A detailed guide for attendees by AccelEvents can be found here. AccelEvents has also provided an introduction to virtual events. FAQs How do I purchase a ticket to the conference? Get your tickets here. To take advantage of early-bird pricing purchase your ticket Feb. 15th, 2021. How much do tickets cost? JPus members: $25 until February 15, 2021. Price goes up to $30 for members after that date. Non-members: $40/ticket. New […]

Are Vows Required?

A common question we receive from JPus members is about the vows. Couples don’t want to say them. “Just sign the license”, they may say. They just want to be — married. So, what’s an officiant to do? The answer depends on the state. But, none of the states that JPus/findaJP is active in requires any specific language to be used. Review the Requirements in: Connecticut | Florida | Maine | Massachusetts | New Hampshire | Vermont Connecticut No specific words must be said between the couple. Rather, the officiant must make sure that the marriage license has the correct […]

Hartford County Connecticut

Connecticut’s capitol, Hartford, is one of the oldest cities in the country, founded in 1635.  It has a diverse terrain, with the Connecticut River flowing through it. Just about any type of venue can be had in this area, with urban and rural settings available, and everything in between. Home to the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, historic architecture and lovely landscapes. Unsure what is the right place for you? Let your JP know what you are looking for, and he or she will likely have suggestions. Find a Wedding Officiant in Hartford County Avon CT Berlin CT Bloomfield CT Bristol […]

Six Degrees of Separation

2020 Spring & Summer Weddings Even with these challenging times, your wedding can still be intimate and memorable. With beautiful green lawns, and flowers exploding with color, spring and summer offer a wonderful wedding backdrop. Things to keep in mind… With many businesses and town halls closed to the public, be sure to check out our tips on navigating marriages during the pandemic. This will help expedite the process. Location, Location, Location If you’re thinking about a spring or summer wedding, one of the best venues can be your own home. It’s easy to control social distancing and other safety necessities. In […]

Covid Advocacy

We think of ourselves as the hub for civil marriage officiants. As such, we take our responsibility to support our members seriously. This includes providing the resources to support them during the coronavirus pandemic. Our priority is safety. That also includes making sure couples know that professional officiants are equipped with the knowledge needed to solemnize their marriage during these uncertain times. Similarly, we are partnering with our state government leaders to both share protocols and advocate for policies that meet all stakeholders’ needs. Resource Pages See JPus’ COVID-19 Resources for officiants. Resources to help couples navigate weddings during the […]

The Value of a JP

More than the Pronouncement In the beginning, “Yes, I will marry you!”  Then the fun and a lot of fretting began!  You are now planning the wedding of your dreams and everything costs A LOT!  Your rings have been chosen with loving care. You are on the hunt for the perfect venue. The most fabulous wedding dress and/or special outfit has got to be found. At any cost! The flowers…oh the flowers! DJ? Band? Or both? You must have the Venetian dessert table – nothing less will do! You are ready to spare no expense for your perfect day. That […]

Witnesses to Marriages by State

Only about half of the states in the country require witnesses for marriage ceremonies. Their only responsibility is to affirm that the couple is voluntarily entering the union, and to sign the marriage license. Once you’ve checked out the requirements in your state, then find an officiant to perform your marriage ceremony. State-by-State Requirements Alabama: No witnesses required Alaska: Two witnesses needed Arizona: Signed by couple, two witnesses, and the officiating minister in Arizona  Arkansas: No witnesses needed California: Signature of one witness Colorado: No witness, however some clergy, judges, or public officials may request them  Connecticut: No witnesses required […]

FAQ: Coronavirus

Stay home orders and efforts to flatten the curve are creating additional angst for couples trying to plan a wedding. We encourage postponing celebrations, not canceling them. And for those who want or need an intimate ceremony now, work with your professional officiant on findaJP.com to figure out the details.  For brides and grooms, these limitations lead to many questions. We’ve responded to some of the more frequently asked questions here. Frequently Asked Questions Q: Are you still doing weddings during the “quarantine”? We are looking to price out an elopement in our backyard. Just us and three family members. […]

COVID-19

Updated May 7, 2021 The coronavirus pandemic brings uncertainty to wedding planning. FindaJP and all of our marriage officiants share the heart wrenching decisions facing loving couples in our communities and across the country. We understand your fear and anxiety. And, we share your desire to make sure that you and your loved ones are safe. It is About Love We encourage you to  remember that it is the love you have for each other that is most important. That is what your marriage is based on. The justices of the peace (and notaries in Maine and Florida) on findaJP […]

Northeast Florida Region

The Northeast Region of Florida is drivable from much of the southeastern states – which means it is an affordable and convenient destination wedding location.  Venues along the Atlantic Ocean, or inland at gardens, parks and mansions – there are many options to choose from. Unsure what is the right place for you? Let your notary know what you are looking for, and he or she will likely have suggestions. Find a Wedding Officiant in Florida’s Northeast Region Cedar Key Daytona Beach Gainesville Jacksonville St. Augustine Some Favorite  Wedding Venues In High Springs, The Opera House is the perfect venue for […]

Southeast Florida Region

The Southeast Region includes Broward County to the south, north to Indian River County. Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties are in-between. The warmer winter weather beckons those seeking an ideal destination wedding location, or hidden gems for the locals. The area has venues for all budgets. Unsure what is the right place for you? Let your notary know what you are looking for, and he or she will likely have suggestions. Find a Wedding Officiant in Florida’s Southeast Region Fort-Lauderdale Port-St.-Lucie Vero-Beach West-Palm-Beach Some Favorite Venues Unique and worthy of a destination wedding, Manatee Lagoon has several venue […]

Love Prevails: Getting Married in the Age of the Coronavirus

All you need is love

Social Distancing None of us has experienced what our country, and the world, are facing right now. Fear and anxiety are natural emotions. Add a wedding plan into the mix, and it is understandable if emotions are high. Many couples are postponing their mega-celebration or opting for an intimate ceremony outdoors. For others, the venues have taken the initiative and closed shop, taking the decision-making out of the couples’ hands. For all, these are trying times, when thoughts about the common good must prevail over our personal desires. Safety First First and foremost is safety. At the beginning of the […]