I hate to say no, but it seems that I am saying that a lot these days. “I’m sorry, but no, I am not available for that date.”
I am often asked how soon one should book a Justice of the Peace. The simple answer is as soon as you have selected a date and determined a venue. Too often the JP is the last person booked, behind the photographer, DJ, caterer, and even the florist. Yet the person who is marrying you is keystone in your wedding ceremony. Don’t you want to have the person who is your first choice rather than the person you have to take?
I always try to accommodate last minute requests, but sometimes that is impossible, especially in the fall, usually the busiest time for weddings in New England.
I actively book a year and sometimes more ahead and already I am filling in dates for 2012 and meeting with couples planning next year’s weddings.
No matter whom you select to officiate at your wedding, book as soon as possible for the best chance to get the person you want, the person who is going to create a meaningful, memorable wedding ceremony for you.