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Ceremony Locations for quick no frills Ceremony

Posted in Salem, MA, USA
428027 Rayen Davidson

Hello, We will be on a cruise of the east coast September 2016 and would love to get married in Salem when we dock on 09-20-16. It will just be just us the officiant, photographer, and no guests. I am looking for locations that would be easy, quick and with no frills. I would love to have the ceremony at a location with history. Suggestions please?????

Thank you!

5 Replies

Emptyprofileicon Karen and Robert

In MA it takes 2-3 business days to get a marriage license.


428027 Rayen Davidson

We understand that and they have an option for one day weddings. Just paperwork and money.


Emptyprofileicon James and Marleen

There are many beautiful parks in Salem - Salem Willows, Winter Park, Washington Square, Gallows Hill, Forrest River Park. Not sure if any of them have restrictions. The National Park service owns the area around the Friendship on Derby Street but you may be able to take pictures there without a fee. I was married at Hamilton Hall on Chestnut Street, a beautiful venue with a small park across the street but I rented the facility for the day and had guests. Not sure if they would be open to just a ceremony but worth a call. You could also try the Salem Athenaeum, Peabody Essex Museum, the Old Town Hall or the House of Seven Gables but they also will likely charge a fee even for short use. Good Luck!


Emptyprofileicon Karen and Robert

I did not realize they had the 1 day option. When my friend looked a year or so ago they could not get a fast one. That being said I would do the Washington square. I got married across the stree but took pictures there. The gazebo is beautiful. Not sure the name but there is a nice grassy area right by the freedom and that would be pretty too


Emptyprofileicon Ashley and Matthew

In front of the Custom House. This is on Derby Street and facing Salem Harbor. Google the Custom House in Salem MA and I think this is what you are looking for.



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