things to do in salem, getting married in salem ma

You guys, I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s the leaves and the time of year but you are all asking about getting hitched in Salem! 😛 I get messages along these lines here and there but this last month I’ve gotten a whole bunch at once. So today I figured I’d put together five of the most common questions I have been getting into a little blog post!

If I see an increase in people seeking certain information I often turn it into posts like this. You are also welcome to suggest a post if there is something you’re after. No worries, I don’t bite and your personal information will never be shared in the actual blog if it gets converted into one. Same with DM’s, etc. As you can see below, no identifying info is offered or ever would be.

Keep in mind, I don’t work for the city of Salem, I’m not a lawyer, an expert, etc. This is just information I have gathered over the last year or two. So here we go…

How long does it take to get a marriage license in Salem?

Once the court files the paperwork, there is a wait of three days. You can read about that here on the city’s website.

Can I just go to a historic site and use their lawn or stand on the property?

Unfortunately, no. You’d need to contact the organization that owns the property or site and work that out with them.

Can I get married in one of Salem’s parks? Can I get married at the Old Town Hall from Hocus Pocus?

In regards to the parks, yes. Again, you’d need to contact the organization associated with that land and make arrangements.
Regarding the Old Town Hall, also yes. You can read about that here.

Do you know anyone who could do the ceremony?

I’d suggest looking into Salem’s Black Hat Society. They can do it dressed up or in more plain clothing, depending on how creepy you want to go. I suggest them because Brian and Priscilla are two very kind, genuine and awesome people all around. They go above and beyond.

Want to read a little more about Salem’s Black Hat Society?

Where can I take my wedding photos around Salem?

I’ve got an entire blog post dedicated to that which can be found right here. You should also talk with your photographer and get their input.

I hope this helped!! Feel free to reach out and congrats on your big day in Salem. Enjoy!! <3
*Image used is copyright Teresa Nevic Stavner.


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  1. Hello, I just came across your page! I was wondering if you would be willing to help me out with a few questions I have. My fiance and I would love to get eloped in Salem Massachusetts on Halloween. We originally planned on getting married on Halloween here in Portland, OR but due to having restrictions on the number of people allowed to be in one setting because of covid, we are having to make some drastic changes. I appreciate you taking time to read this message, thank you!

    Micaela Ortiz

    1. Hey there, thanks for reaching out. Feel free to contact me, I’d be happy to chat. 🙂

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