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Hi guys! Welcome back to the blog. For today I wanted to do a little round up style post. These are great because it allows me to point you at a bunch of resources all in one place relating to a specific topic. So this blog post round up is going to be all about Salem, MA weddings and engagement shoots. I get asked about Salem weddings and such all of the time so I hope this helps!

Of course I am going to link to my own website, right? 😛 For those of you who don’t know, I have a sister site to Things to do in Salem all about weddings and that’s Head on over there to read my tips and tricks as a former professional wedding photographer as well as vendor and venue highlights. Be sure to also follow me over on Instagram @salemmwedding and use the hashtag #witchcitywedding for a chance to be featured.

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Weddings – General info

In the top navigation of my website I have a link that says “Weddings“. That will bring you to a page that covers some venue options in Salem and more. This is a good starting place for planning your big day!

The city of Salem

If you’re looking for information from the city of Salem regarding acquiring a marriage license, click here. According to the city:

“To apply for a marriage license the couple must come together to the City Clerk’s Office. Both must be at least eighteen years of age or they must obtain a court waiver from the district or probate court. Once the couple fills out the application there is a mandatory three (3) day waiting period to pick up the license. This three (3) day waiting period can only be waived with a court order.

The Marriage License is valid for sixty (60) days and can be used to marry in any City or Town in Massachusetts. Application Fee: $20.00. Once you are married and if you need a marriage certificate the fee is $10.00. If you have taken your spouses last name you may need a marriage certificate in order to change your name on bank accounts, etc.”


Pinterest is an absolutely great place to start gathering your thoughts. You can pick color schemes, themes, get tons of visuals for a destination wedding and more. I actually wrote a blog post entirely about using Pinterest to help with your wedding over at SalemMAWedding. To read it, click here.

Related: Planning a destination wedding in Salem, MA

While you’re browsing and pinning, be sure to check out my boards dedicated to Salem weddings and Salem engagement shoots!

Are you a newlywed looking to buy your first home?

If so, I have you covered. I had the pleasure of chatting with local real estate agent Dan Bernal and he shared some great insight on this topic. To read it, click here.

Related: How to move to Salem, MA

Engagement shoots in Salem

A little while back I wrote a list of places to take wedding pictures in Salem. This information also applies to engagement shoots of course so to read that, click here.

Bonus: A Salem honeymoon

We all know I am biased, however I think a honeymoon in Salem is a great plan. If you are getting married here too you can save yourself some money by transitioning right into the honeymoon after the big day!! If you need a little inspiration or help convincing your partner, click here.

I hope these links and blog posts gave you some information to get the wheels turning. Feel free to comment below with questions or your own thoughts. Enjoy!! <3

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