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About Justice John

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As you prepare for your wedding or vows renewal, consider an officiant who will take the time with you to make your day the best it can be.

I offer reasonable fees, and I'm happy to work with you to customize a ceremony - from a time-honored to a nontraditional event. It's a pleasure to help you create a day that is happy and enjoyable for all.

Sample ceremonies are available. There is no charge for an initial telephone or e-mail consultation. I offer free services for active military personnel.

My appointment as a Justice of the Peace is by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and is valid through April 24, 2020.

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NOTE: I have also been privileged to offer Celebration of Life ceremonies and will assist in honoring any friend or family member.


Beverly, MA 01915

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  • 5/5 stars Non-Religious Wedding Officiant Verified Review

    John was amazing!!! He let us know all of our options for the ceremony and made the ceremony personal and romantic! He went over the process of the ceremony multiple times right before the ceremony (because we did not have a rehearsal). He is very patient and always smiling :) he was so great that we invited him to stay through the reception and everyone loved him!

  • 5/5 stars Wedding Officiant Verified Review

    We couldn't have asked for a better officiant! He made our day so very special.

  • 5/5 stars Wedding Officiant Verified Review

    Fabulous! Highly recommend! Did exactly as we wanted with the most beautiful words!

  • 5/5 stars Wedding Officiant Verified Review

    John was very helpful and extremely well prepared. Everyone loved the ceremony. He took our personal story and was able to work it into the ceremony perfectly. Highly recommended.

  • 5/5 stars Wedding Officiant Verified Review

    John was incredibly nice and patient with my husband and I. He did an outstanding job and made us feel very comfortable.

  • 5/5 stars Wedding Officiant Verified Review

    John was a fantastic officiant! He got to know us and helped us personalize the ceremony to throw in a few nerdy references for our friends. Thank you so much!

  • 5/5 stars Wedding Officiant Verified Review

    We cannot recommend Justice John enough! He was so sweet, personable, funny and professional. We can honestly say that he made our day. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

  • 5/5 stars Wedding Officiant Verified Review

    John was wonderful! Super professional and extremely personable. He made the entire process incredibly simple. His vows were beautiful and were everything we wanted to say but couldn't put into words ourselves. Our day was amazing and we were so glad to have John there to help make it exactly what we imagined. Great guy-- we highly recommend him! =)

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    My daughter and fiancé met with John and they are thrilled that he will be officiating their wedding. He adds to the excitement of this special event. They are anxious to meet again and continue working with him on planning their ceremony. What a comfort it is to have met a special person to marry them! John reached out to me and thanked me for introducing them to him and remarked on the wonderful time they had together.

  • 5/5 stars Wedding Officiant Verified Review

    John was easy to communicate with and did a great job! Wouldn't change anything. We met about a month prior to the ceremony and he went over everything with us. We chose not to do a rehearsal which he was okay with and explained everything in advance so I was able to communicate the plan to our small wedding party.

  • 5/5 stars Wedding Officiant Verified Review

    Very supportive and a great speaker.

  • 5/5 stars Wedding Officiant Verified Review

    We were very happy with our ceremony. It was very natural, inspiring and personal. He's a very kind man that will make you feel comfortable. We certainly recomend Justice of the peace for a wedding ceremony.

  • 5/5 stars Wedding Officiant Verified Review

    My experience with you was tremendous words cannot even explain. You made me and my husband feel comfortable and at ease during the ceremony. I'm so pleased with the whole ceremony so glad we met even though it was for a short period of time. Again Thank YOU So Much.

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    My fiance and I reached out to John Maihos a short time before our wedding and he was eager to learn about us and perform at our ceremony. He did an excellent job. He was very confident and many of our guests commented on how professional he was. We would definitely highly recommend him! Thank you John!

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  • 5/5 stars

    Pre-wedding: He was wonderful helping us with planning the ceremony. He made great suggestions and was also supportive of our ideas and plans.
    Pre-ceremony: Because we didn't have a rehearsal, Justice John arrived early to confirm the plans and to make sure the small details were taken care of.
    Ceremony: He spoke clearly and audibly, so even people in the back could hear him. This was important because he didn't wear a microphone to our outdoor wedding.

  • 5/5 stars

    We knew we wanted to exchange our vows at home with just our family present, Justice John has many options that he presented to us in a professional relaxed manner. He did a great job with the vows we decided on, making our day personal and special. We would not hesitate to choose Justice John again.

  • 5/5 stars

    John put us at ease from our first meeting with him, continuing through to our wedding day. His professionalism and lightheartedness helped to make such a memorable and beautiful ceremony!

  • 5/5 stars

    John was wonderful to work with. He made both my husban and I so confortble on what could be a stress day. He was Willing to work with us on our sermon to assure it was exactly how we wanted it. I would recommend him for your wedding!

  • 5/5 stars Wedding Officiant Verified Review

    Working with Mr. Maihos was amazing because everything just flowed on the day of the rehearsal and then I knew I had nothing to worry about on the day of the wedding. With his jokes and knowledge, everything falls into place and you'll have a good and memorable event!!

  • 5/5 stars Wedding Officiant Verified Review

    John was the officiant for mine and my now husbands wedding. From the first time we met john, we knew we had made the right decision. He was very patient with us, offered great advice and helped us design our perfect ceremony. He was always available by Phone or email, and willing to meet in person. He was a great addition to our wedding, and we would be happy to recommend him to anyone!

  • 5/5 stars Wedding Officiant Verified Review

    WOW! AMAZING! John was contacted by me to be our wedding officiate. I found his services by simply searching online. He was the first name that came up and was local for our needs. He is very professional and very polite. He takes the time to listen and carefully plans out your entire ceremony. He first met with us to introduce himself and talk about everything we needed to know to make sure our special day was perfect. At the wedding he did a great job making sure everything was organized and was very considerate to ensure all needs were met by all parties. He did such a great job that when it was over I had many of my friends and family asking who he was and how meaningful his words were. He speaks with such emphasis and does a beautiful job with the entire ceremony. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND John for any officiate service!! THANK YOU John!!

  • 5/5 stars Wedding Officiant Verified Review

    John was great. Very responsive and helpful. Did what he said he would do and did it right on time. Our ceremony was everything we wanted it to be.

  • 5/5 stars Wedding Officiant Verified Review

    So far he's been great! He explained the process for us and has been very helpful in our beginning stages of our ceremony. We're looking forward to continuing to work with him.

  • 5/5 stars Wedding Officiant Verified Review

    If you need a justice of the peace for your wedding he is the best man to hire! Before the wedding, we met with him at a local Dunkin' Donuts and he was beyond great helping us and guiding us to the perfect ceremony. At the wedding, all the guests loved him and couldn't stop saying how amazing he was and what a great job.

    He is excellent at what he does and handled every obsticle extremely well! I would recommend him to everyone!

  • 5/5 stars Wedding Officiant Verified Review

    John was a perfect JP. My daughter loved his speaking voice. The way he organized the wedding party when people seemed very flustered. was such a relief. John even took selfies with the wedding party after. Very happy we chose John and encourage everone too. Thank You for making her day perfect and caling in those extra favors for the weather.

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  • 5/5 stars Wedding Officiant Verified Review

    John is very professional. He did a great job with our ceremony. We didn't want a rehearsal and no one would have known because everything went perfectly! John will work with you to make your ceremony special!

  • 5/5 stars Wedding Officiant Verified Review

    John is great. It would be hard to find anyone that would be better. He is very caring, accommodating, and personable as well as dignified. All the while making you feel important.

  • 5/5 stars Wedding Officiant Verified Review

    One word: AMAZING! Very professional and fun person to work with! If you are getting married around Boston, he is your guy! I would get married again just for his services. He kept it short but really meaningful, all guests and family were totally pleased.

    Thank you John! :)

    Lillian & Aurelio

  • 5/5 stars Wedding Officiant Verified Review

    Justice John was an amazing part of our wedding day. We are from Florida, getting married in Massachusetts, so we communicated through email to finalize vows and plans for our big day. He was amazing throughout the entire process, you really could not have a better officiant as part of your special day. He was amazing start to finish.

    John M. from Justice John replied to this review on September 5, 2013

    It was my pleasure; thank you for the kind words. You are a perfect couple, and besides, I can now visit Gatorland if I'm ever in the area. :) Thank you for choosing me for your special day.

  • 5/5 stars Wedding Officiant Verified Review

    John presided over our wedding ceremony on Aug.10th 2013. We didn't give John a lot of notice and were unable to meet with him till the day of the wedding due to time constraints on our part. However, that didn't stop John from performing a wonderful ceremony that we will both remember for years to come! John listened and carried out all our needs and was able to make suggestions that we were happy to use and glad we did! My wife is from Italy and had 7 members of here family here that do not speak English...After she finished her vows (English) John suggested she repeat them in Italian...which her family loved! We both highly recommend John!!

  • 5/5 stars Wedding Officiant Verified Review

    Justice John did a wonderful job. So happy to have had him to help make the day a very special one.

  • 5/5 stars Wedding Officiant Verified Review

    John is more than a Justice of the Piece, he really pays attention to those small details of a ceremony, after the ceremony my husband and I didn't want him leave, he was a huge a part of our day

Question and answer

Q. What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

A. Before selecting me as your officiant, I encourage a consultation. There is no charge for this, but it has a high value to both of you, and especially to me. There needs to be a connection between the three of us.

During this meeting, we will discuss the elements of the ceremony, and I usually can answer questions that you haven't thought to ask. I also explain what you can expect from me at the rehearsal (which is optional) and the wedding day.

After that meeting, we exchange email to produce a ceremony to your liking. While a second in-person consultation is possible, it's usually not needed. The next time we meet in person is the rehearsal or the wedding day.

A 50% down payment is accepted around the time of the consultation. Final payment can be made at the rehearsal or prior to the ceremony on your wedding pay.

Q. What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

A. I love being with happy people on happy days like a wedding day. Public speaking comes easily to me, and working with groups of people is a pleasure. I have worked professionally in broadcasting, and my current work experience is in human resources. I was also involved in the founding a local Toastmasters club which hones all kinds of presentation.

Q. Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.

A. The cost of the wedding ceremony is regulated y the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The fee is $150 anywhere in Massachusetts other than Beverly. In Beverly, the fee is $100. Most weddings I officiate are within 30 miles of Beverly, although I have traveled more for special reasons. I am in and around Boston often.

Q. How did you get started doing this type of work?

A. Being a wedding officiant is something I wanted to do for many years before I took the necessary steps to be appointed by the governor of Massachusetts. I decided one day to go for it, and I have never regretted the decision.

Q. What types of customers have you worked with?

A. I feel comfortable working with any couple that has found love, and wish to make the marriage commitment. You can see the faces of many people I have worked with on my Facebook page.

Q. Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?

A. While most ceremonies are traditional, I have had some interesting and memorable experiences.

One ceremony was on Salem Common on Halloween in full costume. Yes, that was a special project and a lot of fun.

Another "special" ceremony was my very first. That ceremony was to be a total surprise to the parents of the bride and groom, and we pulled it off without a hitch... well, except for the "hitch" of the marriage. :)

Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

A. When we sit together for a consultation, it's always good to have some things in mind for your ceremony. Consider nice things from other weddings that you have attended over the years. Also, if there is something you definitely do not want it's good to consider that too.

Don't be overly nervous about memorizing your vows; they can be "repeat-after-me." If you choose to do your own vows, they are especially easy when spoken from the heart. Vows are always beautiful regardless of how they are spoken.

Q. What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?

A. Most couples have already selected members of their wedding party before meeting with an officiant. You will also want to consider if you will have a children as a ring bearer or flower girls. If so, consider options of where they will be during the ceremony.

If there is someone you wanted in your wedding party, but for one reason or another it wasn't going to be, consider asking that person to do a reading.

If you have children in your life already, we can involve them, regardless of their age. Be sure to mention any special family member or friend that you would like as a part of your wedding day.

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