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Officiant in Littleton, MA,

Massachusetts Justice of the Peace Stoddard H. Melhado

32 Oak Hill Road
Littleton, MA, MA
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(978) 857-9698
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  • 394 Reviews


    Christina

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  • My husband and I are so happy with how wonderful our ceremony was and it was all thanks to Stoddard! From the initial meeting we knew he would be great - he took the time to get to know us as a couple and our story as well as provide us with numerous options for how our ceremony would go. It was so evident how much he loves officiating and wants to make each ceremony special and unique - and he does! We highly recommend Stoddard!!

    Lauri Rose Sciolto

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  • The venue I'd chosen, The Barn at Gibbet Hill, had Stoddard listed as one of their recommended officiants and I can absolutely understand why. From the very start, Stoddard and his wife, Ky, made my husband and I feel so comfortable. Stoddard listened to our story (from office crush to first date to engagement), taking notes while seated in his living room. He used those notes to create an incredibly thoughtful, personalized ceremony. Our friends and family could hardly wait for the reception to express how wonderful Stoddard's words were - how they were brought right into our journey and had never experienced anything like that from other officiants. This sentiment has lingered even months after the event. In addition, Stoddard's background as an English professor was ideal for my husband and I. Not only did he provide a packet of both traditional and unique passages to browse, he encouraged us to look through our bookshelves for inspiration. He was also willing to proof read our vows... Read more

    Alyssa

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  • We cannot say enough good things about Stoddard! He sat down with us and spent hours just speaking with us and getting to know us as a couple. We were nervous as our families really wanted a religious ceremony. Needless to say after the wedding we got numerous praises from several religious family members about how it was the most beautiful and meaningful ceremony they have ever seen. Throughout the whole process Stoddard was an absolute pleasure to work with. He answered any email or texts in a very timely manner and addressed any questions or concerns. He also gave us a very detailed outline of the ceremony in which we could choose from numerous reading selections as well as vows. These vow ideas were super unique and not "cookie cutter" at all! This gives you the option to personalize your ceremony. As he used to be a writing teacher, he had some really beautiful selections to choose from. We could not be happier with our selection and really will be forever grateful for all tha... Read more

    Alexa Lessard

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  • HIGHLY HIGHLY recommended Stoddard to anyone looking for a JP. Everyone after the ceremony was telling us how great of a job he did and how personal he made it. He made the whole process super easy. He is with you every step of the way and has it all outlined tons of examples to look at. He added a seperate part to the ceremony for our kids to be involved. It was absolutely amazing. Can not say enough good things about him.

    David

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  • Stoddard was a pleasure to work with. He was flexible, friendly, professional, accommodating, responsive. and knowledgeable. He provides many resources for crafting the content of the ceremony, and will provide as much or as little direction and input as you would like, making it all work in the end. He put my anxious family at ease during the rehearsal. More than all of this, he is a kind and interesting person and I am glad to have met him and his wife.

    Linda

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  • Stoddard was a pleasure to work with. He was flexible, friendly, professional, accommodating, responsive. and knowledgeable. He provides many resources for crafting the content of the ceremony, and will provide as much or as little direction and input as you would like, making it all work in the end. He put my anxious family at ease during the rehearsal. More than all of this, he is a kind and interesting person and I am glad to have met him and his wife.

    Sarah Mcmullen

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  • When planning a wedding, there are so many things to consider: the venue, the menu, the band, the photographer, the florist. However, the most important part of the wedding is actually, the service. That is why we chose Stoddard Melhado to officiate at our wedding on August 23, 2019, at the Villa at Ridder Country Club in East Bridgewater. Our first meeting with Stoddard was at his home. Both he and his wife were so welcoming and made us feel so at ease. We talked about the history of our love and relationship, as well as our wedding ceremony vision. Stoddard was an attentive listener and extremely knowledgeable, offering many wonderful ideas and readings to incorporate into our ceremony. Stoddard personalized our marriage ceremony and made it sound as if he had known us for many years, creating the most beautiful and memorable service. Our family and friends commented on how lovely the ceremony was, filled with humor, dignity, style and grace. It is very evident that Stoddard l... Read more

    Carrie Smith

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  • Stoddard did an amazing job performing our wedding ceremony. We appreciate that he told our personal story as it made the ceremony much more memorable. Our ceremony was perfect and made us want to do it all over again!

    Debra Thompson Hawley

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  • Stoddard put together and performed our perfect wedding ceremony. We are a "mature" couple and have been married before. Our ceremony was just the two of us. Stoddard is an excellent communicator, professional and intuitive. He chose readings for us that fit perfectly. He and his lovely wife, Ky, made our ceremony special and meaningful. It was just what we had hoped for. We are so grateful!

    Roberta Giordano

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  • Stoddard was a wonderful officiant for our August 9th wedding! He was responsive and thoughtful from our very first communication with him all the way through to our special day. We had wanted an officiant who could help provide a structure to the ceremony, including ideas for wording for vows and other parts of the ceremony - and Stoddard gave us exactly this. He made it easy for us to then design the "script" that made it uniquely ours. He took the time to meet with us and ask us for as many details to our love story as we could share, he took notes, and he thoughtfully integrated some of those details into our ceremony. During the ceremony, Stoddard delivered exactly what we had hoped for, and even his wireless microphone set-up was of good quality - guests sitting in the back row of our outdoor ceremony heard every word. We are so thankful to Stoddard for officiating our wedding ceremony! We would recommend him with no hesitation to anyone looking for a justice of the peace!

    Ye Ding

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  • Stoddard is a great JOP! He is so professional, thoughtful, and responsible. He did an amazing job for our wedding! Everyone loves him! Stoddard has been as a JOP for 50 years, but he is not doing the JOP for the money. He does because he loves it. He loves being part of your greatest moment of your life and share with you. Also, he shares his wisdom about love with you! Stoddard does not just show up at your wedding. He actually spends time with you to know you and your love story before the wedding. He prepares his own graphs about your love story. He did an amazing job for this part on our wedding. Everyone was so impressed and moved when he told our love story. I still feel really lucky to have Stoddard as my JOP! Such a lovely person. One more thing, I have to mention his wife Ky. Such a lovely lady. They also have a great love story themselves. I am so grateful to meet them all. Don't hesitate to get Stoddard as your wedding JOP. He will give you a wonderful ceremony! You w... Read more

    Eric Idsvoog

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  • Stoddard made creating the ceremony into a straightforward, relaxed experience: working with him saved us an immense amount of time and stress. We're lucky to have found someone so kind, patient, and professional to perform our wedding ceremony.

    Lian

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  • Stoddard was very helpful and thorough through the whole process of writing our vows. He gave us templates to work off of and plenty of options on customizing the ceremony. He definitely made us feel more at ease and comfortable the more we talked about it. Stoddard also took the time (about a full hour) to listen to our whole story, which he incorporated into the ceremony flawlessly. The ceremony itself also went beautifully! He was punctual, stayed with the exact plan we'd written out together, and many of our guests said it was the best wedding ceremony they'd ever witnessed.

    Frances L

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  • Stoddard officiated our wedding in August this year. My friend also happened to have him as her officiant, so I got to see him officiate a second wedding soon after! Stoddard has been very helpful for us in planning the ceremony. As we did not have a religious ceremony, we didn’t quite know where to start, but we met with Stoddard and he provided some ceremony outlines and many suggested readings that we could use. This was extremely helpful - we could have used the drafts he sent us, or customize them to fit us as we wanted. Stoddard was an excellent officiant- he spoke calmly and with a clear voice, gave us direction and prompts when we needed it, and knew exactly what to do. We met only once in person about a year before the wedding weekend, where he got to know us. From this brief meeting, Stoddard added a short part about our relationship journey into the ceremony. Our guests told us that they LOVED this part of the ceremony. Overall, Stoddard did a fantastic job and we ... Read more

    Leyna Pollock

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  • Definitely recommend Stoddard! He made our wedding ceremony a memorable one with all the suggestions he provided. It was an amazing day!

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