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I am a Justice of the Peace for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. My commission was issued as one of the Justices of the Peace for the Town of Southborough. This allows me to officiate for your special day anywhere within the Commonwealth. Since becoming a Justice of the Peace, I was an active member of the Massachusetts Justices of the Peace Association, Inc., having served two terms as its President from July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2011. I served on the Executive Board as an elected Director until June 30, 2015. Also, I served on the Executive Board as the Immediate Past President from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2013. Previously, I served as Secretary of the Executive Committee for 2 years.

In January 2024, for an unprecedented 15th consecutive year, I have been Awarded Wedding Wire's Couple's Award for outstanding professionalism and service to couples. Also, I am honored to have received the Best of The KNOT Award for the second consecutive year.

To date, I have professionally, happily and proudly officiated over 1000 ceremonies in the Commonwealth.

At it's Annual Meeting, Sunday, 6/24/12, I was presented the Richard M. Percoco, Sr. Award by the Massachusetts Justices of the Peace Association, Inc. "FOR HIS OUTSTANDING AND DISTINGUISHED SERVICE TO THE MJPA."

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Frequently asked questions

What is the typical price for your wedding services?

$525

Which of the following are included in the price?

Ceremony Rehearsal

What is the starting price for your wedding services?

$100

Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?

No

What is the starting price for ceremony rehearsals?

$225

What is the starting price for pre-marital counseling (per session)?

$0.01

What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?

Non-religious
Interfaith
Ceremony Rehearsal
Vow Renewal

What religious affiliations do you serve?

Agnostic
Anglican
Baha'i Faith
Baptist
Buddhist
Catholic
Episcopalian
Evangelical
Hindu
Islam
Jewish
Lutheran
Methodist
Mormon
No Denomination
Orthodox Christian
Pagan
Presbyterian
Quaker
Shinto
Unitarian

On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

Less than 30 mins.

In which states are you licensed?

CO
CT
FL
ME
MA
NH
RI
VT

What languages do you speak?

English
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Reviews of Justice of the Peace - Mike Backer

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Mike is highly recommended as an officiant for weddings. Reviewers praised his professionalism, responsiveness, and attention to detail. They appreciated the personalization he offered, including a binder of customizable options for the ceremony. Many guests found his ceremonies to be funny and memorable, and appreciated his sense of humor. Mike's organization and ability to create a personalized experience made him a standout officiant for couples. Overall, reviewers highly recommended his services for a stress-free and enjoyable wedding ceremony.

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Mike is highly recommended as an officiant for weddings. Reviewers praised his professionalism, responsiveness, and attention to detail. They appreciated the personalization he offered, including a binder of customizable options for the ceremony. Many guests found his ceremonies to be funny and memorable, and appreciated his sense of humor. Mike's organization and ability to create a personalized experience made him a standout officiant for couples. Overall, reviewers highly recommended his services for a stress-free and enjoyable wedding ceremony.

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Natalie P. Sent on 09/17/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Helped make a personalized ceremony

When my now husband and I set about finding an officiant, we knew we did not want to write our own vows, and we worried how we would fill a 30 minute ceremony block. Fortunately for us, Mike has a binder full of options from different vows, declarations, and special ceremonies. We performed one of the special ceremonies, and it was met with great response from our parents (to whom the ceremony was aimed toward) as well as from our guests. With the input he obtained from both of us, we were able to develop a unique ceremony (that definitely filled our 30 minutes).
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David C. Sent on 09/18/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding Officiation Done Right!

We recently worked with Mike to be the officiant for our wedding and we can鈥檛 thank him enough for his services. Mike is professional, prompt, responsive and extremely detail oriented which is everything we were looking for. And we can鈥檛 forget to mention Mike鈥檚 positive attitude and sense of humor that were a nice touch during our ceremony! One thing we loved in particular was the ceremony binder that Mike gives to each client to truly customize their ceremony. Great experience and highly recommend.
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David C. Sent on 09/15/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful ceremony and overall experience.

Mike was excellent. He was professional, respectful, and genuinely happy to be there and added to our ceremony. We recommend him without reservation!
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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2011 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2010 Winner

Professional Network & Endorsements

11 Endorsements
Arrowhead Acres Arrowhead Acres Barn & Farm Weddings

Very professional

Butternut Farm Golf Club Butternut Farm Golf Club Country Club Weddings

We really enjoy working with Mike! He does such a wonderful job taking care of our couples ceremonies and making them personal and rememberable for all!

Hilton Boston Dedham Hotel Hilton Boston Dedham Hotel Hotel Weddings

Mike is professional, funny and an absolute pleasure to work with!

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