Spotlight Saturday - Bridget Caviness - Justice of Peace

Name:  Bridget Caviness
Other Contact Info: 860-221-8384


What is one piece of advice you would offer a bride or groom?

Take the time to breathe, remember the moment and the reason you are there.  And most importantly, ENJOY!

What’s the biggest mistake or issue that you see clients make? 

When hiring vendors for your special day let your friends and family members enjoy the wedding and leave the jobs to the professionals.  Generally, friends and family are a lot more laid back than a professional would be, and thus, they aren't going to be as prepared or handle your wedding the way they should.   For instance, it’s your special day and you really like the idea of asking your cousin to officiate.  But, unless your cousin is a skilled public speaker there's a lot of pressure on them to get it right. 

From a Justice of the Peace point of view, within the state of Connecticut, I see couple’s friends obtaining an online ordainment in the hopes of marrying the friends.  However,an online ordainment are not legal within the state and Connecticut has cracked down on “internet ordained minister” ceremonies.

If you would like to have your friend or family member perform your ceremony, please contact a friendly Justice of the Peace.  It is our goal to make your ceremony perfect for you.  Your Justice will work with your friend or family member so that they can conduct the social part of the ceremony and a JP will take care of the legal portion. 

What would be a dream project for you? 
I am lucky. I am doing my dream job.  I am blessed to be a part of one of the most special events in a couple’s life and meeting some incredible couples and vendors while doing it.

What is something you do that most people don’t realize or know? 
I work with each couple to create a custom and unique ceremony that reflects them as a couple.  Almost each one of my ceremonies that I officiate is different in some way or another and all are just as special to me as they are to the couples.

Do you have a favorite something? 
My first ceremony I officiated for was for a very dear friend of mine.  I wanted so badly to give her the moment in time every bride should have and dreams of on her wedding day.  Within a period of twenty-five minutes, it was a rollercoaster of emotions – smiles, laughter, crying and cheering.   After that pronouncement of the newly Mr. and Mrs. I just knew.  I knew that being able to be a part of couple’s special days was for me and I have been doing it ever since. I love my job ... and it shows.