Falling in Love Just Got a Little More Expensive in Verona, but All for a Good Cause


VERONA, NJ - It’s a little more expensive to fall in love in Verona these days.  As they say, nothing in life is free, even love.  The town council adopted an ordinance at its Monday meeting establishing a $100 fee for officiating a marriage, civil union, or domestic partner ceremony by township officials.

Previously there was no charge for the service.  The ordinance that passed 3-2, actually amended township code, creating the $100 fee while also setting the maximum fee for a public defender application at $200..

Township Manager Matthew Cavallo explained that one of the first things that Mayor Kevin Ryan pointed out to him when he began his tenure with the township two years ago was that Verona did not charge a fee to officiate marriages, while other local townships did.  According to Cavallo the state of New Jersey does allow municipalities to charge for the service, however the money cannot go directly to the officiant.  Instead it must go to the township’s current fund.  It can then be distributed to the officiant via salary ordinance, but that is not what Verona intends to do.

Sign Up for E-News

“What we are planning to do here is the money collected in the current year will be budgeted in the subsequent year into a line item in the budget,” Cavallo explained.  “It will be used to purchase of safety equipment by the Verona Rescue Squad and the Verona Fire Department.”

While the ordinance passed, there were two dissenting votes from Councilmen Ted Giblin and Alex Roman.

“I think there are people out there who may not have the resources to pay for this,” Giblin said. “I think Verona’s been able to administer weddings for the last 110 years without charging.  My feeling is that at least for the marriages and so forth I could not be in favor of it.  I support the public defender fee but they are bundled together.”

Roman also expressed reservation noting that the township already allots money to the purchase of safety equipment and that the fees collected would not be significant enough to make an impact.  

“I know why we’re doing this, but I’m a little lukewarm on charging.  Ted makes a very good point.  If someone really wants to get married, we shouldn’t be the ones standing in the way,” Roman said.  “Sometimes I think we charge fees on things just to charge fees on things.”  

Councilman Jack MacEvoy voiced his support of the ordinance, noting that the fee is minimal and would go to a good cause, while Dep. Mayor Michael Nochimson said he would have supported a higher fee.  

“”Well originally I was for a $200 fee.  I think $100 is very reasonable.  Charging nothing doesn’t make any sense,” said Nochimson.  “I think in life you teach your kids there’s nothing for free.”  

Mayor Ryan said that while he understood Giblin and Roman’s concerns,he supported the ordinance noting there are many other options for people to get married if they cannot afford Verona’s fee.  

“If someone really wants to get married, there are ways of doing it,”  Ryan said.  “And I’m going to disagree with you to an extent Alex-- while it may seem like a token amount of money it’s still money that wasn’t there before.”

TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove  is an online newspaper serving the Townships of Verona and Cedar Grove. TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove is accredited by the New Jersey Press Association, and is a locally owned news organization serving the community.

Sign up for our FREE daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Got a news tip or opinion? email us at

Download the FREE TAPinto App!  Click here for Android - Click here for iOS to get news as it is happening.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Verona/Cedar Grove

Millburn 1 of 13 School Districts in NJ to Close Schools for Diwali

July 19, 2018

GLEN ROCK, NJ - Next year, Millburn Township Public Schools will be closed on November 7 for Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. Thirteen schools around the state, including Millburn, will close on the most popular day of the Hindu festival Diwali, while one will close on Nov. 6. 

As the festival of lights, Diwali "aims to dispel the ...

Cedar Grove Police Blotter

July 8, 2018

July 2, 2018 – July 8, 2018

On July 3, 2018 at 7:22 a.m., Ptl. Kristian Schneider responded to a David Road address to take a report of a suspicious vehicle. The resident observed a black four door vehicle stop in front of her home at approximately 5:20 a.m. She noticed that both passenger side doors were open and then observed two black males walking from the area of her driveway. She ...

Got Mint? Bayonne Police Charge Man with Stealing $1,000 in Toothpaste

July 17, 2018

BAYONNE, NJ – The case of a near lifetime supply of toothpaste that was taken from a Bayonne pharmacy has been solved.

Marcos Baez, 40, of Isabella Avenue, was charged with four counts of shoplifting after police identified him as the person responsible for stealing more than $1,000 worth of toothpaste, according to a police release.

Police were called to the Rite Aid at 12-16 North ...

Upcoming Events


Mon, July 23, 9:00 AM

Sellitto Field, Verona

Verona Football 2018 Summer Camp


Mon, July 23, 7:00 PM

Hospital Auditorium, Glen Ridge

Tour of the Birthing Center

Health & Wellness


Tue, July 24, 9:00 AM

Sellitto Field, Verona

Verona Football 2018 Summer Camp


Calling Local Artists!

July 17, 2018

The Township of Verona is looking to run some new events around town focused on the arts and would like to hear from all the amazing local talent we have here in Verona and the surrounding towns. Please send an email to if you would like to hear more and get involved.

LOCAL BUSINESSES: Please contact if interested in hosting an exhibit at your location.