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Boston reins in City Hall’s lucrative wedding business

City restricts hours, raises the fee by $15

Boston will implement new regulations Monday to tighten control of the lucrative marriage business at City Hall. But the changes fall far short of earlier City Council proposals that would have stopped the city clerk from keeping tens of thousands of dollars in fees for performing weddings during the workday.

City Clerk Maureen E. Feeney and three other municipal employees authorized to perform nuptials will still be able to keep the $60 fee for ceremonies conducted on the job, while they earn their regular salaries. But the city has added a $15 administrative charge, which will go into the city’s coffers.

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