You’re getting married in Seattle, Washington or elsewhere in Washington State and need a valid marriage license.
Here is your mini and quick “how to” guide to obtaining your marriage license – this applies to Seattle or any County in Washington State.
1) Contact the Marriage License Bureau or Department of any County in Washington State. You may do this by phone or check requirements on the web.
2) To secure your license, you will need to apply in person. You may also apply for your license via phone and mail and arrange to pick-up your license. License fees vary by County and average $60-66. If applying for your license in-person, you both need to show up and be 18 years or older. County requirements vary a bit if you are applying for a license long distance so please contact the County of your choice. No blood test required.
3) Once you have your license in hand, it’s good for 60 days from the date it is issued. Also, please remember there is a 3-day waiting period from the date of issue – meaning, you have to wait 3 days to get hitched/married from the date the license is valid.
The Washington Coast is a remarkable, brilliantly beautiful and “out-of-the-way” place for a small/intimate wedding ceremony or elopement!
Mark and Juanita flew in from Colorado and with their closest friends/family, we hiked down to the water’s edge on a chilly Monday morning. The fog was rolling in, the air was crisp, every was dressed to kill ~ it was just a remarkable and memorable moment.
If you are seeking a gorgeous place oceanside, check out Ruby Beach on the Washington Coast – it’s a spectacular and hidden location/venue!
If you are coming to the Seattle area for your small and intimate wedding ceremony, let me help you with details that a “local would know!”
As you plan your wedding day, I am happy to provide referrals and recommendations for your ceremony site, hotel stay, activities and fun adventures, celebration meal(s) and even a fabulous make-up/hair person and florist!
Each year, I work with couples who are planning their wedding ceremony and celebration from afar ~ and if you are, don’t be shy about asking me for my best resources and recommendations – budget thru the most lavish!
Chris and Stephanie were married near the water at Seattle’s Gasworks Park, surrounded by an intimate group of family and friends.
Gasworks Park is one of many Seattle parks that give couples lots of choices for a small wedding ceremony and/or elopement.
And look at the smiles at the right ! This was after a boat filled with couple cheered at the end of Chris and Stephanie’s ceremony ~ and came to the edge of the grass to give the couple a bottle of wine!
Jim and Holly found a perfect place for their sweet and intimate waterside wedding ceremony ~ a friend’s deck overlooking the water in Des Moines, WA.
Sometimes, a tiny wedding just works and for all the right reasons. I love weddings of all sizes and the small ceremony is a favorite of mine because most often it is the most intimate of experiences. If you are planning a “tiny ceremony,” do take the time to create poignant vows and to create a moment that hopefully will take your breath away!
Matt and Leesa flew into Seattle and were married at The Salish Lodge overlooking Snoqualmie Falls with two close friends at their side.
Each year, The Salish Lodge hosts weddings of all sizes – from the small and intimate to the lavish and formal. And for a sweet elopement, this venue is perfect. It offers fantastic accommodations, elegant dining and a many other intangibles that create a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Robb and Ann traveled from California to Seattle’s Alaskan Way to be married waterside at one of the Northwest’s iconic landmark hotels – The Edgewater!
A small and mighty group of family and friends traveled in from different parts to join this wonderful couple for their early Friday evening ceremony. As the sun began to set over the sound, Robb and Ann exchanged beautiful and personal vows – with a Seattle – Bainbridge Island ferry in the background.
Robb and Ann ~ thank you for giving me the marvelous opportunity to “get you hitched” and to be a part of your wedding day!
Kier Smith at First Light Photography is solely and personally responsible for the gorgeous photo at the right! www.firstlight-weddings.com
Doug and Theresa’s elopement was a truly an over-the-top event! Yes, I finally got this wonderful couple married but it took quite the effort.
You see, I was scheduled to fly from Seattle to Orcas on a seaplane to marry them on a fine Sunday evening. I had the ticket, I was packed for an overnight – fun, right?
Well, what we didn’t expect was wind and gusty rain which cancelled all flights for the afternoon out of Lake Union. I had to scramble fast to catch a ferry from Anacortes to Orcas Island which involved an unexpected 2-hour drive from Seattle. I made it onto the Anacortes-Orcas Island ferry with minutes to spare and once on Orcas, found my way to the sweet Outlook Inn. I was late ~ I was happy ~ I was there! So very fun in all ways.
Doug and Theresa ~ thank you again for giving me the most most marvelous opportunity to share in your wedding day, Orcas Island style!