Elope (Get Married!) on a Washington State Ferry!

Posted on September 24, 2015 by Annemarie

ferryOne of the most favorite “elopement” venues in the Pacific Northwest is on a Washington State Ferry! Simply, some of my most precious and intimate ceremonies have been with couples who decided on getting married on a Washington State Ferry run, most likely from Seattle to Bainbridge Island or Seattle to Bremerton.  
The best part is, this opportunity is free!  You do need to get permission from the Washington State Ferry System and once you do this, you can work out all details with your Officiant for a fabulous ferry wedding! For more information on getting married on a Washington State Ferry, go to: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Ferries/infodesk/faq/specialOccasions/
Photo of Andrew and Jenny:  www.jennygg.com

Get Married This Week in Seattle for $450 Or Less – Your Quickie Wedding Guide!

Posted on May 17, 2011 by Annemarie

Here’s your easy “how to guide” for putting together your wedding ceremony and mini-celebration on a budget of $450 or less. Considering the cost of many weddings these days, this is a bargain!

1) Get Your Marriage License: First things first. You need a valid marriage license. You can obtain your marriage license from any Courthouse or Auditor’s/Clerk’s office in the State of Washington and it is good in Seattle and King County. If you live in King County or are near by, you may visit at King County marriage license office in person to pick up your license. To apply for your license in person, you and your Sweetheart will need to show up in person with proof of ID and $64.

If you are out of the Seattle area or even out of State, you may contact the King County Marriage License office and start the process via phone, fax and mail to get your hands on a marriage license.

The cost of a marriage license in King County is $64 and there is a three-day waiting period from the date the license is issued. So, to get married within a week, you must apply for your license and wait for three days before your legal ceremony. For more information on applying for a marriage license in person or by mail, go to: http://www.kingcounty.gov/courts/marriage.aspx

2) Find a “Marrying Person” To Get You Married: There are dozens of Officiants of all faiths and traditions in the Seattle area including me! You may do a Google search under “Seattle Officiant” or “Seattle Wedding Minister” to find a few people who appeal to you. Your first quest is to inquire with an Officiant or Minister about their availability and fee. If you do enough searching, you will find there are Officiants available for every budget.

3) Find Two Witnesses: In Seattle, you need two witnesses over the age of 18 to witness your marriage. If you have two people to witness your ceremony, no problem! If you require two witnesses, ask your Officiant or Minister about what they can do to help. On occasion, a couple with no witnesses will be married in a public place and invite two people to witness their ceremony. The surprise witnesses are usually touched by be a part of a wedding ceremony and often get a kick out of the unexpected invitation.

4) Do the Math ~ Your $450 Quickie “Let’s Get Married” Budget: Okay, let’s put the figures together on what it will take to get you married within the week.

Marriage License $64

Officiant $150-250 (on average)

Bouquet (local market) $35

Celebration Meal $100

Grand Total: $449

If you want to get married for less than $350, nix the bouquet and find a place for a “cheap eats” celebration lunch or dinner!

Ryan & Angel = A Sweet & Intimate Wedding at Volunteer Park, Seattle, WA

Posted on April 12, 2011 by Annemarie

Take two people who love each other – Ryan + Angel.

Add in 20 people who love them.

Show up at the Conversatory at Volunteer Park on a rainy Saturday afternoon in Seattle.

Rings – check!  Bouquet – check!  Ring Boy – check!  Marriage License – check!

Exchange vows and get married!

Simple.  Sweet.  Elegant.  Congratulations to you, Ryan and Angel!

How To Get Married in Seattle Before Your Summer Cruise to Alaska!

Posted on April 5, 2011 by Annemarie

You want to get married in Seattle before you board the ship for your cruise to Alaska!

Let me offer some guidance and tips for successfully putting together your wedding ceremony the day before your cruise or the morning you depart for Alaska from the Seattle waterfront.

Each year, thousands of people board cruise boats in Seattle and take a beautiful one or two week voyage through Alaska’s inside package. And also each year, many couples get married in Seattle before they take their cruise. Just think of this as a wedding 2-for-1 deal!

If you are flying in to Seattle, you will need to coordinate logistics to “get you married.” If you are local to the Puget Sound area or live in Washington State, these tips also apply to you:

1) Best Hotel Location is Downtown Seattle: Most cruises to Alaska leave from the Seattle waterfront which is a few blocks away from all parts of downtown Seattle. To make things easy, stay at a hotel in downtown Seattle and taking a cab to the cruise terminal. You may decide to be married at your hotel or perhaps take advantage of some of the wonderful waterfront venues available in the Seattle area for a sweet outdoor wedding ceremony: Alki Beach, Magnolia Bluff, Hamilton Viewpoint Park or perhaps the Kirkland Waterfront, to name a few.

2) Marriage License: You will need a valid Washington State Marriage License. You can apply for this license within 60 days of your wedding ceremony and there is a 3-day waiting period. A license purchased in one County of Washington State is good for all Counties in Washington State. For more information on securing a marriage license in Seattle, contact the King County Marriage License Office at: http://www.kingcounty.gov/courts/marriage.aspx

3) Find Someone To Marry You! You will need to locate and secure a Judge, Minister or Officiant/Celebrant to marry you! You can do an internet search for Seattle for a short list of possibilities and contact each wedding professional to determine their availability, fees and if their style of ceremony resonates with you. In Seattle, there are marvelous Officiants of all faiths and traditions available to you.

4) Pre-Cruise Department Celebration Dinner: If you are being married the day before your cruise ship leaves Seattle, you may want to make a reservation at a restaurant in downtown Seattle or nearby for your celebration dinner. There are so many wonderful “celebration restaurants” in Seattle for such an event. Ask your Hotel concierge for recommendations (make your dinner reservation before arriving in Seattle) or your Officiant may be able to recommend some favorite dining places to celebrate your wedding day!

Finding An Officiant At The Last Minute: Good Fortune Rules!

Posted on March 28, 2011 by Annemarie

photo: www.jennygg.com

I was leaving Ryan and Angel’s 4:30 p.m. wedding ceremony at Volunteer Park yesterday when I checked my messages to hear…

“Annemarie….It’s Larry.  We were supposed to be married this afternoon and our Officiant was a no-show.  We desperately need to find an Officiant so we can be married this evening – can you help us?”
 
I called Larry and arranged to meet him and his Sweetheart and 40+ friends/family at the restaurant where they had plans for a celebration dinner.  I arrived in the middle of dinner and waited for a bit and then with great joy and fanfare, Larry and Claudia were hitched and all is well.
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Finding an Officiant at the last minute isn’t easy.   My best advice is to start calling – use the Google to make a list of people in your immediate area and don’t give up.  Most Officiants are fully booked on Fri/Sat and Sun(especially in the Spring/Summerand Fall) and if the planets align, most often will bend over backward to help a couple. 

Seattle’s Edgewater Hotel – Ann & Robb (and 25 people) Elope In Style!

Posted on February 28, 2011 by Annemarie

Ann and Robb - Edgewater Hotel

Ann and Robb (and 25 of their family and friends) eloped to Seattle’s Edgewater Hotel in style!

I love The Edgewater Hotel for an intimate wedding ceremony and celebration.  Ann and Robb secured a private waterview suite next to the Hotel’s restaurant and were married on the suite’s veranda with a ferry and sunset in the background.

Kier Smith from Firstlight Photography captured this sweet photo of Ann and Robb on their wedding day.  Kier and his team love small and intimate ceremonies and if you need a first-class photo guy for your small ceremony/celebration, contact Kier at www.firstlight-photography.com


Photos! For Your Small & Intimate Ceremony, Capture A Lifetime Moment!

Posted on February 15, 2011 by Annemarie

Erik & Sabrina – February 14, 2011

I was fortunate to marry two wonderful couples on Valentine’s Day – Erik & Sabrina at Salty’s on Alki and Troy and Jessica at a private home in South Seattle.

As you can see, Seattle Photographer Extraordinaire, Jenny Goldberg-George, captured a beautiful moment (at right) for Erik and Sabrina. 
If your wedding ceremony is small and intimate – planned or last minute, truly consider the affordable investment of a professional photographer.   There is just something about beautiful photos on a wedding day that tie everything together.
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For more information on Jenny’s special elopement photo packages, go to www.jennygg.com – mention my name and receive 20% off! 

Elope In Tacoma, WA – A “Cool Spot” To Tie The Knot In The South Sound

Posted on January 25, 2011 by Annemarie

Elope Tacoma Style!

Elope in Tacoma, WA?

Aw, come on!  There are absolutely beautiful and gorgeous venues and locations for a “tie the knot” moment.  If you are looking for a cool spot for your small and intimate wedding ceremony, here are some of my favorites for your consideration:
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~ The Lobster Shop Restaurant, Browns Point/Tacoma
 
~ Point Defiance Park/The Rose Garden
 
~ Point Defiance Zoo In Front Of The Shark Tank (I’m not kidding!)
 
~ Dash Point State Park
 
~ At The Water’s Edge Along Ruston Way, Tacoma
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TIP:  For more ideas on where to get hitched, quickly and easily, go to www.myseattlewedding.com for fun ideas and suggestions!

Elope Seattle/Tacoma Or Anywhere In Washington State ~ Why The Coast Is a Hot Spot For a Small/Intimate Ceremony…

Posted on January 3, 2011 by Annemarie

Mark & Juanita ~ Eloping To The Washington Coast!

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!

A Favorite Place For An Intimate Elopement No Matter What Season (including Winter!) ~ The Salish Lodge

Posted on November 22, 2010 by Annemarie

Matt and Leesa ~ The Salish Lodge

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.
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For more information, please go to www.salishlodge.com
 
Photo:  Many thanks to Sean Werner, www.weddingphotog.com