Eloping to Kitsap County, Washington? Whether you want to elope to a quaint inn, waterside bed and breakfast or get married on the beach or on a boat in Kitsap County, here at 5 easy steps to get you married quickly and easily married.
1) Select a Venue/Location To Get Wed: Kitsap County is located in the West Sound area of Puget Sound and offers many wonderful venues/locations for your elopement. Whether you live in or are traveling to this area for your elopement, the first thing to do is determine a best date, time and location for your big day. Take a peak at the Kitsap County and Convention Visitor’s Bureau website for venue/location ideas and suggestions.
As you consider your date and time, know that April – September are the ‘popular months’ for weddings in Kitsap County and dates book quickly. If you select an off-season date in the Fall and Winter, you most probably will be able to negotiate a best value for your money.
2) Apply For Your Marriage License in Port Orchard (Kitsap County, WA) – If you live in the area, it is most convenient to apply for your marriage license at the County Marriage License office in Port Orchard, WA, on Division Street. You can apply for your license in person or via the mail. The license fee is $64 dollars and is good for 60 days from the date it is issued.
Note! There is a 3-day waiting period from the time a marriage license is issued so please remember to plan for this if your elopement is a last-minute kind of thing. Also, if you do get a marriage license from any other County in Washington State, it is good in Kitsap County.
3 Secure Two Witnesses: Yes, you will need two people over the age of 18 to witness your ceremony and sign your legal paperwork. If you don’t have two witnesses, ask your Officiant or Minister to help.
4) To Elope, You’ll Need An Officiant Or Minister! If you go to the internet and search under terms like “Wedding Officiant Kitsap County” or “Kitsap County Wedding Minister” you’ll find a number of Officiants and Ministers who may appeal to you. To secure your Officiant/Minister, make some phone calls and see who is available, what fees are charged and in the end, select a guy or gal who resonates with you.
5) Don’t Forget a Wedding Bouquet, Wedding Rings, a Camera, Umbrella and Perhaps a Reservation For a Celebration Meal. You may order a wedding bouquet and other flowers for your ceremony from a local florist or grocery store. Remember to pack your wedding rings, camera, umbrella and marriage license. Lastly, make “celebration meal” reservations at a wonderful restaurant in Kitsap County to celebrate your elopement! A best site for restaurant possibilities is again the Kitsap County Convention and Visitor Bureau’s website.
I wish you a happy elopement!