Your Seattle Elopement! How to Have Fun, Select a Unique Location and Create a Great Memory…

Posted on January 13, 2016 by Annemarie

Seattle is a great city for an elopement! If you and your Sweetheart would like to elope to Seattle and create a lovely “wedding day memory,” here is a “mini overview” to assist you in creating a fun elopement experience with a unique location or venue.Each year, hundreds of couples from all parts of the country elope to Seattle. In fact, because of the booming Summer cruise line industry, Seattle is popularity for elopements, particularly with couples who are eloping in the popular sunny Summertime months and often before taking an Alaska cruise.
No matter if you are “local,” from a neighboring city or town or are flying or driving into Seattle to get hitched, here are some pointers to consider as you plan your wedding escape!
Create a Fun Elopement in Seattle: Seattle is a fun and lively city and is very welcoming of couples of all faiths and traditions and their unique and fun ideas for a wedding ceremony.Do you want to be married on a popular and beautiful beach like Alki Beach in Hawaiian clothing, leis and in your bare feet?
Perhaps the thought of being married at the top of The Space Needle appeals to you? Or better yet, what about getting married on the Seattle Monorail, at the Seattle Aquarium, the Pike Place Market or on the downtown Seattle Street car? Some couples bring a beloved pet with them and get married at one of the local dog parks including Magnuson Park and Marymoor Park.
Where To Elope in Seattle ~ Your Location/Venue: If you are eloping, your wedding is all abut the two of you and having a little fun. If you are being married outside of a religious institution, you have incredible options for your elopement. In the city of Seattle and surrounding areas you have a lot of flexibility with regard to the location and/or venue for your elopement: amazing parks, gorgeous waterfront venues, downtown Seattle’s bustling waterfront area, sweet chapels, mountains, ferries and much more.As you consider “where” in Seattle to elope, you also need to factor in the weather. If you are being married in July and August, chances are you’ll have decent weather. If you are eloping during the other 10 months of the year, and knowing Seattle, weather is a wild card. So, if you are being married outside, also have “Plan B” in the event the weather turns. ‘Plan B” could be at your bed and breakfast, at your hotel or perhaps at a restaurant before your celebration meal.
Added Tips For Creating a Great “Seattle Elope” Memory: Visit Seattle’s Pike Place Market the day before or day of your wedding and purchase an inexpensive and fun bouquet and flowers for your elopement.Do a little digging and find a wedding photographer would be thrilled to join you for two hours of photos and capture your wedding moment. Seattle is home to some terrific cupcake shops and also has wonderful bakeries for a non-traditional wedding pie or tart.
Also, contact the Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau for fun and unique places to stay – hotels, bed and breakfasts, charming inns, etc.
Annemarie Juhlian is a Wedding Officiant, Minister & Celebrant in Seattle, Washington. A peak:  http://www.marriedbyannemarie.com or call 425.922.1325.

Celebrating Wonderful Holiday Weddings Seattle Style 2015!

Posted on January 4, 2016 by Annemarie

SarahAlexUsually the week between Christmas and New Year’s is a little quiet for weddings.Well, not this year!So much happiness and congratulations to wonderful couples who tied the knot during the holiday season – the one thing they all had in common was a small/intimate ceremony and/or a wedding that was put together in little time!  Congratulations to Trisha and Nancy (Beecher’s Loft), Jim and Sheryl (Bainbridge Island), Abdiel and Perla (West Seattle). Much happiness to: John and Ying (Ray’s Boathouse), Catrina and Patrick (Tibbetts Creek Manor), Trisha and Nancy (Beecher’s Loft), William and Pinga (Bellevue), Alex and Sarah (The Willows Lodge) and Chris and Asilinn (Palisade).
Photo:  Sarah, Alex and their canine ring bearer “Patrone” at the Willows Lodge!

A Popular Seattle Elopement Spot for Couples – Alki Beach!

Posted on March 23, 2015 by Annemarie

Emmy + Cody. 

They traveled from Oregon to be married on a lovely Sunday afternoon in Seattle, choosing Alki Beach for their elopement.

Joined by two friends – or known formally for this wedding day as the “photographer” and “best man,” Cody and Emmy exchanged personal words and vows on an Alki dock and celebrated with a dinner at Salty’s on Alki.

Love!  www.elopeseattlestyle.com

Seattle Elopement for 2? How About for 10!

Posted on December 2, 2014 by Annemarie

I sense a trend in the air!

In the past year, the “guest list” for elopements has been slowly growing.  It used to be 2-4 guests.  Now, we’re averaging about 8-10 guests.

And to prove my point, let’s celebrate Sean and Johnna, married over this holiday weekend at The Salish Lodge, joined by 12 very happy family and friends for a special post-ceremony dinner.

And sharing this holiday weekend, congrats to Matt and Beth, married in a sweet and simple ceremony with 8 family members present.

Both perfect in all ways.

A Sweet, Intimate & Fun-Loving Ceremony for Cindy and Sandra at Salty’s on Alki…

Posted on November 24, 2014 by Annemarie

Small and intimate weddings often are so much fun. 

Really!  I know planning such a lifetime moment has ups and downs and at the end of the day, many of my couples walk into their wedding day with peace, calm and such anticipation.

Meet Sandra and Cindy – married at Salty’s on Alki one fine Monday evening surrounded by a small gathering of people they love most in this world.

Most of all, take a look at these smiles.  This beautiful couple has been together for years and the love, joy and humor shared is such an inspiration to all of us!

Photo:  www.jennygg.com

For Your Seattle Elopement, Have a ‘Plan A’ and a ‘Plan B.’ Why?

Posted on September 1, 2014 by Annemarie

As the weather turns from Summer to Fall in Seattle, all things outdoors become unpredictable.

So, a smart wedding cookie knows that an easy and elegant wedding day, no matter if your guest list is 2 or 200, includes an indoor option (Plan A) and outdoor option (Plan B).

Simple.  Easy.  And if the weather is fabulous for an outdoor ceremony, wonderful.  If the weather turns, you’ve got a thoughtful indoor venue.

Done!

Photo:  www.jennygg.com

Free and Almost Free Locations and Venues To Elope in the Greater Seattle/Puget Sound & Northwest Area…

Posted on July 30, 2014 by Annemarie

So, you want to elope in Washington State!

Whether you live in Washington or are driving or flying in to get married, this beautiful Northwest State offers a wide variety of venues and locations for a small and intimate wedding ceremony. As you think about where you’d like to elope, here are 5 amazing locations to consider for your small ceremony and they are free!

On A Washington State Ferry (from downtown Seattle, Mukilteo or Anacortes, WA) ~ There is nothing more quintessential “Washington” than to exchange your vows on a Washington State Ferry. Some of the most popular routes for this are downtown Seattle – Bremerton, downtown Seattle – Bainbridge Island, downtown Seattle – Clinton and Anacortes – Orcas Island.

You do need to contact the Washington State Ferry System and get permission to be married on the ferry crossing. The staff at the ferry office are very accommodating and it’s easy to make your booking. They do require advance notice of at least a few days.

Hurricane Ridge on the Olympic Peninsula (Port Angeles, WA) ~ On the Olympic Peninsula and several hours by car from downtown Seattle is the seaside town of Port Angeles and neighboring Olympic National Park. From Port Angeles, it takes about 30 minutes to drive through the mountain pass on a twisting road to Hurricane Ridge, a most scenic mountain vista and launch pad for many hiking adventures. There is a Visitor’s Center at Hurricane Ridge, coffee/tea cafe and facilities. And just a short walk from the parking lot, there are sweet and hidden mountain view spots to get you hitched!

At The Base Of Snoqualmie Falls (Snoqualmie, WA) ~ Like Hurricane Ridge, this location is also for an adventurous couple. However, instead of hiking up, you are hiking down. In the small town of Snoqualmie, which is about a 30-minute drive from Seattle, you’ll find the popular Snoqualmie Falls.

Each year, couples choose to elope to Snoqualmie Falls because of the spectacular waterfall back drop. It’s about a 10-15 minute walk down to the bottom of the Falls and this little spot is a once-in-a-lifetime memory. And for a marvelous celebration meal afterwards, check out the neighboring Salish Lodge which offers dining overlooking the Falls.

Alki Beach (Seattle, WA) – Each year, couples take off their shoes or sandals and get married in the sand at Alki Beach, located in West Seattle. Alki Beach is very popular during the Summer months with locals and offers an informal beach experience for your wedding ceremony.

Union, Washington – Union Washington is a tiny town in Jefferson County, Washington. It boasts miles and miles of scenic beach spots along the Hood Canal. Couples love to travel to the Union area and pick their spot on the water along Hood Canal because this area is little known for tiny weddings and offers a quiet and peaceful spot for a ceremony. For a celebration lunch or dinner, treat yourselves to Alderbrook Resort in Union!

Annemarie Juhlian is a Wedding Officiant,Minister & Celebrant in Seattle, Washington. She creates personalized wedding ceremonies for couples of all faiths and traditions and loves to help a couple elope! Visit her at: http://www.marriedbyannemarie.com or her elopement website: http://www.elopeseattlestyle.com

Two Wonderful Guys From Texas Elope to Seattle!

Posted on July 21, 2014 by Annemarie

Frank + Randy. 

2 decades of loving relationship.  And they tied the knot in Seattle!

Joined by their best friends, Dave and Kevin, these two gentlemen traveled to Seattle and were married in an intimate ceremony for “2” at the beautiful Mayflower Park Hotel last Thursday afternoon.

I so enjoyed this fun-loving, devoted and very gracious couple who took time and intention to craft a beautiful wedding day to purposely celebrate their loving relationship – with lots of sight seeing, a Duck Tour, restaurant hopping and more!

Your Seattle Elopement: 6 Very Cool and Fun Locations/Places To Get Hitched!

Posted on April 7, 2014 by Annemarie

You are getting married! And you want to elope to Seattle, Washington!

Whether you live in the Puget Sound area of Washington State, are driving from another part of the State to Seattle or are flying in for your elopement, you’ll need a very memorable location and/or place for your small and intimate wedding ceremony.

So, you’ve got some decisions to make. Do you want something formal and traditional? Would you like to exchange vows waterside with your witnesses? Or perhaps you’d like to get married at the top of Seattle’s very popular Space Needle?

No matter what your faith and tradition or style, Seattle has some of the most amazing and fun locations/places for your elopement

Top Of Seattle’s Space Needle – There is so very fun! You’ll need to come up with the $18 per person ticket price to take the ride up the Space Needle and once there, you can exchange vows while taking advantage of spectacular views of Seattle and the Puget Sound.  And make a reservation for lunch or dinner and ride up for free.

Snoqualmie Falls – It’s worth the 30-minute ride to the tiny town of Snoqualmie to exchange your vows at the base of Snoqualmie Falls. This is a popular elopement site and many couples often celebrate their marriage with a celebration meal afterwards at the nearby Salish Lodge, which overlooks the Falls.

The Magnolia Bluff – This is an amazing bluff in the Seattle neighborhood of Magnolia which overlooks the Puget Sound. The views are free and your wedding photos will be amazing!

Century Link Field – There is nothing like getting married at home plate! If you are a baseball fan or sports fanatic, you may want to get hitched inside of Century Link Field. Contact the corporate office of the Seattle Mariner’s Baseball team to make arrangements and for more information.

The Willows Lodge – If you want a one-stop shopping venue for your elopement and overnight stay, consider the very popular Willows Lodge located in Woodinville, WA, a short drive from downtown Seattle. Willows Lodge is a beautiful property with indoor and outdoor options for your small wedding ceremony. And if you stay the night, the staff will provide two witnesses for free!

Vashon Island – Hop a ferry from Seattle’s Fauntleroy dock and take a short ferry ride to quaint and picturesque Vashon Island, a small neighboring Puget Sound Island of 6,000 residents. Vashon Island offers many beachside locations for your ceremony as well as intimate neighborhood dining options if you want to stay a bit afterwards before heading back to Seattle.

For more information on eloping to Seattle, visit http://www.elopeseattlestyle.com  ~ Annemarie Juhlian is a Non-Denominational Wedding Officiant & Minister and loves to work with a couple to create a meaningful and fun elopement experience!  Excerpt from previously written article.

 

Sean + Lindsey. A Sweet & Inspiring “Elope To Seattle” Love Story!

Posted on March 31, 2014 by Annemarie

Sean + Lindsey.

Married in Seattle on Saturday, March 29th, under a cloudy sky – and with so much love.

Sean and Lindsey started out as friends, and while Sean was stationed overseas, their friendship turned into love.

And Sean and Lindsey were super happy to have Lindsey’s sister and boyfriend as their witnesses, along with a friend and wedding dog, Jeb!