Tim and Jessica At Bellevue’s Chism Park – Gorgeous In All Ways!

Posted on August 29, 2011 by Annemarie

Tim and Jessica wanted a beautiful and small park on the Eastside for their sweet and intimate wedding ceremony.

I suggested Bellevue’s Chism Beach Park and they went for it!  And on a very sunny Friday last week, Tim and Jessica and 7 of their best people gathered for an exchange of vows, a few hankie moments, a group photo and so much joy.

A successful elopement is about creating a “feeling” in the moment.   While you may be nixing a big guest list, you have a remarkable opportunity to gather those who mean the most to you and create a lifetime moment your way – without the demands of a larger “orchestration.”

Tim and Jessica – much joy and happiness to you both as you settle down in Redmond…so happy to finally be together!

Summer Elopement Tips in Seattle, WA – Fun, Easy and Memorable!

Posted on July 5, 2011 by Annemarie

If you are “eloping” to Seattle this Summer, here are a few tips for the upcoming weeks:

1)  Seafair has started in Seattle.  This is a multi-week annual festival which culimates with a crazy smorgasboard of community events and activities the first weekend of August.  If you are planning a sweet and simple Seattle wedding, consider a week-day wedding – less traffic, less crazy when it comes to Summer events and more peaceful at local parks, view vistas, etc.

2)  Get your Marriage License sooner than later.  Remember, there is a 3-day waiting period once your license is issued.  So, if you arrive in Seattle and “go to get your license, ” you’ll have to wait 3-full days before getting hitched.  Tip!  Start your paperwork before you arrive and pick up your valid license when you arrive in Seattle.

3)  Have Fun!  A sweet and simple ceremony is an opportunity for great fun – this possibly means fun outfits, fabulous shoes, flowers from a local farmer’s market, a picnic celebration meal and so much more!

Fabulous Photo:  Kimberly & Loren/Alante Photography:  www.alantephotography.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!

Alan and Karla’s Grand Elopement Adventure on Alki Beach – Early Morning, April 23rd…

Posted on April 25, 2011 by Annemarie

I don’t get up before dawn for just anyone!

And get up at the crack of dawn I did to meet Alan and Karla on Alki Beach as the sun rose over Seattle.

With 13 of their close family and friends at their side, Alan and Karla exchanged vows on one of the prettiest days of this year (April 23rd) and then moved to Salty’s on Alki for their first-seating celebration brunch.

Alki beach offers not only offers great beach elopement spots but there are a number of docks with killer views of Seattle that run along Alki that offer more privacy than the beach.

Alan and Karla – I wish you much happiness!  And the early morning ferry trip from Bainbridge to you was absolutely beautiful, too!

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. 

Elope Ferry Style! Getting Married On A Washington State Ferry…

Posted on March 6, 2011 by Annemarie

Sean & Alexa – WA State Ferry ’11

With happy family and friends looking on, Sean and Alexa took advantage of a “holiday weekday” to get married on a Washington State Ferry, enroute from Bremerton to Seattle!

As we finished up their ceremony on the deck of the boat (yes, it was a little cold!, we all turned around and were thrilled to see a beautiful and brilliant rainbow.
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If you’d like to be married on a Washington State Ferry, you must call the Ferry System and get permission.  There is no cost for this and eloping on a boat is a boatload of fun (sorry, couldn’t help myself!).
Kudos To Ferry Staff!
The staff on the Bremerton to Seattle run were wonderful around this wedding!  They made two announcements congratulating Sean and Alexa.  And a number of ferry passengers came up to say hello and walked away with one of Sean and Alexa’s delicious wedding cupcakes!

A Pooch Friendly Elopement in Seattle!

Posted on January 31, 2011 by Annemarie

In this work that I do, I love an elopement that includes a couple’s beloved dog or dogs!

For many couples, an elopement isn’t complete unless Fido is long for the ride! Today, many hotels and venues in Seattle have terrific “pet friendly” policies and couples come from all parts to be married with their canine ring bearer or petal girl.

So, if you are thinking of eloping in Seattle and want to bring your pooch along for the shared experienced, do it! Contact me for a list of pet friendly hotels, venues and bed and breakfast establishments.

Including A Little Person In Your Elopement! Children Bring Such Joy To A Small & Intimate Wedding Ceremony…

Posted on January 18, 2011 by Annemarie

Children Bring Joy To An Intimate Ceremony!

Just look at this smile!  This little guy took center stage with his cuteness and good looks while his Mommy and Daddy were married at a sweet chapel in Port Gamble, Washington.

Eloping just isn’t about a couple.  It is often about their most immediate family.  For a couple with a child or children, it’s important that their elopement (a small and intimate wedding ceremony) include their children. 
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So, if you are planning a sweet ceremony and want to include a little person, let’s work together to not only celebrate your loving relationship but let’s incorporate the joy a child brings to a “let’s get married moment!”