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


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!”

How to Apply For A Marriage License in Seattle and Washington State ~ A Mini & Quick “How To” Guide!

Posted on January 10, 2011 by Annemarie

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.

King County Marriage License:  http://www.kingcounty.gov/courts/marriage.aspx

Snohomish County Marriage License: http://www1.co.snohomish.wa.us

Piece County Marriage License: http://www.piercecountywa.org

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!

Eloping To Seattle ~ Let Me Help You With Your Arrangements, i.e., I Know The Area!

Posted on December 22, 2010 by Annemarie

Claire & Dennis ~ JM Cellars, Woodinville

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!
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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!

A Seattle Park ~ A Perfect Place For A Small & Intimate Wedding Ceremony

Posted on December 8, 2010 by Annemarie

Chris & Stephanie ~ Gasworks Park, Seattle, WA

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!
My best to you, Chris & Stephanie! 

Getting Hitched “Mariner Style!” ~ Andy & Abby’s Elopement At The Glove!

Posted on October 27, 2010 by Annemarie

Andy & Abby ~ SAFECO FIELD 2010

Andy and Abby got married to a big round of applause by dozens of happy Mariners Fans on a sunny day outside of SAFECO Field in front of the “Glove.”

I met Andy and Abby across the street in the lobby of the Silver Cloud Hotel and we walked to the Glove and in the craziness of a baseball loving crowd, we got this sweet couple married!

Andy and Abby ~ I wish you much happiness and many baseball games, together!  ~ Annemarie