Your marriage license is perhaps the most important item you'll need to become legally married. Here are links to the King County and Snohomish County License Offices although you can obtain your license at any county office in Washington and be married in any other. You can also obtain your license by mail. (The application would have to be signed in front of a notary.)
There is lots of information on these sites including how to obtain a "Certified" copy of the license (very important) and getting names changed. Right now the most important thing you should know is that you must obtain the license at least three days before you can be married.
We may be biased but we don't think there's a more beautiful place in this country than the Puget Sound area. In the links below there are listed literally hundreds of fabulous locations to have your wedding. Choosing a location for your ceremony begins with knowing how many guests you'll be inviting. If you're having a large wedding you probably know by now where the ceremony and reception will be, but if you're just wanting a few of your closest friends and family you might appreciate a little help in finding your location.
Many restaurants offer small banquet rooms where you can have your ceremony followed by a delicious dinner. The most favorite kind of location, however, is a secluded corner of one of Seattle's many parks. We have a link to the Seattle Parks website at the bottom of this page but here are a couple of our favorites.
The Carl S. English Botanical Gardens at the Hiram Chittenden Locks...better known as the Ballard Locks. Most people who visit the locks make a beeline to the boats, the machinery and the fish ladder, ignoring the beautiful gardens around them. Wander up the walkways, however, and you'll find lovely meadows surrounded by exotic trees and shrubs, beautiful spots for photography and a sweet ceremony. Best of all, the Army Corps of Engineers is very welcoming and no permits are necessary. The Locks could accomodate an informal wedding with about 20 guests,
The Arboretum. There are many beautiful locations at the Arboretum but park near the north end of the park at the visitor's center and within a short walk are a number of glens and dells with fragrant, flowering bushes...perfect for your woodsy wedding! You will need to contact the Parks Department for a permit.
We are proud to be recognized by many of the Bridal Resource Guides and Blogs. You'll find us and many other fabulous wedding vendors listed on these links.
And a link to the Seattle Parks Department that will offer ideas for having your wedding in one of our city parks: http://www.ci.seattle.wa.us/parks/ceremonies.asp