How to get married in Seattle
Getting married in Seattle is popular and it's easy to see why. It's ultra-hip and has that Pacific Northwest chill charm that we all love, with tons of amazing locales and outdoor opportunities for your guests. From mountains to forests to quirky urban venues, the birthplace of grunge is still bleeding edge cool. To get married in Seattle, you'll need to know how to navigate all the legal requirements for making it official in Seattle and the surrounding areas.
We've got everything from the nitty-gritty of how to get legally married in Seattle, to a few of our favorite Seattle weddings, to special tips for how to save money in Seattle.
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Tips for planning a wedding in Seattle
Budgeting efficiently in Seattle can be challenging as its popularity makes it spendier than most cities. But you can totally cut your costs even more by limiting your guest list, choosing off-season dates, and avoiding heavily trafficked weekends like Seattle Pride Parade in June, Emerald City ComiCon in March, and the Seattle Marathon in November. Check with your venue AND local hotels to see if there any big events that could cause you issues with pricing, parking, and hotel block rates.
Ways to save in your Seattle wedding budget:
- Look into non-traditional venues like restaurants for hosting smaller gatherings.
- Choose in-season flowers for your decor OR opt for no flowers and decorate with items that mean something to you instead (board games? Funko Pop?)
- Prioritize what's important to you and minimize the rest: if great food and a good photographer are important, see if you can skip things like a limo, a huge cake, and expensive favors.
Seattle is known for its overcast, misty days, but downpours are rare. The temperatures stay pretty moderate, ranging from highs in the 50s to the 70s on average. Be prepared for misty rain but don't let that stop you from enjoying some outdoor time. Just bring a brolly for fun photo ops!
How to get legally married in Seattle
All couples who want to get married in Seattle must obtain a marriage license. Once you’re approved, there is a three-day waiting period before you can hold the wedding ceremony, and the license is valid for 60 days. You'll want to see all of the documents and requirements you'll need to fulfill at the Seattle Municipal Court.
Changing your name in Seattle
If you're planning to change your name after the wedding, get a few copies of your license to have on hand when obtaining your new documents. Hit up your local Social Security office, update your Passport, head to the DMV, and update your voter registration.
Seattle wedding officiant requirements
Seattle does not require minister registration before performing a marriage. If you're getting married outside of the city, you should always check with the local city or town clerk to check that your officiant can perform the wedding in that jurisdiction.
Offbeat Seattle wedding vendors
You may think finding skilled wedding vendors in Seattle is easy — it's a cool city with an abundance of amazing venues! But you may be overwhelmed with options and might have to do some research to find vendors who work with all budgets and all styles. You can find offbeat-friendly Seattle wedding vendors in our Vendor Guide. Don't miss our online vendors, too, for honeymoon registries, stationery, gifts, ketubahs, rings, guests books, wedding websites, and more.
Some of our favorite Seattle weddings
Take a peek at some of the most fun offbeat weddings in Seattle. Don't forget to scroll to the bottom of each to find out who they chose for their Seattle wedding vendors!
- Don your wings & feathers for this whimsical animal menagerie wedding (with a unicorn first look!)
- You'll need to fan yourself from the pink suit & striped dress at this romantic brunch wedding
- Led Zeppelin, craft beer, and tattoos at this bad-ass rock show-themed wedding
- A backyard garden party wedding with yard games & cocktail recipe cards
- A queer femme/transfeminine interfaith feminist celeGAYtion
- Disney villains meet classic heroes at this high fantasy wedding
- Jewel-toned geekery invades Cloud City at this wedding with a Darth Vader officiant
- This wedding is like if David Lynch filmed The Addams Family ballroom scene
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