Getting married in Washington State is super simple, but it does require a little bit of planning ahead. Follow these steps + you’ll be ready for your elopement in no time!
A marriage license from any county in Washington State can be used to get married anywhere in the state. If you’re from out-of-state and plan on flying to Seattle, your best bet is to get your license soon after you arrive in Seattle, which is in Kings County. The reason I recommend picking up your license right away is because you need to wait 3 days after you pick it up before you can get married (more on that below).
Both of you will have to appear together, in-person, and at least 3 days before your wedding to the county office to pick up your marriage license. This is when you’ll need to show them your photo ID. If you haven’t already paid the application fee, you’ll do that here too.
Finally, the fun part!! First look, vows, kiss, celebrate 🎉
The officiant will fill out the marriage license, collect the necessary signatures, then drop it off (or mail it in) to the appropriate county office.
Washington State law requires a 3 day waiting period. That means that you’ll have to wait at least 3 days after your marriage license is issued to get married. The license expires 60 days after it’s issued.
After the ceremony, the marriage certificate must be signed by the couple, the officiant, and two witnesses. After it’s signed, the officiant will complete the rest of the form and return the license to the county within 30 days after the ceremony.
Washington state recognizes marriages performed by judges, officials of a religious organization (ie: minister, priest, rabbit, etc), or an ordained minister. Luckily, it’s super easy to be ordained by the Universal Life Church, so that means you can even have a friend or family member marry you!
Eloping just the two of you? Have no fear! I’m ordained and I LOVE when I get to marry couples, so I gottchuuuu. You may be wondering how I photography + perform a ceremony at the same time, but I’m a pro by now 🤙🏽
Washington State does not recognize self-solemnization.
Heck ya! Same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states 🎉
February 24, 2021