You want to get married and you are planning to elope to Washington State.

As a Wedding Officiant and Minister in the Seattle/Tacoma area, let me give you some quick and easy guidance on creating and planning your elopement – whether your guest list is for two or twenty!

Secure a Valid Marriage License in Washington State

Contact the County Auditor in any County in Washington State. Your marriage license is valid for 60 days and there is a 3-day waiting period. You must present your marriage license to your Officiant or Minister before your ceremony.

Select A Date and Make Arrangements

Once you have a date, you can secure your “location” and Officiant.  In Washington State, you will need two witnesses over the age of 18.

If you don’t have witnesses, an Officiant can assist with finding you a couple of witnesses and also can provide referrals to other services or items that you may need.

Find an Officiant

There are many Officiants to select from, depending on your background and traditions and what you want/desire for your wedding ceremony. If you Google “Seattle Wedding Officiant,” you’ll find many selections – or, simply put, call me!

Decide on a Location

There are many sweet places to be married in the Seattle/Tacoma area. Favorites of mine include Alki Beach, Magnolia Bluff, Palisade Restaurant, Salty’s on Alki, top of The Space Needle, to name a few.

If being married at the foot of Mt. Rainier interests you, check out Alexander’s Country Inn. And if you’re in a mood for a ferry ride, getting married on Bainbridge Island, Vashon Island, Orcas Island or Whidbey Island is very fun.


A wedding is a big life moment and a huge life transition.

Celebrate the moment with love, appreciation and respect. Eloping takes the stress out of any wedding planning and is all about the two of you – your love story, your commitment.

Annemarie Juhlian is a Non-Denominational Wedding Officiant & Minister based in the Seattle area. She creates personalized wedding ceremonies for couples of all faiths and traditions. Call 425.922.1325 or email.