Wedding Planners Auburn WA
Maple Valley, WA
It’s a Nice Day for a Green Wedding!
As wedding season approaches, I thought I would share some pearls of wisdom with bubbling brides-to-be; ) As some of you may or may not know, I was a wedding and event planner for many years. And as of a few months ago, I planned & put on my own wedding! I took what I learned over my years in the biz and put it all together with our limited budget to host the most eco-friendly and affordable weddings I had ever planned. If I do say so myself, it was quite beautiful and I missed none of the elements that come with a large and expensive event. So I figured I would share some insider tips and secrets with you in the case that you or someone you know is headed down the aisle and is frantic about finances and/or their carbon footprint ; )
If you haven’t noticed, summertime is wedding time. One of my many hats is that of a wedding planner so I definitely get my fill come fall be it from working them or going to them ; ) And it is very difficult to stay healthy at such events but have no fear as the healthy, voyaging, event planner is here to help ; )
The trip is exhausting enough as flights or road trips are an excuse to eat fast and convenient. Then you get to the hotel and eat a nice, expensive, in room meal that is most likely greasy and eaten at an ungodly hour. Fast forward to wedding day where you spent all morning getting ready so all you had was coffee and maybe a starchy bagel. You arrive at the glorious event famished so you gorge on hors d’oeuvres and alcoholic beverages. You pick at your lame and tasteless chicken or fish or for us veggies, cold pasta, and you feel like a cow come the bouquet toss. Sound familiar?
Here are a few tips to keep your trip to, at and from the festivities enjoyable and guilt free:
WA Wedding Laws
Weddings In Washington State Require A Washington State Wedding License. In Order To Obtain A Marriage License In Washington You Must Go To The Local County Clerk Where You Intend To Marry And Apply For A License. The First Order Of Business Is To Provide The Local County Clerk With Valid Identification. Valid Identification Includes A Current Driver'S License, A Valid Passport Or A Certified Birth Certificate. Both You And Your Betrothed Must Go To The County Clerk'S Office Together And Present The County Clerk With Appropriate Identification Documents. In Addition, There Is A Fee To Obtain A Washington State Marriage License Of Approximately $62. Most Counties Only Accept Cash. The Fee Will Vary From County To County So It Is Best To Confirm The Exact Amount Of The Fee With The County Clerk In The County Where You Intend To Marry. A Washington State Marriage License Is Valid For Sixty Days. If You Have Been Previously Married, You Will Need To Have A Finalized Copy Of The Divorce Decree Or A Copy Of Your Previous Spouse'S Death Certificate To Present To The County Clerk. There Is No Residency Requirement If You Plan On Obtaining A Washington State Wedding License Before You Can Hold The Wedding. There Is, However, A Three Day Waiting Period After The License Has Been Issued Before You Can Marry. No Blood Tests Are Required. If Either Of The Engaged Couple Is Between The Ages Of Seventeen And Eighteen, A Parent Will Need To Go With You To The County Clerk'S Office To Give Consent For You To Marry. If Either Of You Is Under Seventeen Years Of Age, You Must Obtain Judicial Consent To Marry. Proxy Marriages Are Not Allowed In Washington State. In Order To Act As A Wedding Officiant In Weddings In Washington State, The Wedding Officiant Must Abide By Washington State Statute Rcw 3.02.010. This Statute Specifies That Any Regularly Licensed Or Ordained Priest Or Minister Or Any Religious Congregation, Church Or Temple May Perform Weddings In Washington State. There Is No Residency Requirement To Perform Marriages In Washington. Additionally, Active Or Retired Judges And Justices Of The Peace May Perform Weddings In Washington State. Online-Ordained Ministers Of The Universal Life Church Monastery Are Able To Perform Legally-Recognized Weddings In Washington. Ulc And All Other Online Ordained Ministers Must Present Appropriate Ordination Papers Indicating He Or She Has Been Approved To Perform Marriages And Must Also Present Appropriate Identification To The County Clerk Where The Marriage Is To Be Performed. Additionally, Two Certified Copies Of The Marriage Certificate Must Be Forwarded To The County Auditor Within Thirty Days Of The Solemnization Of The Union. Same-Sex Marriage Has Been Passed In The Washington State Legislature But Cannot Take Effect Until Either June 2012 Or, If A Referendum Is Successfully Mounted, After A Vote In November. Currently, Same-Sex Couples Have Domestic Partnership Rites From A 2007 State Statute That Guarantees Lesbians, Gay Men, And Unmarried Seniors Who Are Living Together Inheritance Rites, Hospital Visitation Rites, Funeral Rites And Disposal Of Property Rites. In November Of 2009, Gay Unions In Washington State Were Protected By A Law That Guaranteed Tgay Couples Almost All Of The Same Rites As Traditional Heterosexual Couples. Same Sex Wedding Law: Allows Gay Domestic Partnerships ( View Ruling ) To Perform A Marriage In Washington You Need To Be Ordained And May Be Required To Provide Proof Of Ordination Such As An Ordination Credential , Wallet Credential , Or A Letter Of Good Standing From The Church.