Apply by Mail

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  • Both affidavit sections must be completed (using current, full, legal names), signed and notarized, and the original document sent to King County Marriage Licensing.
  • Send completed and notarized applications, along with a $64 money order or cashier's check payable to King County Marriage Licensing. No cash or personal checks. Mail to the Seattle/Downtown Licensing Office:

King County Marriage Licensing
King County Administration Building
500 Fourth Ave., Suite 311
Seattle, WA 98104

  • If an application is mailed, the marriage license must be picked up at our downtown Seattle office; it will not be mailed. Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., except holidays.
  • We recommend calling the Seattle office to verify receipt of the application: 206-296-4021, or if calling long distance, 1-800-325-6165, and ask to be transferred to the marriage license desk.

Ideas to Personalize Your Vows

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  • You and your fianc√© can write your own vows to each other and keep them secret until the wedding.

  • Incorporate your family members into the ceremony by acknowledging their presence in the vows.
  • Describe what you cherish most about your partner and what you hope for your future together.
  • Describe your commitment and love to each other.
  • Discuss your feelings and beliefs about marriage.
  • If you already have children, mention them in your vows and discuss your mutual love and commitment to them.

Minister Service

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It's a Magical Moment for you

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Many couples want a sweet and special wedding ceremony that speaks to their shared values without presenting the beliefs of a particular faith. Whether you want a heartfelt, spiritual observance, or a sentimental civil service our ordained non-denominational ministers are here for you.

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With many services to choose from, we can mix and match, add candle or sand ceremonies as well as blending families or adding children. If you have an idea or tradition we can incorporate them into any wedding service.

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At It's a Magical Moment there's never an issue with "Can we do it this way?" We can make anything happen. Let us perform your wedding ceremony exactly as YOU want it. Inside, outside, beach, boat, small, large or just the five of us... where ever and whatever YOU wish. It's YOUR day. Please contact us today to see how we can make your wedding a truly Magical Moment. 

Where to Start

Same-sex couples are eligible to apply for a Washington State marriage license 

Applicants do not need to reside in Washington state but a Washington state license cannot be used outside the state to get married.

In Washington state you need to be at least 18 years old to get married. Marriage licenses must be applied for at your county auditors office and cost $64.00. Check to see if your county has a website. Cash or checks (with ID) are accepted, no credit or debit cards.

You must be married by a Minister or qualified legal officiate (such as a judge) after 3 days and within 60 days. It can be used anywhere in the state.

 

Sample Ceremony

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We are gathered here today  to celebrate one of life's greatest moments, to give recognition to the worth of beauty and love, and to cherish the words which shall unite you in marriage. ___ and ___ want to thank you for joining them here today.

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It is not looking for perfection in each other. It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and sense of humor. It is having the capacity to  forgive and forget. It is giving each other an

atmosphere in which each can grow. It is finding room for things of the spirit. It is the common search for the good and the beautiful. It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal. It is not marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.

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Let your love be stronger than your anger.

Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it better to bend than break.

Look for the best in your beloved rather than the worst.

Confide is your partner and ask for help when you need it.

Remember true friendship is the basis for any lasting relationship.

Give your spouse the same courtesies and kindness you bestow upon your friends.

Say I love you every day...

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