Frequently Asked Questions
So, what is different/unique about this "Marrying Lady?"
How far out do you book?
How do we set up a meeting with you?
What are your fees and how does all of this work?
Once we book with you, what happens next?
How are payments made?
How long does a wedding ceremony take?
What do I do at rehearsals?
How long do rehearsals last?
On the wedding day, what time will you arrive and leave?
Can we write our own vows?
Can children and other family members take part in our ceremony?
Marriage License Information?
When do we sign the marriage license/documents?
What name do I use when I sign the marriage documents?
Looking elegant! What do you wear for a ceremony?
What about traveling outside of the Puget Sound area?
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"Annemarie - Thank you so much for an amazingly fun and seamless experience. It was like you read our minds with how we envisioned our ceremony."
Eva Kapitany and Travis Grant, Private Residence, Mercer Island
Here is what is true about being a Wedding Officiant - an Officiant must do this work in a way that deeply resonates with who they are. Given this, I choose to create and deliver a wedding ceremony in a personalized and custom way - no matter if the ceremony is intimate and sweet or more elaborate/formal.
With each couple with whom I work, I am the co-creator, consultant, resource person, encourager, advisor and the Officiant of the wedding ceremony. I bring a big heart and a lot of wedding planning experience to this work and always keep the focus on you, the couple, recognizing that each couple "owns their ceremony."
My job is to execute your dream/vision for your wedding ceremony, to choreograph your wedding ceremony and consult with your vendors (music, wedding planner, etc.). Bottom line to you? Peace of mind on one of the most important days of your lifetime.
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The earlier the better! Weekend dates/times (Fri/Sat/Sun) are often most popular and go first. Thursday evening is also becoming trendy as weekday weddings are often a viable option for a couple. To check availability, please email here or complete this short form.
I often meet with a couple for coffee/tea and conversation so we can get to know each other and discover is we're a match to share in your wedding ceremony.
Some couples often book without an initial meeting, preferring a phone conversation or conference call - especially if you are out-of-state or overseas. For a little feedback on my work, please to go Testimonials.
Each couple is very different. So with this said, fees vary. During any given month, I am officiating wedding ceremonies that range from $250 - $850 for services.
As I don't do "cookie cutter" ceremonies, once I learn exactly what you want/desire for your wedding ceremony, I can offer you a firm fee quote over the phone or during our in-person consultation.
In addition to the time invested to create and write your ceremony, a fee often includes my time to lead your rehearsal. It most often also reflects arriving early on your wedding day to serve as your "ceremony planner", unlimited emails and phone contact, vendor resources/leads, wedding planning guidance and much more. I will invest dedicated time and effort into your wedding ceremony and the last thing you'll get from me is a boring, dry, impersonal and flat ceremony and presentation.
Most couples interested in working with me want "something more" for their wedding ceremony. They are unique in that they recognize their wedding ceremony is the "heart and soul" of their wedding day They pay a little more for the comfort and assurance of knowing they are working with a professional who comes with a truckload of wedding planning and ceremony experience, public references, an enthusiastic and kind spirit and some serious spunk, too!
For more detailed information, please go to Services & Fees.
I request a $250 deposit to book your wedding day/time. Upon an invitation to officiate your wedding ceremony, I will send a full email confirmation letter and all pieces/documents to begin our work together. I'd like to get your wedding rehearsal date/time on my calendar as early as possible, too.
From there, our process of working together begins and I spend a couple of weeks in the process of crafting and writing your ceremony. A draft copy will be forwarded to you for approval about 30-60 days before the ceremony, often with selections and ideas/suggestions for your consideration. And, of course, I am available for questions or advice via phone or email anytime.
Once we agree to work together, I request a signed agreement so the terms of our relationship are clear and you are fully comfortable working with me. A $250 deposit is also required at this time, payable by check or credit card. The balance is collected 60 days before your ceremony. For more info, go to services and fees.
If a wedding ceremony is too short it feels weird. If it's too long, you and your guests often feel vulnerable and out-of-place. Most often, the length of my wedding ceremonies range from 18 - 28 minutes, and this includes the entrance/processional, ceremony and recessional.
I'm less concerned about the actual length of a ceremony than I am about the quality of the written word and the actual delivery on your wedding day - if a wedding ceremony is very well done and enjoyable, it goes by in a flash!
And just as an FYI, rehearsals often take more time than the actual ceremony!
Well, we have a little fun. What I find at a wedding rehearsal is that people aren't always listening, so humor is a big piece for me. At rehearsal, I meet your family and friends so I can be on a first name basis on your wedding day, stage your ceremony, organize all elements of your processional/recessional and most importantly, get everyone comfortable with the "action parts." We don't run through the words but keep them sacred for the wedding day.
Rehearsals often start late so bribes for a prompt arrival are a good thing! I tell a couple to block out a full hour for a rehearsal and it usually takes a little less than this.
Depending on the couple and their ceremony, I will arrive between 30-60 minutes before the start time of your ceremony. I also enjoy staying afterwards a bit for pictures and conversation.
Absolutely! Your wedding ceremony should say all of the right things, the way you want them said, period! When the words of your ceremony personally express and capture the special love you have for each other, the ceremony becomes a powerful statement of your new life together. I provide a full draft of your wedding ceremony 30-60 days before the wedding (if possible) for your approval. I will suggest and advise, however, all final decisions are ultimately up to the couple.
Yes. I feel very strongly about including your child(ren) and special family members in your ceremony and often have ideas and suggestions for your wedding ceremony. Since this is your wedding, it can include all of the aspects of ceremony and celebration that are meaningful to you. If you like, you can work with me to incorporate intimate and memorable rituals into your ceremony - this could be a rose ceremony, passing on family medallions, a dog as "best dog," or perhaps drinking of the wine. Click for more unique ideas for your wedding ceremony.
Snohomish County: Click here for Snohomish County marriage license information
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Kitsap County: Click here Kitsap County for marriage license information
I recommend signing your legal documents at rehearsal (if possible) so you don't have to worry about it on your big day. I will then sign your legal documents once your ceremony is complete. You may want to have a formal signing after your ceremony or during your celebration and we'll discuss options and what works best for you. Finally, it is my job to see that all signed legal paperwork gets immediately returned for processing to the Clerks Office.
Sign the same name that is on your marriage license. You may begin using your new name after this!
I will always dress elegantly and appropriately for a ceremony. I've worn everything from a simple elegant outfit to a ministerial robe. My goal is to blend in, not stick out. I'm big on neutral colors so I don't stand out, pearls and elegant pant-suits and beautiful scarfs/shawls.
Yes, I've been many places, from the back yard to the beach to the mountains to a covered bridge. It's your wedding and I will do my best to accommodate your wishes, traditional or unique
To contact Annemarie, please email here, complete this short form or call her at 425.922.1325.
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