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Marriage Ceremony Information

About SMC Weddings

Seattle Municipal Court (SMC) Judges are empowered to perform marriage ceremonies under the laws of the State of Washington. Marriage ceremonies are performed Monday through Friday, with a check-in time of 4:30 PM, at the Seattle Municipal Court. The Seattle Municipal Court is closed on weekends and legal holidays.

Judges are available to perform marriages at a location selected by the couple. Please make note of the fee schedule on the right.

Photos may be taken at the courthouse 30 minutes prior to check-in. We cannot accommodate time for photos after the ceremony.

Wedding parties, including the couple, guests and witnesses, should not consume alcohol or use drugs before a wedding ceremony at the courthouse. At his/her discretion, the judge may decline to perform a ceremony if the couple, guests and/or witnesses are deemed impaired.

Complete the Request Form

If you would like to request a marriage ceremony please complete and submit the following Marriage Ceremony Request form. You will receive an email confirmation in 1-2 business days. Please follow the directions in the email to confirm your request.

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What to Bring

Bring the following required items to your ceremony:

1. Marriage License

  • SMC does not provide the marriage license.
  • For a Marriage License, visit: King County Recorder's Office or call (206) 477-6620.
  • Washington State marriage licenses become valid for use three days following application and are valid for 60 days.

2. Fees (Cash Only: bring exact change.)

Number in party includes the couple getting married.

  • $100 cash for ceremonies at the Seattle Municipal Court, Monday through Thursday, for parties up to eight. ($200 for parties with 9-16 total.)
  • $250 cash for ceremonies at the Seattle Municipal Court on Fridays for parties up to eight. ($350 for parties with 9-16 total.)
  • $250 cash for ceremonies at the Seattle Municipal Court for any day before a legal holiday, for parties up to eight. ($350 for parties with 9-16 total).
  • Starting at $350 cash minimum for weekend ceremonies performed within King County at a location selected by the couple. This fee increases with distance and time commitment involved.
  • Please Note: Weddings are not performed at the Seattle Municipal Court on weekends or legal holidays.

3. Two (2) Witnesses Age 18 or Older

  • SMC DOES NOT provide witnesses.

Please Note: We try to keep wedding parties to no more than a total of 16 persons.

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