I’ve been planning and attending weddings for over a decade. I have watched and listened to many, many wedding ceremonies and, over the years, I have learned what makes a good one. The answer? An officiant who takes the time to get to know you and creates a ceremony that showcases your personalities and celebrates your relationship – exactly as you are.
I have also heard my clients asking over and over: “Where can we find a secular wedding officiant who gets us?” because the truth is that it can be really difficult to find someone who does. At Aisle Less Traveled, I have always worked to be a brand and a person who embraces and serves folks who are often overlooked by the wedding industry: those of us who are not straight, white, skinny, wealthy, and Christian and who don’t see ourselves in much of the wedding media.
So in 2020, I introduced wedding ceremonies for my people – you independent, feminist, LGBTQ+ and allied folks who are looking for a progressive, secular wedding officiant to create a meaningful and joyful wedding ceremony that works for you!
As always, we are all about giving you the details you need before you spend time inquiring, but there’s really only two choices here: a very personal, custom ceremony (my favorite!) or very simply making it legal, either with a small elopement or micro wedding ceremony or literally just the paperwork.
These are my jam! Creating a ritual that is super personal to you and your relationship is so meaningful, not just for me (I might cry a little TBH!), but for you and the loved ones you include in your wedding day.
A completely custom ceremony incorporates your love story along with any readings, community pledges/group participation, and any other rituals (such as a handfasting, ring warming, or unity cocktail) that you would like to include. Every word is chosen just for you, using what I’ve learned about you through our conversations and your responses to detailed questionnaires. Once it’s written, you’ll have the opportunity to review the ceremony script, request changes, and approve the final text – so you’ll know you’re going to love it!
The Custom Wedding Ceremony Officiant package includes:
Custom ceremonies are available on every day of the week in Seattle or any location where we can legally work, subject to our current COVID-related travel restrictions. Weddings outside the Seattle metro area are subject to additional travel and out-of-office fees.
This package is for elopers and tiny weddings! Though it’s not fully customized, you will have the opportunity to choose specific wordings for some key moments of the ceremony: the declaration of intent (aka the “I do” part), ring exchange, and, of course, your vows. You can write them yourselves, choose from my collection, or find them somewhere else.
The Short & Sweet Ceremony Officiant package includes:
This package is available Mondays-Thursdays in the Seattle metro area only for elopements and micro weddings with up to 25 guests. It does not include review or approval of the final ceremony text.
Attendance at and facilitation of your rehearsal may be added to either package for $275, subject to availability.
Officiant services may be booked up to six months before your wedding date. Please note our COVID policies below before inquiring.
Fun fact: Washington state only requires that you declare or affirm your desire and intention to marry one another in the presence of an officiant and two witnesses. You do not have to make any vows, exchange rings, or have any other pomp and circumstance if you don’t want to. And since we support y’all getting married in whatever way feels best to you, if that way is answering one question and signing some paperwork, we will gladly facilitate.
You’ll need to bring your marriage license, photo IDs, and two witnesses to my neighborhood (Green Lake) and the cost is $65. Or, if you prefer, I can travel to your location within the Seattle metro area for an additional fee of $1 per minute of drive time each way, with a $20 minimum. It will take approximately 10 minutes to complete the paperwork, which I’ll complete and file with the county for you.
Just Make it Legal is available during our regular business hours, Tuesdays-Thursdays from 9:30 am – 5:30 pm and Fridays from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm PT.