Win a Wedding at McCaw Hall in Seattle WA on June 29, 2013

This morning in my email I learned you could win a wedding at Pridefest 2013 in Seattle and  just had to share it with you,

Last Chance to Submit Your Video For Your Chance To WIN An Entire Wedding At McCaw Hall in Seattle, Wa!  


Tell us your love story!  Upload a video story on why you should win a wedding at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center on Pridefest Weekend (Saturday, June 29, 2013)!

 Win a wedding at seattle's pridefest 2013

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center is giving away an entire wedding this upcoming Pridefest Weekend, June 29-30, celebrating the recent passage of Referendum 74.  The date of the wedding is the prime summer date of Saturday, June 29, 2013.

This Seattle Wedding Package Includes:

  • Rental of McCaw Hall – $4,000 value
  • Champagne toast provided by Savor for 75 people
  • Cupcakes from Trophy Cupcake and Party
  • Table linens provided by Pedersen’s Rentals – up to $400 value
  • Topper’s European Floral Design – $800 value
  • 1- Brides Bouquet
  • 2-Brides Maid’s bouquets
  • 2-Corsages
  • 3-Bouttonieres
  • 8-Small centerpieces (4″ clear glass cube, with accenting marbles and a cymbidium blossom)
  • Leighton Photography – $500 value
  • Engagement photo session
  • McCaw Hall amenities – $2,000 value
  • Amenities include chair/table configuration for 75 people, votive candles and holders, two (2) 55” flat screen TV monitors, microphone and audio, bridal/groom suite, catering service labor for up to 75 people

Remember to win a wedding in Seattle you have to take action.  To enter and learn more about the rules and regulations  click here to visit McCawhall’s free wedding application page on  facebook page.  This offer is good through April 15th, 2013.  Learn more about McCaw Hall by going to their  facebook page

Memorable Wedding Ceremony at Crystal Mountain

Carl and Brittany “Tie the Knot” with a memorable wedding ceremony at Crystal Mountain.

Crystal Mountain wedding ceremony

Although you can’t tell this fun wedding ceremony took place after a wonderful ride up the crystal mountain gondola


We had a fun day riding the gondola to the top of Crystal Mountain for their almost picturesque wedding ceremony.  Well it would have been a beautiful vantage point if it wasn’t for the high winds and fog, but we had a wonderful time anyway!

It was a lot of fun to celebrate lunch with Carl and Brittany’s family in the Crystal Mountain Lodge.  I’m not sure how long it took for us to thaw out.

Carl and Brittany hit the slopes with their snowboards after our leisurely celebration.


Wedding review for seattle officiant by Carl and Brittany

A memorable and fun wedding ceremony at Crystal mountain in full snowboard gear!



In their own words…

Riding the Crystal Mountain Gondola to the wedding ceremony

I kept remembering not to look down!

Brittany has successfully procured the documents and is officially a Huntington on her IDs. (name change after marriage)

Our dog Lacey has changed her name too. J

Anyways, we wrote a testimonial and posted it on Wedding Wire ( copy is above)  … You guys were the very best and we couldn’t have asked for anything more than what you did for us.

And thank Tim for helping coordinate as well. I believe I spoke with him at the very beginning and he’s a great guy!

The Huntingtons!

P.S. Attached are some of our very best pictures from the wedding. please feel free to use them however you’d like.

Note from Michele:

Whether you get married at Crystal or you want a wedding ceremony at another local Washington ski resort such as Snolquamie or Stevens Pass – call I’d love to help you create your own memorable winter  wedding ceremony!

101 Best City Views in Seattle for Your Wedding

Image of view from Kinnear Park Seattle

Imagine Your Wedding Ceremony Pictures with this Seattle View!


Discover the 101 best city views in Seattle for your wedding.  I found a great website that lists Seattle City Park view points and general city viewpoints to impress your guests at your Seattle wedding ceremony.

Click here to access the full  list of the 101 best view points in Seattle.  You’re bound to find some ideas you have thought of yet.

With 101 amazing Seattle city parks to choose from you’re bound to find the one that’s perfect for you.


 The Top 10 Best City View In Seattle for your wedding include:

  1. Discovery Park
  2. Mrtyle Edwards Park
  3. Kinnear Park
  4. Magnolia Park
  5. Ella Bailey Park
  6. Marshall Park
  7. Kerry Park
  8. Lake Union Park
  9. Matthews Beach Park
  10. Lakeview Park

Remember that many parks require additional permits and have rules.  Thankfully the City of Seattle has made it easy for you.

Click here to learn how to plan your wedding ceremony in a Seattle City Park.

Did you get married in a Seattle Park?  We’d love to hear which Seattle Park you think is most special.

Wedding Ceremony Entrance and Ceremony Flow

It’s important that your wedding ceremony entrance and wedding ceremony flow feel right to you. Every ceremony we officiate is unique based upon the wants of the wedding couple. In order to give you a feel and help with your planning we present a bullet point list view of the entire ceremony based on tradition with a few optional, non-traditional extras so that you can have a starting point in your ceremony planning.

The order of events is completely optional and is provided to you some ideas for your own ceremony. There is no “right” way to process and begin the ceremony.

Traditional Wedding Ceremony Entrance

Generally speaking, most couples that are planning a more traditional wedding ceremony flow choose to follow something close to the following:

  • Entrance and seating of the grandparents
  • Entrance and seating of mothers and groom’s father
  • Entrance of the minister and the groom
  • Entrance of the groomsmen and the bridesmaids
  • Entrance of the bride and her father (or whoever is giving her away)

Often the groomsmen will act as ushers for the guests, grandparents and the mothers and groom’s father, then take their places with the bridesmaids as the minister and the groom enter.

Non-Traditional Wedding Ceremony Entrances

  • Entrance of Bride and Groom / Couple together (Officiants waiting at front) – no wedding party
  • (Officiants waiting at front) Entrance of Groom to ceremony front, then entrance of Bride – no wedding party
  • Wedding party processes to front, Entrance of Groom and both parents, Entrance of Bride and both parents.
  • Entrance of wedding party, Entrance of children from previous union, Entrance of Bride and Groom
  • Parade Entrance of guests and Bride and Groom / Couple

Where to Use Wedding Ceremony Music

  • Music of Your Choice  –  Make your wedding ceremony more moving by creating your own soundtrack, using music to escort you down the aisle and to add a little pizzazz throughout the ceremony. You can include music in the traditional places:
    • The Prelude  –  Music that fills the room before the ceremony begins could begin any where form 5 to 30 minutes before the ceremony. Use instrumental, acoustic, vocal or your favorite music track.
    • The Processional  –  March down the aisle by using different selections for the wedding party and the bride.
    • The Recessional  –  This music will accompany the newlyweds back up the aisle and out the door, followed by the wedding party.
    • The Postlude  –  This music will be played as the guests leave the ceremony area.

Additional music possibilities: Solos by friends and family can be performed after the mothers are seated, before or after the wedding vows are spoken or anywhere else you choose during the ceremony. Consider a group song or singalong (with the lyrics printed in the program) by the wedding ceremony attendees or musical accompaniments during the unity candle or any added mini ceremony.

Wedding Ceremony Flow

Whatever the chosen structure of the ceremony, it is important that both the bride and groom or couple have some agreement and ownership of the words in the marriage rites. A wedding is a distinctly personal experience; a very personal occasion and should define the bride and groom. The entire ceremony is a formula that’s made to be tampered with.

  • Processional  –  Also known as “your entrance”
  • Officiant’s Welcome and Opening – These words set the stage so to speak. We greet the guests and state the purpose of the gathering. They acknowledge the importance of the event, introduce the principle people – the couple and the witnesses – and invite the audience to be attentive to the moment and sometimes share a short story or words about you so that all in attendance feel connected. In this moment you may also want an opening prayer or poem to be offered.
  • Remembrance – We take a moment to honor the memory of those loved ones who could only be here today in spirit (simply unable to be physically at your wedding ceremony or deceased).  Some like to light a candle during the ceremony for these individuals.
  • Thoughts about Relationship – This moment is unique to Michele and Tim’s wedding ceremony. Here we set intention and define some of the most important aspects of relationships and marriage commitment that are important to you.
  • Affirmation of Audience (Optional) – This moment provides an opportunity for the audience to say “yes” to all they have witnessed; a chance to offer their support and to remind everyone of the importance of family and community.
  • Ring Blessing – The rings are a physical reminder and symbol of the promises binding two people together on their very special day and in their very special relationship.
  • Wedding Readings (Scriptural or Otherwise) / Music / Poetry – This moment is intended to introduce into the wedding understandings, feelings, and reflections on love and marriage that are chosen by and have influenced and inspired the couple.
  • Thoughts on Vows and Commitment – “by entering this marriage today you are declaring your journey towards the unity of two hearts.”
  • Declaration of Consent – These words serve as preparation for the vows. Each declares their intentions, e.g., “Is it in this spirit and for this purpose that you have come here today, etc.”
  • Exchange of Vows  –  Time for your lifelong promise; words that express the will to honor and cherish and the commitment to love and support. This part of the ceremony is required by law and is the agreement of the couple in the presence of official witnesses to take one another as husband and wife. The vows represent the moment of covenant, e.g., “I take you to be my wedded wife, etc.”
  •  Or Personalized Vows – This is an opportunity for the bride and groom to be creative and compose their own wedding vows that are meaningful to both partners; that say something unique about your love for each other and how they envision their life together.
  • Exchanging of Rings – The rings are placed on each other – “Name, I give you this ring to wear with love and joy.”
  • Pronouncement of Marriage – This is the moment when the Officiants declare that the purpose for which the couple has gathered is complete and the act of covenant is now fulfilled. “You have declared your intention and vows before your community of family and friends…I now pronounce that you are husband and wife together, etc.” This is where the bride’s parents cry, the groom’s family grins a lot and everyone collectively nods their heads.
  • Officiants Closing Remarks  –  This can be a prayer, a blessing (not necessarily a religious blessing) chosen by the couple or especially chosen remarks by the Officiants.
  • Seal your promises and begin the marriage with a kiss – Kissy, kissy because we know you’ve been waiting for this part!
  • Recessional  –  “. . . and they live happily ever after!”

Add On Mini Wedding Ceremonies to Consider

  • Unity Candle Ceremony – A symbolic ceremony that has the bride and groom light a single candle representing their willingness to walk life’s pathways together as one.
  • Rose Ceremony– In this brief ceremony the bride and groom present each other with their first gift as wife and husband; a red rose bud (a symbol of Love).
  • Blended Family Ceremony– When the bride and/or groom have children, it may be appropriate for the children to be included in the wedding ceremony.
  • Hand Fasting Ceremony – Hand fasting can be done during and as a part of your vows or as commitments you choose to fast to your relationship.
  • Wrapping Prayer Beads – Prayer beads are a fun and spiritual way to create deeper bonds during your vows.  One couple used them to wrap and connect their spirits during a beautiful poem.
  • Create Your Own – Use your desires and imagination to create a mini ceremony that is meaningful and unique to your relationship.

Hope this has helped you by creating a foundation of ideas for your wedding ceremony flow checklist.