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Wedding Bells

Going to the courthouse to tie the knot.


Start your new life stress free with a courthouse wedding.

Don’t want to spend the time, effort, and money it often takes to plan a traditional wedding ceremony? Consider a courthouse wedding! Getting married at the courthouse is a great option for those who want a budget-friendly and timely, yet intimate wedding. Here’s how to tie the knot in court:


The First Step to Forever - Apply for a Marriage License

Applications are $59 and can be requested in person or by mail from the Spokane County Auditor's Office. The fee for a certified copy is $3.

Both parties must complete the application. You need to provide the following information:

  • Name and current photo ID (Driver's License, State issued ID card, Military ID, or Passport)

  • Social Security Number

  • Birth name

  • Birth place

  • Current and past residence

  • Parental information: name of mother and father, state or country of birth, and the maiden name of each party's mother

Both parties must sign the completed application before a notary public or deputy auditor.


The wedding ceremony must take place between 3 and 63 days after the marriage license is completed.


Here Comes the Bride (or Groom) - Choose a Date and Wedding Officiant

In order to get married at the Spokane County Courthouse, contact the court or fill out a Wedding Form, and select the courthouse as the wedding location.


The wedding officiant must be a judge, retired judge, ordained minister, or official of any religious organization.


Learn more about scheduling and pricing.


The Icing on the Cake

After you’re officially hitched, you have the freedom to start your celebration how you see fit. There’s no reception line, no speeches, and most importantly, no extra bills. Enjoy!


Learn more about tying the knot in Spokane County.


Guest author: Kelin McCloskey

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