Planning Your Wedding

With dozens of wedding professionals here in the islands, you can do as much—or as little—planning as you wish, from working with a professional wedding planner, consulting a knowledgeable caterer for advice, or handling the arrangements yourself. Choose from a full range of services: planners and officiates, caterers, chefs and bakers who use island-grown ingredients, and florists who create beautiful bouquets from locally-grown flowers.

You’ll also find musicians who play everything from big band to blues, photographers who capture unforgettable moments, hair and makeup artists, and quality tent and chair rental companies. Everyone is ready to help make your special day effortless.

If you are looking for a rehearsal dinner location, check out our website's Dining section.

Marriage Licenses

You can obtain a marriage license from the San Juan County Auditor's office by calling (360) 378-2161. A three-day waiting period is required. Any license obtained in the State of Washington is valid for marriage in San Juan County. There are many friendly officiates in the islands, including ministers, priests and judges who can preside over weddings.

All San Juan Islands
Wedding Ministers, Celebrants, Orcas, Lopez San Juan Islands

Inter-faith Weddings in the Beautiful San Juan Islands.  Your officiate, Rev. Richard Hooper, was formerly a Lutheran pastor, is now an Inter-faith minister, and was recently a resident chaplain at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.  He is the author of six books on religion and spirituality, including his popular, Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, Lao Tzu; the Parallel Sayings. [more...]

San Juan Island
San Juan Jazz QuintetSee all information about this member
Friday Harbor
(360) 378-9474
Weddings Musicians Entertainment San Juan Island

The San Juan Jazz Quintet is a five-piece group consisting of keyboard, guitar, bass (acoustic), drums and saxophone. These talented musicians play a cross-section of jazz, standards, swing tunes, ballads, Latin jazz, jazz waltzes and some pop standards to please all your guests. [more...]

Orcas Island
Weddings on Orcas Island Wedding PlannerSee all information about this member
464 Spring Bay Trail
Olga
(360) 376-5531
Spring Bay on Orcas Island Romance

"...here, on Orcas Island, where the water and mountains embrace each other, you two wonderful people will marry." Sandy Playa, Wedding Officiant. Orcas Island, the most beautiful of Washington's San Juan Islands, is the perfect location for your wedding ceremony. On land, your options include inns, waterfalls, resorts, mountaintops, meadows, beaches, parks, and chapels. On the water, your options include beaches, kayaks, docks, sail boats, and whale watch excursions. [more...]

All San Juan Islands
Wedding Floral - Whitney R. White Studio - Bride & Groom in Garden

The Whitney R. White Studio creates floral arrangements that reflect a deep appreciation of the natural world. For us, the islands are the best canvas to create and gather together in, a beautiful place to savor. By sourcing locally grown flowers and by hand-crafting vessels to house our designs, we style weddings and events that are completely unique, completely authentic, and completely your own. We believe in the warm glow of candle-light, a fun planning process, champagne toasts, and attention to detail. We will bring beauty to your celebration, and enrich your San Juan experience. [more...]

Orcas Island
Didier Gincig, Wedding OfficiantSee all information about this member
135 Bonnie Brae Lane
Eastsound
360-376-6053
Didier Gincig - Ceremony at Rosario

Didier Gincig is available to officiate your wedding ceremony in the San Juan Islands, centered around your specific wishes, based on your beliefs and individual spirituality, your style and personality. Approach your wedding day knowing you have a wonderful ceremony, capturing your love and your own unique story in a comfortable atmosphere to help create the magic that is your wedding day. Includes Lopez, San Juan, and Orcas, Waldron, Shaw. [more...]

San Juan Island
Wedding ScribeSee all information about this member
Friday Harbor
360-378-3045
Wedding Scribe - Wendy E. Shepard  Officiant

Wendy E. Shepard, Officiant, is a playwright, journalist, and poet (Lucky to be Alive: A Love Story, a narrative poem). She guides people through the process of writing vows and ceremonies that fully express, in their own words, what their marriage means to them.

Steeped in world spiritual traditions, she can help to interweave inspiring readings from the wisdom of the ages into the wedding script. Whether or not she officiates, the writing services are available to those wanting to create their own ceremonies. [more...]

Lopez Island
Lopez Island Vineyards CateringSee all information about this member
265 Suite D Lopez Rd.
Lopez Island
(360) 468-3644
Wedding Venue up to 150 Guests Lopez Island

If you are looking for a warm, welcoming, awe inspiring location for your wedding, consider Lopez Island Vineyard's secluded, lush, beautiful gardens. This site also offers an expansive view of the vineyards that are open to the western sky, with its long, lingering sunsets. [more...]

San Juan Island
Cakes By FelicitationsSee all information about this member
50-F Malcom St., Unit #320
Friday Harbor
(360) 317-5961
Cakes By Felicitations

"Felicitations" means congratulations - what better name for an extraordinary cake business! We create custom designed wedding cakes, grooms cakes, party favors, dessert buffets and cakes for all occasions. Our cakes are baked fresh, made-to-order using fresh, local ingredients. Felicity's 33-year career in the food and hospitality industry has earned her a stellar reputation for her quality and professionalism. Her passion and dedication to baking, will ensure you and your guests will remember the cake long after the event. [more...]

Orcas Island
Orcas Events Rentals & PlanningSee all information about this member
434 Prune Alley
Eastsound
(360) 376-8376
Wedding, Event, Rentals Orcas Island

Your island-owned one-stop shop for anything event"!  Superbly maintained rental items including tents, tables, chairs, dance floors, dishware, heating, lighting, decoration and much more… 

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San Juan Island
San Juan Vineyards CateringSee all information about this member
3136 Roche Harbor Rd.
Friday Harbor
(360) 378-9463
Vineyard, Wine, Shopping, Church, Weddings, San Juan Island

San Juan Vineyards' beautiful 30-acre site includes an old schoolhouse and chapel, perfect for your wedding. Locally owned and managed by Yvonne Swanberg, San Juan Vineyards produces estate-grown wines and wines made from grapes from some of the best vineyards in Eastern Washington, and has received much acclaim since production began in 1999. San Juan Vineyards can provide a variety of wines for your wedding; you can taste what they have to offer at their tasting room at 55 Spring St. in Friday Harbor. [more...]

Lopez Island
The Bay CateringSee all information about this member
9 Old Post Rd.
Lopez
(360) 468-3700
Dining, Food, Casual, Fine, Lopez Island

The Bay offers unique and personalized catering services featuring locally grown ingredients.  We specialize in creating custom menus based on your tastes, budget and the seasonal items available.  Services range from drop off appetizers display to plated multi-course dinners at venues from personal residences to open fields.  [more...]

Orcas Island
Patina Planning & Site DesignSee all information about this member
597 Lindsay Way
Eastsound
(360) 376-3737
Patina Floral Design and Planning Pink

Congratulations on your engagement. You are beginning an extraordinary journey with the planning of your wedding. And we are very excited for you.  You have chosen one of the most beautiful places in America to hold your wedding;  paradise in a little corner of the world,  rich in color and texture –  a place where magic happens.

Though these islands seem very far away and therefore can make you feel a bit daunted when planning your destination wedding, our extensive experience will bring the islands closer to you and make it so much easier to plan than you ever expected. [more...]

Orcas Island
Studio Mierau & Co. WeddingsSee all information about this member
188 A St.
Eastsound
(360) 376-7667
Spa massage Orcas Island

Studio Mierau & Co. ... a place of beauty. We offer professional hair design, special occasion styling, make-up consultation and application as well as natural nail care, aromatherapy and reflexology. We also offer tanning in our HEX tri-filtered stand-up booth. There is a strong sense of family in our salon and we look forward to including you! Please make your appointment in advance to ensure availability.   [more...]

Orcas Island
Orcas Hotel CateringSee all information about this member
18 Orcas Hill Rd.
Orcas
(360) 376-4300
Wedding Venue up to 150 Guests Orcas Island

Overlooking the Orcas Island ferry landing, the historic 1904 Orcas Hotel is an ideal spot for destination weddings.The Hotel's restaurant, cafe, and lobby areas can accommodate up to 180 guests, or you can enjoy your event under our large tent on the lawns. Ceremonies can take place on the porch, lawn or deck. The restaurant can take care of all your catering needs, and personalize a menu just for you. Please call or email for the current event menu.

The Orcas Hotel is pleased to offer: [more...]

Orcas Island
Orcas Events Rentals & Planning Wedding PlannerSee all information about this member
434 Prune Alley
Eastsound
(360) 376-8376
Wedding Planners Orcas Island

Let your imagination and our professional local team custom design and implement the destination event of your lifetime. For “Wedding Planning”, "Day of" coordination and “Event Services”, we work with a dedicated group of professionals that provide you with invaluable support from beginning to end.  [more...]

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