As you may have heard by now, Young Hip & Married has expanded into Seattle, Washington! We are so excited to be Seattle wedding officiants, helping WA couples tie the knot.

To help you plan the most epic Seattle wedding, we’re turning to our expert, Seattle Officiant Janie! Janie has officiated many Seattle weddings and is ready to share her wisdom to help you plan yours.

Here’s everything you need to know when planning a Seattle wedding.

Planning a wedding in Seattle? You need a rain plan

Seattle is known as the Emerald City because of how green and lush it is. And you know what makes it so green and lush? All that rain. Seattle is one of the rainiest cities in all of America so it’s essential that couples plan for rain.

If you’re hoping for no rain, have your wedding in the summer. Janie says, “Summer in Seattle is usually perfect for weddings; it’s not too hot, not too cold, but it can rain, of course. So preparing for that possibility is vital – if you want an outdoor wedding, you need to have an indoor plan. Bringing umbrellas is also a good idea.”

For elopements and small weddings, we definitely support the umbrella idea!

by Caroline Ross Photography

Consider a farm venue

Farm weddings are hugely popular in Seattle, and for good reason. Janie filled us in that most larger Seattle weddings she officiates these days are actually held on farms outside of the city.

Janie shares why she thinks this is, “One reason for this, I think, is many people here have weddings outdoors, but the farm provides an indoor option if the weather is bad. Also, most of these venues are all-inclusive with the ceremony and food for the reception.” Sounds like a pretty great venue option!

DIY your flowers

Many couples like to DIY elements of their wedding in order to save costs, add a personal touch and get more involved in their wedding plans. If that sounds like you, Janie suggests an easy area where you could add DIY to your Seattle wedding. She says, “Many people buy bunches of flowers at Pike Place Market or one of the other farmers’ markets in the city the day before or day of the wedding and make their own bouquets and table centerpieces.”

If you’re feeling creative, why not give DIY flowers a try?

Channel PNW vibes

If you’re lucky enough to be getting married in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, you might as well lean into the natural theme all around you. It isn’t really a Seattle wedding without some essential PNW elements. Janie describes the PNW vibe perfectly, “Natural, very green, DIY and purposely not too refined. We love locally sourced, reusable, organic items and ingredients.”

Getting married at the park? Get your permit!

Heed Janie’s warning here to ensure you don’t get kicked out of your perfect wedding venue. “If you want to get married in the city at a park, you do need to get a permit from Seattle Parks and Rec, which isn’t too difficult. The most popular sites I’ve been to are Washington State Arboretum (which has beautiful huge trees and flowers), Japanese Gardens, and Alki Beach.”

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Watch out for traffic

Seattle is infamous for two things. One of them is the rain. And the other is the traffic. But don’t worry – Janie has your back. She has lots of awesome advice to help you and your guests avoid Seattle’s notoriously bad traffic.

Janie shares, “If you’re getting married on the weekend, traffic might not be too bad. Except for Friday evenings, those are terrible. Pay attention to bridge closures. The 520 bridge and I-90 bridge both often close on weekends and make traffic a bit of a nightmare, especially if guests are expected to travel across Lake Washington.”

One more thing to think about? Sports. Janie continues, “The other traffic thing to pay attention to is sporting events – Mariners’ games, Seahawks’ games, University of Washington football games. That can grind traffic to a halt on the weekends as well.” You’ve been warned!

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Ask about venue access

Here’s one you might not have thought about. Sure, your Seattle wedding ceremony is scheduled for noon, but what time do you have access to the venue? Can you go in at 9:00 AM to set up? Or are you not allowed in until 11:45 AM?

Janie warns, “If the wedding party can’t get into the venue until right before the ceremony begins, it makes preparations for everyone involved pretty frantic.” So be sure to ask your venue exactly when you can gain access and begin your wedding day preparations.

Thank you so much to Officiant Janie, our Seattle wedding expert, for sharing all of her firsthand advice and wisdom. You can read more about Janie here and contact us to book her as your Seattle wedding officiant.

Stay tuned – we’ll be sharing Janie’s top Seattle wedding venues in a future post!

We believe that every wedding and every wedding ceremony should be different because every couple is unique. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t some universal wisdom about weddings taking place in a particular city. So if you’re planning a Los Angeles wedding ceremony, this is the post for you!

When you think of a Los Angeles wedding ceremony you might envision palm trees, Disneyland and celebrity wedding crashers. Or is it the beach, Hollywood sign and taco trucks? Turns out there’s more to a Los Angeles wedding ceremony that couples need to be thinking about.

Read on for our top nine tips for your Los Angeles wedding ceremony!

Before we dive into the tips, we want to give a special shout out to Officiant Sarah who is the expert when it comes to an amazing Los Angeles wedding ceremony. She shared some of her best tips with us from her experience on the ground officiating in the LA area. 

Los Angeles is a great city for guests

If you’re invited to a Los Angeles wedding ceremony, you’re in luck. Los Angeles is an amazing city for guests! There’s the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Venice Beach, Santa Monica Pier and so much more.

With a large airport, your guests should have no problem making it to Los Angeles. And with so much to see and do, your guests will definitely be able to make the most of their time in LA. For out of town guests, it can be a nice touch to leave a list of recommended activities, restaurants, etc. Or you could even organize activities for a wedding weekend such as a beach picnic or group trip to Disneyland!

Consider the weather

As Officiant Sarah says, “LA has two seasons – hot and less hot.”

If you’re having an outdoor Los Angeles wedding ceremony, you need to prepare for the heat. You may want to provide sunscreen, fans and water for your guests, as well as shady areas for them to rest. Don’t ask them to stay out in the direct sun too long or they will melt!

Luckily, most Los Angeles weddings don’t get rained out as the city doesn’t receive much rain. But you still need to be prepared for fog and clouds off the coast. And if you’re getting married right on the coast, remember that it will be colder than in the city.

Traffic is awful, always

Officiant Sarah tells us, “Traffic and parking are everything, and should be considered with ceremony times/venues, etc.” She couldn’t be more correct! Los Angeles is known for its horrendous traffic so keep this in mind when planning your Los Angeles wedding ceremony.

Try to avoid having guests travel at rush hour, arrange for your hotel to be within walking distance of your venue and hold the ceremony and reception at the same venue to cut down on commuting. Give yourself and your guests lots of time to arrive by indicating an earlier start time on your invitations. And ensure your venue has adequate parking or encourage guests to carpool or use ride sharing services.

Consider your budget

Unfortunately, Los Angeles is one of the most expensive cities to plan a wedding. WeddingWire tells us that the average cost of a wedding in LA is $33,000 – which is $5,000 more than the national average. With great restaurants, cool venues and beautiful beaches, Los Angeles is a popular place to get married – and you may have to pay for that!

Choose your date carefully

While summer is traditionally known as wedding season, the most popular time for a Los Angeles wedding ceremony is actually in the fall. October is the most popular month for weddings in Los Angeles as it’s after peak tourist season and peak summer temperatures have ended.

You also need to consider the city’s social calendar when planning your wedding. You will probably want to avoid holding your wedding the same weekend as the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, any NASCAR races and the Los Angeles County Fair. Of course, like in every city, you’ll also want to be aware of major holidays and sports games that could make hotels impossible to find and flights incredibly expensive.

Know the Los Angeles wedding ceremony trends

Officiant Sarah reflects on one trend saying, “A lot of people like to do their own flowers via the LA Flower district.” The Knot confirms that California couples do prefer to opt for DIY free-form bouquets and centerpieces with lots of herbs and greenery.
Other Los Angeles wedding trends include family-style receptions for a more homey feel, farm to table dining options and putting a spin on classic traditions. Of course, beach weddings are also very popular in Los Angeles.
The Knot also tells us that 25% of Los Angeles couples host black-tie weddings. On the whole, California couples, especially those in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, prefer to hold a formal or semi-formal wedding.

So many venues, so little time

Los Angeles is more than just beaches! You can hold your Los Angeles wedding ceremony in any number of cool venue such as an aquarium, a sports stadium, a movie studio, a unique restaurant or a converted ranch.

If you do opt to have your wedding on the beach, make sure you look into permits. Some beaches require permits and it may depend on the size of your wedding. This also goes for weddings held in parks, gardens and other public spaces. Be sure to check with the county about any applicable permits you may need.

Watch your rental budget

Los Angeles is home to many beautiful ranches, wineries and beaches that make the perfect backdrop for an outdoor Los Angeles wedding ceremony. But many of these venues require you to bring in everything yourself such as chairs, tables, silverware and linens. And while this does give you the opportunity to personalize your wedding and choose things to your taste, it also requires more time, coordination and money.

Officiant Sarah offers up another alternative. She shares, “The most recent wedding I officiated was at a gem of a venue in Fullerton, CA, nestled between Los Angeles and Orange County. It was all inclusive (tables, chairs, ceremony space, catering) and was a steal considering how expensive renting stuff is down here—the Muckenthaler Cultural Center.

The Muckenthaler Mansion
The Muckenthaler Mansion

Know the laws warns us about some California laws that might put a damper on your wedding plans. Want to do a lantern send off after your Los Angeles wedding ceremony? Unfortunately, you won’t be able to. Sky lanterns have been banned since 2014 due to fire hazards and breaking that law will result in hefty fines.

Open flames are also often not allowed in many Los Angeles venues due to fire hazards and insurance policies. So don’t plan on lighting any candles until you’ve spoken to your venue. Balloon releases are also a no-no in California as they can endanger wildlife.

Ready to plan your Los Angeles wedding ceremony? Awesome!
With these tips, the only thing you have left to do is book an officiant. Meet our Los Angeles Wedding Officiants and get in touch to book one for your wedding!

written by Riana Ang-Canning

Get ready for some San Francisco elopement inspiration!

One of the best parts about choosing to elope, besides saving lots of stress and money and keeping the focus on your ceremony, is choosing a gorgeous location. If you’re eloping in San Francisco, you’re lucky because there’s really no shortage of beautiful spots. Whether you want the mountains, the beach, the woods or even stunning City Hall as your background, you’ll find it in San Francisco.

Having married couples all along the west coast of North America, San Francisco has a special place in our hearts. It’s a beautiful city to get married in and a favourite for many of our wedding officiants.

Many couples travel to San Francisco each year to tie the knot. With so many beautiful backgrounds to choose from, it’s hard to go wrong with a San Francisco elopement. We’re big fans of parks in the middle of urban cities, and so absolutely love Golden Gate Park, Mission Dolores Park and Buena Vista Park. City Hall is another amazing option in San Francisco. The architecture of the City Hall building, both inside and out, will blow you away. And don’t forget the many beaches that make beautiful spots to elope in California!

Make the most of your San Francisco elopement with a photo shoot around the city. Nothing is more iconically San Francisco than a portrait of the newlyweds in front of the Golden Gate Bridge, aboard a trolley, posing with the sea lions on the pier, or walking down Lombard Street (the windiest street in the world). Celebrate your elopement with any number of delicious restaurants in  San Francisco.

And for your honeymoon? You’re spoilt for choice! Head north to enjoy wine country in Napa and Sonoma, take a quick ferry over to Sausalito, go hiking in Yosemite National Park, go skiing in Tahoe, be a big kid at Disneyland or keep driving south for a honeymoon in Mexico.

Enjoy some gorgeous photos of San Francisco elopements below!

PS: Ready to book your elopement? Fill out our contact form here.

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Get ready for some Los Angeles elopement inspiration!

Elopements are one of our favourite ways to get couples married. In the old days, eloping meant running off to the courthouse on your lunch hour to quickly sign some paperwork. These days, elopements can be so much more. Couples get dressed up, invite a few special guests and choose beautiful spots to say their I do’s. For an elopement, the focus is always on the couple and their commitment to one another – exactly where the focus should be!

If you’re planning a Los Angeles elopement, check out some of these gorgeous shots to get inspired.

And when you’re ready to book, meet our Los Angeles officiants and fill out our contact form here.

Ready for your Los Angeles elopement?
Book your officiant now! 


Feature image by Erica Miller Photography

A California honeymoon can find you hiking in the desert, sipping wine on a rooftop, tanning on the beach or even hopping from roller coaster to roller coaster. It can be a time for adventure, romance, getting back to nature, city living or embracing your inner child. There’s a California honeymoon for everyone no matter what you’re looking for.

Here are 10 of our favourite honeymoon destinations in the Golden State.

Santa Barbara

As well as being a top wedding destination, Santa Barbara is also a hot honeymoon spot. The hip city with sandy beaches and Santa Ynez Mountain views is perfect for couples looking for a little city and a little sand. Santa Barbara is often called the American Riviera because of its perfect weather, beautiful coastline and similarity to France’s Côte d’Azur.


Who says you have to grow up now that you’re married? Not us! Another great option for a California honeymoon is releasing your inner child at Disneyland. Meet Mickey, go on all the rides and stay up late for the fireworks. Need even more child-like adventure? Head over to Universal Studios and join in on some Harry Potter magic at the Wizarding World.

Carmel by the Sea

If you’re looking for a Spanish beach village without leaving North America, check out Carmel by the Sea. This small coastal town is perfect for couples who enjoy a laid-back Mediteranean feel with beautiful views to boot. And fun fact: none of the businesses or homes in Carmel have street numbers. Locals go to the local post office to pick up their mail.

San Francisco

If you’re craving a city honeymoon, San Francisco is the perfect option for you. You won’t tire of things to do in San Francisco such as finding the best food in the Mission, walking around Golden Gate Park, spying the Pink Ladies, taking in the views from Coit Tower, visiting the piers and taking a trolley bus. The options are endless in SF!

Santa Monica & Venice Beach

Just a stone’s throw away from Los Angeles lies Santa Monica and Venice Beach. Leave the city behind you and spend your California honeymoon beachfront. Stroll the boardwalk in Venice Beach and admire the body builders, drum circles and fun vendors. Take a twirl at the Santa Monica Pier and the official start (or end) of Route 66.

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is one of the most popular places to honeymoon in California. The scenic lake, which divides California and Nevada, provides stunning water and mountain views. Nature lovers will be at home with biking, skiiing, snowboarding, fishing, swimming and hiking happening all around them. When you’re done being active, relax in one of the little towns surrounding Lake Tahoe.

Wine Country – Napa Valley & Sonoma

If you and your new spouse are wine drinkers, there’s no better place to venture for your California honeymoon than Napa and Sonoma. Indulge in tours and tastings at your choice of wineries and soak in the beautiful vineyard views. You’ll also find lots of vintage shopping and adorable restaurants in the little towns in the valleys.

Palm Springs

Palm Springs is a popular destination for weddings and for honeymoons, and it’s obvious why. In the middle of the desert, Palm Springs manages to be a lush green oasis. If you love beautiful views, hitting the golf course, and mid-century modern style a la Mad Men, Palm Springs might just be for you.


Here’s another one for the nature lovers: a honeymoon in the woods of Yosemite National Park. Enjoy hiking, rock climbing and getting back to Mother Nature with gorgeous views in Yosemite. You can go real rustic and camp or retire to a romantic lodge after a busy day in the great outdoors.

Catalina Island

Catalina Island is a great option for newlyweds who want to get away. Leaving the mainland, Catalina Island has options for both couples seeking an active and rustic honeymoon and those who want something more luxurious. Camp in the middle of the island and spend your day doing activities on the water. Or stay in a ritzy hotel, visit the casino and theatre, and treat yourself to fancy dinners.

Where would you like to honeymoon in California? 

Written by Riana Ang-Canning

Planning a California wedding? Congratulations!
Let’s see how your wedding stacks up against other nuptials in the Golden State.

And remember, these numbers are just averages as self-reported at the time (2016). You can have the most amazing wedding in California even if your numbers look absolutely nothing like the ones below.

Average Wedding Cost:

  • The average total wedding cost in the state of California is (deep breath!) between $30,497 and $39,167.
  • Of the top five wedding cities in California, Santa Barbara wins for most expensive average wedding cost and San Diego is the cheapest. Los Angeles, San Francisco and Palm Springs are in the middle (between $35,000 and $37,500).

Most Popular Cities to Tie the Knot:

  • The most popular cities for a California wedding are Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Palm Springs.

Number of Californians Getting Married:

  • The California marriage rate is above the national average.
  • The California marriage rate is 7.8 per 1000 people getting married.

Average Wedding Gown Cost:

  • The average cost of a wedding gown in California is between $1505 and $2038.
  • Of the top five wedding cities in California, the most expensive dresses are found at weddings in Santa Barbara and the least expensive are found in San Diego. The other cities, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Palm Springs, fall in the middle with dresses in the $1700 – $1800 range.
Photo by Erica Miller Photography

Average Wedding Cake Cost:

  • The average cost of a wedding cake in California is between $516 and $884.
  • Of the top five wedding cities in California, the most expensive cakes are seen at weddings in Palm Springs and the least expensive are found in San Diego. Los Angeles, San Francisco and Santa Barbara see cakes in the $600 range.

Age of Brides and Grooms:

  • Like many modern couples, Californians are waiting until their later years to tie the knot.
  • The average age of a bride in California is between 27 and 30.
  • The average age of a groom in California is between 29 and 32.

Length of Engagement:

  • On average, Californians are engaged for 13.5 to 14.7 months.
  • They spend 10-12 months planning their wedding.

Most Popular Wedding Season:

  • Fall is peak California wedding season.
  • 57% of Palm Springs couples get married between September and November. 36% of Sacramento couples opt for the fall too.
  • But any season in California is a great time to get married. 9-36% of Californian couples get married in the summer from June to August, 19-26% prefer the spring and 3-17% opt for winter weddings.

Wedding Dates You Might Want to Avoid:

  • In general, you should be cautious if your chosen wedding date falls on a holiday. Many venues may be booked or charging a higher rate, vendors may be unavailable and travel will be more expensive. Your guests may also be unable to make it on certain holidays.
  • Other events to be wary of when planning a wedding in certain parts of California: Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Coachella, July 4th Fireworks Spectacular and Los Angeles County Fair.

Thanks to TheKnot for these great stats! 

Written by Riana Ang-Canning
Feature image by Erica Miller Photography