Spokane, WA Online Ordination Guide

Officiate Weddings in Spokane, Washington

Gay Lesbian Marriage Parade FloatFor years, we Seattleites looked down on Spokane, but something shifted a few years ago. Our friends began moving there because, unlike in Seattle, it’s possible to work and maintain a balanced life without needing to be a millionaire. Spokane possesses all the qualities that real estate marketers tout to sell Seattle to wealthy tech professionals—namely, soul and spirit.

So, if you’ve been asked to officiate a wedding in this amazing town or are planning your own wedding in Spokane, you’re in for a treat.

Our goal is to guide you through the bureaucratic aspects, such as the steps to apply for, complete, sign, and submit marriage licenses. We also offer tips for wedding officiants and couples. AMM has many ordained ministers in the Spokane area, and we’re excited to have you join our movement.


STEP 1: Get Ordained with American Marriage Ministries

The Revised Code of Washington § RCW 26.04.050 states that “…any regularly licensed or ordained minister or any priest of any church or religious denomination…” are authorized to solemnize marriages.

If you have been asked to officiate a wedding and have agreed, the first thing you need to do is get ordained with AMM. Our ordination is free, takes only a few minutes, and meets § RCW 26.04.050, giving you the legal authority to officiate wedding ceremonies.

Minister Registration in Spokane

Ministers are not required to register with the Spokane County Auditor’s office or the Spokane Municipal government before officiating weddings. Washington state law does not require ministers to register with any government office before or after performing marriage ceremonies. However, we advise you to keep proof of your ordination for your own records. It is a good practice to have your ministry credentials on hand in case the couple asks to see them.


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STEP 2: Prepare For Officiating the Wedding

Getting ordained as an AMM minister is the easy part. The next step is to prepare for the wedding ceremony. If this is your first time officiating, don’t worry! Our wedding training pages are an excellent resource for learning everything you need to know to perform your first wedding ceremony.

Our Wedding Officiant training covers everything from explaining the structure of a wedding ceremony to providing step-by-step instructions on how to write a wedding ceremony script. It also includes sample wedding ceremony scripts and much more.

By this point, you should be well prepared to conduct the wedding ceremony. Your one legal responsibility is to complete your section of the couple’s marriage license. Note that Spokane County requires couples to wait three days after being granted the wedding license, so make sure they apply in advance.

After the wedding ceremony, the couple, the officiant, and two witnesses must sign the marriage license. For more details on filling in the individual fields, such as “type of ceremony,” please consult our guide on how to complete a marriage license.

Once the marriage license is properly completed, it needs to be returned to the Spokane County Auditor’s office within 30 days of the ceremony. Failure to return the license within this time-frame could result in possible misdemeanor charges and a fine of up to $300. The officiant can deliver the completed license to any King County Community Service Centers in person or use a self-addressed envelope to send it to the appropriate county office (instructions will be included with the license).

Once the completed marriage license is returned, you have fulfilled all your duties as the wedding officiant.


STEP 3: Officiate the Wedding

When it comes time to sign the marriage license, the couple has the responsibility to obtain the marriage license, but just be sure to double check that they have a valid marriage license before the ceremony and that all the names and other details are correct.

Once you have performed the ceremony and signed the marriage license, you have successfully performed all of your functions as the wedding officiant. As the officiant, it is your duty to return the marriage license to the Fulton County Clerk’s office after the ceremony, and within 10 days of the ceremony.

For more details on filling in the individual fields such as “religious official title,” check out our guide on how to complete a marriage license.

How To Get Married in Spokane

The Spokane County Auditor’s office hours are Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is where you can apply for your marriage license.

Recording & Marriage Licenses inquiries can be directed to 509-477-2271.

The application fee for a marriage license is $59, with a certified copy fee of $3, making the total $62. Payment can be made in cash, by check, or with a credit/debit card.

The couple must complete an application, and both parties must sign it before a notary public or deputy Auditor. The application will require the following personal information:

The application will require the following personal information:

  • Applicant’s name (ensure you have a valid picture ID)
  • Applicant’s social security number
  • Current and past residence
  • Birthplace and birth name
  • Parental information: Name of mother and father; state or country of birth (if born outside the United States); the maiden name of each party’s mother. Take special care to provide the correct spelling of names.

Waiting Period & Ceremony: The marriage license will be issued to the parties upon application. The ceremony must take place in the State of Washington and occur between 3 and 63 days from the date of application. This requires applying for the license at least three days before the scheduled wedding ceremony.

Spokane Wedding Planning Tips

Spokane has undergone significant transformation over the past decade, evolving from a small town to a regional hotspot offering amenities akin to larger cities, all at a fraction of the cost. When it comes to wedding planning, the city presents a diverse array of options, catering to both traditional and unconventional preferences.

For those seeking traditional venues, the Historic Fox Theater is renowned, albeit on the pricey side. However, if your ceremony leans towards intimacy, numerous charming hotels, lodges, and camps, such as Camp Fire Camp Dart-Lo, offer picturesque settings amidst nature’s embrace. Imagine exchanging vows beneath a canopy of pines in one of the camp’s secluded groves or gardens.

Looking to trim expenses further? Spokane boasts an abundance of scenic municipal parks where pavilions and open spaces can be reserved for ceremonies. This aligns perfectly with our style, as saving thousands on venue costs alleviates financial strain, allowing you to focus on what truly matters: conveying your shared love to your guests.


Given Spokane’s northern location and variable weather conditions, it’s essential to consider the seasonal nuances when planning a wedding. Summers are brief but offer warmth, dryness, and clarity, while winters tend to be cold and cloudy. Spring brings rain and occasional cold spells, persisting into April without much warning.

The takeaway? For optimal wedding planning in Spokane, particularly for outdoor events, aim for a window between early July and mid-August when the weather is most favorable.