Weddings and Marriages

Thurston County District Court Judges are empowered to perform marriage ceremonies under the laws of the State of Washington. Marriage ceremonies are performed at Thurston County District Court Monday through Friday at 5:00 p.m. All members of the wedding party should arrive at Thurston County District Court by 4:45 of the date of the wedding. Marriage ceremonies can also be held on weekends by special appointment.

Review the information below, then click here to request a wedding ceremony.

  • Marriage Licenses
    • The license must be submitted to District Court 24 hours before the date of the wedding.  There is three day waiting period before it is valid for use, so you will need to obtain the license at least four days before  the wedding. For more information on how to obtain a marriage license contact the Thurston County Auditor’s Office or call 360-786-5405.
  • Two witnesses (at least 18 years of age) are required to be present.  You may bring anyone over 18 or the court can provide witnesses for weddings at the courthouse.  See the Fee Schedule below for the cost of court provided witnesses.
  • Prepayment of fee (cash only) and license must be delivered to the Judicial Assistant no later than two days prior to the ceremony.
  • A map to the wedding location if away from the courthouse at least a day before the wedding.
  • Fee Schedule
    • Wedding at the courthouse
      • $75 Monday – Friday at 5:00 p.m.
        • optional $15 per witness
      • $175 Saturday & Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
        • optional $45 per witness
      • $200 Holidays or holiday weekends from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
        • optional $60 per witness
    • Wedding away from the courthouse in the Olympia/Lacey/Tumwater area
      • $200 Monday – Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
      • $200 Saturday & Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
        (Includes holidays and holiday weekends)
  • Check with judge for special times not listed above or out of area rates.
If you would like to request a wedding ceremony please complete Wedding Ceremony Request Form.