This page is for couples looking to have a ceremony at one of the local Department of Corrections Facilities.
Please note: We are not affiliated with any DOC facility, we simply have been approved, or have been approved in the past, to provide services at the above correctional facilities. While we usually do not provide services at other facilities, you may inquire; but there would be additional travel costs added to the service pricing below.
*I have heard counseling is no longer required, but I have not received official confirmation. Please check with your facility.
Rev. Stacey has been providing counseling & wedding services at DOC facilities for over 10 years. She comes to you with an open heart, and will assist you through the process of state required counseling and can perform your wedding ceremony as well.
Pre-marital counseling must be completed before moving forward with setting a wedding date. DOC provides a list of topics to be discussed. As ordained ministers, we are allowed to provide counseling as part of our ministry to you. It is our goal to ensure the couple has considered and talked about the topics. Counseling can usually be completed in one 20 minute phone call with each party. If you feel more traditional counseling is needed, we recommend finding a licensed counselor/therapist.
After counseling has been completed, your marriage application will go in for final approval. Once approved, DOC will move forward with setting a wedding date. It is important not to submit dates without checking Rev. Stacey's availability.
All incarcerated persons wanting to get married must get initial approval. The DOC counselors will assist with this process.
Once approved, we can move forward with the counseling. You will email the counseling form provided by DOC to firstname.lastname@example.org We will make an appointment with each party for a telephone counseling session. 1/2 the total service fee is due before counseling can begin.
Once the wedding date has been set by DOC, you will need to obtain a marriage license from any Washington State Marriage License Office. You can get this license up to 60 days before the wedding, but it must have the license at LEAST 3 days before the wedding date. The counselor will be able to assist in getting a notary signature for the incarcerated person. You may go to https://uniquely-i-do.com/vows and select or create a wedding ceremony script, or we will bring a nice ceremony for you.
Counseling only (someone else will perform wedding ceremony) $150.00
Counseling + Wedding Ceremony Friday, Saturday or Sunday $400.00
Counseling + Wedding Ceremony Monday-Thursday $500.00
Ceremony only (someone else will provide counseling) $300.00
The latest ceremony start time is 3pm. Most of the DOC facilities schedule the ceremonies in the morning, and usually allow 1 hour for the ceremony.
The following information is to help you prepare for your big day. Please note all facilities have their own rules, and they may change. Please check with your facility for their wedding guidelines.
Washington State requires two witnesses be present at the ceremony. While some facilities will allow another inmate be witness, we strongly recommend you have two people attend (must be on approved visitor's list) that are not incarcerated in case they are not able to come out for the wedding. Most facilities will allow more than the two witnesses attend the ceremony.
The incarcerated persons ring must be purchased from the approved website, and be sent directly to the counselor to be kept in safe keeping until wedding day. The other party's ring may be brought in on wedding day.
Most facilities will allow you to bring in wedding attire for the incarcerated person to change into just before the ceremony. Most facilities will allow the bride to wear a dress if desired. Please follow the DOC clothing guidelines when picking outfits-keeping in mind hem length, sleeveless tops and cleavage.