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Thurston County, Washington

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District Court

Thurston County District Court judges perform marriage ceremonies at the courthouse Monday through Friday at 5:00 p.m. Marriage ceremonies can also be held on weekends or at other venues. 

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

  • The wedding fee (cash only) and the license must be delivered to the court at least two days prior to the ceremony. There is three-day waiting period before marriage licenses are valid for use, so you will need to obtain your license at least five 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 courthouse weddings. See the Fee Schedule below for the cost of court-provided witnesses. 

  • Everyone attending the wedding should arrive at the courthouse by 4:45 of the date of the wedding. 

  • If the wedding is held somewhere other than the courthouse, the full address of the wedding location must be provided at least two days before the wedding. 


Wedding at Courthouse 

Offsite Wedding (Olympia/Lacey/Tumwater) 

Monday – Friday 

5:00 PM 

$80 ceremony 

$20/witness (optional) 

$200 ceremony 

(5:30 – 7:00 PM) 

Saturday – Sunday 

8:00 AM – 7:00 PM 

$180 ceremony 

$50/witness (optional) 

$200 ceremony 


Holidays/Holiday Weekend 

8:00 AM – 7:00 PM 

$200 ceremony 

$60/witness (optional) 

$200 ceremony 


Please call 360-786-5562 for times not listed above or out of area rates. All fees must be paid in cash.  

If you would like to request a wedding ceremony, please complete Wedding Ceremony Request Form. You will receive a response via email from Thurston District Court Weddings within two business days.