Spiritual Humanist Officiant
Tie the Knot
(425) 954-KNOT (5668)
Travel fees are charged for travel over 60 minutes round trip, as estimated
by Google Maps. The starting point is the mailing address for "Tie the Knot with Pastor Dave"
12345 Lake City Way NE
Seattle, WA, 98125 http://tinyurl.com/2f587yo
All travel time is rounded down to the nearest quarter hour.
The travel rate for Pastor Dave is $40 per hour.
The travel rate for Cindy (Cindy’s Simple Snapshots) or a Witness for Your Wedding is $20 per hour.
You will be responsible for any parking fees, tolls, ferry charges, etc.
Here is an example. Google Maps estimates that a trip from Pastor Dave’s
mailing address to Snoqualmie Falls is 49 minutes each way. That is 98
minutes for the round trip, rounded down to 90 minutes. The fee for
Pastor Dave’s travel is $60 ($40 x 1.5 hours). The fee for a Witness or
Cindy is $30 each, or $60 for both. If options from all three are
used, your total travel charge would be $120.
Still not sure how the travel charges work? Just call, we will help you figure it out.
Payment of Fees
50% retainer is required to reserve your day and time. The balance is
due 2 weeks before your wedding. Checks should be made to The Humanist
Assembly of Washington State (THAoWA). Paypal and credit card payments
can be made through the buttons above or may be sent by Paypal to
THA@humanistassembly.org. All fees are paid to The Humanist Assembly of Washington State, a not-for-profit corporation.
Introductory Meeting -Free-
you want to have a complimentary introductory meeting to see if we are a
good fit you have several options. We can meet at the office in the
Lake City neighborhood of North Seattle. Appointments are generally
most available afternoons and evenings during the week. Saturdays are
usually possible depending on scheduled ceremonies. The office is not
available on Sundays. Of course we can always chat by phone or Skype
(on Sunday as well). In addition, watch some videos of actual
weddings. You should always see the work of an officiant before choosing them.
Tie The Knot $100
Pastor Dave will provide a personal, spiritual, warm, and powerful ceremony without religion. You may choose from Four Simple Ceremonies or choose the No Vows option. Pastor Dave will meet you and your witnesses at his office in North Seattle.
The ceremony room is available at no additional charge. Witnesses are available for an additional fee. Here is an example of a wedding in the ceremony room.
Tie the Knot and Pick Your Spot $200 (Plus Travel over 60 minutes)*
Pastor Dave will provide a personal, spiritual, warm, and powerful ceremony without religion. Have your wedding where and when you want it. Sunrise, sunset, witching
hour, or high noon, we are there for you. Be it a park, a hotel ballroom, a restaurant,
Snoqualmie Falls, or your back yard. If we can legally perform a
ceremony there, it is your day. You may choose from Four Simple Ceremonies or choose the No Vows option. You can view photos and videos of several ceremonies here:
Our Complete Menu of Services
Please see our Packages page for discounts when you bundle
Custom Ceremony and Planning Meeting $100
Tools to create your perfect ceremony. Custom Ceremony Example.
For couples who want more than the simple ceremonies of Tie the Knot,
and who want some help putting their ceremony together. Meet with
Pastor Dave at his North Seattle office, on Skype, or through phone and
email consultation to create and plan your
Mix and match from our many examples of secular (non-religious) vows,
your own with our guidance and assistance. Add in special events like a
handfasting, sand ceremony or unity candle. In addition we will go
over your ceremony plans in detail, arranging who will stand where, the
order in which the wedding party enters and leaves the ceremony space,
how the ring exchange will take place, and many other details.
Personalized Ceremony $100
Meet with Pastor Dave at his North Seattle office or on Skype for personal content that tells your story. Talk about your lives, your love, adventures you have had, the meaning
of your marriage with Pastor Dave. Your love story will come to life
for your guests adding vividness and validation to your wedding. Your personal content that will be infused into your ceremony in a warm and
fun way. Your guests will walk away knowing more about you, have a
deeper understanding of your love for one another, and saying what a
wonderful couple you are and how lucky you were to find each other. This service can be used with either the basic Tie the Knot ceremonies or with the Custom Ceremony and Planning Meeting option. Here are some examples of statements that have been included in ceremonies:
Examples of Personalized Ceremonies
Full Rehearsal $100 (Plus Travel over 60 minutes)*
you want to be sure that everything will be perfect, nothing adds peace
mind like getting everyone together and running through the ceremony.
Pastor Dave will meet you at your rehearsal location and take all the
needed for you to be comfortable with your plans. You will also receive
our rehearsal checklist to help you keep track of your choices, know
who should be standing where, and what should happen at each stage of
Receive all of the services listed above at a discounted rate with The Essential Wedding on our Packages page!
Cindy’s Simple Snapshots $150 (Plus Travel over 60 min., round trip)*
photography can be a complex and sophisticated process with complex
equipment, generation of proofs, expensive albums and packages; and a
trained professional behind the camera. That is not what we are
offering. Cindy is a competent family photographer using good consumer
grade equipment (a digital SLR, not a “pinhole” camera) taking photos of
ceremony, and group shots before or after the ceremony. You will
all of the photos she takes by download through GoogleDrive. They are
always copyright free. Here are some examples of weddings Cindy has
http://on.fb.me/1dIJQ7O http://on.fb.me/1k8dMxB http://on.fb.me/1hsyRjp
Amplification and Music for your Wedding $100
a big crowd or an outside wedding but don't need a full DJ service? We
will bring a selection of lapel and handheld wireless microphones and a
battery powered speaker so that everyone can hear. No electricity
needed for forest or beach venues. In addition you may have your choice
of music during the ceremony. Everything from the traditional "Here
Comes the Bride" to Aretha belting out "Freeway of Love"! Whether you
choose this service, your venue has amplification, or you have a DJ set
up their equipment, you should consider amplification if you have more
than 50 guests. You really should have amplification if you have 100
guests or are in an area with background noise like passing airplanes or
wave noise. Pastor Dave does have a big booming voice and will always
do his best to be sure everyone can hear whether or not there is
Internet Streaming of your Wedding $100
- Outdoor weddings may be hard to hear if it is windy. Some locations without strong cell coverage or wi-fi may have service
disruptions and lose parts or all of your wedding recording. This fee is for setting up the service and recording. Due to the technologies involved we cannot guarantee results.
your friends from Australia or your bed-ridden Grandma to your
wedding. If they have access to the internet, they can see and hear
your wedding, All they have to do is sign up for a free account at Livestream.com and search for PastorDave. Your wedding will be listed and they can
watch it live or up to a month later. You can also download it to keep
it forever. Here are examples:
Flower Pickup Service $50 (plus the cost of flowers)
Here from out of town? Just too much to do on the big day? Want to
keep it simple? Order your flowers from Safeway, and we will pick them up
and bring them to the service.
Witnesses for your Wedding $50 per witness (Plus Travel)*
Washington State requires that two adults witness your ceremony. If you
are eloping or coming in from out of town you may not have anyone available who
can stand as witnesses. We can help with that.
Hall Rental Begins at $500 for a 2 hour ceremony.
The Seattle Mennonite Center has a beautiful sanctuary with very muted religious symbols. It easily accommodates seating for
80 and a dining/reception area overlooking the sanctuary. As a former
single screen movie theater the acoustics are perfect.
Here is what is included for you with this service:
* Use of the Sanctuary and dressing rooms.
* Help with decorations
that you bring.
* Help you use the background music system in the hall
(just bring your
* Coordinate with an outside
caterer (if needed).
* Clean up when at the end of the ceremony.
Optional services include:
* Use of the kitchen and reception area.
* Use of the kitchen and reception area.
* Set up and tear down the chairs and/or tables.
The Seattle Mennonite Church is easy to find, and there is plenty of free parking.
(Note, we are not responsible for damages caused by the
Travel and/or Miscellaneous Fees
you want to pay an odd amount? Perhaps we have discussed a custom
service, or you wish to pay a travel fee. You might feel Pastor Dave
deserves a gratuity. Just add as many of each amount as you need to
total the amount you wish to pay. If you prefer, we are always happy to
send an invoice by email with the exact amount. Just let us know.
Theme Weddings (no additional charge)
Have something a little different in mind? It sounds like fun to
us! Science fiction fans, 'Hawks fans, members of the Society for Creative
Anachronism, couples who love Steampunk, Pastor Dave is there for you.
Costuming or makeup requests will be considered.