Spiritual Humanist Officiant


Tie the Knot


Pastor Dave

(425) 954-KNOT (5668)

Our Complete Menu of Memorial and Funereal Services

Memorial Service at Your Location $200  (Plus Travel over 60 minutes, round trip)*
Pastor Dave will provide a personal, spiritual, warm, and powerful ceremony without religion. Have your Memorial Service or Funeral where and when you want it.  Sunrise, sunset, or a time that is meaningful to you, we are there for you.  Be it a park, a restaurant, funeral home or graveside service.  If we can legally perform a ceremony there, we will.

Message of Validation and Planning Meeting  $100
Meet with Pastor Dave at his North Seattle office to create the ceremony and plan your events.
  Mix and match from our many examples of secular (non-religious) Memorial Services, or write your own with our guidance and assistance. Then we will talk about the life and passing of your loved one. Pastor Dave who will create a special message of personal validation that will be a part of your ceremony.  If you aren’t local, we can use Skype for a face to face meeting and joint work on your ceremony.  Here are some examples of statements that have been included in ceremonies:
Statements of Personal Validation

Cindy’s Simple Snapshots
  $100 (Plus Travel over 60 minutes, round trip)*
You may wish to save memories of your Memorial Service or Funeral.  Professional photography can be a complex and sophisticated process with complex equipment, generation of proofs, expensive albums and packages; and a highly 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 your ceremony, and group shots before or after the ceremony.  You will receive all of the photos she takes by download through GoogleDrive.  They are always copyright free.  Here are some examples of weddings Cindy has photographed  (we do not currently have examples of a Memorial Service):
http://on.fb.me/1dIJQ7O   http://on.fb.me/1k8dMxB  http://on.fb.me/1hsyRjp

Amplification and Music for your Ceremony  $50
If you anticipate a large number of guests, or the ceremony will be outside or in a noisy area, you may wish to have the voices of Pastor Dave and attendees who wish to speak amplified.  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 cemetery venues.  In addition you may have your choice of music during the ceremony.  Everything from the traditional classical music selections, to your loved one's favorite song.  Background music will also be provided before the ceremony.  Here are some suggested musical selections:

Internet Streaming of your Ceremony  $50
Invite friends from Australia or a bed ridden relative to your wedding.  If they have access to the internet, they can see and hear your ceremony,  All they have to do is sign up for a free account at Livestream.com and search for PastorDave.  Your ceremony 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 is an example of a wedding (no recorded Memorial Services are available at this time):

Note - outdoor ceremonies may be hard to hear if it is windy.

Flower Pickup Service  $50 (plus the cost of flowers)
Here from out of town?  Just too much to do?  Want to keep it simple?  Order your flowers from Safeway, and we will pick them up and bring them to the ceremony: 


Hall Rental  $200 (plus actual facility cost)
This is a convenience service that makes your life a little easier on your special day.  We work with the Northgate Community Center and the Seattle Mennonite Church.  The Northgate Community Center has a phenomenal hall, a playground, a beautiful lawn, and a commercial kitchen that is a perfect all-in-one location for your ceremony and/or reception.  The Seattle Mennonite Church is a former single screen theater with perfect acoustics and seating for 80.  It also has a nice banquet area with seating for 50 that overlooks the sanctuary. 

Here is what we do for you with this service:

 - Make the reservation with the facility for you. 
 - Set up and tear down the chairs and/or tables.
 - Help you with decorations that you bring.
 - Help you use the background music system in the hall (just bring your music player or we can help with that).
 - Coordinate with an outside caterer (if needed).
 - Clean up when it is over.
Our fee does not pay the Northgate Community Center or the Seattle Mennonite Church for the use of their facilities.  Their fees are very reasonable beginning at $60 for two hours during the week at the Community Center. Both are easy to find and there is plenty of free parking.

(Note, we are not responsible for damages caused by guests.)

Travel and/or Miscellaneous Fees
Do 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.

Payment of Fees

A 50% retainer is required to reserve your day and time.  The balance is due 2 weeks before your ceremony.  Checks should be made to the Humanist Assembly of Washington State (HAoWA).  Paypal and credit card payments can be made through the buttons above or may be sent by Paypal to THA@humanistassembly.org.  Pastor Dave does not accept any fees for his time.  All of his fees are donated to the establishment of the Humanist Assembly of Washington State, a not-for-profit corporation.


* Travel

Travel fees are charged for travel over 60 minutes round trip, as estimated by Google Maps.  The starting point is the mailing address for 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 $30 per hour.
The travel rate for Cindy (Cindy’s Simple Snapshots) is $15 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 $45  ($30 x 1.5 hours).  The fee for Cindy is $22.50.  If options from all both are used, your total travel charge would be $67.50.

Still not sure how the travel charges work? Just call, we will help you figure it out.
Message of Validation and Planning Meeting
Cindy's Simple Snapshots
Hall Rental
Flower Pickup Service

Amplification and Music

Internet Streaming

Add as many of each as you need to total the desired amount.

Memorial Service