An intimate and complete wedding for around $1500, including everything, even your rings!
Elopement Package at the Swantown Inn – $999
- Sparkling Beverage
- Wedding Night Accommodations
Wedding Dresses – $170
There are a number of dress shops that have off the rack wedding dresses for a lower cost but there are lots of online options that have all the romance of a wedding dress and cost less than having your hair done! There are lots of options too if you would like to have a coordinating dress for your attendant(s) if you have them. If you really want that crisp white gown, Target.com has them and they are all under $200!
Hair & Makeup – $55 (or DIY for free)
If you aren’t comfortable doing your own hair, or are looking for something special, let a professional handle it at a reasonable price. Tabitha’s Hair Design does Updos starting at $55. Makeup should be simple and natural. Pick a new shade of eye shadow and lipstick just for the occasion and do your own.
Menswear – $50 (or wear something you have or less formal for free)
The groom doesn’t have to wear a traditional tuxedo, but you can rent one for a reasonable price. Better yet if you have a nice suit, buy a vest and/or tie in a color you both love!
Marriage License – $72 (2023 Price)
The Thurston County Courthouse in the Auditors Office. This includes the fee to have a certified copy mailed to you after the ceremony for your records and name change. Get more information here.
Invitations – $20 (or skip them! you can call your friends and family you are inviting)
Do you really even need them if you’re eloping? Probably not! If you do their are plenty of cheaper options. They don’t have to be expensive to be customized and beautiful!
- Vistaprint.com – 10 invitations for $9.99, 20 invitations for $19.99.
This is one area where quality of service and end results varies greatly on the provider. If on a tight budget we recommend finding a friend or student who is the earlier stages of their photography. Just do not not expect Pinterest worthy photos, they may be great but just lower your expectations a little.
Food – $150
This would be an excellent dinner for two with a moderately priced bottle of wine. You don’t have to provide food for your guests, and we actually recommend going to one of the local restaurants for a fabulous meal, you can add “You are welcome to join us for a no-host dinner at ______ after the ceremony” and your guests can decide for themselves to join you or not.
Rings – $400 (These may blow the budget! Maybe a heirloom from your family is available?)
BlueNile.com. Ok ordering a ring online may seem scary to you, but we ordered ours from them and they are amazing as are the prices. Every order is shipped free via FedEx® shipping, guaranteed and returnable within 30 days, so you can be sure you made the right decision. There are also options for non-traditional rings on Etsy.com
Music – Complementary
We have several acoustical CDs that are appropriate as wedding music, including traditional wedding music. Even better, if you have a special song, incorporate it into your ceremony, it can play in the background while we sign your wedding certificates. We suggest you create a Spotify playlist and share it with us to play.
Transportation – $45
Why not have a designated driver for your trip out to dinner and back. There are limo services available with low hourly rates. Try for an UberX, the slightly more upscale version of Uber. Or if you’re kind to your Innkeepers they may be able to run you to the resturant and back!