Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Did you Know You Can Get Married Aboard A WSDOT Ferry?

Happy Valentines Day folks. It's too late for this year, but if you really want to make your V-Day special, and official with your significant other, maybe you should consider getting married on a Washington State Department of Transportation ferry.
Delayna, a local ferry commuter, met her
husband at the Kingston ferry terminal. Photo
courtesy of WSDOT.

WSDOT officials say that, with more than 66,000 people riding ferries everyday, finding love on the boats happens fairly often. And many people want to get married where they first met so weddings actually take place on ferries now and then. In fact, over 955 "special celebrations," including weddings, have taken place aboard Washington State Ferries since 2011.

If you think this might be a good idea for your special day, there are a few things to consider before getting hitched on the water:

Plan to bring your own officiant. While the captain says what goes on the ship, they aren't legally allowed to perform a wedding so you will need someone who can.

Plan to eat the food available at the sSDnack bar. No outside food or alcoholic beverages is allowed on board but there is a good variety of snacks and drinks available in the galley.

Don't expect your ceremony to be private. All ferry rides are open to the public so you could encounter random strangers celebrating with you or photo bombing your ceremony.

And one more thing, prepare to possibly be upstaged. Pods of whales have been known to swim near ferry boats, which could have wedding-goers watching them instead of you.

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SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

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