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Decide the type of wedding you want, the level of formality you wish to achieve, the size of your bridal party and the size of your guest list. These decisions will have a big effect on your budget.

An example, a formal evening wedding with a dinner reception and open bar is more expensive than a morning or early afternoon wedding and luncheon reception. Saturday is a premium day for weddings, other days of the week are less expensive. The bridal party may be responsible for their own attire, but you provide bouquets, a gift, plus meals at the rehearsal and reception. Wedding Traditions The size of your guest list determines not only food and beverage, but the cake, the number of invitations, postage, programs, place cards, table linens, center pieces, favors etc.

Carefully think through all details and establish a firm budget. Then, with budget in hand start shopping for your wedding services as soon a possible. Weddings take a tremendous amount of planning and organization. We have plenty of venues in North Idaho so allow yourself enough time to explore every available option. The earlier you begin, the larger the selection of available services. Bridal Shows are a good place to start, with an array of wedding vendors under one roof, you can meet them personally, view their work and compare prices. Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, surrounding yourself with well established wedding professionals will assure that your day runs smoothly. This is not the day you entrust to amateurs or well meaning friends.

Your first contact must be the church or ceremony location. Inquire if your selected date is available. Meet with the minister/clergy to discuss your plans and wishes, if you have specific requests, now is the time to address them. Expect to abide by their rules and regulations, which may include counseling sessions. Do not move forward until you have location confirmation, wedding date and time. If you are considering an outside ceremony, remember wind, rain and heat can play havoc with the best of plans, so have an alternate plan, just in case!

 

The next services to contact are those who can accommodate only one wedding per day. For example, a florist can make several bouquets, but a photographer usually photographs one wedding, therefore making this service a priority. Meet with at least two wedding vendors for each service you require, inform them of your budget limitations and your wishes. Ask for referrals! True wedding professionals take pride in every wedding they are associated with and will gladly provide names of previous clients. If they hesitate to do so, move on! Failure to conduct a thorough check can be the difference between a perfect day, or a day filled with unexpected mishaps and disappointment.

The suggested order to secure wedding services is as follows:

  • Ceremony Location
  • Reception Location
  • Photographer/Videographer
  • Ceremony/Reception Music
  • Wedding Grown/Bridesmaid Dresses
  • Wedding Cake
  • Florist
  • Limousines
  • Groom/Groomsmen's Attire
  • Invitations
  • All remaining incidentals such as attendants gifts, cameras, guestbook, unity candle, favors, bubbles, car decorations, etc.


Never rely on verbal agreements, for the sake of all parties involved. Everything must be in writing. Lastly, before signing any contract, read it carefully. If ANYTHING is unclear, ASK QUESTIONS. It's imperative to fully understand what you have contracted for. If overtime is a possibility, establish the fee up front as it may avoid surprises later.

Don't forget the honeymoon!

 

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Make your beach wedding in North Idaho a reality from a simple sunset ceremony to an event vacation wedding for the entire family. Whatever type of North Idaho wedding suits your personal style, getting married in North Idaho will  make your day in paradise one you will remember forever.

The best news is that planning to say, “I do” in North Idaho is easier than you think. There are wedding planners and resorts  where with one call you can arrange for flowers, photography, transportation, salon appointments and more. They can help you put together the special touches that make for a perfect North Idaho beach or chapel wedding day.

When you are in love, the world feels like a special place made just for you. Nowhere is that truer than here– the perfect wedding destination. If you bring the romance, we’ll provide the rest.

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Marriage Information

North Idaho residents are subject to a three-day waiting period. Non-residents are exempt of the waiting period. Weddings may be performed by a member of the clergy, Notary Public, member of the judiciary or a Clerk of Courts.

Contact the Clerk of Courts office at (208) 446-1660 to purchase a marriage license. To qualify, both parties must apply in person with proper identification. If either party was previously married, divorce papers, proof of annulment or a deceased spouse’s death certificate must be presentedID Requirement: Valid Driver's License and Birth Certificate.

Residency Requirement: No, however, with an Idaho State license, you must get married in Idaho.
Application Requirement: Both the bride and groom must appear in person at the time of applying.
Waiting Period: No waiting period.
Fees: $28 on weekdays; $45 on Saturdays - cash only.
Blood Tests: Blood tests are not necessary.

• Idaho Code 32-412A requires both parties to read and sign a premarital AIDS educational pamphlet.

Under 18: Applicant under 16 years of age needs the following:

•  A court order

16 through 17: Applicants must present one of the following:

•  Original Birth Certificate or Certified Copy
•  Current Driver's License
•  Passport
•  State-issued Identification Card
•  Parental consent from either parent or legal guardian
•  Must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
•  Affidavit of Consent to Marriage of Minor.

Both parties age 18 or older -- no consent requirements

Common Law Marriages: No.
Cousin Marriages: No.
Same Sex Marriages: No.
Solemnization of Marriages: Licenses issued in Idaho must be solemnized in Idaho.

Officiants: Marriages may be performed by priests or ministers of the gospel of any denomination. Ministers must give a marriage certificate to the bride and to the groom. Also, the minister must complete the license and marriage certificate and return it to the recorder who issued it within 30 days after the marriage.

Valid: There is no expiration on the license. It is good forever, as long as the same two parties listed use it. The license can only be used within the State of Idaho.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics
450 W. State St., 1st Floor
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720
208-334-5988
Fax: 208-389-9096

It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.

 

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NameRegionDescriptionContact Info
Lacrosse Health & Rehabilitation Center Kootenai
County
Lacrosse Health & Rehabilitation Center
210 West Lacrosse Avenue, Coeur D'alene ID 83814
210 West Lacrosse Avenue,
Coeur D'alene ID 83814
Pinewood Care Ctr Kootenai
County
Pinewood Care Ctr
2514 North 7th St.
Coeur D'alene ID 83814
2514 North 7th St.
Coeur D'alene ID 83814
Ivy Court Kootenai
County
Ivy Court
2200 Ironwood Place
Coeur D'alene ID 83814
2200 Ironwood Place
Coeur D'alene ID 83814 
North Idaho Home Health Agency Kootenai
County
North Idaho Home Health Agency
2020 Lakewood Drive Suite 101
Coeur D'alene ID 83814
2020 Lakewood Drive
Suite 101
Coeur D'alene ID 83814 
North Idaho College / Aging and Adult Services Kootenai County

North Idaho College / Aging and Adult Services
1221 Ironwood Dr. #102, Coeur D'alene ID 83814

1221 Ironwood Dr. #102,
Coeur D'alene ID 83814
Fairwinds Kootenai
County
Fairwinds-Coeur D'Alene
2340 West Seltice Way
Coeur d'Alene ID 83814
2340 West Seltice Way
Coeur d'Alene ID 83814
Coeur d'Alene Rehab & Wellness Kootenai
County

Coeur d'Alene Rehab & Wellness Center/Extendicare Health Facilities Inc.
2200 Ironwood Pl, Coeur D'alene ID 83814

2200 Ironwood Place
Coeur d'Alene ID 83814

S & S Healthcare, Inc.

Kootenai County 2005 Ironwood Parkway, # 120
Coeur D'Alene, ID 83814
Telephone (208) 666-0921
2005 Ironwood Parkway, # 120
Coeur D'Alene, ID 83814
Legends Park Assisted Living Kootenai County Legends Park Assisted Living
1820 W Golf Course Rd,
Coeur D Alene ID 83814-1627
Telephone 208-666-9900
1820 W Golf Course Rd,
Coeur D Alene ID 83814-1627
Panhandle District Health Dept Home Health Agency Kootenai County

Panhandle District Health Dept Home Health Agency
2195 Ironwood Court,
Coeur D'alene ID 83814

 

2195 Ironwood Court,
Coeur D'alene ID 83814 
Coeur d'Alene Homes Inc Kootenai County Coeur d'Alene Homes Inc
704 W Walnut
Coeur D'alene ID 83814
704 W Walnut
Coeur D'alene ID 83814 
Pinewood Care Center Kootenai
County
Pinewood Care Center
2514 N 7th St.
Coeur D Alene ID 83814-3720
2514 N 7th St.
Coeur D Alene ID 83814-3720
Kootenai Transitional Care Kootenai County Kootenai Transitional Care
2003 Lincoln Way
Coeur D Alene ID 83814
2003 Lincoln Way
Coeur D Alene ID 83814
Lakewood Inn Kootenai County Lakewood Inn
205 E Anton Ave,
Coeur D Alene ID 83814-3721
205 E Anton Ave,
Coeur D Alene ID 83814-3721
Heritage Place Apartments Kootenai
County

Heritage Place Apartments
702 W Walnut
Coeur D’alene ID 83814

702 W Walnut
Coeur D’alene ID 83814
Coeur Dalene Rehab & Wellness Kootenai
County

Coeur Dalene Rehab & Wellness
2200 Ironwood Pl,
Coeur D Alene ID 83814-2610

2200 Ironwood Pl,
Coeur D Alene ID 83814-2610
Lake City Home Health & Chore Services Kootenai
County
Lake City Home Health & Chore Services
1034 N 3rd St Ste 5,
Coeur D'alene ID 83814
1034 N 3rd St Ste 5,
Coeur D'alene ID 83814 
Alpine Vista Senior Apartments Bonner
County
Alpine Vista Senior Apartments
1705 Pine St
Sandpoint, ID 83864
(208) 265-4446
1705 Pine St
Sandpoint, ID 83864
Community Restorium Bonner
County
Community Restorium
6619 Kaniksu St, Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
(208) 267-2453
6619 Kaniksu St,
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
Boundary Community Hospital & Nursing Home Bonner
County
Boundary Community Hospital & Nursing Home
6640 Kaniksu St
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
(208) 267-3141
6640 Kaniksu St
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805

 

 

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Athol
Community Library Network Athol

30399 3rd St
Athol, ID 83801
208.683.2979
www.communitylibrary.net\Athol

Benewah Public District Library
Fernwood
46 Isaacson
2082454883

Bonners Ferry Public Library
Boundary County Library District
6370 Kootenai Street
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
(208) 267-3750
www.boundarycountyid.org

Clark Fork
East Bonner County District Library
110.5 3rd St
2082661321

Clarkia District Library
377 Poplar St
Clarkia, Idaho
2082452908

Coeur d'Alene Public Library
The Coeur d'Alene Public Library
702 East Front Avenue
www.cdalibrary.org

Harrison
Community Library Network Harrison
111 Coeur d’Alene Ave
Harrison, ID 83833
208.689.3976
http://www.communitylibrary.net/harrison

Hayden
Community Library Network Hayden
8385 N Government Way
Hayden, ID 83835
208.772.5612
www.communitylibrary.net\Hayden

Kellogg Public Library
16 West Market Avenue
Kellogg, ID 83837-2499
(208) 786-7231
www.kellogg.lili.org

Mullan Public Library
117 Hunter Ave
Mullan, Idaho 83846
(208) 744-1717

Osburn Public Library
921 East Mullan Avenue
Osburn, Idaho
(208) 752-9711

Pinehurst
Community Library Network Pinehurst
107 Main St
Pinehurst, ID 83850
208.682.3483
 www.communitylibrary.net\pinehurst

Post Falls
Community Library Network Post Falls
821 N Spokane St
Post Falls, ID 83854
208.773.1506
www.communitylibrary.net\postfalls

Potlatch Public Library
921 East Mullan Avenue
Osburn, Idaho
(208) 752-9711

Priest Lake
Priest Lake District Library
28769 Hwy 57
(208) 443-2454

West Bonner District Library
219 Main St
(208) 448-2207

Rathdrum
Rathdrum Branch
Community Library Network Rathdrum    
16780 W Hwy 41
Rathdrum, ID 83858
208.687.1029
www.communitylibrary.net\rathdrum

Sandpoint Public Library
East Bonner County Library District
1407 Cedar Street
Sandpoint, ID 83864
(208) 263-6930

Spirit Lake
Community Library Network Spirit Lake
32575 N Ave
Spirit Lake, ID 83869
208.623.5353
www.communitylibrary.net/drupal7/content/spirit-lake

Wallace Public Library
415 River St,
Wallace. Idaho
(208) 752-4571
www.wallacelibrary.com

The Carnegie Library in Wallace, Idaho was built in 1911 with a grant from the Carnegie Foundation. In 1999, the library was restored. Two layers of paint were removed from the outside of this beautiful brick building. Inside, the plaster was repaired and painted, the woodwork polished and shined and the doors rebuilt to match the original.

 

 

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The following are some of the more traditional guidelines. You will want to modify the list to suit your particular needs. The checklist also provides a starting point for items that may require attention in your wedding preparations. Historically, the bride and or/her family have assumed the majority of the wedding related costs. The more modern approach allows for division of costs between the couple and/or both sets of parents.


BRIDE/BRIDE'S FAMILY

Engagement Party: Bride OR Groom's family plans and hosts.
Wedding dress, headpiece and accessories.
Lingerie.
Invitations, personal notes, and mailing expense.
Wedding programs.
Napkins/Matches/Printed items.
Guest Book.
Groom's wedding ring.
Groom's gift.
Father of the bride's formal wear.
Bridesmaid's gifts.
Bridesmaid's bouquets.
Bridal brunch.
Grandmother corsages.
Church fee.
Ceremony/Reception flowers.
Ceremony rentals.
Wedding breakfast.
Reception hall and rentals.
Reception favors/cameras.
Catering.
Ceremony/Reception music.
Photographic and videographic expense.
Transportation of the wedding party.
Wedding consultant's fee.
Accommodations for out-of-town bride's attendants and guests.

GROOM/GROOM'S FAMILY

Engagement Party: Bride OR Groom's family plans and hosts.
Bride's rings.
Groom's wedding attire.
Flowers for the bride's bouquet and corsages for the mothers and grandmothers.
Groom's boutonnieres.
Groomsmen and Ushers' boutonnieres.
Father of the groom formal wear.
Gloves, ties, ascots for the attendants.
Gifts for the bride, best man, groomsmen and ushers.
Rehearsal dinner.
Marriage license.
Clergyman/Officiant fee.
Limousine for bride and groom.
Groom's cake.
Alcohol at reception.
Accommodations for out-of-town groomsmen, ushers, and guests.

ATTENDANTS/USHERS/BRIDAL PARTY

Wedding gift for the couple.
Maid of honor gown (maid of honor).
Bridesmaid's gowns (bridesmaids).
Bachelorette party (maid of honor and bridesmaids).
Bachelor party (best man and groomsmen).
Best man formal wear (best man).
Groomsmen formal wear (groomsmen).
Ushers formal wear (ushers).
Children's formal wear (children's parents).
Travel costs.

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