Rev. Janice Carter

Wedding Celebrant and Officiant in the Seattle area

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We are now in the beginning of the 2012 wedding season.  June through October are the busiest wedding months in Seattle.   This is my favorite time of the year.  Love is in the air.  Couples are marrying, looking forward to a lifetime of love together.    Weddings bring the family together – it may be one of those rare occasions they all get together because everyone lives in different places.  The happy couple are looking forward to their wedding and honeymoon, and then settling into married life together.  It is a time of great hopes and dreams.



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Interview on Ashford Radio, May 15, 2012

Many of you know about the work I do with engaged couples, facilitating premarital conversations about various topics that are marriage related.  There are sixteen topics which include children, religion, sex, careers, home life, and finances.  My premarital services provide questions for both partners of the engaged couple to answer, then they share their answers with one another.  After completing two or three topics, we get together to discuss them in a nuturing environment.  The couples who have been through my classes find a lot of value in them – and enjoyable!

Problems come up at times throughout life and sometimes, you don’t want to talk to your family, friends, neighbors, or co-workers about it.  You need solid advice and someone you can trust with your problem.  To fill this need, I have launched a new service called “Three Generations of Payne”.

My mother, daughter, and I make up the three generations.  As I said during the radio interview, “I was born a Payne, my mother became a Payne, and my daughter was never a Payne.”  (A play on our last name!)  We represent three points of view, due to our different life experiences.

If you have a problem you would like some help with, we are providing the service at no charge during our introductory period.  To contact us, send an email to with your problem and the three of us will get back to you with our response.

To hear about the new service, click on the link below, for the 30 minute radio program.

If you would like to know more about the program or new service, email me at  Be sure to take advantage of our introductory period!

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Elopements – SimpliDone Style

You want a romantic ceremony, not a courthouse judge; you want an intimate wedding, not crowded with co-workers and your parents’ friends; you want to elope – Northwest Style!

You want it all in a private location with a caring celebrant, award winning photographer and a team that will see to all the details for you easily and affordably – you want Barbara and Jan.

Barbara, of Barbara Roser Photography, has been photographing weddings, events, and romantic boudoir sessions for over 20 years!

Rev. Jan, non-denominational celebrant, will help you design the “Perfect for You” ceremony for your wedding, vow renewals, anniversary, or commitment ceremony.

You want . . . SimpliDone!

More and more couples are embracing a private and personal wedding ceremony that focuses on the couple while keeping the costs affordable and stress level low.

A SimpliDone event eliminates the time and stress associated with elaborate ceremonies while keeping all the fun stuff – vows of love, flowers, cake cutting, a toast, beautiful photography – all in a beautiful setting of your choice.

All you need do is make a few simple selections and enjoy your special day! SimpliDone!

“SimpliDone offered us the best choice, one that fit perfectly between the grand, expensive ceremony and going to the courthouse.”

Here is how we can help:

So you want to have a small, unfussy wedding while still avoiding the courthouse or trip to Las Vegas.

• Rev. Jan is a non-denominational officiant providing you with a choice of ceremonies that will make your vows both meaningful and memorable. After the ceremony, Jan will take care of all the paperwork and filings.

• Barbara is a veteran at coordinating and photographing events; her gardens are designed with portraits in mind and the ceremony candids along with couple portraits are delivered to you on DVD for enjoying and sharing.

• Flowers, cake, toasting flutes, even witnesses can be provided if you wish

Look over the packages and our other services; even if you don’t see what you need, call us. If we can’t help, we will help you find someone who can!

Jan and Barbara


What do you mean by Elopement Weddings?

Eloping no longer means running away to get married. The definition has expanded to describe small, intimate weddings without all the fuss and cost of a traditional wedding. The guest list is small, the ceremony is simple, the costs are greatly reduced. All this without sacrificing the beauty and meaning of the ceremony itself.

Elopements can be either spontaneous or planned. More and more couples are choosing this type of ceremony for a private and personal wedding that focuses on the couple, reflecting who they are. The planning is minimal and the stress is taken out of having to make all those decisions and paying a substantial amount of money. The couple can concentrate on themselves, their love for one another, and their future together.

Couples who choose an elopement ceremony want something more personal and memorable than just going to a Justice of the Peace or running away toLas Vegas. Elopement ceremonies have elements of a traditional wedding without the stress and the cost. They eliminate the need to fight over who should be invited, where everyone will sit, how many flowers and how much to decorate, what type of food, finding a place available, etc. At SimpliDone, all you have to do is show up on the appointed day and time and enjoy yourselves.

Does SimpliDone only perform marriage ceremonies?

In addition to weddings, we do commitment ceremonies and renewal of vows.

What type of ceremony can we have?

Your ceremony should reflect your beliefs and interests. It can be religious or civil, non-denominational, spiritual, multi-cultural, funny or solemn. SimpliDone provides several ceremonies to choose from, which can be mixed and matched to personalize your ceremony, or if you want, feel free to write all or part of your own ceremony.

What are the legal requirements for our wedding?

You both need to be at least eighteen years old, have a valid marriage license, two witnesses, and an Officiant. SimpliDone provides the location, the Officiant, and will even provide the witnesses upon request.

What is required to get a marriage license?

Here are some facts about getting married inWashingtonState:

• Both applicants must be at least 18 years old

• Applicants under 18 years of age need have parental consent

• A waiting period of 3 days is mandatory after obtaining the license

• The marriage license is good for 60 days

• The cost of a license is $64 in most counties

• A blood test or physical is not required to get a license

• You do not need proof of a divorce or death of a spouse

• You do not have to be residents of the state ofWashington

• Same sex marriages are not recognized by Washington State Law (but at SimpliDone, we are thrilled to be a part of celebrating any couple’s ceremonial commitment)

Where do we get a marriage license?

The marriage license can be obtained at a county office. Click on one of the links below for all the details:

King County

Pierce County

Snohomish County

Kitsap County

Thurston County

How do I schedule services with SimpliDone?

Either call 206.915.1077 or email us at for availability. We perform ceremonies seven days a week and are often available the same day. It is not difficult to find a date and time to schedule your special event.

How does all this work?

To have SimpliDone provide a memorable wedding for you, follow these simple steps:

1. Select the package for your wedding

2. Contact SimpliDone to schedule your ceremony (when setting your schedule, remember you need to obtain a marriage license through one of the counties inWashingtonState. And it comes with a three day waiting period!)

3. Fill out the Agreement (e-mailed by us to you ) and pay the fee for your chosen ceremony. This will reserve your day and time.

4. Select your ceremony from the package of ceremonies that will be sent to you along with the Agreement; or send us your own ceremonial wording.

5. Receive the confirmation email from SimpliDone and your job is done. (Well, you will still need to select outfits and possibly select rings, but that is the fun part!)

How do we pay you?

Prepaid with check, cash or credit card.

Can we write our own vows?

You may write your own vows or modify one of the pre-written ceremonies from SimpliDone. You may mix and match from all of the ceremonies to come up with the special one just for you.

If you need more inspiration, SimpliDone can provide you with several vows and readings from which to choose.

What happens during the ceremony?

The couple stands before the Officiant to take their vows. The photographer will take pictures during the ceremony and photos of the couple and the guests either before or after the ceremony. If you have selected the cake as part of your ceremony, pictures will be taken of the cake cutting and the toast to the new couple.

Can children take part in our ceremony?

By its intimate nature, all guests at a SimpliDone ceremony are part of the ceremony. You define what you want their role and level of involvement to be. (You may wish to especially check out the ceremony written with children particularly included.)

What happens after the ceremony?

The newly-wed couple, the Officiant, and the two witnesses will sign the legal documents immediately after the ceremony. The Officiant will file all the necessary paperwork with the county. You may start using your new name immediately!

What do we do next?

Contact us to get started on making your special day an intimate, elegant, stress-free affair.

Your Choice of Packages

Complete Wedding, Commitment and Renewal Ceremony Packages

1. Simple Ceremony – Studio Gardens $450

• The two of you and your two witnesses join us in our studio gardens for your ceremony and ceremony photography.

• A DVD of images, along with a commemorative copy of your ceremony will be mailed to you within a few days of your event.

2. Intimate Celebration – Studio Gardens $750

• Bouquet for the Bride

• The ceremony of your choice shared with up to six guests.

• One hour of photography to include ceremony, couple portraits and guest candids.

• Copy of ceremony, DVD of all images, 4×6 copies of your portraits and Facebook image tags

3. Intimate Celebration – Your Location $950

The Intimate Celebration Package goes on location. Choose a location within the greater Seattle area and add guests if you choose.

4. Elegant Celebration – Studio Gardens $1,550

All you have to do is invite the guests and we will take care of the rest!

• Dressing Room for you and any attendants

• Bouquet and boutonniere of roses or seasonal flowers

• Cake, cake cutting and bubbly toast

• Commemorative copy of the ceremony

• Photography & video mix of ceremony and celebration

And, when you get back from the honeymoon:

• Photography DVD, 4×6 proofs and 5×7 album of highlights will be waiting for you!

I was interviewed on May 8th, 2012 by Ashford Radio on the work I do as a wedding officiant and the premarital conversations I have with my engaged couples.  Listen next Tuesday on May 15th at noon PST on in Studio C for our discussion on Confidential Conversations, which is an outgrowth of my premarital work.

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Confidential Conversations

Have you ever had a problem that you wish you could talk over with someone, but didn’t want to see a therapist and didn’t want your friends and family to know what you are struggling with?  Wouldn’t it be a relief to know there is a confidential resource that gives you access to an unbiased perspective with a generational, empathic point of view to help you gain insight and come to a solution?

Confidential Conversations is your resource.

I have created a new service that grew out of the premarital work that I do with my engaged couples.  I have developed different courses to promote premarital conversations for engaged couples, but did not have an offering to help those people who are facing problems outside of the engagement period.

I have teamed up with two other people to offer an unique service to provide different perspectives on problems you are facing and questions you have.  Each team member comes from a different generation, with different life experiences.

Jill Cloutier is a 36-year old stay at home mom with two school-aged children.  She is also an accomplished dancer and choreographer.  She has a natural draw for people to come to her for confidential sharing.  She has been married for 12 years and is part of Generation X.

Janice Carter, at 64 years old, is a Baby Boomer.  She has raised two children while pursuing a career as a director in Information Technology for Fortune 500 companies.  Now, she is working in her second career as wedding officiant.  Divorced after 25 years of marriage, she has two children and three grandchildren.

Charline Payne is a very dynamic 88-year-old.  A recent widow, she is part of The Greatest Generation, growing up during the Depression and entering adulthood during World War II.  She was a war bride, married to the same man for 67 years, until his death two years ago.  She raised four children and has eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Confidential Conversations is an email-based service.  Each problem or question emailed to me will receive an answer back within a day with three different perspectives, one from each of the team members.

Everyone has problems at times during their life and they need someone to talk to – someone outside their immediate circle of family and friends.  Confidential Conversations provides a place you can go to when you need support and someone with whom you can talk things over – without other people knowing.

You can seek and receive help from wherever you are, anytime, day or night.  All you need is access to your computer or smart phone.  Since your consultation is done via email, you have the time and privacy to present your problem openly, creating the opportunity to receive the best perspective and advice.  Your question will receive our responses within a day.  To contact Confidential Conversations, email: