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Francis Lee is The Wedding Gentleman, Wedding Officiant for Greater Seattle

Seattle , WA
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Seattle, WA 98011 US (map)

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425-770-9243

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ABOUT US

Hi! I'm Francis Michael Lee, a Ceremonial Officiant and non-denominational Minister, and I'd love to help you celebrate your special day!

Prouldly serving LGBT couples and... Read more
Hi! I'm Francis Michael Lee, a Ceremonial Officiant and non-denominational Minister, and I'd love to help you celebrate your special day!

Prouldly serving LGBT couples and celebrating the approval of R74 in Washington!

Serving all equally and without judgement is my work--no matter your faith tradition or lack thereof, no matter your lifestyle choice, no matter your politics, no matter your color or ethnicity.

Allow me to serve you both by designing, writing, and delivering a beautiful, personalized ceremony that honors, celebrates, and reflects the spirit, character, and personality of your unique love story!

So, for your upcoming Wedding, Elopement, Vow Renewal, or Senior Bonding Ceremony, please feel free to contact me for a no-cost consultation, by email at francis@theweddinggentleman.com, on the web at: www.theweddinggentleman.com or by phone (425) 770-9243. Thank you! Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Baha'i Faith, Buddhist, Christian (no denomination), Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Muslim, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
Yes
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
yes, of course, and I often do!
What is your attire for the ceremony?
Whatever you want me to wear that will complement your wedding. I've worn Renaissance Fair outfits, Tropical wear at a beach, etc.-whatever supports your theme to make your day just right. With all that said, generally a suit and tie. We talk about your color themes so I can pick the best suit.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
ABSOLUTELY! It's your wedding, so however you want it said, that will be it. We'll collaborate until the written ceremony is EXACTLY the way you want it, and only your approved ceremony words will be spoken by me.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
I encourage that! Of course I have many versions for you to consider too. Often couples create something unique from the material I've given them.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
There is no "must" involved. It's your ceremony! I offer a multitude of suggestions about vows, readings, rituals, ring ceremonies, and the rest. You choose which ones reflect your special relationship, your faith traditions-or lack thereof, and your vision for the ceremony.
How long are your ceremonies?
As long and as short as you want it. Short and sweet or long and elegant with multiple rituals and great fun!
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
Not at this time.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Of course!
Do you supply a sound system?
The vast majority of weddings have a DJ and I work yours to make sure all goes well.

REVIEWS

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Darin
Wedding:
12/6/2014
5.0/5.0
My long time partner and I were looking for an actual minister who was very supportive of same sex marriages and after searching online I found Francis Lee. Reading the reviews of previous clients and his upfront support on his web site gave us a really good feeling. We had one initial meeting with Francis and he noted everything we discussed and used it in our ceremony like a pro. Our wedding was absolutely perfect and Francis made everyone feel comfortable and was very personable. After the wedding many guests asked us where we found our minister because he was so outstanding. Thank you Francis for making our special day perfect!
My long time partner and I were looking for an actual minister who was very supportive of same sex marriages and after Read more...
My long time partner and I were looking for an actual minister who was very supportive of same sex marriages and after searching online I found Francis Lee. Reading the reviews of previous clients and his upfront support on his web site gave us a really good feeling. We had one initial meeting with Francis and he noted everything we discussed and used it in our ceremony like a pro. Our wedding was absolutely perfect and Francis made everyone feel comfortable and was very personable. After the wedding many guests asked us where we found our minister because he was so outstanding. Thank you Francis for making our special day perfect! Read less
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Danielle
Wedding:
11/22/2014
5.0/5.0
Working with Francis to make our wedding ceremony special was a stress free experience! We got in contact with him a month before our wedding so we had a short amount of time to put together a ceremony that would be something special and memorable. Francis is great at coming up with ideas and stories. He worked so hard in that month to come up with a special narrative for our ceremony and we are so thankful for all his hard work! Francis is an engaging speaker who can draw the crowd in. He knows when to make the ceremony serious, light, loving and some fun moments which made our ceremony multi-dimensional and more memorable! We would absolutely recommend Francis to family and friends because his professional services are worth the value.
Working with Francis to make our wedding ceremony special was a stress free experience! We got in contact with him a month Read more...
Working with Francis to make our wedding ceremony special was a stress free experience! We got in contact with him a month before our wedding so we had a short amount of time to put together a ceremony that would be something special and memorable. Francis is great at coming up with ideas and stories. He worked so hard in that month to come up with a special narrative for our ceremony and we are so thankful for all his hard work! Francis is an engaging speaker who can draw the crowd in. He knows when to make the ceremony serious, light, loving and some fun moments which made our ceremony multi-dimensional and more memorable! We would absolutely recommend Francis to family and friends because his professional services are worth the value. Read less
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Jane
Wedding:
11/8/2014
5.0/5.0
Working with Francis was wonderful!
My fiance and I were relatively new to the State of Washington, but decided to get married in Seattle. One of the things we were more worried about was the fact that we wouldn't have someone that knew us well as a couple on the West Coast available to act as our officiant. However, we found Francis online and decided to meet!
We exchanged a few emails and then met with Francis and found that we immediately clicked! Francis really took time getting to know Nik and I as a couple and learning what we wanted to portray in our ceremony. He then walked us through the different parts of the ceremony and helped us to craft a very personalized ceremony. We went through several iterations in the months leading up to the wedding as Nik and I were figuring out exactly what we wanted, but Francis was patient and responsive to each question and change we presented to him. He even worked with us to incorporate a "wine-blending ritual" (in place of sand of a unity candle) into our ceremony. In the end, we wound up with what we felt was the PERFECT ceremony.
The final ceremony was exactly what we were looking for! We heard nothing but positive feedback from friends and family and couldn't have been happier with how things worked. Throughout the entire process, we did not feel like we were working with a stranger. Francis made us feel comfortable and captured our personalities perfectly as he delivered our ceremony.
Not only did we love the end result, we also very much enjoyed working with Francis throughout the process. He was very clear, straightforward and communicative. He made the entire process run smoothly and we would whole-heartedly recommend him to anyone!
Working with Francis was wonderful!
My fiance and I were relatively new to the State of Washington, but decided to get Read more...
Working with Francis was wonderful!
My fiance and I were relatively new to the State of Washington, but decided to get married in Seattle. One of the things we were more worried about was the fact that we wouldn't have someone that knew us well as a couple on the West Coast available to act as our officiant. However, we found Francis online and decided to meet!
We exchanged a few emails and then met with Francis and found that we immediately clicked! Francis really took time getting to know Nik and I as a couple and learning what we wanted to portray in our ceremony. He then walked us through the different parts of the ceremony and helped us to craft a very personalized ceremony. We went through several iterations in the months leading up to the wedding as Nik and I were figuring out exactly what we wanted, but Francis was patient and responsive to each question and change we presented to him. He even worked with us to incorporate a "wine-blending ritual" (in place of sand of a unity candle) into our ceremony. In the end, we wound up with what we felt was the PERFECT ceremony.
The final ceremony was exactly what we were looking for! We heard nothing but positive feedback from friends and family and couldn't have been happier with how things worked. Throughout the entire process, we did not feel like we were working with a stranger. Francis made us feel comfortable and captured our personalities perfectly as he delivered our ceremony.
Not only did we love the end result, we also very much enjoyed working with Francis throughout the process. He was very clear, straightforward and communicative. He made the entire process run smoothly and we would whole-heartedly recommend him to anyone! Read less
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John
Wedding:
9/29/2014
5.0/5.0
Francis is very friendly and very communicative. He wrote a beautiful ceremony and was open and responsive to a minor tweak we wanted to make. He was very easy to work with, and everyone enjoyed the ceremony and spending time getting to know him afterwards.

I would highly recommend him for any services you or you loved ones would need.
Francis is very friendly and very communicative. He wrote a beautiful ceremony and was open and responsive to a minor Read more...
Francis is very friendly and very communicative. He wrote a beautiful ceremony and was open and responsive to a minor tweak we wanted to make. He was very easy to work with, and everyone enjoyed the ceremony and spending time getting to know him afterwards.

I would highly recommend him for any services you or you loved ones would need. Read less
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Eric
Wedding:
7/29/2014
5.0/5.0
We are extremely happy with Francis as our officiant.

He did an excellent job at providing sample vows, etc for us to choose from, or would have been happy to have us write our own vows. Having already been together for over 9 years, and now taking advantage of same sex marriage in Washington, Francis provided wonderful opening remarks that were so spot on, it was as if he had known us for years. We did a very small and quick elopement ceremony at Seacrest Park in West Seattle with us, Francis and 2 witnesses. It was really wonderful.

Beyond that, having been around him for a few minutes, we felt as though we knew him for a long time. We invited him to our post ceremony celebration lunch and made a new friend.

We would highly recommend Francis for any type of wedding. He's great!

Eric Nelson and Craig Simms, Denver Colorado.
We are extremely happy with Francis as our officiant.

He did an excellent job at providing sample vows, etc for Read more...
We are extremely happy with Francis as our officiant.

He did an excellent job at providing sample vows, etc for us to choose from, or would have been happy to have us write our own vows. Having already been together for over 9 years, and now taking advantage of same sex marriage in Washington, Francis provided wonderful opening remarks that were so spot on, it was as if he had known us for years. We did a very small and quick elopement ceremony at Seacrest Park in West Seattle with us, Francis and 2 witnesses. It was really wonderful.

Beyond that, having been around him for a few minutes, we felt as though we knew him for a long time. We invited him to our post ceremony celebration lunch and made a new friend.

We would highly recommend Francis for any type of wedding. He's great!

Eric Nelson and Craig Simms, Denver Colorado. Read less
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Reilly
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
I initially contacted Francis because of the reviews on this page, and I am so glad that I did. He walk us through planning the ceremony, gave us numerous ideas and options, and presented it all in a very professional manner. He gently reminded a busy bride, when things needed to be completed and didn't put any additional pressure if they were a few days late. He added the perfect amount of humor to our ceremony and delivered a simple quick ceremony, which is exactly what we asked for. We are very glad we hired Francis to be our officiate.

Mike and Reilly
I initially contacted Francis because of the reviews on this page, and I am so glad that I did. He walk us through Read more...
I initially contacted Francis because of the reviews on this page, and I am so glad that I did. He walk us through planning the ceremony, gave us numerous ideas and options, and presented it all in a very professional manner. He gently reminded a busy bride, when things needed to be completed and didn't put any additional pressure if they were a few days late. He added the perfect amount of humor to our ceremony and delivered a simple quick ceremony, which is exactly what we asked for. We are very glad we hired Francis to be our officiate.

Mike and Reilly Read less
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Mark
Wedding:
5/5/2014
5.0/5.0
Francis Michael exceeded our expectations in helping my husband and I to organize our wedding ceremony in Seattle on May 5, 2014. We came from North Carolina to get married in Seattle and Francis added so much to our special day. The tone, delivery, and support he provided was absolutely positive and professional every step of the way (prior to, during and after the ceremony). We highly recommend his services. Francis Michael will make your special day that much more memorable!
Francis Michael exceeded our expectations in helping my husband and I to organize our wedding ceremony in Seattle on May Read more...
Francis Michael exceeded our expectations in helping my husband and I to organize our wedding ceremony in Seattle on May 5, 2014. We came from North Carolina to get married in Seattle and Francis added so much to our special day. The tone, delivery, and support he provided was absolutely positive and professional every step of the way (prior to, during and after the ceremony). We highly recommend his services. Francis Michael will make your special day that much more memorable! Read less
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Kem
Wedding:
5/5/2014
5.0/5.0
Planning our wedding ceremony with Francis was easy and enjoyable. I always knew Francis had our happiness in mind and wanted our ceremony to be meaningful and memorable. I appreciate his attention to detail and his availability on our wedding day to spend some quality time with us after the ceremony.
Planning our wedding ceremony with Francis was easy and enjoyable. I always knew Francis had our happiness in mind and Read more...
Planning our wedding ceremony with Francis was easy and enjoyable. I always knew Francis had our happiness in mind and wanted our ceremony to be meaningful and memorable. I appreciate his attention to detail and his availability on our wedding day to spend some quality time with us after the ceremony. Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
4/5/2014
5.0/5.0
We are very happy we chose Mr. Francis Lee as our wedding officiant!
He was very friendly, he was professional and he was willing to work with us to make sure our ceremony was exactly the way we wanted it. He provided us with several different options for speeches and prayers that we were allowed to pick from to make our wedding meaningful and to express ourselves the way we wanted to. We were able to pick and choose the events from beginning to end, and he was willing to let us incorporate a tying of the knot ritual and read the reading we had given to him. He stayed in contact with us and had good communication. He answered all of our questions. After the wedding several people noted how much they enjoyed the officiant and how he added a little bit of humor into it, without being "cheesy". We would choose him all over again, we recommend him highly for any event you need an officiant for! Megan and Casey
We are very happy we chose Mr. Francis Lee as our wedding officiant!
He was very friendly, he was professional and he Read more...
We are very happy we chose Mr. Francis Lee as our wedding officiant!
He was very friendly, he was professional and he was willing to work with us to make sure our ceremony was exactly the way we wanted it. He provided us with several different options for speeches and prayers that we were allowed to pick from to make our wedding meaningful and to express ourselves the way we wanted to. We were able to pick and choose the events from beginning to end, and he was willing to let us incorporate a tying of the knot ritual and read the reading we had given to him. He stayed in contact with us and had good communication. He answered all of our questions. After the wedding several people noted how much they enjoyed the officiant and how he added a little bit of humor into it, without being "cheesy". We would choose him all over again, we recommend him highly for any event you need an officiant for! Megan and Casey Read less
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Gene
Wedding:
10/2/2013
5.0/5.0
We are so happy we found Francis to officiate our wedding! His professionalism eased our minds about doing the right things at the right time, and his obvious passion for his work made the whole process exciting and memorable. He took the time to know our history and future dreams, making the ceremony emotional, personable and tailored especially for us. He was particularly gracious in allowing us to add our canine ring bearer at the last minute. He made the day fun for us and our guests, and we couldn't be happier with the outcome. Gene & Steve
We are so happy we found Francis to officiate our wedding! His professionalism eased our minds about doing the right Read more...
We are so happy we found Francis to officiate our wedding! His professionalism eased our minds about doing the right things at the right time, and his obvious passion for his work made the whole process exciting and memorable. He took the time to know our history and future dreams, making the ceremony emotional, personable and tailored especially for us. He was particularly gracious in allowing us to add our canine ring bearer at the last minute. He made the day fun for us and our guests, and we couldn't be happier with the outcome. Gene & Steve Read less
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