“Every love story is beautiful, but ours is my favorite.” Planning your perfect wedding is amazing, joyful, creative, stressful, and full of options. Narrowing down your venue is a huge step in the right direction, and sets the stage for the rest of your decisions. After deciding on the type of wedding that you are going for, take a look at this list of the Top 30 Wedding Venues in and around Seattle. From vintage to new age, country to modern-chic, I’ve covered the gamut, and gathered my favorites all in one place. Happy hunting!
Quiet, gentle beauty surrounds this hidden gem. You would never know that you are right in the middle of Bothell! It is a photographer’s dream, and a nature-loving couple’s oasis. Dragonfly Retreat with ample space for around 100 guests, a two-story treehouse for a dressing room, and six acres of peaceful outdoor surroundings that are sure to add a perfect backdrop to your wedding day.
The Center for Urban Horticulture is another gorgeous nature-filled backdrop that comes with a more modest pricetag. Located in the Botanical Gardens near the University of Washington in the heart of Seattle, the rental space offers a variety of rooms to fit your needs; the largest room accommodating up to 200 guests.
Jump aboard a short ferry ride, and quickly find yourself in a whole new world. Kiana Lodge is an award-winning venue that welcomes an event of any size, and offers what few locations can. From the sound of crashing waves, to the crackle of a warm fire; the smell of luscious gardens to the sight of nature’s finest, Kiana Lodge is definitely worth checking out!
Looking to go all out? Alderbrook is the place to do it! A full service wedding planner, accommodations for all of your guests, a spa, kayaking, golf, swimming, or perhaps a little seal watching. The sky’s the limit! Who wouldn’t want to say their “I dos” while looking at a grand mountain scape and the beautiful Hood Canal?
Lavender fields, a greenhouse ceremony, quaint beauty, and peaceful elegance. That is all found at Woodinville Lavender. With space for up to 80 guests, and several options to customize your event, this location is a perfect choice for an outdoor wedding.
What better place to make it official than a classic Seattle location? This old brick bathhouse is guaranteed to give you, and your guests, a day to remember. The interior holds a rustic charm that is hard to beat, and the outdoor landscape offers the perfect compliment with water, sand, and greenery all around.
Lovely barns, corn fields, and lots of open space create a great option for a country style wedding. Craven Farm, located in Snohomish, Washington, can hold up to 300 guests, and offers a variety of options to personalize your event. Take the time to check out this charmer!
Always a local favorite, Dairyland is a flawless blend of rustic and vintage splendor. The old white barn is a one-of-a-kind structure, and sure to add a classic country flavor to your wedding day.
Searching for a garden-type feel for your ceremony? Check out Jardin del Sol! It is just outside of Snohomish, and is a picturesque option for Pacific Northwest beauty. The grounds include a main garden area, reception area, a barn and pond; not to mention a great white tent in case the Pacific Northwest decides to do what it does best – rain!
You may have guessed by it’s name – the Lookout Lodge is known for its jaw-dropping views. Tucked in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range, and surrounded by all that nature has to offer, Lookout Lodge is an excellent option for an authentic outdoor extravaganza.
Want to be the center of attention on your big day? Check out Maroni Meadows! They offer a perfect open space that includes two ponds – one of which features an “Island on the Pond” so that you can stand in the middle of your friends and family as you saw your vows. With enough room for fun, elegance, and serenity, Maroni Meadows is absolutely worth a peek!
Dazzle yourselves, and your guests, with a ceremony and reception in the Panoramic Room at the Pacific Tower. Situated on the 8th floor of what used to be the Amazon headquarters, you will be hypnotized by the incredible wrap-around view of Seattle. The food is catered by farestart which is a fabulous local organization, committed to reducing poverty and hunger through the training of people within their organization. You can read about what they do here < They can explain to much better than I can 😉
With two indoor and one outdoor space to consider for your wedding, this turn-of-the-century schoolhouse offers unique architecture with brick, vaulted ceilings, and expansive windows allowing you to see the beautiful gardens just beyond the walls.
Located in the up-and-coming Sound Lake Union, 415 Westlake boasts over 5,000 square feet of open design space. Accommodating anywhere between 200 and 350 guests, the venue offers excellent sound systems, their own kitchen, and close proximity to restaurants and exciting nightlife.
How about an urban atmosphere that seamlessly blends vintage style with metropolitan class? The Axis at Pioneer Square does just that. Housed in the 1889 Globe Building in downtown Seattle, Axis easily adjusts to outfit any theme or desired concept for your event. It is also set right in the midst of historical Pioneer Square, which adds a special quirk all of its own.
Want to feel like you are outside, but not have to worry about the unpredictable Seattle weather? Located in Pioneer Square, it is a perfect all-in-one location that provides enough space and accommodation for your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. There is even a rooftop area available to guests that shows off the gorgeous Seattle skyline. Sophisticated yet edgy, this venue is sure to bring elegance and beauty to your day.
Located in the heart of Seattle’s historic SoDo district, this exclusive venue artistically fuses history with the present-day. Suitable for casual to black-tie events, Sodo Park’s urban loft has 7,500 square feet of floor space and high ceilings to complete the chic trendy vibe you are sure to find here.
Looking for fairytale elegance? Monte Christo Ballroom may be calling your name. This location is sure to awe and dazzle everyone in attendance. Even better, it is all-inclusive! Planning your own personal fairy tale just got a whole lot easier.
Georgetown Ballroom is a dark, moody, full service venue with loads of character. A stage, a grand staircase, exposed brick, and private courtyards? Yes please! This is a unique, distinctive location with a big personality and unparalleled charm. It’s eclectic, versatile, and downright refreshing.
The Arctic Club has a beautiful ballroom, incredible ceiling, is very chic, and decidedly opulent. It is a building rich in history, and offers full-service wedding packages and guest rooms to house all of those who come to celebrate your joy.
Enjoy an incredible view of Elliott Bay and the Seattle skyline, while devouring award-winning seafood. Working only with local farmers and fisheries, Salty’s prides itself in their sustainable seafood programs, and fresh, quality ingredients put into each and every dish. Available for rehearsals or receptions, Salty’s is a great pick for a small, inviting setting.
Looking for an outdoor country wedding that can house your guests and offer you views of trails, waterfalls, a lake, and all of nature’s beauty? Check out Wallace Falls Lodge. This log-built venue has 10 guest rooms, hiking trails, a “wedding forest”, a campfire, and many other things that promise to create a lasting impression of togetherness and tranquility.
For a true Pacific Northwest wedding, Mukilteo Lighthouse has the the option of a very small indoor ceremony or larger outdoor nuptials. Either way, the passing ferry boats, open waters, and 1906 lighthouse, set an authentic scene for love and romance.
Right down from Kerry Park is one of the most intimate locations on the list. Parsons Garden on Queen Anne is a superb option for those looking for a small, modest ceremony amidst a beautiful garden. Originally a family garden, this gem was donated to the city in the 1950s and serves as an idyllic spot to cozily say, “I do.”
Who knew you could get married at the aquarium? How fun! Set on the pier in the historic waterfront district, the Seattle Aquarium opens its doors for love. They offer a full-service wedding planner and a variety of available packages. Love fish? Love your future spouse? Combine those loves into one memorable day!
If you are looking for something high end and super alternative, EMP is a great choice! The museum offers a variety of lounge and reception areas, full service wedding planners, an expansive presentation of pop culture icons and relics, and technological capabilities that make your dream wedding possible. Able to hold up to 3,000 people, the sky is truly the limit at EMP.
A winery is a classic choice for a beautiful wedding, and Novelty Hill is at the top of its class. With scenery that compliments a wedding of any season, gardens to wander, an outdoor fire pit to relax beside, and even a brick oven for homemade pizza, Novelty Hill is worth a look for those planning anything from a simple ceremony to a grand event.
There is nothing quite like the unique character of an old, re-purposed building. Still maintaining the rustic abbey feel, this 103-year old structure provides multiple rooms with different designs, a kitchen, and a full sound system ready for use. Right in the heart of Fremont, this venue is sure to provide the space for a beautiful day.
Going for a unique approach, or something less traditional? How about getting married on a historical boat in North Lake Union? This retired ferry boat has been transformed into a rockin’ venue (no pun intended) for the last 40 years; delivering breathtaking views of Seattle, and offering quality catering and original decor. For any nautical, nature, or Seattle fans, you will want to see what this is all about.
Did you find your perfect? Have you decided on the location where you must stand to declare your love and start your lives together? If not, please feel free to e-mail me. I’d be happy to send you some more ideas specific to the feel that you are looking to create. Seattle is ripe with options, and I’m here to help!
Joanna Monger is a wedding and boudoir photographer located in Snohomish, WA serving the Greater Seattle area. Photography coverage including but not limited to Seattle, Snohomish, Bellevue, Everett, Woodinville, Monroe and surrounding areas.
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