With its historic downtown and its beautiful location on the banks of Puget Sound, Tacoma is a wonderful setting for one of the most special days of your life. Stunning wedding photos can be taken on one of the beaches in the area, and when it comes to ceremony and reception venues, couples can choose from options like a historic reassembled English castle, a waterfront esplanade at the seaport, and an industrial chic tin can factory that has been repurposed to serve as an event venue. Whether you're looking for traditional elegance or Northwest charm, here are the best venues Tacoma has to offer.
1.Foss Waterway Seaport
© Foss Waterway Seaport
Tacoma's coastal location has played a huge role in its culture and its heritage over the years, and there's no better way to celebrate the city's rich maritime history than holding your wedding at the Foss Waterway Seaport. Couples have the option of arriving at the port by boat, and once there, they can exchange vows on the esplanade with the city skyline in the background. After the ceremony, the celebration can move inside the Balfour Dock building, an incredible space with 55-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. Couples can also arrange for guests to have access to museum exhibits full of fascinating maritime artifacts.
705 Dock St, Tacoma, WA 98402, Phone: 253-272-2750
2.The Museum of Glass
A contemporary art museum dedicated to glass and its use in creating artwork, the Museum of Glass is one of the most unique venues in downtown Tacoma. The museum's Grand Hall can be used for both ceremonies and receptions, and the building also offers three spacious outdoor terraces where guests can get some fresh air. Guests will have access to the museum's galleries for the duration of your event, and for a truly memorable experience, couples can also arrange to have a team of glassblowers crafting beautiful pieces inside the building's cone while the festivities take place.
1801 Dock St, Tacoma, WA 98402, Phone: 253-284-4750
3.Thornewood Castle Inn & Gardens
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A historic Tudor Gothic structure assembled from pieces of a 15th-century English castle, Thornewood Castle Inn & Gardens is the perfect venue for a fairytale wedding. Also known as "the house that love built", the castle is surrounded by three acres of beautifully landscaped grounds complete with a sunken English garden that can be used for a romantic ceremony. Indoor ceremonies can be held in the ornate Grand Hall, and the castle's gorgeous ballroom is the perfect place for a reception. The castle also serves as a bed and breakfast, and it offers overnight accommodation for newlyweds and their guests.
8601 N Thorne Ln SW, Lakewood, WA 98498, Phone: 253-584-4393
4.Center at Norpoint
Easily accessible from both Tacoma and South King County, the Center at Norpoint is a versatile community center with hardwood floors and large windows that let in plenty of natural light. The center has an attached patio and can hold up to 250 seated guests, but for smaller parties, it's possible to divide the space into two separate parts for the ceremony and reception. Couples are welcome to bring in any caterer of their choosing, and the use of a full kitchen is included in the rental fee. Liquor can be served as long as the correct permit is obtained.
4818 Nassau Ave NE, Tacoma, WA 98422, Phone: 253-404-3900
5.Court House Square
Originally the downtown post office building, Court House Square is one of the city's most beautiful historic spaces. It now serves as a community gathering place with two indoor spaces perfect for weddings: an airy ballroom that boasts a fantastic view of Mount Rainier and a gorgeous warehouse turned banquet hall decorated with chandeliers. Both spaces come with tables and chairs, and event staff will be available to help set up and tear down. Linens and audiovisual equipment are available for a surcharge, and couples are welcome to bring in their own alcohol with the correct permit and a licensed bartender.
1102 A St #438, Tacoma, WA 98402, Phone: 253-326-1354
Not everyone wants to celebrate their marriage with a big blow-out bash, and not many venues understand that as well as Elope 253. Tucked away in the heart of downtown Tacoma, the tiny chapel is just the right size for fun elopements and intimate weddings of up to 20 guests. The most basic wedding package includes half an hour in the chapel and a simple ceremony, but there are also more elaborate packages that offer customized ceremonies, flowers for the couple, and doughnuts and champagne. Professional photography services are offered with some packages, but they can also be added on for an additional fee.
700 Court A, Tacoma, WA 98402, Phone: 253-677-5606
7.Events on 6th
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Offering both a Gothic-style church and a welcoming banquet hall, Events on 6th is an incredible all-in-one venue for couples who want to have their ceremony and reception in the same location without the hassle of having to flip the space. Tables and chairs are included, but couples are responsible for arranging every other aspect of the wedding, including decor, entertainment, and food. Alcohol must be served by a licensed bartender. The space is available for rent on Fridays and Saturdays, and the rental fee also includes access to the venue for a rehearsal and two planning sessions.
2520 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406, Phone: 253-906-0448
Sitting on the waterfront in the Chinese Reconciliation Park, Fuzhou Ting is a beautiful pavilion that was donated by Tacoma's sister city Fuzhou. It's an excellent place for wedding ceremonies, and it can accommodate up to 25 people in the pavilion itself and an additional 75 people standing around the perimeter. Couples are permitted to decorate the space as long as they don't use anything that could damage the wood. The pavilion is only available for rent between the beginning of June and the end of September, and rental reservations can be made up to one year in advance.
1741 N Schuster Pkwy, Tacoma, WA 98403, Phone: 253-305-1090
9.Historic 1625 Tacoma Place
Dating back to the 1940s, the Historic 1625 Tacoma Place is a stately building that has been carefully restored and transformed into an award-winning event venue. There are separate spaces for the ceremony and reception, both of which feature brick walls, slate flooring, and an exposed beam ceiling. For a unique twist to the celebration, couples can also arrange to have a cocktail hour in the Collector Car Showroom, which boasts a world-class collection of American cars. Catering must be done through one of the venue's preferred vendors, but couples can bring in their own alcohol as long as it's served by a licensed bartender.
1625 S Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409, Phone: 253-441-6537
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10.Landmark Catering & Convention Center
Located in the city's Stadium District, the Landmark Catering & Convention Center boasts more than 36,000 square feet of event space with venues to accommodate almost every size of wedding. Options range from an intimate reception hall that can hold up to 24 guests seated banquet-style to an impressively elegant ballroom with a 750-person capacity, but there are also plenty of spaces in between, including a unique Egyptian-style theater and a rooftop ballroom with an attached terrace. The talented team at Landmark Catering can provide either a plated or buffet dinner, and there are several alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage packages to choose from.
47 St Helens Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402, Phone: 253-272-2042
11.Mansion on Broadway
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Formerly the home of the Union Club, the Mansion on Broadway is a magnificent Colonial Revival mansion that was constructed in 1888 as a place to entertain visiting dignitaries and host social events. Today, the space continues to serve as an elegant gathering place for weddings and other celebrations. There are several different spaces to choose from, including a cozy library with a fireplace and a large, airy room with a dance floor and windows overlooking Mount Rainier. Food is provided by Taste of the Town catering company, and for an extra-special touch, couples can also rent one of their eye-catching beverage fountains.
539 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402, Phone: 253-627-4065
12.Mountaineers Tacoma Branch
Home to the city's Mountaineers recreational alpine club, the Mountaineers Tacoma Branch is a rustic but recently renovated community center conveniently located in the historic Old Town. The building has three spaces that can be rented for private events, but the most popular for weddings is the spectacular Great Hall, which boasts polished concrete floors, lofty ceilings, and a capacity of up to 80 people seated banquet-style. Tables and chairs are provided, and couples are welcome to bring in their own decorations. Access to a kitchen is included in the rental rate, and the venue is happy to recommend several excellent caterers.
2302 N 30th St, Tacoma, WA 98403, Phone: 253-566-6965
13.Pacific Grill Events & Catering
© Pacific Grill Events & Catering
Proudly led by a highly accomplished award-winning chef, Pacific Grill Events & Catering is a full-service catering company that can provide mouthwatering cuisine for weddings of all sizes. The company has its own event center and its own restaurant, which can be reserved for receptions with up to 180 guests, but it also offers its catering services at many other off-site venues in the city. A wide variety of buffet menus are available to choose from, including options like a curry buffet and a Texas-style barbecue spread, but couples can also design their own custom buffet by choosing from an extensive list of dishes.
1530 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402, Phone: 253-272-6469
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A small family owned and operated business with a dedication to personalized service, Party Tacoma offers everything you need to plan the perfect wedding, including event rentals, catering, and a unique venue housed inside a large classic car dealership. To make things as convenient as possible, the company offers an excellent wedding package that includes beer and wine, a buffet dinner, and a photo booth rental. You can't go wrong with booking their event space ?— it boasts a spacious dance floor and a fun fifties theme ?— but if you already have a venue picked out, you're still welcome to use their other services.
455 St Helens Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402, Phone: 253-627-4065
15.Point Defiance Pagoda
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Constructed in 1914, the Point Defiance Pagoda can be found nestled in the awe-inspiring Japanese gardens at Point Defiance Park. The beautiful Asian-inspired structure makes an excellent ceremony spot, and the traditional Japanese garden accents that surround it provide plenty of incredible photo backdrops, with highlights including a Shinto shrine, several ponds, a waterfall, and a handful of sakura cherry trees. The pagoda is also a great spot for outdoor receptions in the warmer months, but when the weather turns colder, there is also a separate indoor space in the park that can be rented instead.
5801 Trolley Ln, Tacoma, WA 98407, Phone: 253-305-1090
16.Portland Avenue Community Center
Designed to serve as a community gathering place, the Portland Avenue Community Center is an ideal place to bring your nearest and dearest together to celebrate your special day. The main event space is best suited to receptions, but with a little planning, it can also be used for the ceremony and then flipped while your guests mingle outside. Tables and chairs are provided along with a set up and tear down service, and with approval from the venue, couples are welcome to decorate the space as they like and bring in their own caterer.
3513 Portland Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98404, Phone: 253-300-8183
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17.Slavonian American Benevolent Society
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Founded in 1901 to celebrate Slavonian heritage and culture, the Slavonian American Benevolent Society is the proud owner of an event hall located in the city's Old Town. Elegant reception dinners can be held in the ballroom, which can hold approximately 250 people and features a built-in bar, chandeliers, and a large wooden stage. The space is perfectly suited to couples who want to take a DIY approach to their celebration; tables and chairs are provided, but couples are responsible for arranging everything else, including catering, entertainment, and decor. Access to a full kitchen is included in the rental fee.
2306 N 30th St, Tacoma, WA 98403, Phone: 253-627-6878
18.Temple Theater Box Office
One of the most inspiring venues at Tacoma's Landmark Catering and Convention Center, the Temple Theater Box Office is a stunning Egyptian Revival inspired theater building that dates back to 1926. The space is approximately 15,000 square feet, and it's best suited to larger receptions of up to 580 people seated banquet-style. Celebrations that take place here receive the same attention and care given to all events held in the Landmark Catering and Convention Center, and the delectable in-house catering menu includes options like stuffed chicken mascarpone and cedar plank salmon. An incredible selection of desserts and hors d'oeuvres are available as well.
47 St Helens Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402, Phone: 253-272-2042
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Located in the 930-acre Chambers Creek Regional Park, the Environmental Services Building, known as the ESB for short, is a spectacular venue that's perfectly set up for hosting weddings from beginning to end. The nearby shoreline boasts plenty of spectacular photo opportunities, and when it's time for the ceremony, couples can say their vows on the beautiful lawn with Puget Sound in the background. The party can then make its way to the courtyard for a cocktail hour before flowing into the bright and airy reception hall for dinner. Chairs, tables, and dishes are provided at no extra cost.
9850 64th St W, University Place, WA 98467, Phone: 253-798-4141
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20.The Pine Room
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Set in the heart of the city's Sixth Avenue Entertainment District, the Pine Room feels like an upscale restaurant but offers all the privacy you need for a truly special wedding day. The venue offers two contemporary dining rooms, and couples have the option of choosing their favorite for the reception or booking the entire building and using one of the rooms for the ceremony. During the warmer summer months, there is also a rooftop terrace that can be used for a cocktail hour. Catering services are provided in-house, and the venue also offers event planning services, audiovisual equipment, and valet parking for guests.
2811 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406, Phone: 253-254-0560
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21.The Ruston Chapel
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If you've always wanted to say your vows in a traditional but intimate space, the Ruston Chapel is the perfect ceremony venue for you. The romantic chapel features Gothic arched windows, a cozy fireplace, and a nicely decorated altar, and during your ceremony, the space will be illuminated with glowing candles and graceful chandeliers. All wedding packages include day-of coordination services, but couples will need to bring in their own officiant or book one through the venue for a surcharge. Package pricing varies with the guest count, and the space can accommodate a maximum of 60 guests.
5129 N Pearl St, Ruston, WA 98407, Phone: 253-228-0358
22.The Vault Catering
Established in 1997, the Vault Catering has a well-earned reputation for providing delicious, beautifully presented cuisine. However, they're much more than just a catering company; their team realizes that many other things go into hosting the perfect wedding as well, and so all their packages include assistance with things like selecting a venue, arranging entertainment, and deciding how to decorate. The culinary team offers a wide range of buffet dinner menus to choose from, including a Hawaiian luau themed spread and an indulgent selection of comfort foods, but they also provide custom menus for couples who want something a little different.
1498 Pacific Ave Suite 310, Tacoma, WA 98402, Phone: 253-572-2933
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23.Tin Can Alley Tacoma
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Housed inside a repurposed tin factory that was originally constructed in 1919, the Tin Can Alley Tacoma is a gorgeous space with vaulted ceilings and an appealing blend of rustic and contemporary decor. Depending on what sort of reception you're planning, the venue can be furnished with industrial cocktails and lounge furniture or round tables and chiavari chairs, and a dance floor is available by request. As the venue is managed by the award-winning PJ Hummel & Company event team, couples also have access to a large collection of beautiful decor. Caterers must be chosen from a list of preferred vendors.
2620 E G St, Tacoma, WA 98421, Phone: 253-272-6605
Situated in a 49-acre waterfront park right next to Titlow Beach, Titlow Lodge is a charming craftsman-style building that originally functioned as a hotel. The formal dining room can be used for both ceremonies and receptions, and it boasts beamed ceilings, a brick fireplace, gorgeous Tiffany lamps, and access to the building's spacious wraparound veranda. The hardwood floors are perfect for dancing, and there's plenty of space for up to 140 people seated banquet style. Tables and chairs are supplied, and couples can decorate the room as they like, providing they don't damage the walls and floors.
8425 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98465, Phone: 253-305-1090
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25.Washington State History Museum
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With its incredible architecture and its convenient location in the historic downtown core, the Washington State History Museum is an excellent venue for weddings with up to 250 guests. Couples can choose from a wide variety of indoor and outdoor spaces, including the majestic Grand Lobby and the spacious outdoor amphitheater, and all spaces come with tables, chairs, and audiovisual equipment as needed. Wedding guests will also have access to the museum's galleries for a two-hour period. The museum offers event planning services and day-of wedding coordination, but couples are welcome to bring in their own caterer and decorate the space themselves.
1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402, Phone: 253-272-3500
25 Best Wedding Venues in Tacoma
- Foss Waterway Seaport, Photo: Foss Waterway Seaport
- The Museum of Glass, Photo: jonbilous/stock.adobe.com
- Thornewood Castle Inn & Gardens, Photo: Thornewood Castle Inn & Gardens
- Center at Norpoint, Photo: Ivan/stock.adobe.com
- Court House Square, Photo: olegzaicev/stock.adobe.com
- Elope 253, Photo: illustrissima/stock.adobe.com
- Events on 6th, Photo: Events on 6th
- Fuzhou Ting, Photo: stakhov/stock.adobe.com
- Historic 1625 Tacoma Place, Photo: Andrey/stock.adobe.com
- Landmark Catering & Convention Center, Photo: stock.adobe.com
- Mansion on Broadway, Photo: Mansion on Broadway
- Mountaineers Tacoma Branch, Photo: Stanislav/stock.adobe.com
- Pacific Grill Events & Catering, Photo: Pacific Grill Events & Catering
- Party Tacoma, Photo: Daria Minaeva/stock.adobe.com
- Point Defiance Pagoda, Photo: Daria Minaeva/stock.adobe.com
- Portland Avenue Community Center, Photo: oksana_bondar/stock.adobe.com
- Slavonian American Benevolent Society, Photo: Andrey Krupenko/stock.adobe.com
- Temple Theater Box Office, Photo: nazariykarkhut/stock.adobe.com
- The ESB, Photo: filirovska/stock.adobe.com
- The Pine Room, Photo: The Pine Room
- The Ruston Chapel, Photo: Char Beck/stock.adobe.com
- The Vault Catering, Photo: dangutu/stock.adobe.com
- Tin Can Alley Tacoma, Photo: Tin Can Alley Tacoma
- Titlow Lodge, Photo: Roman/stock.adobe.com
- Washington State History Museum, Photo: Washington State History Museum
- Cover Photo: Char Beck/stock.adobe.com