Like the coveted Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz, Seattle provides all the magic a couple could ask for when planning their wedding. This real Emerald City is dotted with wedding venues, from luxurious and extravagant to charming and intimate to quirky and affordable.
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Located at the center of Seattle's SoDo District, this charming repurposed century-old factory is sure to wow both the couple and their guests on their special day. With 7,500 square feet of space, vaulted ceilings, and exposed wood beams, there is no shortage of character at this enchanting venue. The reclaimed lighting coupled with rustic and modern touches throughout will have guests feeling warm and relaxed. This is a full-service wedding venue; the catering and bar experience will be provided by the award-winning Herban Feast Catering Company. SoDo Park can accommodate up to 325 seated guests and up to 450 for a standing reception.
3200 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA, Phone: 206-932-4717
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2.The MV Skansonia
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A truly unique setting, the MV Skansonia is a retired ferry vessel that sits permanently docked on the North Shore of Lake Union. It provides couples with the ultimate indoor, outdoor, or combination wedding venue. With views of the Seattle skyline and the Space Needle, not to mention Lake Union, there is no shortage of ambiance. The MV Skansonia has specialized in weddings for 35 years, so couples can rest easy knowing that their big day will go off without a hitch. The venue comes fully catered by Luc, a French-American bistro with a focus on Northwest cuisine. They can also accommodate up to 200 guests.
205 Northeast Northlake Way, Seattle, WA, Phone: 206-545-9109
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The Kimpton Alexis Hotel, with its modern curves and elegant urban design, will provide a modern wedding backdrop for the happy couple's dream wedding. One of the coolest features they provide is Amazon Echo Dots in each room; the bride and groom can even record a personalized welcome message for guests on the big day. The hotel provides block room rates for guests in hi-tech, well-stocked rooms that earned "Best Accommodations for Guests 2016" from Bride Magazine. Catering is provided by Brookstone Bar & Café with an elegant menu created by Eric Rivera. Alexis Hotel is ideally located in the heart of Seattle.
1007 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA, Phone: 206-624-4844
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A hip, modern hotel in downtown Seattle, W Seattle is popular with contemporary travelers expecting only the best. Located among downtown high rises only a mile from the Space Needle and a short walk from the Seattle Art Museum, W Seattle is also becoming a popular venue for local weddings. The guests are greeted in the beautiful three-story lobby with a stainless-steel fireplace, modern lounge chairs, and a sleek bar. The hotel has a range of venues of different sizes and an experienced team that can help with all aspects of a wedding reception, whether big or small. The hotel has 12 event rooms that can accommodate from 40 to 250 guests and offers on-site catering with award-winning cuisine. Most event rooms are equipped with the latest audiovisual technology. The guests can stay in one of 424 newly renovated elegant rooms and 52 suites. Newly married couples get special treatment if staying overnight, with candle-lit dinner and champagne.
1112 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101, 206-264-6000
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5.Ballard Bay Club
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Ballard Bay Club is nestled right up to Puget Sound, offering expansive waterfront views. Take in the breathtaking backdrop of the Olympic Mountains, and even catch a glimpse of Magnolia's Discovery Park Light House. If a wedding with no shortage of scenery, space, or charm is something the happy couple is looking for, they needn't look further. Fully seated, Ballard Bay Club can accommodate up to 400 guests, 250 in the North Room and 150 in the South Room. For a cocktail style reception, this wedding venue can hold up to 1,000 guests. Ballard Bay Club offers a truly one-of-a-kind experience.
6413 Seaview Avenue Northwest, Seattle, WA, Phone: 206-524-4918
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6.Canvas Event Space
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Located in Seattle's Industrial District not far from downtown, Canvas Event Space offers an experience beyond anything imaginable. Once a crane repair station then an art gallery, the space has been thoughtfully and tastefully reimagined to offer a truly unique wedding venue in beautiful Seattle. With a variety of different seating plans ranging from 150 guests up to 336 guests, and partnerships with many local catering companies to choose from, couples can relax knowing their special day will be perfect. Canvas has over 10,000 square feet of unique space that can be completely customized for anyone's dream wedding ceremony and reception.
3412 4th Avenue South, Seattle, WA, Phone: 206-397-4790
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7.Columbia Tower Club
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Columbia Tower Club offers the type of traditional elegance you'd come to expect from a premier club and venue. Attention to detail abounds, from the high-end finishes to the woodwork, and who could forget about the floor-to-ceiling windows? Columbia Tower Club prides itself on offering one-of-a-kind service, from start to finish, accommodating up to 400 guests in a private club setting. Get lost in the panoramic vistas of Puget Sound and downtown Seattle offered at every turn. Even peek in on Century Link Field, as there aren't many hiding places for Seattle from up here.
701 5th Avenue, 75th Floor, Seattle, WA, Phone: 206-622-2010
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8.Emerald City Trapeze Arts
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Couples who have always imagined creating a unique wedding experience will love the Emerald City Trapeze Arts, where they can sit below a trapeze net enjoying beautiful aerial performances while they savor a wonderfully catered dinner. With its 20,000 square feet, the newlyweds and up to 300 of their closest family and friends will enjoy a comfortable and elegant time. Incredible vaulted ceilings featuring stunning exposed wood beams offer the perfect backdrop for the big day. After the dinner is completed, the newlyweds and their guests will be guided up the staircase and taken onto the balcony, where they can enjoy a flying trapeze performance.
2702 6th Avenue South, Seattle, WA, Phone: 206-906-9442
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9.Fairmont Olympic Hotel
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Fairmont Olympic Hotel has been home to some of Seattle's most beautiful weddings for the last 90 years. Located in the heart of downtown, couples will find they are close to Pike Place Fish Market as well as the Seattle Art Museum. One of the most unique aspects of this venue is the five-night honeymoon stay at one of Fairmont's well-appointed locations; it's complimentary to the lucky couple that reserves their big day at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. Expect to receive unparalleled service throughout the wedding experience and take a moment to appreciate the Italian Renaissance-era décor, which blends seamlessly with every wedding design.
411 University Street, Seattle, WA, Phone: 206-621-1700
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10.Fred Wildlife Refuge
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Couples looking for a wedding venue that's a little more on the quirky side, maybe even a bit irreverent, should look no further than the Fred Wildlife Refuge. Located near the center of Seattle's Capitol Hill district, this venue and its space provide a unique experience. With 25-foot-high ceilings, it has two separate studio spaces - one that can accommodate up to 199 guests and another that can accommodate up to 99 guests. Between the premier customizable lighting, the fully equipped photo booths with props, and the large dance floor, guests are sure to have a one-of-a-kind experience.
127 Boylston Avenue East, Seattle, WA, Phone: 206-588-6959
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11.Fremont Abbey Arts Center
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For those who enjoy the arts, creativity, and sustainability, Fremont Abbey Arts Center might be the perfect wedding venue to choose. This venue even ensures that at least two key artistic elements be implemented in the wedding, preferably sourced locally. They put an emphasis on local artistry inclusion as well as being an eco-friendly venue where they do everything in their power to be as green as possible. Affordability is another couple-pleasing feature; prices for the space range from $1,500 to $4,000, which includes both floors for the ceremony and reception and can accommodate up to 400 guests.
4272 Fremont Avenue North, Seattle, WA, Phone: 206-414-8325
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12.Ginger Bee Events & Planning
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The Ginger Bee Events & Planning wedding services gives its guests that one-on-one intimate feel they have been looking for. The Ginger Bee herself, Natalie Weinmeister, with her background in Structural Engineering, is likely the most organized and passionate person on the wedding scene. A great deal of personalization and detail go into Ginger Bee events, such as unlimited communication through phone and email with Natalie, budget creation with tracking and payments, vendor recommendations, design color and concept schemes, and much more. For full wedding planning, you can reserve Natalie's services for $4,500, for day-of coordination it is $2,100.
Georgetown, Seattle, WA, Phone: 206-794-3819
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This downtown venue is dedicated to making your wedding day fabulous in 1,000 ways. From lavish to intimate to stylish, Hotel 1000 can accommodate a wide range of wedding sizes. The 4th floor Terrace Great Room and Library provide a simple yet elegant experience for you and up to 250 guests. Feast your eyes on the cityscape views through retractable windowed walls and ceiling for an indoor/outdoor experience. For a more intimate experience, the Front Room and Corner Room can accommodate up to 70 guests. Wedding packages include a customizable menu, overnight Grand Luxe Parlor Suite for the couple, discounted rooms for guests, and many more amenities.
1000 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA, Phone: 206-957-1000
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1927 Events is located in the heart of Seattle, near Pike Place Market, the famous Seattle Wheel, and familiar hotels such as Sheraton Seattle Hotel, the Westin Seattle, and Crowne Plaza Seattle Downtown. The upscale event space is sure to please guests with its rustic charm featuring exposed beam and brick and high ceilings. Couples will appreciate amenities like a large commercial-sized kitchen, two full bars, and a large banquet-sized room fitted with a premium sound system and projector. This venue is the perfect location for a vintage-themed wedding. The 1920s vibe combined with today's modern amenities will make for a truly special wedding day.
1927 3rd Avenue, Seattle, WA, Phone: 206-979-7467
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A winner in Seattle Bride Magazine's "Best of 2016," Metropolist provides a sensational wedding day venue with a lively atmosphere and an industrial meets rustic meets refined wood meets barn house feel. Every bit of this 5,500-square-foot space is eye catching, with a little bit of something for everyone. From 200 guests at a plated dinner to 500 guests with a cocktail style reception, the space can be completely customized to fit any wedding needs. The beautiful bright light pouring through large windows during the day and the romantic ambient lighting at night give Metropolist an ambiance sure to please the most discerning couple.
2931 1st Avenue South, Suite A, Seattle, WA, Phone: 206-623-5118
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16.Seattle Design Center
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On the southern end of Seattle's Industrial District, Seattle Design Center is a popular event venue that provides a large, contemporary space to host the perfect modern wedding. With a long list of recommended caterers to choose from and 8,700 square feet of versatile event space, couples' dream weddings are limited only by their own imaginations. Skylights in high ceilings let the daylight pour in, and a dramatic staircase accentuates the bride's grand entrance. The Design Center can accommodate weddings of up to 899 guests at cocktail-style receptions, or 800 seated guests at dinner receptions. They provide a list of preferred vendors.
5701 6th Avenue South, Seattle, WA, Phone: 206-957-7032
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17.Shafer Baillie Mansion
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The Shafer Baillie Mansion is a 14,000-square-foot mansion turned boutique hotel located on Millionaire's Row in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. This beautiful Tudor Revival home provides a stunning setting for an intimate vintage wedding experience. Opulent surroundings spring to life when personalized with the couple's taste in floral design and wedding décor. Rich woods and antique furnishings create the ideal ceremony ambiance. The speakeasy style of the basement level hall provides a sophisticated and lively reception area. Shafer Baillie Mansion can comfortably accommodate 80 guests; catering options are available, however, you will have to make special arrangements for serving alcohol.
907 14th Avenue East, Seattle, WA, Phone: 206-322-4654
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Located in Seattle's First Hill District, this property, built in 1901, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. An example of "eclectic architecture" popular at the turn of the century, the rooms all feature different architectural styles. From the hall to the library to the Turkish room, each room is rich in distinctive architectural details. Couples looking for a historical venue to host a sophisticated, classic, or vintage wedding will find it at the Stimson-Green House. This property can accommodate up to 80 guests seated for a ceremony and 150 seated for a reception; catering is provided by Kaspar Special Events & Catering.
1204 Minor Avenue, Seattle, WA, Phone: 206-624-0474
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The Canal is nestled up against the waterfront, which stretches from Salmon Bay to Shilshole Bay. Its unique architecture sets it apart from many other wedding venues in Seattle. With its modern touches on the outside to the warm, elegant industrial feel of the interior, this majestic waterfront property will dazzle the happy couple and their guests on the big day. The Canal can accommodate up to 160 guests at a plated dinner, and if the dance floor is removed, the number of seated guests can climb to 220. Covered indoor and outdoor seating arrangements are an attractive feature of this venue.
5300 34th Avenue Northwest, Seattle, WA, Phone: 206-524-4918
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20.The Foundry by Herban Feast
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The bride will make quite an entrance to the ceremony through two large wooden doors that open from the center outward, just one of the many charming details The Foundry has to offer couples. Warm exposed wood on the interior, beautiful wooden chandeliers, and an industrial yet contemporary vibe set the stage for an unforgettable wedding day. Located in Seattle's Industrial District, The Foundry can accommodate anywhere from 25 to 200 seated guests and up to 500 guests for a cocktail-style reception. The fully catered bar and food by Herban Feast's award-winning culinary team will leave everyone feeling satisfied.
4130 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA, Phone: 206-932-4717
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21.The Great Hall at Union Station
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Couples looking for a classic wedding venue that is the stuff of fairytales will find it at The Great Hall at Union Station. Regal barrel-vaulted ceilings sparkling with 460 white lights, black and white mosaic tile flooring, and sophisticated gold, champagne, and emerald green décor create the classic elegance many brides have dreamt of all their lives. The spacious ballroom can accommodate both the wedding ceremony and reception, with space for up to 500 guests. This venue provides personalized in-house event management, catering, and beverage service, leaving the bride and groom with little to worry about on their big day.
401 South Jackson Street, Seattle, WA, Phone: 206-524-4918
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22.The Hall at Fauntleroy
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The Hall at Fauntleroy is a beautiful property, unique in that it's a repurposed 1900s-era school. Exposed brick and large windows overlooking a tranquil wooded area provide a real rustic ambiance. Couples with a large guest list will want to choose the Emerald Room, which can seat up to 250 guests. Features include high ceilings, big windows, a raised dance floor, and a changing room for the bridal party. The Vashon Room can accommodate between 80 and 170 guests and provides an indoor and outdoor garden experience as well as access to a room called The Studio, a quick escape from the main event for cocktails and a round of billiards.
9131 California Avenue Southwest, Seattle, WA, Phone: 206-932-1059
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23.The Rainier Club
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The Rainier Club has been hosting luxurious weddings for more than a century. This historical landmark is proudly tucked away in the urban heart of Seattle amid skyscrapers and modern architecture. Holding onto its bold character, this landmark boasts contemporary interior décor, gold-leafed ceilings, brilliant crystal chandeliers, and a dazzling staircase for that grand entrance. Weddings here are fully catered by the private club, where their Northwest cuisine and premier staff are sure to please. With 14 unique rooms to choose from, couples are sure to find what they want, from the opulent 2,485-square-foot Heritage Room to the regal fireside intimacy of the 520-square-foot Betty Fletcher Room.
820 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA, Phone: 206-296-6848
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24.Urban Light Studios
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A one-of-a-kind wedding venue situated in Northwest Seattle's Greenwood-Phinney neighborhood, Urban Light Studios provides what could be described as an "artistic speakeasy." The entrance is down a long hallway that leads guests from the street to a space they could have never imagined. With the tranquil China Room, the 9-foot lion guarding the Tiki Room, and the Rustic Log Cabin Room, there are plenty of artistic choices here. Featured in Offbeat Bride, this venue is for the bold, the artsy, the quirky, and the free-spirited. The venue can accommodate up to 200 guests in 4,000 square feet of space for the modern couple's affordable wedding.
8537 Greenwood Avenue N Suite 1, Seattle, WA, Phone: 206-708-7281
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This is a truly special wedding venue with its sleek architectural lines, industrial feel, and contemporary interior design. Sodo boasts beautiful wood paneling throughout, Graypants Universe lighting fixtures in its 1,800-square-foot ballroom, three skylights, and upscale vintage décor. The urban chic venue comes with three 1,600-square-foot event space that can be divided into three, a caterer's kitchen, two bars, and a 3000-square-foot rooftop deck that provides expansive views of the downtown Seattle skyline. Within Sodo can accommodate up to 190 guests in an indoor/outdoor environment where the bride and groom and their wedding guests are sure to have a magical time.
2916 Utah Avenue South, Seattle, WA, Phone: 206-235-1294
25 Unforgettable Seattle Wedding Venues
- SoDo Park, Photo: Courtesy of ilfotokunst - Fotolia.com
- The MV Skansonia, Photo: The MV Skansonia
- Alexis Hotel, Photo: Courtesy of ilfotokunst - Fotolia.com
- W Seattle, Photo: Courtesy of Melanie - Fotolia.com
- Ballard Bay Club, Photo: Ballard Bay Club
- Canvas Event Space, Photo: Canvas Event Space
- Columbia Tower Club, Photo: Courtesy of elena loginova - Fotolia.com
- Emerald City Trapeze Arts, Photo: Emerald City Trapeze Arts
- Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Photo: Fairmont Olympic Hotel
- Fred Wildlife Refuge, Photo: Courtesy of Janni - Fotolia.com
- Fremont Abbey Arts Center, Photo: Fremont Abbey Arts Center
- Ginger Bee Events & Planning, Photo: Courtesy of Wollwerth Imagery - Fotolia.com
- Hotel 1000, Photo: Courtesy of timonko - Fotolia.com
- 1927 Events, Photo: 1927 Events
- Metropolist, Photo: Metropolist
- Seattle Design Center, Photo: Seattle Design Center
- Shafer Baillie Mansion, Photo: Shafer Baillie Mansion
- Stimson-Green House, Photo: Stimson-Green House
- The Canal, Photo: Courtesy of triocean - Fotolia.com
- The Foundry by Herban Feast, Photo: Courtesy of Evdoha - Fotolia.com
- The Great Hall at Union Station, Photo: Courtesy of klevit - Fotolia.com
- The Hall at Fauntleroy, Photo: The Hall at Fauntleroy
- The Rainier Club, Photo: Courtesy of ilfotokunst - Fotolia.com
- Urban Light Studios, Photo: Urban Light Studios
- Within Sodo, Photo: Within Sodo
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Argosy Cruises offers a variety of unique experiences for couples on their special day. With a fleet of nine vessels, they're able to accommodate an on-the-water wedding experience for up to 300 guests on a single vessel. They don't stop there, though; landlubbers will appreciate their event space at beautiful Blake Island State Park, which can accommodate up to 800 guests. With total flexibility in choosing services like entertainment, a personalized menu for the reception, tasteful flower arrangements, and a preferred bar package, couples can rest assured their big day will be one they and their guests won't soon forget.
1101 Alaskan Way, Pier 55, Seattle, WA, Phone: 206-623-1445