Post # 1
So I am originally from Seattle, but have been living in SoCal for about a year and a half now to be with my finacé. We are planning to get married in Seattle to be closer to my large family and my friends, but being a thousand miles away makes planning really difficult.
At the moment my biggest obstacle is trying to find an affordable venue, less than $2000 for 8 hours. My original plan was to go with the Golden Gardens Bathhouse because it is so cute at such a great price! But I had to have known that I wasn’t the only one who thought so, because it’s booked for the rest of the year! 🙁
Just one look says why:
Unforuntuately we are planning a very short engangement compared to most, so getting a place that books a year in advance is impossible.
I’ve found several other afforadle venues but honestly, their just ugly!
Are there are Washington brides out there that know of some hidden gem along the lines of the photo above at an affordable price? I’m not expecting more than 100 guests. I’m also willing to venture into Eastern WA if it’s worth it.
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard
it’s going to be pretty difficult. seattle is an expensive town to get married! warehouse style venues are hot, and the owners know it.
there was this one venue I liked, and I remember it being very affordable. however, it is a completely bare space, so you would have to decorate everything. but it was absolutely beautiful!
I think I remember it being less than $2000 (back in 2011), and I think you could get it for 24 hours, so if you needed to save money by doing DIY decor, you’d have plenty of time to do it (and take it down).
the place is called georgetown studios. georgetown used to be a big industrial part of seattle, with lots of brick buildings and stuff, and is currently being fixed up and is really cute. the street that this venue is on is the “main” street of this neighborhood:
that’s the only warehouse / seattle venue I can think of that fits your budget!
Post # 4
@nerdybird: That is an absolutely beautiful venue! I just emailed them now, thank you so much! Hopefully they still have great prices!
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard
@Kaedyn: I just thought of one other idea: http://www.solerepairshop.com/
the thing is, it will be more than $2000, but that’s because they are an all-inclusive type of place. they provide all the food, bar, servers, bartenders, tables, linens, etc. so I’m not sure if it would fit your budget, but it’s worth a try….
we had our rehersal party there, and I loved it so much that I kind of wish I had my wedding reception there instead! I think 100 people could probably fit pretty well, but just for a reception only, you might have to have your ceremony somewhere else.
they made it super easy to plan: they have tons of different options too, like if you want to do just hors d’oeuvre only w/o tables, or full dinner, etc. the bar has a cash register, so you could do any combination of service: such as full bar, beer & wine only, etc. what we chose to do was have beer and wine for free, and if a guest wanted a coctail, they had to pay for that.
oh, and the food is amazing.
this venue is located in Capitol Hill.
Post # 6
@nerdybird: I’m so bummed! It looks like the Georgetown Studios isn’t renting out any longer, everything is shut down!
Thanks for your help though! I’ll also look into the Sole Repair Shop 🙂
Post # 7
@Kaedyn: If you haven’t found anything yet try the hollywood school house. Its $1800 and $200 off if you say you were at the wedding show. This is my venue (December). Pictures don’t do it justice. Honestly. I would highly suggest a visit
Post # 8
ALSO, if you plan on having your own catering try the Great Hall at Green Lake. Its so beautiful…it was just a bit too small for my anticipated guest count
Post # 9
If you don’t mind having a no-host bar, try an Argosy cruise. Boats don’t need a lot of decorating and the food is included. I also saved by having a midday wedding.
I looked at city parks in Shoreline, Edmonds, and Luther Burbank on Mercer Island.
A tip: don’t tell anyone you call that you’re looking for a wedding. When I went to one venue to check it out, someone didn’t tell the coordinator I met up with that it was for a wedding and she gave me the corporate event pricelist. Everything was priced one-third to one-half less over the wedding pricelist. Say it’s a family reunion.
Post # 9
Check out this awesome venue my friend got married at! It’s about to be featured on TLC’s Four Weddings. Emerald City Trapeze is opening its doors for weddings and events. With a brand new renovated space, this Seattle venue features exposed beams, high ceilings, and lots of natural light. You can even have trapeze artists and aerial artists perform during your reception. It’s really affordable too! Oh, and they allow food trucks!
I think that it starts at just $2500 for 10 hours!
Post # 10
Quick update: The above estimate on pricing was incorrect. They have awesome rates; however, the above rate no longer applied for Emerald City Trapeze. Visit http://www.emeraldcitytrapeze.com for the correct info. 🙂 Awesome place! Great videos of it on TLC’s Four Weddings!