Post # 1
New to this and appreciate all the great advice I’m reading! I’m stuck choosing between several very different venues. Looking for something that leverages Seattle’s beauty (e.g., mountains, water, greenery) but debating if I should do something downtown so we can get the skyline etc. Also, some of the venues are available in August but 2 are in Oct so timing is also a question as the weather is unpredicatble then.
Has anyone been married at any of these locations? Any advice for a party of around 125? We’re pretty laidback folks looking for a unique, elegant, understated wedding.
-Edgewater hotel (like the waterfront, but ceremony area doesn’t look too unique based on photos)
-Newcastle (love the scenery and grounds but seems like a lot of people get married here)
-Salish Lodge & Spa (love the area, wish there was more water, don’t see too many comments on this?)
-Sorrento hotel (available in summer but seems like more of a fall/winter venue as it’s primarily inside, love the boutique aspect of it)
-Olympic sculpture park (very unique, but not sure we want all these folks in the public areas staring down at our wedding)
Appreciate the help!!
Post # 3
I would go for Newcastle if you’re looking for anything green. Anything in a hotel is going to be inside- not that there’s anything wrong with that, but if you want greenery and pretty outside pictures I would go for Newcastle.
Have you done any preliminary calls to the venues? Your budget might kick out some of those locations- I’m pretty sure the sculpture park is $5000 just to rent the space.
I got married at the W Hotel on July 4th last year, and it had plenty of ambiance- we did all our photos at the Arboretium, so we at least had some pretty greenery in our photos.
If you DO decide to get married in a downtown hotel, you could always go to the sculpture park for pictures.
Post # 4
The Newcastle is very pretty but they do many weddings there each day in the summer. My cousin got married there and I saw multiple brides there at the same time. Also, it seemed like they had pretty strong time restrictions.
The Sorrento is a beautiful hotel, but I think if you’re going to have a summer wedding, taking advantage of the outdoors makes much more sense to me. Maybe stay there on your wedding night instead?
The sculpture park is beautiful but I know they have a lot of rules and it’s super expensive. Also very public. I’d get married somewhere else and take pictures here (we did our epics here and the park made for great backdrops).
Post # 5
We attended a wedding last August at the Sculpture Park and I say that location would beat out any hotel setting. Yes you are in a public place but other than some people in condos overlooking the ceremony space you didn’t feel that the wedding was “on display.”
Public spaces in a hotel (including Salish Lodge) would create the same effect…strangers looking at you, congratulating you, etc… Also many hotels/lodges may host more than one wedding in a day. At the Sculpture Park the ceremony/reception location is completely closed off to the public. Yes, people can still walk the paths nearby by but it wasn’t intrusive.
Plus the catering at the Sculpture Park was top notch! Also note if you haven’t gotten prices yet it is also one of the more expensive and desirable locations in Seattle.
I’ve known 2 people to get married at the Edgewater and both had issues w/ the venue and staff.
Good luck with your choice!