Post # 1
So, I’m planning my post-wedding celebration via Momma Cinnamon, who remains in Washington (while I’m in PA under 3 feet of snow?) It’ll be in late May/early June probably on a Sunday morning (to keep the feel of brunch we’re having at our original reception!) She just spent the day checking out the venues for me! She went to Aqua Club, DAR, and Skansonia… But I’m just not feeling hopeful about any of them!
She called to update me after each visit… but now I’m a bit worried. She also looked at the Environmental Services building near Tacoma… and we’re considering Pioneer Pavillion (but it fits 400+ people and we’ll barely have 75- if that!) But I’m losing hope that we’ll find a good location for cheap… Do you guys have an venue leads? We just want something pretty low key… for under $1000 if possible?
Here are my qualms with each:
Environmental Services building- a bit more expensive than I’d like. Momma Cinnamon is game… but I don’t want her to spend that much!
…ditto for Skansonia.
AquaClub: People will be swimming there? And its kind of hard to find. Honestly, though, this ones probably my favorite right now (noting that I don’t have pictures yet.)
DAR House: It apprently smells old (?), doesn’t have parking, and they’re not liking the idea of just letting us rent the one floor.
Any thoughts out there bees?!
Post # 3
I am not sure of their prices at all but thought I would put this out there – Lake Union Cafe may have something to offer you?
Post # 4
I went to a wedding at the DAR house…it was beautiful and I don’t remember it smelling.
I’ve hear great things about the AquaClub.
Post # 5
Are you only looking in the South? How do you feel about a restaurant?
Post # 6
We’re looking anywhere really, trying to go for more of a casual sort of vibe… Cost is really more important for us than location as far as which city 🙂
Post # 7
What location? Does it need to be in Seattle? Or north or south?
Our reception was in Bothell and it was reasonable. countryvillage
Also…our chapel was so adorable and cute and CHEAP. it is unitarian so your don’t have to be a memeber. It doesn’t have pews so seats and tables and be arranged however you want. Northlake Unitarian Chapel in kirkland. I think the cost was only $200 an hour
Post # 8
I would suggest reserving a side room or loft (or outside deck) at a restaurant. Maybe one with a view of the water? That way you don’t have to deal with the expense of outside catering. Our caterer actually has an in-house venue, the Yacht Club on Lake Union, which is supposed to be incredibly nice and their food is delicious, organic, seasonal and local. Perhaps give them a try?
Post # 9
Under $1000 is pretty hard. Some places with including catering that throw the food in with a food and beverage minimum might work though. I used this site a lot for researching venues.
DAR: Wow, I’m surprised about not letting you rent both floors. I don’t know about it smelling, I certainly didn’t notice that! We were told that you can rent a local Diamond parking lot out for about $3 per car.
Golden Gardens Bathhouse: if we were getting married in the summer, it’d definitely be here! It’s simple and rustic but I think it has the potential to be beautifully decorated (google it…there are seriously a ton of weddings here and there’s a lot of creative inspiration)!
Yacht Clubs: They rent out for cheaper than a lot of spaces and usually let you bring your own catering and alcohol. We’re going for the Lake Washington Rowing Club…Lake Union Crew and Corinthian Yacht Club were others that we looked into.
Mt. Baker Community Club might be a bit bigger than you need, but it’s got a great gorgeous ballroom. I decided it was too far south in Seattle, but I liked the space a lot. Similarly, other community halls rent out for a lot less than other more commercial venues. Sunset Hill Community Center would probably be about the right size for you.
Some catering & venue combos might not be all that expensive, I don’t know…The Canal? Shilshole Bay Beach Club? Blue Ribbon Catering?
Good luck and I hope that one of us will be able to help you find your place!
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2009 - Eastside Catholic Chapel and Lake Union Cafe
Have you looked at the Seattle Parks facilities? There are some really lovely ones out there that can be rented really cheap and have parking.
Post # 11
I’ve been to the Aqua Club (http://www.aquaclub.org/SubTabGeneric.jsp?team=recacwa&_stabid_=785′ defer=’defer). It was nice, but not for us. If you have an evening party, I don’t think you’ll have to worry about swimmers. Also, keep in mind that the space needs a lot of beautifying, has a tiny kitchen, and only one bathroom for each sex… But it has gorgeous high ceilings.
Post # 12
Golden Gardens was priced at around $2000 when I called last month and that was for an offseason (October) event. Just a heads up that some places in the Parks rentals are misleadingly expensive compared to what you might expect.
I also considered AquaClub and the reason I didn’t go with it is that there wasn’t enough room for a ceremony AND reception IMO for my sized group. For a reception specifically, its probably the best priced place out there.
Post # 13
Try The Sole Repair Shop, that is where I have having my wedding (ceremony/reception). It fits 120 ppl and is a cool industrial looking loft. It is located in Capitol Hill and is only $500 to rent out. They also require a security guard for $25/hour. Linen rental for white linens through them is $50 and if you use their catering (which is NOT a requirement), all dinnerware, flatware, glassware and service is FREE. However, you must go through them for alcohol (there is no minimum and you can pay for alochol how you want, e.g. put a cap on how much you pay for and then cash bar after that).
They have a limited number of chairs and tables that is included with the rental fee (I think enough for 60 ppl) and they provide all votives.
They are connected to Quinn’s Pub and you can work with the chef for Quinn’s to develop a menu. http://www.quinnspubseattle.com/
http://www.solerepairshop.com/ Ask for Hannah!
Hope this helps!
Post # 14
I’d second the Sole Repair recommendation, it is a great space. Some other thoughts:
The UW Center for Urban Horticulture is a beautiful, modern green building and I don’t think it is very expensive: http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/info/facilities_cuh.html
Also, if you don’t mind being a little further south, the Pritchard Beach bathhouse is a nice little spot on Lake Washington: http://www.seattle.gov/PARKS/Reservations/pritchard.htm . Similarly, the Alki Beach bathhouse is a bit bigger and may be good for you. Both of them rent for about $50 an hour, here’s the brochure: http://www.seattle.gov/PARKS/Reservations/RentalPacket.pdf
Finally, if you want to do just outdoors (maybe with a tent), you might have a look at Kubota Gardens or the UW arboretum. Both are gorgeous venues. Good luck!