(Closed) Eloping= Ugly Venue????(vent)

posted 8 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
9816 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Sorry, I’m trying to understand this. Is it because the places think there isn’t money to be made on their end if you’re having a smaller wedding?

I’d say your best bet is to go in prepared with exactly what you want, and if they keep pushing something you don’t, leave.

Post # 5
487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Where are you looking?  Do you have to elope locally?  I had a beach, a wedding planner with all the bells and whistles like decor and floral arrangements and a bouquet, full set up and take down of a canopy and it was $700-$750.


Edited to add: I just found another post I commented on and it said you were in Seattle.  Is there some special meaning for eloping in Seattle?  Could you elope during your honeymoon?  Or even a weekend away (and if you’re budget conscious even use a Groupon or LivingSocial).  A lot of locations are free, but you will have to pay for an officiant and the photographer, but to pay for a location I thought was a rip so that’s why I did it that way.

I’m assuming you’re set on a hotel?  Why a hotel?

Post # 6
3686 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Why can’t they guarantee a space?

Post # 7
9816 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@Koolbeans621: I understand why you’re venting, it sounds totally annoying. I’m just trying to be clear on the situation so I can give you good advice (I eloped too).

Post # 9
7310 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Maybe you should look for a non-hotel venue, like a bed and breakfast.

Post # 10
568 posts
Busy bee

look at non hotel.

where i live has fancy restaurants with private rooms that are swank. 

what about rooftops, by the water, the fanciest restaurant in your area?

i clicked yelp seattle > restaurants…and then filtered to see which was the most expensive. 🙂

canlis came up. check out the penthouse and the exec room!  executive room does 12-30 and it has a waterfront view. they even have a private event team…. hello, “free” wedding coordinator. ps ive never been or heard of it until now, but check it out:

“For 12 to 30 guests

We consider this the irresistibly comfortable “living room” of the restaurant. Host a business meeting with understated elegance, or host a private dinner party with the warmth, intimacy, and personal touch that will make your guests feel right at home.

Amenities include a fireplace, mahogany walls, oval or round tables, music player hook-up, and wrap-around views.”

Post # 12
1370 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Have you seen the Madisn Park Conservatory?  Beachfront it says, and says they cater to small intimate events.

The Georgian claims rooftop dining…

OMG check out El Gaucho…they have a bunch of private dining rooms, and are waterfront, maybe they can offer you something?  It looks stunning from the pics.


Question, does the ceremony HAVE to take place in the reception location?  I mean Seattle has loads of parks, art galleries, museums etc that may be an option for you?

Could you travel outside of Seattle a ways?  How about a windery?  I have been to several wineries, especially the smaller ones, that offer small group private dining, maybe you could have your whole wedding there?  I am sure a photographer and a cake would be able to be delivered outside the city for a fee?

How about this type of thing?


This place looks freaking awesome, maybe they have a grand suite or something that can be booked for a private dinnerm they have a garden and vineyard also


Post # 14
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I second what MrsTCB said. You could try to get a private room in a nice restaurant. I’ve also seen (not sure if it was here on wedding bee or on TV) a wedding at a Japanese garden in Seattle. Not sure if this is the exact one but this one that I found is really pretty if you’re interested: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/parkspaces/japanesegarden.htm

Post # 16
1370 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Koolbeans621: I sure hope you find what you are looking for.  Please let us know what you decide!

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