Post # 1
Hi Seattle Bees!
I’m looking into having a destination wedding in one of the islands off of Seattle. I live in St. Louis, MO and people will be traveling in from all over the United States.
Which island do you guys think would be the best? It would be a long weekend wedding vacation for everyone.
I would love to do Orcas Island but I feel like it might be a bit too complicated and timely to get to after a long day of flying.
Is Whidbey Island just as beautiful? It seems to be much easier/quicker to get to from the airport.
Any advise I can get from you ladies would be so helpful! I won’t be able to visit the location prior to the wedding.
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rosehill Community Center
I wish I could help with this, but I don’t really know much about the islands. I do know they are all pretty beautiful, and none are exactly convenient to get to. For instance, I would say to get to Whidbey Island you’d drive almost an hour from the airport to Mukilteo, then hop on a ferry to get to the island. Orcas Island would be even further north. You might be able to do a charter plane up there too, but I don’t know what the costs/schedules would be. You might also look at Vashon or Bainbridge Islands, they have ferries leaving from Seattle so it’s a little closer to the airport (or you could take the Sounder Train from the airport into Seattle, then walk to the ferry for Bainbridge)
I think no matter what the islands would be a little more complicated to get to, but they are all so picturesque and lovely so it would probably be worth it!
Post # 4
All of the islands will be inconvenient to some degree, but there are shuttle services such as the Dungenous Line. There is also Camino Island next to Whidbey and it has bridge access.
We considered Kingston at one point and there were some lovely B & Bs. A coworker had a wedding at one on Vashon Island, but it was quite expensive. We really wanted a Washington State Ferry as part of our wedding experience initially but ended up doing downtown Seattle instead. It will be less expensive for the guests, but not very much and only if they do not rent a car. The trouble with Whidbey Island is the air force base makes it a bit expensive.
There’s also Mercer Island in Lake Washington.
We considered San Juan island as well as Lopez for our venue.
Post # 5
Any island location is going to take at least an hour travel by car from the airport. Have you checked out Gig Harbor? It’s not an island but is on the water and very picturesque. Gig Harbor is about 45 min from Sea Tac. Fox island is south of the airport by about 1 hour could be a good option.
I think other than gig harbor or fox your best bet in terms of reasonable travel might be vashon. It’s about an hour away and the ferry runs pretty frequently. I really wanted to get married on Orcas too, very beautiful! Good luck!
Post # 6
Thank you so much for the suggestions ladies! This is extremely helpful for someone from out of state. I’m looking up these other islands as well 🙂 Thank you!!
Post # 7
@meganbfsu: I’m not sure how many guests your having or what kind of wedding you have in mind, but I came across a few options on Bainbridge Island in our search. It’s only a 30 minute ferry ride from downtown. Blake Island is also nearby (45 min) and accessible only by boat, you’d have to organize with a private cruisline to get everyone out there so it might be too much trouble, but there is a nice view of Seattle and it’s lovely natural setting. There is an American Indian lodge that does cultural events, dinners, etc. and I know they do weddings too. Second Fox Island, there is a lovely little chapel there. The Wooden Boat Center has a center on Camano Island (in Cama State Park, which has cabins if you want to stay over) if you don’t mind something a little more rustic. Up on Whidbey Island is a farm called The Wayfarer, the pictures are gorgeous.
The San Juans aren’t really close to Seattle so it would be a long flight + long drive, but there are lots of beautiful options! I went to summer camp on Orcas Island so I have a soft spot for it, but check out the others… Lummi Island has a restaurant that made the ‘worth traveling for’ list in the NYT.
I also love Hood Canal if you are willing to consider non-island on the water venues, check out Alderbrook (90 min from Seattle).
My sister got married in Gig Harbor… it has been awhile, she got married in a church on a hill overlooking the water and had the reception at a country club nearby. She said there is a new distillery there that might be a neat space for a reception if you want something a little different.
Hope this isn’t too late to help!
Post # 8
@meganbfsu: If you haven’t decided yet, I’m shooting a wedding for a couple getting married on Vashon this summer. I can report back in August and let you know how it goes. I can tell you that the ferry to Vashon leaves from downtown Seattle. That being said, Orcas Island (and all the San Juan Islands) are supposed to be stunning!
Also, not an island, but you can get married on a ferry boat in South Lake Union in Seattle. http://www.skansonia.com/
Post # 9
@Mrs.Camera: I actually got married on the Skansonia! Absolutely beautiful venue and a gorgeous view 🙂
Post # 10
@PenelopeAnne: I’m making a list of “dream” weddings that I’d like to shoot, and that is possibly the #1 venue I want to shoot at! 🙂
Post # 11
I am getting married On Whidbey Island in a few months :] it is so beautiful! I love it there. Most of our families live out of state so we really wanted to show the beauty of the state when they traveled. There are many beautiful venues.
Post # 12
What about Vashon? It’s SO beautiful, and the little ferry out of Tacoma has more charm than the larger ferries, I think.
Check this out: http://villavashon.com/event_venue
It’s so quiet and laid back and peaceful. Down town Vashon has cute little art galleries and shops, there’s a winery out there that does tastings, lots of B&Bs… Mostly a bunch of rich old hippies and a few younger poorer ones. 😉