(Closed) Nice venues near Mt. Rainier, WA

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Fiance and I are having our reception at The Lodge at Mt. Rainier, but a venue just a mile down the road sounds like it would be perfect.  Alexander’s B&B: http://www.alexanderscountryinn.com/  The one that PP suggested is also lovely.  You can also stay at the Paradise Inn in the park, and it’s stunning.  

Word to the wise, though (just learned this one last week): Washington is a communal property state, meaning that what’s yours before the marriage becomes your husbands and vice-versa, unless you specifically contract around it.  It is not this way in FL, so you might want to look into what that would mean for you.  I have tons of grad school debt, so Fiance and I decided to get married in Oregon (among other reasons) so that my debt liability would not carry over to him and his rental property liability wouldn’t carry over to me.  Depending on your situation/advice of an attorney, it might be beneficial to get married legally in FL and then have a ceremony/honeymoon at Mt Rainier.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@leporidae:  on our wedding website, the Lodging tab has a comprehensive listing of everything lodging-wise (with descriptions) within 8 miles of the entrance to the park; feel free to check it out.  weddingjamboree2013.com

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@leporidae:  I’ve driven by it, but haven’t been inside… looks cute from the outside, though!  Not sure how many people you’re looking to have attend though, b/c it’s not a big church.  If they don’t have online photos, I’m sure the pastor would be willing to send you photos.  

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@leporidae:  Not at all! From the outside at least (as long as this is the church I’m thinking of, and let’s be real, Elbe is a really small town), it’s just an adorable little church.  Cute, not budgety 🙂  Now, depending on where you’re staying, Elbe is about 15 minutes from the park entrance (maybe a little more), so I don’t know what kind of transportation you might need.  Whittaker’s Motel – in the lodging list on our site – apparently has van rental as well, so you might want to check that out.  If you’re considering a venue inside the park, there is a gorgeous wooded ampitheater in the Cougar Rock camp grounds that would be perfect for a wedding.  You would just have to fill out a reservation form with the park, and I think it’s $50 to reserve.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@leporidae:  No worries!  Yes, you could definitely have the ceremony at the amphitheater and then head to Paradise for pics.  There really aren’t a ton of great spots to get married in the park; we spent 3 hours driving around looking for places and that was the best one.  It’s about a 10 min drive from Cougar Rock to Paradise, so not too bad.  

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