PNW Brides, what “poorly advertised” venues am I missing?

posted 2 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

Bride from WA here…..

I found a couple of surprises during my search. I actually found some large house rentals through Homeaway/VRBO that specifically cater to events. They normally had gorgeous gardens and allowed caterers to work in the kitchen. So that could be one thing to add to your search.

The other hidden gem ended up being a small museum. It wasn’t a high traffic place, and it was by far the best deal I found around. So you could check into something like that too!

I would give specific recommendations, but these were all further south than you’re looking for. And in the end we went with a rental house as a venue, but not locally.

Good luck with your searching!

Post # 3
18 posts
  • Wedding: October 2018

State parks. That’s what I’m doing, there’s one just on the other side of Tacoma at Manchester

Post # 4
2413 posts
Buzzing bee

I was a bridesmaid in a wedding in the Oylmpia, WA area several years ago and it was at an old historical house with lovely gardens.  I canot recall the name of the venue, but from a quick glance at venues in the area, I think it was the Schmidt House in Tumwater. (It might have been the Jacob Smith House in Lacey, but I’m 90% certain it was the Schmidt House).  

From memory, it was a reasonably priced venue (at least at the time, perhaps that has changed?), with clean, simple, elegant lines.  Nice garden, enormous wrap-around porch. About 75 guests were at the wedding, so this one might be worth looking into.

Post # 5
691 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

samanthrae414 :  Black Diamond Gardens in Enumclaw is gorgeous. Is that too far out of the location range?

Post # 6
863 posts
Busy bee

samanthrae414 :  We had our ceremony and reception at a gorgeous, old church. It honestly felt more like a masion kind of atmosphere, in my opinion. They charged us very little because it wasn’t a “classic” wedding venue. We had the ceremony outside in the garden and dinner in the ballroom.

Post # 10
9588 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

my wedding was at tibbets creek manor in issaquah.  the photos online don’t do it justice.  Here’s my recap… i think it shows it a *tad* better.  I can upload some more pics if you want to see more, but for the most part just trust me that it cleans up nice hah.

No idea current prices, but we paid $2400 plus another $200 or so for the required event insurance.


Post # 11
679 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Brown Family Homestead in Lake Wenatchee is gorgeous. My husband’s cousin got married there, and I believe they provided the tents, tables and mismatched vintage chairs, plus the scenery is stunning and they have chickens and horses on site (super cute!).  According to their website, it’s $2850 for weekday weddings (Sunday- Thursday) and $4650 for Saturday ones. 

Pine River Ranch also offers a Gold Package for Saturday weddings at $7,000 that includes most of your rentals (tables, chairs, linens, flatware, dishes and glasses) one suite and seperate dressing rooms, set-up, take-down and clean up services, attended parking, locally crafted beer and wine (you get to choose which ones), a day-of coordinator, and water attendants and table bussers for the big day. It’s a pretty good deal if you’re looking for a barn venue. They also offer a couple less expensive packages for weekday weddings. 

Then there’s Leavenworth’s Sleeping Lady, and Seattle’s Chihuly Garden and Glass, Woodland Park zoo, Seattle aquarium and public gardens in western Washington to consider, but I have no clue how much those run. 

Post # 13
9588 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

samanthrae414 :  happy to recommend other vendors, if you need them.  While we splurged on some vendors (namely the photographer) we got a few others for great prices (in particular I had to look quite hard to find the DJ, food, and florist).  $10k sounds very tight, but I can imagine how we could’ve pared back to get close.  If you do go with Tibbets Creek, I’m happy to talk to you about ideas you may have: I spent a lot of time thinking about how to save money and the pros and cons of various ideas–given the venue constraints.

Good luck! 🙂

Oh, and the city of issaquah owns two other venues, perhaps one of those you may like even more.

Post # 15
335 posts
Helper bee

I’ve heard the Pacific Tower is a good deal. They have a beautiful view of the  city from the top of Beacon Hill. They also have an outside area where you can have the ceremony. 

Ive heard of someone booking it and spending less than 10k for the venue and catering for 200 people. But also, they worked in the building so got a little bit of a deal.

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