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

posted 2 years ago in Venue
Post # 16
335 posts
Helper bee

pbubs :  I got a quote from Chihuly…… venue and catering for 125 was 80K.. I cried a little when I read that lol

Post # 17
9588 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

samanthrae414 :  We did pizza too.  We got our pizza from veraci–they bring their oven to the venue, which is awesome, but it has to stay in the parking lot for fire code reasons so unless you want guests to go to the lot to get a pizza you’ll need to hire a runner to help bring the pizzas to wherever you want your buffet line to be.  The DJ was Dylan from Otto-matic music.  He was still a student at UW at the time so he was very reasonable.  There may be “fresh blood” who would be the cheapest.  I found no DJ in the seattle area who would do it for under $1k, fyi… including one potential DJ who had literally NO experience.  Her argument was that her dad was a caterer so she’d been to a lot of weddings (???!!). I shit you not.  Her boss (she was part of a larger company) didn’t want to let me talk to her without him on the line.. I assume because he had tried to hide this fact from me!  Make sure you interview whoever will be showing up to YOUR wedding, if you’re going with talent from a company.

For tibbets creek, know that to serve beer and wine you have to hire a licensed bartender.  We went through a company since we wanted to hire servers too, who also did our set up and clean up.  (If you can have friends/family do the setup/cleanup you can save quite a bit of money, there.)  Bartenders are more expensive if you want liquor, so doing beer and wine is a good idea.  You can probably find a licensed bartender through a school rather than going through a company, to save some money.  Know that tibbets creek expects the venue to be sparkly clean by the end of your rental time–so the last hour HAS to be dedicated to clean-up and you probably should have one person responsible for making sure you’ll get your deposit back.  (We hired a DOC to do that)

Um what else was a “con” for tibbets.. it’s on the small side, so if you really get 100 guests it may be tight… though tbh I doubt you’ll get 90-100 if you invite 109, unless *everyone* lives in the seattle area.  We invited 72-ish (also very generous with the +1 and kid invites) and had exactly 40 guests at the end of the day.  But all but 4 guests had to fly in, which is why our % was so bad.  Obviously you need to make sure you have room for 109, whatever your plan.  Tibbets has all the chairs and tables and will even set them up for you, but you need to have the plates/cutlery/etc… rented or included with your caterer.  You can’t show up early OR leave late–it makes rentals a PITA.

Oh, and no self-catering.  Not that you’d want to for a wedding of 80-100 guests.  Tibbets requires a professional kitchen make everything except baked goods.  

Post # 19
9588 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

samanthrae414 :  no problem 🙂

let me know if you need any other recommendations: i was very happy with most of our vendors, but i’m also not afraid to say the cons of the ones that did things I didn’t like.  


ETA: As an aside, not as a Seattle-bee but just as a bee who’se been around: if they promise money you better ask for it up front, if you can.  Next best is having them put their names in the contracts (and NOT your name). This isn’t as good as having the cash, since they could technically still back out and just forfeit the deposit, but it’s something.

If you can’t do this, unfortunately my advice would be don’t spend more than waht you can cover if mom & dad back out.  I know this sounds like an affront on your parents’ word but the reality is on the bee it’s not that uncommon to see someone who was COUNTING on mom & dad’s $5k or whatever, suddenly going in to debt because the contracts are all signed and now mom & dad suddenly can’t afford it.

Post # 20
1247 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

samanthrae414 :  Try Fireseed Catering on Whidbey Island!  It’s where I am getting married and I could not be more impressed.  I’m not sure if they could do it for $10k, but it is worth the ask.  

Here is the website: 

Post # 21
89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

I had some friends get married at Kitsap Memorial Park in Poulsbo and it was gorgeous. The budget and number of guests was similar to yours, but I know the venue has since raised their prices. It still looks pretty reasonable, though.


Post # 22
165 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017 - the garden house, seattle

if it’s not too small, look at the washingotn state federation of garden clubs headquarters house, aka the garden house. it’s a lovely old house on beacon hill in seattle with amazing gardens. it only cost $600 for 10 am – midnight; they gave us the lockbox code a couple of days before the wedding, and then we were on our own so long as we were out by midnight and things were left clean. our reception was heavy apps and champagne/beer/cider, and we had more than enough room for 60 guests, seven couches and ottomans, and a scattering of cocktail tables (plus six 6′ food and beverage tables). a friend claims to have had 100 people at an event there, which i totally believe.

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