Post # 1
Hi Bees! My Fiance and I are looking to get married in Seattle and have a smaller wedding of about 50 guests. The trouble is – we’re having a difficult time finding a venue that isn’t meant for 150+ guests and/or super expensive. We’re looking to spend no more than $15-20K on the wedding, total, so the venue can’t be more than about $3-5K is what I’m thinking?
Most of the smaller venues I’m finding are just really dated and unattractive looking (Imagine wood paneling on the walls, really old carpet, etc) and I’m having a hard time finding the in-between wedding venue.
Does anyone have any tips for planning a smaller wedding on a budget? Anyone specifically in Seattle that has any recommendations for great venues on a budget?
Thanks in advance!!
Post # 2
What venues have you already looked at? That would be helpful to narrow it down. 🙂
Post # 3
Hi there! My fiance and I are having our wedding on the Virginia V next September. A 3-hour charter through Lakes Union and Washington is ~$4300 for us (we got a discount because we’re members of the foundation). Reserving the ship for a dockside ceremony and reception is even cheaper @ $300-$500 per hour. One caveat is that the only caterer they work with now is City Catering (which has been a GREAT experience for us thus far). The reason they work exclusively with them is because not only is the kitchen a ship’s galley, but it’s also a historic landmark (so no open flames).
For the ceremony, we’ll have seats for both sets of parents and our siblings (we don’t have living grandparents), and the other 70-ish guests will be standing. It can comfortably seat 84 guests for a reception, though if you plan on having a dance party, you would need to have some of the tables removed. We’re doing a morning ceremony and brunch reception, so we’ll only be doing first dance and father/daughter mother/son dances and therefore the dance space wasn’t super important to us. The dance party will come much later in the evening at Washington Hall.
When is your wedding? If it’s during the rainy months, then I wouldn’t particularly recommend it because you wouldn’t really get to use the outside areas of the ship. But if it’s anytime from June-Sept, then that should be fine.
I do also recommend Washington Hall. It’s larger, but could be a great place if you want to section off part of the large room for the ceremony and use the other half for the reception. Their prices are good too! I think we’re paying around $3k for 6 hours of use, which includes set-up and tear-down. They also have parking lots that you can reserve for a very small fee (I think we’re paying $100).
The great thing about both of these venues is that they’re both non-profits. So, you’re supporting historic city/community locations and there is also no tax added to the cost.
Post # 4
Oh, there’s also the Shafer Baillie Mansion (which is also a B&B) in North Capitol Hill, near Volunteer Park. We’re staying there the night of our wedding and having family photos taken there after the ceremony. But, they also host weddings. They have a really cool old theatre room with antique seating and a stage! The historic details are incredible and so rich!
Post # 5
thank you both!! I didn’t realize anyone had replied because it kept dropping so far back in the history.
We actually decided to go with an out of town wedding on the coast, because it’s much more our style and budget friendly. We’re working on deciding on a date. I’m starting to get excited about figuring out the rest of the details!! 😃
Post # 6
ah! sorry, I am late to this party… and it sound like you’ve made alternate plans anyway…. but some of the wineries in the Woodinville area host ‘intimate ‘ weddings. If things change, you can always google weddings in woodinville and there is a whole lot of info there. I think DeLille Cellars got some good reviews. Good luck, bee!
Post # 7
Thanks! Yes, we looked at them. We weren’t a huge fan of that venue. Wasn’t really “us”, ya know? Thanks for chiming in,though!
Now that we know where, I’m getting really excited about the rest! I love the location so much!