Post # 1
Just wondering if anyone had great ideas…Would love to offer my bride to be the world but just starting out in life and finances are a bit tight. Unfortunately we have a large guest list (~200people), and have a caterer in mind. There are so many places that would be great for one but won’t allow the other. We are very open to ideas but would love hear from the community here in Seattle.
Post # 3
A friend and his wife had their wedding under a pavilion in a local county park. They went with a picnick theme and it really worked out great.
Another friend had hers at a catering hall in a historic mansion- but because she was willing to do a Sunday morning they cut her a great deal.
Another friend had hers at a location that typically catered to businesses, so they gave a good deal for a weekend wedding.
Another friend is having his at a farm that typically hold corporate outings and family reunions and birthday parties and such (http://www.kimballfarm.com/). It sounds like ti will be a lot of fun.
But overall- no matter where you hold, as long as you keep things simple (not a lot of decorations, not renting a lot of stuff) you can do a nice wedding without a huge expense.
Post # 4
I’m not entirely sure how tight is "tight", but there are many beautiful public parks in the Seattle area that can allow for very different types of events:
I also went to a lovely wedding at the Peace Arch (border with Canada), but you might not want to be so far from Seattle itself. There are many other options in the area, but I think the parks might be a good place to start.
Post # 5
Can you give me a better idea of what your budget is? Since you already have a caterer in mind, maybe you should ask them what sites they "are" allowed in. The Bathhouse at Golden Gardens might be an option. How about Pickering Barn?
Post # 6
I am not sure what you are looking for, but look at the "Northake Unitarian Church"
It is in Kirkand and I think it fits about 250. You can have both the reception and ceremony there and I think it costs only about $800
Post # 8
Check into Mount Baker Community Center or the UW Center for Urban Horticulture – both allow outside catering, could accomodate a large guestlist and are moderately priced. The UW one is a great deal if you or someone you know is a student or faculty at UW – it’s also a beatiful spot.
Post # 9
Thank you all for your great replies. We kind of put things off for a while there due to so many changes in our lives but our new goal is a late spring early summer wedding in 2010. Honestly, our budget is a humble $8,000 so it seems impossible to do this for 200 total guests so we are starting to trim our guest list =(. I’m finding that I can find venues (thank you again for suggestions) for around a 1/4 of our budget.
Do you have any recommendations for floral/decor and photographer?
Thanks again for all your help and I look forward to your replies!
Post # 10
When I was in Seattle we took a Duck Tour and we saw a wedding going on at the Gas Works Park. I thought it was awesome, you could get some AMAZING photographs there. Actually…I have a picture of the wedding…not very good since we were far off but an idea 🙂 You’d be right on the water too…
Post # 11
For flowers I would DIY and check out local arts schools for a young photog. With so many to invite (even if trimmed to 150) I would recommend a morning wedding. Some mimosas, pastries, maybe an omelette station (eggs are waaay cheaper than steak!). Tight budgets just mean you have to think outside the cathedral/hotel box! Best of luck!
Post # 12
Everyone has great ideas – the same ones I had too 🙂
Just think outside the box and you can make it happen…