(Closed) Young couple just starting out….any venue ideas?

posted 10 years ago in Seattle
Post # 3
2434 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

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.

Good luck!

Post # 4
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

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
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

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
1032 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

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 # 7
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

try the following:

  • maplewood greens in renton, i think the food minimum is $5000
  • Naval Reserve Building at Lake Union Park – around $700 to rent
  • community centers
  • get recommendations from your caterer

Post # 8
2 posts
  • Wedding: July 2009

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 # 10
674 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

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
36 posts
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
1205 posts
Bumble bee

Everyone has great ideas – the same ones I had too 🙂

Good luck,

Just think outside the box and you can make it happen…

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