COVID-19 and Top 6 Wedding Venues near Seattle
Contributor: Sasha Frederick
Our city of Seattle is in no shortage of life and culture when it comes to hosting celebrations! Venues all over the emerald city offer creativity, diversity and uniqueness beyond belief, so how are you supposed to choose one for your wedding day? From sophisticated and elegant to fun and lively, we’ve nominated these six fabulous wedding venues as top contenders for that number one spot on your venue selection list! These venues offer a medley of styles both timeless and trendy that any couple will deem the perfect location for one of the biggest days of their lives!
Due to the current implementation of Phase 2, weddings have been capped at a 20% capacity or less than 30 people (which ever is lower), each of these venues are open and operating under these new guidelines to make sure you can still have your special day. Love is never cancelled and your wedding doesn’t have to be either! Specific rules and follow up information on these newer changes can be found on each of the venues websites, reach out if you have any questions!
Let’s take a look at these hidden gems!
6. Shafer Baillie Mansion
Charming and enchanting, the Shafer Baillie Mansion offers a spirited sense of romance with both indoor and outdoor settings for a lovely wedding ceremony. Placed in Capitol Hill, this mansion is rich with many original and period-style fixtures that add a warm and timeless atmospheric touch. Indoor ceremonies can hold up to 20 people, the outdoor spaces can accommodate for up to 80, a venue like this is incredible for the more intimate ceremonies. In-house catering is offered but outside catering is also allowed as well as wedding officiants, all staff will be wearing masks during the event. Catering to a diverse variety of wedding styles, both sophisticated and party-esc, you and your family can dance the night away in a beautiful red brick courtyard under the stars, and don’t forget about the gardens! Gazebos, blooming floral and evergreen touches capture the perfect details for a summer wedding.
Wedding Planning Tip from Ana Lena at Shafer Baille Mansion: “Micro-weddings, elopements, both are good to consider, even with a downsized event, you’re sure to make memories that last forever.”
Address: 907 14th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112
5. Thornewood Castle
The dream destination for the ultimate reality of a fairytale wedding. A true hidden gem; Thornewood Castle (yes – a castle!) is a historic manor that’s been set in Seattle for 110 years, your wedding can take place outdoors in the blooming English Gardens, inside the elegant Great Hall and Ballroom, or out on the grounds for a wedding overlooking American Lake. There’s something truly romantic about gathering your close friends and family to be there with you when you say “I do” to your beloved and the next chapter of your life. Catering to smaller more intimate ceremonies during Covid, Thornewood Castle provides on-site staff to help you through your event without stepping on anyone’s toes, focused on helping you remember this moment forever!
Address: 8601 N Thorne Ln SW, Lakewood, WA 98498
4. The Admiral’s House
At this gorgeous gathering spot by the sea, weddings take on a picturesque, conversational vibe. The historic Admiral’s House is located in Magnolia, blessed with an unobstructed view of the Seattle city skyline. This view includes the iconic Space Needle and majestic Mt. Rainier, overlooking Elliot Bay with a generous amount of privacy that makes you feel like the view is all your own. In 2019, The Admiral’s House won “Best Quintessential Seattle Reception Site” and “Best Sunset Venue” by Seattle Bride Magazine, hosting both inside and outdoor ceremonies. Your wedding is what you make it, past booking includes live music, intricate floral designing and much more! For couples looking to elope and have a large party later, the Admiral’s House guarantees no matter the size that your wedding will be as special as you always dreamed it would be. With an offered list of preferred vendors that cover everything from catering and decor to photographers and florists, they also offer event planners to help you stay on top of all those little details.
Wedding Planning Tip from Bill Franks at The Admiral’s House : “It’s important to have patience and go with the flow, it’s not going to be easy but remember to prioritize what’s important; you’re getting married.”
Address: 2500 W Marina Pl, Seattle, WA 98199
3. The 101
A perfect blank canvas for your masterpiece of a wedding, The 101 sits at the heart of Pioneer Square in Seattle, a historic and lively location for a fun and memorable event! Awarded Best of 2019 by the Seattle Bride Magazine, this 6,000 sq ft space is adorned with vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, reclaimed lighting, and a fusion of contemporary and rustic accents that ensure a dazzling wedding. With a new and trendy touch, this dynamic event venue’s design will catch your eye and hold your attention. The 101 offers a longer-than-usual-rental period, a total of 24 hours all to yourself to celebrate love, family and friends! After each booking, the rooms are cleaned from top to bottom to ensure sanitation and an on-site event manager will ensure that your ceremony goes off without a hitch! Perfect for a fun and swanky wedding, this bright spot has a variety of uses and open spaces to customize to your touch!
Wedding Planning Tip from Sara Levin, Client Concierge & Planner : “There’s no right or wrong way to plan a wedding but there’s always time to party – for a special event.”
Address: 101 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (360) 939-1071
2. The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge
In our list of beautiful venues for your big day, there’s not one with a view that can drop your jaw the way The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge can! Known for its esteemed and incredibly striking viewpoint of the Cascade Mountains, it has the perfect backdrop for your never-to-forget wedding ceremony. Winning the “WeddingWire Couples Choice Awards” for both 2019 and 2020, this venue has a host of large, open aesthetics, both indoor and outdoor, that allow for personalized touches and custom decorations to tailor to your dream desires. Large rooms able to hold 300 plus people are now designed with social distancing in mind; to accommodate for the new capacity rules, The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge offers new Wedding Ceremony Packages designed for small, intimate ceremonies that your close friends and family can attend! Your wedding is just waiting to happen at this downright gorgeous event space!
Wedding Planning Tip from Cassie Kempe, Director of Private Events : “Flexibility is key, during these uncertain times, it’s wise to be open to new ideas and suggestions so you dont cause yourself anymore stress… Your wedding is a celebration! No need to put it on hold!”
Address: 36005 SE Ridge St Snoqualmie, WA 98065
1. Hotel Sorrento
On Madison St, Seattle, sits a premier boutique hotel perfect for timeless weddings and making memories to keep forever. Winning the “WeddingWire’s Couples Choice Award” for 2019, Hotel Sorrento offers a medley of indoor and outdoor spaces for both intimate and elegant or light and lively ceremonies, your selection includes “Top of the Town”, “The Penthouse”, and “The Garden”, all packed full of Seattle charm and contemporary sophistication! Did we mention there’s also a restaurant on site? Talk about convenience! The on-site dining has private rooms for reservation and ample seating that allow for social distancing while still being able to interact with your friends and family. With so many things to consider when it comes to planning your big day, Hotel Sorrento offers highly experienced wedding planners to help you replan or start planning your wedding from scratch – and look out for those celebration and bridal packages!
Wedding Planning Tip from Hotel Sorrento: “You’re not alone, we are here to help you plan! Having a wedding planner can help you explore new ideas, keep in priority what’s important to you and walk you through all the steps to ensure your dream wedding comes true!”
Address: 900 Madison Street, Seattle, WA 98104