Wedding Planning Post #1 – Seattle Wedding Venues I LOVE

When it comes to wedding planning, the very first thing you must determine is WHERE. Even before the date. Billy and I have several factors to consider. I’m on the side of having a destination wedding, and Billy wants to have a traditional wedding. I really can see advantages to both, and seeing as I love this man so much, I’ll most likely give in because it’s important to him. We are both from Oregon, but now live in Seattle, so we’re adding that to the list of decisions. If we DO have a “wedding” wedding, Oregon or Seattle? We’re both really drawn to the unique and uncanny, so we’re researching locations that break the mold a bit.

I’ve googled just about every possible combination you can imagine to find out of the ordinary venues (some of them are more ordinary than others). I’ll start with the pro’s and con’s on getting married in Seattle VS. Oregon:

[Sidenote: did you know “pro’s” is the abbreviation of productive, and “con’s” of contrary? I googled]

Pro’s:

  • No travel for the Bride and Groom
  • Local vendors, local hands-on planning!
  • Existing relationships with wonderful vendors
  • Most guests would be traveling from other locations, so more incentive to stay at the wedding longer

Con’s:

  • It’s likely to be cold and or rainy
  • Budget will double…. Seattle is just more pricey
  • Two words….House guests

The theme I’m drawn to is Rustic yet elegant. For whatever reason, I’ve always pictured a barn when thinking about my wedding.

Here are some Seattle wedding venues I love:

SODO PARK, HERBAN FEAST

I’ve been told that this is the #1 venue for 2010, so I suppose the originality factor goes out the window on this one. I just get giddy when I think about this venue, it’s everything I want and more. Most of the venues I’ve been researching require that you use their catering, or work with one of their preferred vendors. This usually makes me really mad, except in the case of Herban Feast.The food is definitely a selling point to this venue. The space is a converted warehouse, and the old world charm still exists. It has a rustic feel, but as you can see, exudes elegance with the right decor. I also LOVE that this venue is right in the city. Most of the rustic venues I’ve found are so far away from civilization, transportation is going to become a factor. I want to encourage my guests to stay as long as possible.197c

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CARNATION FARM

This place is amazing. The views, the sweeping lawns, the solitude. Amazing. It has the feeling of a farm, without the smells of a farm ;-) It’s a little further out, and would be about 45-60 minutes of driving if guests elected to stay in Seattle. There is some lodging on site, which would be a good option, but I would probably need to research transportation for guests who didn’t fit or decided not to stay there.

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These images courtesy of www.campkorey.org

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These STUNNING images courtesy of Michelle M. Waite, Photographer

THE LOFT, RUSSEL DEAN LOWELL

I only just found this location while doing research for this post, and I absolutely must see it. It looks like one of those places with miles of potential. Loving the cathedral ceiling, and even though working with the catering is a requirement, by the looks of the menu… I’m excited for the tasting. It too is in town, so it would be closer to hotels for guests.

The Loft Ceiling at Russel Dean Lowellsphoto courtesy of www.rdlcatering.com

THE HALL AT FAUNTELROY

This is not a barn, obviously. I love the uniqueness of this location however. It’s a converted elementary school. So much charm! I love repurposed things, and the combination of the dated architecture and exposed brick, really make this a reasonable contendor for me. Again, the required catering…. so until we taste, there can be no decision. They also include gold Chaivari chairs with the rental of the room. These are the chairs I’m going with (I know, I have the chairs but no where to put them). Depending on where they’re rented from, they can cost anywhere from $7-10 per chair. SO that equates to savings for me! And the hassle of delivery.

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emerald-room-tables-largephotos courtesy of www.tuxedosandtennisshoes.com

I’m very excited to view all of these venues, and I’ll let you know what I find and taste!

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  • oh laura those are just amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Virginia

    They are all great, but I think I like the Loft the best! My second fav is Sodo Park! Good Luck!!!ReplyCancel

  • They are all so beautiful and no matter which one you choose, your special day is going to be amazing!ReplyCancel

  • that weathered paint at SoDo Park is amazing! Great post laura!ReplyCancel

  • Ooh, exciting! I like Sodo Park, and the Loft too.ReplyCancel

  • I love Sodo Park!ReplyCancel

  • The bridal show which was a bust was at the Loft. I wasnt crazy about it honestly. The architecture is nice but the other venues you posted look much better.ReplyCancel

  • Oh man…that first venue is my fave but all of these are GORGEOUS!!! Good luck locking something in!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for putting this together!ReplyCancel

  • amy

    Hi, I’m in the exact same boat as you. Have you viewed the venues? Did you decide on anything yet?ReplyCancel