Well, it happened. I’m engaged. While I’m elated about finding my person, I have to admit I didn’t spend my childhood dreaming of my wedding. Always priding myself on being an independent single woman living it up in the city, while maintaining a continuous eye-roll during the countless over-the-top bridal and baby showers of my 20s, the last thing I want is for this experience to be a cliche. I get that’s hard to accomplish considering the traditions of a wedding - I do find myself getting into the girly spirit of planning it, but when asked what I’ve been envisioning for my wedding my answer tends to be “uhhh…hard to say?”
I’ve been told that the venue and date is the most important thing to nail down first so I started my quest to find a non-traditional, funkier, venue in Seattle. Since I’m doing this research anyway and know there are couples getting ready to tie the knot all over the city, I thought I’d share what unique venues we explored to give you a legit and honest run-down of some of our city’s most unique venues.
Don’t be fooled by the humble exterior of this building, Georgetown Ballroom is a treasure trove on the inside, filled with historic Seattle items that the owner himself seeks out to add to his decorative collection. Brick walls, a substantial stage with professional grade sound system, and character everywhere you look, this venue is unique as they come. Not to mention the neighborhood of Georgetown is full of fun quirky restaurants and bars to hold rehearsal dinners or to keep the party going after the wedding.
- Price: Reasonable with the ability to cater what you want to stay within your budget
- Staff: Extremely helpful and will go above an beyond to make sure every detail is taken care of on your big day. The staff is also very well connected to local vendors and small companies to keep that intimate, non-corporate feel.
- Perk: With red show curtains, colorful lanterns, and props, if you don’t have a vision for what you want, you barely need any decorations at all!
- Possible Downside: If you do have a specific look you’re going for, you may need more of a blank slate to achieve what you want.
- In-House Catering? Yes!
This venue in the heart of Sodo is absolutely breathtaking. The beautiful wood beams, concrete floors, and huge rustic-style accents make this space feel like a reclaimed barn and a chic warehouse event space had a baby. There is a ton of space for the ceremony and reception, with white curtains as separators and an old-school style bar to the right. This is one of four venues that Herban Feast runs and when it comes to weddings and events, they know how to run it flawlessly. You just have to be willing to shell out the cash for it…
- Price: It wasn’t until I received a starting quote for this venue that I got a clear picture on the price, and even then it was still confusing. The venue rental itself was on the higher end but still didn't seem out of the question given the space. However if you want to use any of the items inside the venue, including the curtains or turning on the lights, they aren’t afraid to give a healthy additional charge for every addition.
- Staff: Very friendly, efficient, pleasant, and extremely experienced.
- Perk: If money is no issue, this is a one-stop shop for everything you need. From a gorgeous bridal loft I wanted to live in, to a props and decoration department with everything you could think of to create your dream wedding. They also hold tastings seasonally to try out the menu and drink items.
- Possible downside: Holiday prices increase by thousands of dollars depending on the month.
- In-House Catering: Yes, it’s their specialty!
This space is as industrial and simplistic as it comes. Adorable black railings leading down into the rectangular space made up of exposed brick and distressed concrete is a true blank canvas. With lights strewn about, it gives a warmth to the space and a handful of curtain racks separate spaces however you like. It’s smaller, but if you want to keep your wedding intimate, this could be the space for you.
- Price: Very reasonable but there aren’t a ton of add-ons available.
- Staff: Friendly, knowledgable, and have a lot of ideas about how to make the most of the space.
- Perk: This a great alternative for an engagement party or corporate event if you wanted something more elaborate for your wedding.
- Possible Downside: Parking - located in Cap Hill, you’d have to keep the wedding small if your guests plan to drive there. Also, you’re responsible for booking all vendors and there isn’t really space to get ready on-site.
- In-House Catering: Provided exclusively by Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering.
This is the perfect backdrop for a Seattle-themed wedding. With a couple different options where the ceremony and reception could be held, the lighting and uniqueness of the space will be unforgettable. Especially with a gigantic backdrop of exotic fish and aquarium lights, it’s as if you’re getting married underwater. You can get pictures taken on the waterfront in front of multiple historic Seattle landmarks like the ferris wheel or Pike Place and have guests stay at the famous Edgewater Hotel.
- Price: Slightly on the higher end of reasonable, but worth it if you want the aquarium atmosphere.
- Staff: Very eager to help, accommodating and considerate.
- Perk: It’s an easy location for your guests to find and you’ll get some pretty amazing pictures throughout the night. Plus, you can have up to 300 people in this space!
- Possible Downsides: It’s a very specific vibe and feel because of the setting so it could be harder to customize if you have ideas you’re not wiling to budge on.
- In-House Catering: Yes.
Stay tuned for other “Best of’s” as I continue down this road of planning a non-traditional wedding in Seattle! Now, on to the dress hunt…
Seattle Refined's TV team also has a list of 'unique wedding venues'. To check it out, watch the video!