Wedding Venues in Seattle
Four themes to try
By Natalie Tsang
October 12, 2011
Seattle is the birthplace of rock legend Jimi Hendrix, the grunge, Starbucks Coffee, and Frasier. It is known for its "green" technologies and is a port city with both forests and farms nearby. Its perfect for an urban or rural wedding, and has a great selection of waterfront and woodsy wonderland locations. With its futuristic Space Needle, Seattle has the look and feel of a modern, forward thinking city with lots of options for all your wedding decisions. Or to get away, take the guests on a short ferry ride to an island retreat or a tucked away inn.
The Green Venue
Seattle is perfect if you have sustainability on your mind. Not only does the city develop cutting edge biotechnology, but a lot of vendors and wedding planners are knowledgeable about this trend and can help you make decisions without sacrificing looks or decimating your budget. Heres a place where you can find train wedding dresses made of eco-friendly fabrics or green wedding venue.
Just one example is Sodo Park. Built in 1907 for use by a manufacturing company, it features reclaimed lighting, non- toxic paints, and recycled furniture. Its high ceilings and exposed wooden beams give it a rustic charm.
The Family Farm
There are many small farms within the Seattle area that can serve as wedding venues. Build a theme around wild black berries or apple orchards. You can have the ceremony in a grassy field and the reception in a tent, farmhouse, or barn. Chances are that there are all sorts of cute quirks that you can incorporate into an overall theme. Some suggestions are shabby chic country with local foods or a blast from the past with a series of contrasts between the 19th, 20th, and 21st century.
If you're not a fan of high heels, a jeweled pair of gladiator sandals or wedges are perfect for the occasion.
You have to have a part of your wedding outside, if the weather is at all cooperative. While it seems contrary to common sense, cloudy makes great photography. It softens lighting and the gray skies will make a white wedding dress pop! Through contrast, it will make bright colors more vibrant and paler fabric glow. Summers in Seattle are mostly dry, but watch out for rain in other seasons.
When planning, consider using warm colors which will counteract the gray outside. Metallic colors will look cold and muted.
What drew you to Seattle? Was it a family connection, college, or work? Though fairly quiet and unassuming, Seattle has a past. Think Wild West but with a forest frontier instead of the endless desert you see in old westerns. Seattle's Gold Rush at the turn of the 20th century has left a few remnants including the Arctic Club Hotel, where lucky miners once spent their gold.
The Pacific Northwest has an emerging cuisine dominated by wild salmon, huckleberries, and artisanal cheeses.