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Weddings on Lake Washington at The Woodmark near Seattle.

9 Ways to Tie the Knot in Seattle

A blend of natural beauty and urban style, the Pacific Northwest is home to some of the most beautiful wedding venues in the country – both formal and casual, polished and rustic.

From Seattle’s vibrant neighborhoods to the edge of Lake Washington, here are the best ways to say your vows in and around the Emerald City:

Surrounded by Grand Seattle History

Washington wedding at Union Station in Seattle.

Regal and timeless, the Joni Earl Great Hall at Union Station is one of the city’s most iconic settings for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The landmark in Pioneer Square dates back to 1910 (with rail service having ceased in 1971), and its centerpiece is an 11,000-square-foot ballroom featuring barrel-vaulted ceilings lined with twinkling lights, black-and-white vintage mosaic-tiled floors, and an overarching color scheme of champagne, gold, and emerald.

Photo: Jewel Hospitality

In Fields of Lavender

Wedding at Woodinville Lavender near Seattle.

Nestled in the Sammamish River Valley, Woodinville Lavender paints a beautiful portrait of the Pacific Northwest with vast fields of lavender set against lush greenery and hillsides. The outdoor sanctuary is perfect for intimate summer weddings, with the lavender generally blooming from June through August. Say “I do” on the lawn or in the greenhouse, then retreat to the Valley View Room & Farm Terrace Patio to dine and dance with sweeping views of the fields.

Photo: Barrie Anne Photography

Among Casks of Whiskey

Seattle wedding reception at Westland Distillery.

Westland Distillery is already widely acclaimed for its American-style single-malt whiskey, but today the SoDo distillery is making waves as an unconventional wedding venue. 40-foot ceilings, exposed wood beams, and rustic touches define the property’s 13,000 square feet of event space, including the reception-worthy Tasting Room and Bar and the more intimate Cask Room – where you can string globe lights between the whiskey barrels.

Photo: Westland Distillery

On the Shores of Lake Washington

Olympic Terrace Tent for weddings at The Woodmark near Seattle.

With beautiful views of the Olympic Mountains and the Seattle skyline, The Woodmark Hotel & Still Spa in Kirkland sets the stage for unforgettable lakeside nuptials. The winner of the 2018 Seattle Bride Best Place for a Waterfront Wedding and Best Place for a Sunset Wedding invites stunning ceremonies and receptions in the waterfront Olympic Terrace Tent (which can be outfitted for cooler weather with transparent panels and heaters) and dancing in the elegant Lake Washington Ballroom. After your celebrations, take a boat ride on the lake as newlyweds.

In an Artistic Enclave

Seattle wedding reception at Fremont Foundry.

Once a hub for Seattle’s artist community, Fremont Foundry has always been a place of creativity – with Capitol Hill’s iconic Jimi Hendrix statue having been sculpted here in 1997. Having morphed over time, the building today serves as an eclectic event venue with industrial touches and a stylish rooftop terrace with views of North Seattle. The centerpiece of the space is the sky-lit Atrium with 20-foot ceilings and a dramatic, contemporary chandelier.

Photo: Crimson Haze Event Lighting

Set to Maritime Surroundings

Seattle wedding ceremony at The Center for Wooden Boats on Lake Union.

On the southern shores of Lake Union, The Center for Wooden Boats is a hands-on maritime museum where visitors can build boats and learn to sail, but it’s also a sought-after wedding venue for small parties. Hold your ceremony amongst the maritime exhibits in the South Lake Union Boathouse – with historic wooden boats suspended from the rafters overhead – then retreat to the North Deck for panoramic views of the water, marina, and nearby Space Needle.

Photo: Katheryn Moran Photography

In an Enchanting Urban Hideaway

One of the most fascinating wedding venues in the city is Court in the Square, a sun-drenched enclave between two buildings that is covered by a ceiling of windows about four stories high. Reminiscent of a greenhouse, the indoor-outdoor space feels incredibly intimate, despite accommodating large guest lists, and is perfect for edgy, elegant couples. Make sure to take the elevator up to the roof for unforgettable photos with the Seattle skyline.

Amidst the Gardens

Washington wedding at Bella Luna Farms near Seattle.

Surrounded by towering evergreens, Bella Luna Farms encompasses 12 acres of lush gardens and open fields in Snohomish. The fairytale-like setting exudes romance with thousands of trees, vegetable and herb gardens, flora, European-inspired structures, and even an apiary. Find your perfect ceremony and reception site among the greenery and elevate the occasion with handcrafted mahogany bars, antique accents, seasonal flowers, and fresh farm-to-table cuisine.

Photo: Julie Harmsen

With Rustic Chic Style

Washington wedding at SoDo Park in Seattle.

Nestled in Seattle’s historic SoDo district, Sodo Park is a century-old building and former manufacturing facility that has been transformed into a stunning venue for couples to tie the knot. The 7,500-square-foot open floorplan features vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, and both contemporary and rustic accents – and best of all, is completely flexible for your wedding-day vision.

Photo: Jenna Bechtholt Photography

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