Reception And Ceremony Locations: Great Wedding Sites In Seattle

If you are planning a Seattle wedding, the city has many places in which to say your vows, from historic mansions to the great outdoors.

A wedding in Seattle, with its spectacular backdrop of mountains and unique system of waterways, offers many ways to celebrate your nuptials.Seattle and its surrounding areas are filled with natural beauty, whether your tastes lean toward the rustic outdoors or the elegance of days gone by, the area offers something for just about every taste.

If you are an outdoor enthusiast, the Seattle Arboretum with its over 4,000 species of trees, shrubs and flowers, is a good choice.The park can accommodate small gatherings, from 30 to 100 people and offers pond or gazebo locations for your event. Located on Lake Washington, just east of downtown, this popular site for weddings offers a lush environment in which to say "I do".

In a place surrounded by water, why not choose to have your wedding onboard ship?Vessels are available that can accommodate from 80 to 400 guests.You can set sail from the historic Seattle waterfront and party on Puget Sound, where you and your guests will enjoy breathtaking views.Some of the ships offer intimate nighttime settings, enclosed decks to weatherproof your event and full service bars.

For those who yearn for something old fashioned, a short journey across Lake Washington takes you to Clise Mansion, a favorite of those who lean towards the traditional.This elegant mansion is located on an early 1900s country estate and features a Great Room, Veranda and a spacious inlaid brick courtyard with detailed landscaping.Open from April to October the mansion is situated in Marymoor Park and accommodates up to 500 guests.For outdoor ceremonies, there is a newly renovated East Garden featuring a gazebo.

Or maybe you want to do something a little different.If you like heights, the Space Needle might be just the spot for your ceremony.The needle, which has become somewhat of a symbol of the city since it was constructed for the 1962 World's Fair, offers panoramic views.The rotating dining area gives you a bird's eye view of the city and surrounding areas.What better way to start your celebration of married life than by exchanging vows in the clouds?

If your vision of a wedding is a little more traditional, you may want to consider the Bastyr University Chapel (non-sectarian).The chapel sits on 50 acres of fields and woodlands on the northeast shore of Lake Washington, just 10 miles from downtown Seattle.This distinctive European-style chapel is handsomely built featuring 36 hand crafted stained glass windows, glass mosaic artwork, hand crafted alters, terrazzo floors, wooden pews and rich oak paneling.The chapel can comfortably accommodate up to 450 people.Expect breathtaking photographs because the pews run length-wise, highlighting the wide aisle for the procession of bride and groom.

The Bell Harbor International Conference Center, with its over 100,000 square feet of waterfront spaces, offers the best of both worlds.The center is in a convenient location and has some of the best views of Seattle and Mt. Rainier in the area.The center can accommodate small or large groups from 10 to 2,000, with such locations as the Bay Auditorium (fashioned after the United Nations) or the romantic Rooftop Plaza.

If a vintage wedding is more your style, the Stimson-Green Mansion in First Hill is an excellent choice.Although the mansion is just minutes from the hustle and bustle of downtown, it is situated on a quiet tree lined street.Once you enter the arched oak doorway, you may feel as if you've stepped back in time to the old days of Seattle.The mansion can accommodate up to 150 guests and is not only architecturally pleasing, but offers amenities like special changing rooms for the wedding party, antique china, family silver and freshly prepared cuisine.This vintage home can be rented for rehearsal dinners, post-wedding brunches and bachelor or bachelorette parties.

If you prefer a more country setting, the Bear Creek Country Club offers banquet rooms with panoramic views and romantic lakes illuminated by fountains for nighttime events.Exchange your vows in this serene club nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, enjoying an elegant and relaxed atmosphere with exceptional cuisine.

The Lodge at Beaver Lake in Issaquah is an excellent choice is you prefer a more rustic setting.The lodge offers a river rock fireplace, wood floors and cathedral ceilings.This location can accommodate up to 250 guests and has the option of an adjacent open air Pavilion on the shore of Beaver Lake for up to 200 additional guests.

Of course, for those who prefer something a little less traditional, Seattle offers a variety of interesting locales.If you enjoy flying, the Museum of Flight is a unique choice for your celebration.For aquatic fanatics you may want to hold your nuptials at the Seattle Aquarium and art lovers may choose to exchange vows at the Seattle Art Museum, adding dimension and color to their event.Don't forget about Woodland Park Zoo for those who want to share their joy with the animal kingdom.

No matter which location you decide upon, whether you exchange vows on a boat, in a mansion, or in front of the gorilla cage at the zoo, a Seattle wedding is always enhanced and informed by the many natural wonders of the area.

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