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a six acre family-owned farm in Poulsbo used primarily as a wedding and event venue. Interestingly

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After deciding to keep our ceremony and reception within Seattle, I spent a weekend searching venue directories, Google, and the Weddingbee boards for locations that were within our budget and fit our woodsy aesthetic. To keep it all organized, I put all my top choices into a spreadsheet for us to look over later and decide on our favorites.

My first stop was the Seattle Parks and Recreation Events Department page. We’re lucky to have a ton of beautiful, publicly owned outdoor spaces, all of which rent out for absurdly cheap compared to other ceremony sites. My first choice on there was a place Mr. Feather and I had visited before: the bathhouse at Golden Gardens Park.

The windows look out over the beach. Beautiful! // Image via Twelve Baskets Catering // Photo by Jenny GG Photography

There’s a lovely forested beach space directly to the north of the bathhouse. // Photo by A Beautiful Day Photography

The building has a great industrial feel on top of having a wonderful view of the beach behind it. It’s big enough for all our guests, and I love how we could choose to decorate with paper lanterns or string lights, or just let the brick speak for itself.

Here’s where I learned a few of the downsides involved with having a public park ceremony, with the key word being “public.” Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind sharing our wedding day with onlookers and understand that the beauty of public parks is that they belong to everyone. However, I read more than a few stories online detailing ceremonies at Golden Gardens being crashed by drunk folks in bathing suits, or disastrous parking experiences where guests couldn’t find a spot and had to walk miles. Not the type of things we wanted to worry about experiencing on our wedding day.

Next, I tried to take my concept of an outdoor wedding beyond your typical forest spaces. I discovered the penthouse suite and deck at Hotel Sorrento after Mr. Feather and I went to high tea at the hotel around New Year’s and instantly fell in love with the urban view.

Hotel Sorrento Penthouse Deck // Image via TripAdvisor.com

Penthouse Suite, which could be set up with cocktail tables or rounds // Image via evenues.com

It would have been perfect, except for the high food and drink minimums, the small size that could only fit two-thirds of our guest list comfortably, and the teeny tiny problem of only being able to reserve it without their larger ballroom space on a Friday or Sunday. Plus, there was no plan for rain other than renting the ballroom, which I didn’t really like.

The quirkiest venue we looked into was definitely The Stables, an event space in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. Like with the Golden Gardens Bathhouse, I loved the exposed brick and beams.

The Stables interior // Image via Georgetown Stables

It also came with a beautiful, fully fenced patio. I couldn’t locate the picture I found of the area set up for a reception, but it was tasteful and well organized, and bonus—the string lights were included.

The Stables patio // Image via Georgetown Stables

I never got to find out the downsides of this venue because their events coordinator didn’t respond to any of my three voicemails. Mr. Feather was disappointed since this was his favorite space, but we agreed that our families might not dig the quirky decor as much as we did.

I decided to expand our search just a little bit outside of Seattle and stumbled upon Empress Hill, a six acre family-owned farm in Poulsbo used primarily as a wedding and event venue. Interestingly, it is also a llama farm.

Ceremony Space at Empress Hill // Image via Wedding.com

Reception setup // Image via Seattle Met

The clear downside to Empress Hill was the distance from the city, about 30 miles. I asked my dad if he thought guests would mind the drive plus the required ferry ride/toll, and he said most people would probably love?getting to experience the ferry. However, the distance, plus the steep price tag and the lack of an indoor space in case of rain crossed Empress Hill off our list.

Finally, there’s the venue that I loved but Mr. Feather had his doubts about: the Center for Wooden Boats by Lake Union.

This is a shot of the interior of the Center for Wooden Boats. Note the boats hanging from the beams! // Image by The Center for Wooden Boats

And the beautiful outside deck! Not pictured: real boats. // Image via New Creations Weddings?// Image by Asgari Photography

I love boats. In fact, when I met Mr. Feather, I was in talks with a sailboat owner to buy his boat and live aboard it while I finished up my Ph.D. You can see how having our wedding ceremony close to a marina really appealed to me.

Once again, the slightly too small space (note the wide angle lens in the first photo) coupled with no real plan for rain beside cramming folks inside or putting up a tent caused us to cross this place off our list.

We didn’t know it at the time, but our perfect venue was actually lurking right around the corner.

How did you narrow down your list of venues to a few contenders?

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