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- Top 10 Downtown Seattle Intimate Wedding Venues
- More Seattle Wedding Venues & Inspiration
COVID has made a lot of couples say bye-bye-bye (baby bye-bye-bye) to huge weddings, and a happy hello to smaller, intimate weddings! Opting for an intimate wedding means more time to focus on the people you love most. Yet, it can be difficult finding a venue that will accommodate your party size perfectly. Luckily, Seattle is filled with amazing venue options that offer intimate wedding packages for smaller groups. So I’ve compiled the top 10 downtown Seattle wedding venues for intimate weddings for you to look through! If big isn’t your thing, then these are some of the best location options for you.
Top 10 Downtown Seattle Intimate Wedding Venues
1. Block 41
If you’re on the never-ending hunt for your Goldilocks Seattle wedding venue, searching high & low for a location that combines your desires for urban yet chic, cozy yet spacious – you’ve found your place with Block 41. This Seattle event space is where all your wedding-day dreams can come to life in their truest forms! From “contemporary cool,” modern decor to the prettiest industrial vibes somehow mixed with a slight cozy, rustic charm, this venue has it all no matter what your taste.
Where it’s located: 115 Bell Street (Belltown)
Block 41 features not only an elegant & airy ballroom perfect for a luxurious wedding celebration. It also has an entire lower level for when you’re ready to strip off those stilettos & change into your best dance ‘fits. This venue’s combination of modern, cozy, industrial, and eclectic decor is truly one of a kind.
I can’t forget to brag about Block 41’s courtyard space – this lil’ secret space is tucked into the heart of Belltown & features a stainless steel fence, a vibrant mural done by a local artist, and a wooden deck for you and your guests to plant your feet on during your cocktail hour.
A few more of Block 41’s best features:
- A luxurious bridal suite to get ready in
- 15,000 square feet of space
- High-quality rentals such as arbors, cocktail tables, banquet rounds, & more
- Space for a food truck in the courtyard space (perfect for late-night snacks when those cravings set in)
- Elegant black staircase
- Virtual tours if you can’t visit in person
- 10 hours of rental time
Things to note:
- Parking isn’t the easiest at Block 41: you can technically pay to park on the street, but that wouldn’t make much sense since there are usually barely any spots open, and you can’t re-pay after a few hours! Your best bet is to rent out some sort of limo or party bus (plus that’s way more fun, right?).
- The Belltown neighborhood is known to be a little grungy, so prepare to pass by lots of people, traffic, and not-so-elegant spots on the way to the venue.
Average cost to rent Block 41 for your wedding: packages are customized per couple – reach out here to inquire about your celebration!
Block 41 wedding inspiration:
I’ve photographed many glorious weddings at Block 41 & know the venue like the back of my own hand. So I decided to put together a full guide dedicated entirely to Getting Married at Block 41, My Favorite Industrial Wedding Venue in Seattle. Give it a read if you’re looking for even more info about this urban chic venue!
And if you want to see a few real-life examples of what a Block 41 wedding could look like (which, trust me, you do!). Take a look at a few of my most recent weddings at this stunning venue below:
If you love the idea of keeping your wedding super casual and celebrating old-fashioned-elopement style, you can 1000% “run off to the courthouse!” Whether that entails actually running to the courthouse spontaneously with a dress you bought the day before, or inviting a couple of your closest friends along to be your witnesses, courthouse weddings are absolutely still in style. They’re a great way to cut some of the costs that come with renting out a venue, and became increasingly popular during the height of COVID, when the idea of large weddings had to be completely thrown out.
Where it’s located: 600 5th Ave
The Seattle Municipal Court is lovely for a courthouse, with tons of natural light & plenty of nearby rooftops that you may be able to hold your ceremony at (depending on the judge who will be officiating)! You can get absolutely gorgeous views of downtown Seattle and the water, and you’re allowed to begin taking photos 30 minutes prior to your check-in time. So we can make sure to grab some photos before the official stuff starts! Plus, what’s more fun than getting some photos of the two of you running across the streets of Seattle in your wedding attire & getting that classic “running off to the courthouse” elopement shot?!
Things to note:
- Judges are available to perform ceremonies at 4:30pm every weekday, and the courthouse is closed on weekends & holidays
- There are a limited number of ceremonies available per day, so it’s first come, first serve
- Wedding parties are limited to 4 people, including the couple and 2 witnesses
- Masks are required
- Ceremony requests cannot be made more than 8 weeks in advance
Average cost to get married at Seattle Municipal Court: To get married in King County, you’ll have to pay a $69 application fee. Additional fees may be required depending on the details of your ceremony.
Seattle Municipal Court wedding inspiration:
Take a look below at some of my delightful couples’ ceremonies at the Seattle Courthouse to get some inspiration!
If you’ve seen any movie or TV show that takes place in Seattle, chances are you’re familiar with Pike Place Market! It’s that iconic marketplace in the heart of downtown Seattle right on the water. Filled with countless little shops, eateries, restaurants, and visitors from all over. It’s also where the famous Gum Wall is located (definitely one of Seattle’s weirdest highlights)!
Where it’s located: right on the waterfront, along 1st & 2nd Ave
The top reason you’d choose Pike Place Market for your intimate wedding is obviously its iconic, vibrant marketplace made up of endless opportunities to explore. It’s the perfect place for any visiting family members & friends to spend time outside of your wedding day. You truly can spend all day in the market and never get bored or reach the “end!” Whether you’re looking for some delicious fresh fish to chomp on, you want to buy some gorgeous flowers from a local florist, or you want to walk into every little miscellaneous store in the downstairs section, Pike Place has something for everyone. It’s also close to everything you could ever need in a downtown area: bars, hotels, restaurants, pharmacies, shopping centers, opportunities galore for you & your intimate wedding guests!
Pike Place Market wedding inspiration:
Anne Marie and Lucas chose a lovely Pike Place Market hotel, the Inn at the Market, to host their downtown Seattle wedding and it was absolutely magical! Scroll through a few photos from their stunning day below to get an idea of what it could look like to tie the knot at a modern, industrial hotel located directly in Pike Place Market, overlooking the water in downtown Seattle.
Fremont Foundry is one of multiple wedding venues owned by Landmark Event Co. in Seattle and let me tell you, this space is in-cre-di-ble. The Foundry’s website describes the venue as “boldly elegant, industrial, and inspiring”. Which sounds like a simply magical mix for a wedding day to me! The rooftop terrace views overlooking North Seattle are to die for, and the outdoor courtyard to host your guests is unbeatable for an evening celebration or glamorous afternoon cocktail hour. All that plus the sky-lit atrium and massive windows that fill the space with natural light make for a stunning space for your special day!
Where it’s located: 154 N 35th St
When you rent the Fremont Foundry for your wedding, you receive access to a huge stash of rentals such as banquet tables, cocktail tables, folding chairs, and glassware, as well as elegant amenities including beautiful lounge furniture, a wedding party suite, & so much more. Landmark Event Co, the company who owns The Fremont Foundry, also provides couples with exclusive, full-service, top-notch catering. So you won’t have to worry about bringing in your own caterer!
Average cost to rent Fremont Foundry for your wedding: $2,500-$10,000+
Fremont Foundry wedding inspiration:
I’ve photographed many weddings here that I have to show the venue off. Check out some real Fremont Foundry wedding inspo below from some of my beautiful couples!
Herban Feast is a wonderful event company in Seattle that owns multiple wedding venues, including this one! Sodo Park is a venue located in a century-old building in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood that offers a self-described “breathtaking ambiance” through its open floor plan, massive ceilings, exposed beams, and uber romantic lighting. This 7,500-square-foot space provides a top-notch environment for your celebration whether you host 100 guests or 20!
Where it’s located: 3200 1st Ave
Renting Sodo Park as your wedding venue means you also receive access to exclusive catering provided by Herban Feast (prepared onsite so your food is served hot & fresh!), complete bar service with customizable options, free parking on nights & weekends, and custom floral design & decor available through the Herban Design Studio. Your rental will also come with 10 hours of venue access, house equipment such as tables & glassware, and a bridal loft as well as a green room. You can even take a fully virtual tour if you’re unable to visit the venue in person!
Average cost to rent Sodo Park for your wedding: $2,000-$12,000+
WithinSodo is another one of my favorite downtown Seattle wedding venues also located in the Sodo neighborhood! This event space is nothing short of jaw-dropping, with dramatic views of the city skyline, a spacious rooftop deck for you & your guests to enjoy, flexible spaces for your ceremony, reception, and cocktail hour, five (!) bathrooms, and so much more. You’ll get the urban feel of downtown Seattle mixed with that trendy industrial-chic artistic flair that we’re all loving right now!
Where it’s located: 2916 Utah Ave S
WithinSodo has a variety of spaces available to you to use for different parts of your wedding day. Including the Rooftop Deck with both covered & uncovered areas, the Ballroom, the Lounge, the Gallery & Mirror Room, and the Parlor. No matter what type of celebration you’re looking for, you’ll be able to customize your day by mixing & matching the flexible spaces the WithinSodo has to offer.
Average cost to rent WithinSodo for your wedding: contact for rates
Volunteer Park is one of Seattle’s most visited parks, home to the Volunteer Park Conservatory & the Seattle Asian Art Museum. It’s a beautiful park located in Capitol Hill with a scenic view of the city skyline and plenty of greenery to enjoy, especially on a sunny spring or summer day. The Volunteer Park Conservatory is a stunning historic greenhouse that you can rent out for your wedding. It’s an absolute dream come true, filled with lush, vibrant plants that creat a unique tropical environment that’s obviously difficult to find in Seattle!
Where it’s located: 1247 15th Ave E
If you rent the conservatory for your intimate wedding ceremony, you’ll be able to host 25 guests and can request chairs to use during it. You’ll have access to a private bathroom and will have exclusive use of the conservatory during your rental time, so you won’t be bothered by other park visitors! You can also simply reserve a specific section of the park to use in advance. Just in case you’d rather hold your ceremony under the trees outside, like Mark & Romalyn did (see photos below). The park also makes for a beautiful spot for a first look!
Average cost to rent Volunteer Park for your wedding: call (206) 684-4743 to discuss site rentals for the conservatory
Volunteer Park wedding inspiration:
Mark and Romalyn chose Volunteer Park for their first look & wedding ceremony location and we lucked out with an absolutely gorgeous day!
Olympic Sculpture Park is another well-known park in Seattle, located right on the waterfront of Elliott Bay. It’s a beautiful venue option for couples who want to get creative with their venue. Whether you’d like to hold an elegant celebration in the indoor section of the venue or enjoy the picturesque scenery in the outdoor space!
Where it’s located: 2901 Western Ave
This 9-acre sculpture park has so much to offer, from a stunning indoor space with floor-to-ceiling windows to a small secluded staircase space for your ceremony to a unique dance area. You can rent the venue for a minimum of 4 hours for both your ceremony and your reception. You also have the option to simply rent it out for your ceremony and head to another nearby venue for your evening celebration!
Average cost to rent Olympic Sculpture Park for your wedding: $1,600-$6,000+
You can probably already guess that the Four Seasons Seattle is one of the most luxurious, elegant venues you could choose to host your downtown Seattle wedding. Here’s an excerpt from their website to give you a glimpse into the vibes you’ll experience when you choose the Four Seasons:
“Exchange vows in the Ballroom, framed by floor-to-ceiling windows that gaze out onto the blue Pacific. Capture a kiss on the waterfront terrace, wreathed in sunset beside the one-of-a-kind, infinity-edge pool, or revel in those first moments as a new couple beside the lobby’s sleek, contemporary fireplace. Treat your guests to a custom menu of famed Pacific Northwest fare before dancing the night away to live music.”
I meannnn I don’t know about you, but I don’t need any more convincing – take my money!
You’ll receive nothing short of a top-notch experience hosting your wedding at the Four Seasons. From the panoramic views of Elliott Pay & the Puget Sound to the scrumptious PNW-focused cuisine to the VIP service the staff provides.
Where it’s located: 99 Union St
Your wedding package through the Four Seasons Seattle will include access to the spacious ballroom. As well as the open-air poolside terrace, and both indoor & outdoor spaces of equal elegance to choose from. Your package will be curated to fit your needs and to make your dream day come to life, including top-shelf bar service, delicious catering, a custom wedding cake, valet parking, & more! My favorite part? You’ll be matched with an on-site planning expert to make sure everything comes together beautifully, and that you won’t need to stress about the schedule & making everything seamless.
Average cost to rent the Four Seasons Seattle for your wedding: contact for rates
To end this list, we’ve got the breathtaking Edgewater Hotel. Aptly named for its location on the water, within walking distance of Pike Place Market! This boutique hotel features more than 10,000 square feet of event space for weddings of all sizes. Meaning you can truly customize the venue to best fit your day & your people. Choose from the grand ballroom, the rooftop terrace overlooking the city, and 5 other uniquely beautiful spaces.
Where it’s located: 2411 Alaskan Way
The Edgewater Hotel offers mouthwatering customizable menus to make sure your plates are filled only with foods you’ll love. Including an option for late-night snacks such as warm soft pretzels and street tacos – count me innnn. That plus the wide array of backdrop options means you’ll able to craft your day exactly as you’ve been dreaming!
Average cost to rent the Edgewater Hotel for your wedding: contact for rates
More Seattle Wedding Venues & Inspiration
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