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To be up front; I loved Roche Harbor from the moment I laid eyes on it. I tried looking at other venues, but none of them compared to my dream venue. I loved the character, location and venue services that is offered at Roche Harbor. This is a place where you don't feel like part of the machine - you're not 1 of 6 weddings taking place that day- and you get the whole venue to yourself. The cost for food and drink was reasonable compared to other venues, as was the site fee- but there is an addition % fee applied to the whole bill, which adds up. It all was totally worth it. The food was phenomenal. The staff and customer attention was fabulous. They've been making great upgrades to the grounds (not that they were even really needed) that improved the value even more. And, the weather was gorgeous for us!
Almost every guest of ours has said that this was the best wedding they had ever attended, and these are people who don't hand out compliments willy-nilly!!
We were very pleased with everything, and really couldn't have had a more wonderful experience.
Roche Harbor is a beautiful venue - a true "destination location" in the Pacific Northwest. The service was incredible - the location offers a one-stop shop for nearly everything. Our site fee included all the typical things that would need to be rented (cutlery, glassware, PA system, tables, chairs, etc). Because the venue also hosts three different restaurants, it was easy to use them to cater a custom menu for us, and their standard menu is delicious as well. There are a few locations where a couple can host their party - a pool lawn, a floating party barge, a newly renovated pavilion, the chapel, the gardens - the list goes on! There are a number of accommodations onsite as well - all my guests were able to stay on premise, and didnt need to drive anywhere to get to their rooms after the reception. It was stress free and very easy to make decisions. I would recommend the location to anyone looking to have a getaway wedding in a lush green NW paradise!
I've spend every summer of my life enjoying summers on San Juan Island at a family cabin, and always dreamed of getting married in the beautiful garden at Roche Harbor. This August, my dream wedding became a reality, and the entire weekend was perfect! I cannot say enough about the staff and how warm, genuine, organized, and fun they are to work with. The entire planning process, from the day we signed the contract to the wedding day 9 months later, I felt completely supported and at ease because I had an amazing team at Roche Harbor backing me up and keeping me on top of my timeline. Allison is the best! The day of the wedding, Josh was our catering manager and go-to person, and he was flawless. He was so calm and organized, I cannot imagine a better person for the job.
We got married in the garden, with a cocktail hour in the courtyard, and dinner and dancing in the connected pavilion, and it really is the perfect venue. It combines outdoor and indoor spaces seamlessly, showcasing the beauty of Roche Harbor, and allowing your guests the flexibility of going inside or outside throughout the evening. When the dancing and partying inside started to get rowdy, the grandparents enjoyed relaxing by the fireplace in the courtyard. The garden is so well maintained and lush that you really don't need decorations out there, and the courtyard and pavilion are beautiful to begin with, making decorating easy and minimal. Our guests could not stop raving about the setting for weeks after the wedding.
The whole bridal party did hair and makeup through the Afterglow Spa at Roche Harbor, and they are amazing! Mayra is a makeup genius, and Amber is absolute perfection with hair. I have never felt so beautiful, and they are a blast to spend time with, which really enhanced the wedding morning. It was like hanging out with more friends, and I was honestly bummed out to say goodbye to them, and wished they could just come to the wedding and party with us!
My advice is to stick to local island vendors, they are experienced, professional, know the space inside and out, and are all amazing people! Felicity at Cakes by Felicitations, and our florist Robin at Robin's Nest really made my visions a reality, and were so fun to work with. DJ Doug is the absolute best on the island, and our friend's kept talking about how awesome the DJ was!
If I had to do it all again, I wouldn't change one single thing about our wedding, and that is thanks to the amazing staff at Roche Harbor, and the absolutely perfect venue they have! Worth every penny.
I just got married at Roche Harbor Resort and it was everything I could have wanted. I am still basking in my joy and happiness from the event. As no venue can be perfect (and as a recent bride), I will tell you the best things about RH and well, the things that still need work on:
-It is so beautiful here - I can't even describe how perfect the scenery is here. The garden ceremony space is insane as is the cocktail hour space.
-The food was insanely good (way better than the restaurant food) - they pan-seared scallops before our eyes...
-Allie was great in prepping for the wedding day and made me feel super comfortable as she was very organized.
-Alyssa should be your go to person for any hiccups. I had a mess up with my lodging (as in not enough - see below) and only Alyssa solved it for me.
-The village homes are ridiculously luxurious and beautiful with character (at a price though...).
-For what you get (& promo package I got), this place is a great value. The cost posted here only includes my RH tab (not including attire, flowers, decorations, etc) for 91 guests.
-Use the Afterglow Spa for hair/make-up - they were awesome and more affordable than bringing in somebody from Seattle. I was anxious because they were "island girls" but Mayra is from LA and knows what she is doing. I didn't feel like a cake monster - I still looked like me! And all of our hair was amazing!!!
-Lodging: some of your guests will be stuck in the "historic" hotel del Haro where they have to shower in a shared bathtub. ***Make sure to block rooms as much as possible away from the Hotel del Haro shared guestrooms and see this on paper that there are enough accommodations for your guests*** Initially they only had enough accommodations for 50 of my guests for a wedding of 100. Alyssa saved the day for me but I was super upset about this. This was the only hiccup though and Alyssa quickly reversed this mistake for me within 48 hours.
-The panic of getting everybody here with the ferry lines. Get your guests to walk on the ferry and do a non-Saturday wedding for decreased ferry traffic.
-Wedding planner: they told me I didn't need a day-of-planner because Jessica would help out but I didn't see her once on the wedding day. Thank goodness for bossy bridesmaids. I still think you can get away without a wedding planner though...
All in all - I would recommend RH for anybody to get married at. I loved loved loved my wedding.
@marziabani Thanks for the feedback on your wedding! We're glad it was all in all a great experience, hiccups and pleasant surprises. Good to know the food was an over delivery on flavors and interactivity; and sorry to underwhelm on some expectati...
Roche Harbor is the DREAM place to get married. You and your guests will leave your wedding feeling as if they were in a magical land! :)
@sissabeans We're so glad to hear everything was a dream for the wedding experience!
If you want a picture-perfect venue that makes your wedding stand out from the rest, Roche Harbor will accomplish all that and more. It's a truly magical place that makes everyone feel pampered and special in ways that are hard to put into words. Everyone who works there is extremely nice and accommodating, and everyone on the events staff is beyond amazing. All our guests are still raving about how much fun they had, how great the food was, and how beautiful the scenery was. Me and my husband are sooo glad we got married in Roche Harbor. Don't let the ferry ride deter you; it's the best PNW destination wedding spot, hands down!!
We had such a wonderful time at Roche Harbor for our wedding weekend! From planning our event to accommodations for our guests, the staff at Roche Harbor was always easy to reach and willing to work with us and our wedding planner to make sure things went smoothly! We had a couple different events planned by different family members and everything went to smoothly. The pig roast at Shipwreck Cove was so fun and had a great laid back and relaxing feel. The wedding was beautiful! We loved the garden and the reception went so smoothly. We couldn't have asked for anything different. We had a breakfast the morning after our wedding and it was the perfect way to wrap up the weekend and say our good byes. Allison at Roche Harbor helped make everything flow perfectly! Thanks so much and we will definitely be back for many anniversaries!!!! Lifetime memories!
I had dreamed of getting married at the resort since I was old enough to have such thoughts. I was lucky enough to meet a guy that loved Roche as much as I do.
The staff was beyond helpful in the year leading up to the wedding, the service was amazing, and the food was incredible. The day was spectacular all around. If i was to do it over I wouldn't even think of picking another spot.
Extraordinary, magical, flawless. These words so accurately describe my experience with Roche Harbor. Everyone was incredible to work with and the day was executed better than I could have imagined. I didn't have a wedding planner, and honestly, Roche Harbor made it so I didn't need one. I was able to accomplish everything I wanted and couldn't have had a more wonderful day!
We chose Roche Harbor because of the beautiful setting, the option for an indoor or outdoor wedding (we were married in early October) and the wide array of accommodations for our guests.
We cannot say enough about our experience. All of our guests were accommodated on grounds (we had 93 people), there was a place for us to stay with our dog (who was in the wedding) and we received excellent care from Allison, Alyssa and the rest of the staff.
The food was AMAZING throughout the weekend (we had our rehearsal dinner, wedding and post-wedding brunch there) - but I cannot say enough about the wedding dinner. It was delicious and people are still talking about it. Josh, our manager for the wedding day, was amazing - there when you needed him, but working behind the scenes all the time.
One hint - make sure your guests know to speak with Alyssa directly when making reservations.
We couldn't be happier!
Our wedding day was everything we imagined and more! We got to relax and enjoy our special day along with all of our guests. The staff was friendly and helpful throughout the whole process of planning, setting up, follow-up visits and especially on our wedding day! Roche Harbor is a magical place that we will continue to visit for the rest of our lives. The memories we share with friends and family of Roche Harbor brings a smile to face each time I think of them. The Roche Harbor staff make it a point to know who you are and what you are expecting on your wedding day. They made the planning process go so smoothly and quickly gained my trust during the planning period. I highly recommend Roche Harbor for any type of event, vacation, reunion, anniversary and above all weddings!
Beautiful venue, great food, and friendly staff!!
The staff was fantastic to work with and the location was gorgeous. It was everything we were hoping for for a wedding location. Our guests enjoyed having a weekend getaway too.
Allie and the rest of the staff at Roche did a fantastic job attending to all our needs!! The weather, the venue, the food, the staff were fabulous!
We had the best wedding weekend with our families and our closest friends. The staff at Roche Harbor was professional and the level of service was exceptional. The venue was amazing! The flow from the ceremony to cocktail hour, dinner and dancing went so well. The food was exceptional! It is the best location to have a weekend destination wedding. We started planning 9 months before and the staff at Roche made the process fun and enjoyable. They had every detail down. They were always available when I had questions. We loved working with everyone at Roche and would highly recommend this location!!!!
My husband and I got married at Roche Harbor in August 2013. From the first email exchange I was very impressed with the staff. I received a very detailed email with a great deal of information within hours of sending an inquiry email. We live in Las Vegas and weren't able to get to Roche Harbor before the wedding, however the level of communication between Allison, Alyssa and myself made me confident that everything was more than handled. At one point I even told Allison that I was stressed out because I had nothing to stress out about!
The location was honestly second to none. The grounds were immaculate and everything looks just how it appears in all the pictures of the resort. The wedding and reception went flawlessly. Any question I had was promptly answered and I never felt like any aspect of the event wasn't taken into consideration.
We will definitely return to Roche Harbor for our anniversary!
While looking for wedding venues in western Washington I knew I wanted a place that would truly highlight the beauty of the pacific northwest to our friends and family not from the area. Upon visiting Roche Harbor I knew I had a found a place that would show all our east coast and midwestern guests why we had chosen to settle here. True, it is a bit of a planes, trains and automobiles situation to get to Roche Harbor, but the journey is beautiful and once you get there it is well worth the travel. The best part is that we were really able to make it a weekend getaway for our guests so we got to spend more time with everyone and they were able to get to know each other over the weekend. Throughout the whole planning process, everyone at Roche really bent over backwards to make sure our weekend was everything we wanted it to be, not just for ourselves but for the guests as well. The food was fabulous and the staff was so warm and welcoming. Everyone we spoke to commented on how we had chosen the most beautiful spot for our wedding and when the sun was setting over the water as we were eating dinner in the tent I couldn't have agreed with them more - it was pure magic!
Ok....so from the moment I decided to consider Roche Harbor Resort for my wedding I was greeted with AMAZING customer service. They really know how to treat everyone right and I was hooked from the initial visit, not just by the beauty, but literally because the staff were incredible. They stayed incredible throughout the whole year of planning, and even after the wedding they still show compassion and happiness towards the event. Allison McMillan WOW I cant thank that wonderful woman enough for the strings she pulled and the time she put into my special day as the event manager. To all the brides out there just remember this: dont settle for a location that wont accomodate you--- because there is one location that will ALWAYS accomodate what you want and need: Roche Harbor Resort! Thank you so much to the wonderful staff for making a perfect and memorable day. I cant wait to come back for our anniversary!
Roche Harbor Resort is a beautiful area to get married. Not only are the grounds stunning but the service was fantastic. Roche Harbor staff went above and beyond what was promised. They helped coordinate the day of with setting up table decorations and working with vendors to get them what they needed. I was very impressed with both Josh and Megan for helping with set up and making sure the evening progressed smoothly.
A+ for the resort and it's staff!
I am sure I am biased to say it was the best wedding I have ever been to, since it was my own, but I can't count the amount of compliments we received on our wedding. It was beyond our expectations! Guests raved about the food and and venue. Most of our guests came from out of the state and I was thanked multiples for sharing such a special place with our friends and family. The staff was wonderful to work with and they worked really hard to make our day be what we wanted it to be. It was a very special day that Roche made possible! We can't thank them enough!
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Roche Harbor Weddings - a destination within reach
Acclaimed waterfront ceremony and reception venue on San Juan Island, Washington. You'll have our full attention on your Big Day, because yours will be the only wedding we'll host that day. Find out why we we're Seattle Bride Magazine's Best of 2012 and 2013 award winner for NW Destination Venue.
- Price Range: $$
- Amenities: Indoor Ceremony Area, Liability Insurance, Liquor License, On the Water, Onsite Catering, Onsite Overnight Accommodations, Onsite Parking, Onsite Wedding Consultant, Outdoor Ceremony Area, Outdoor Reception Area, Site Fee, Tented Area, Wheelchair Accessible
- Capacity: Up to 250
- Style: Hotel/Resort
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2014
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013