These Seattle Wedding Venues Are Nothing Short of Jaw-Dropping

The Emerald City is home to dozens of incredible and varied wedding venues.
Lauren Dana Ellman - The Knot Contributor.
Lauren Dana Ellman
Lauren Dana Ellman - The Knot Contributor.
Lauren Dana Ellman
The Knot Contributor
  • Lauren is a contributor for The Knot covering topics such as music, cakes, venues and speeches.
  • She has been published in a wide array of lifetsyle-oriented publications including SELF and Allure.
  • Lauren is a proud graduate of Syracuse University's SI Newhouse School of Public Communication.
Updated Jun 25, 2021

With its stunning greenery, dazzling skyscrapers, fascinating history, and rich culture, Seattle, WA is one of the most jaw-dropping cities in the Pacific Northwest. And, unsurprisingly, it's home to dozens of awe-inspiring wedding venues. And, while the rainy weather can be a potential drawback — especially if you want to have an outdoor wedding ceremony or reception — you'll be pleased to know that many outdoor venues either 1) come already tented, or 2) offer you the option to add a tent. This helps ensure you and your guests stay comfortable (and dry!) throughout the entirety of your big day.

From an outdoor space overlooking the skyline and surrounding Puget Sound to a greenery-filled garden venue, keep scrolling for a few of our favorite wedding reception venues in Seattle.

The Ruins in Seattle, Washington

The Ruins is housed in a mansion located in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood. The wedding venue features four opulent event spaces (The Dining Room, The Ballroom, The Lounge, and The Maisonette) and can accommodate up to 250 people. Guests will be wowed by the chandelier-lined, palatial interiors. You'll also notice a whimsical art display and curated collection of antiques. However, perhaps the most photogenic — and fun — highlight of all is the life-sized elephant sculpture from the 1962 World Fair.

Herban Feast's Sodo Park & The Foundry in Seattle, Washington

This 7,500-square-foot wedding venue — which was originally a copper and steel manufacturer facility — pays homage to its past with its industrial-inspired design touches and high ceilings. It's located in Seattle's Industrial District (about a 10-minute drive from Downtown). Couples can customize the floor plan to their liking, and the options are truly limitless when it comes to decorating. The sprawling space can hold anywhere from 230 to 550 guests.

AXIS Pioneer Square in Seattle, Washington

As its name suggests, AXIS Pioneer Square is situated in Pioneer Square, where you'll find a slew of Romanesque Revival buildings. The venue is housed in the 131-year-old Globe Building and offers up to 10,000 square feet of event space. It's large enough to hold over 500 of your closest friends and family members. Inside, expect industrial-chic design touches like exposed brick, tall archways — plus granite and steel accents. Outdoor space is also available for rent for cocktail hours, rehearsal dinners, and wedding ceremonies.

The Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle, Washington

Despite its extensive, multi-million dollar renovation, the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, conveniently located in downtown Seattle, has retained its signature charm. The opulent wedding venue has attracted countless couples over its 95-year history. It offers over 28,000 square feet of event space, which can accommodate up to 650 guests. The Spanish Ballroom — which is decorated with dazzling chandeliers, palatial pillars, and grand windows — is among the most iconic on-site reception venue. Meanwhile, the sun-drenched Garden ballroom brings in tons of natural light and offers an elegant setting. Lastly, the sleek Metropole Room is ideal for smaller wedding ceremonies and elopements.

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Pan Pacific Seattle in Seattle, Washington

Elegance awaits at Pan Pacific Seattle. The 153-room hotel and wedding venue is renowned for its 1,674-square-foot Lakefront Ballroom. In addition to the awe-inspiring views of the Seattle Space Needle, the ballroom, which can accommodate up to 175 guests, also offers large windows, an outdoor terrace, and wooden accents. The Cascade Room is equally as beautiful and designed for slightly smaller groups since it fits 130 guests. Finally, the Pacific Lounge is expansive at over 3,000 square feet — comfortably fitting up to 200 people. Pan Pacific is located in Seattle's bustling South Lake Union District.

Dunn Gardens in Seattle, Washington

Host your outdoor wedding at the dreamy Dunn Gardens, which dates back to 1915. The wedding venue is about a half-hour drive from downtown Seattle yet somehow feels miles away from the city's hustle and bustle. The gardens stretch over seven acres of land. It's worth noting that the venue is best for smaller weddings since it can accommodate a maximum of 60 guests. Other highlights include plush seating options, a whimsically decorated cottage, and an outdoor patio.

The Arctic Club Hotel in Seattle, Washington

This Seattle hotel is renowned for its historic, 100-plus-year-old ballroom, the Northern Lights Dome Room. Architectural highlights include a crystals chandelier, glass-domed ceiling, colorful stained glass, carved accents, and other elaborate detailing that's sure to delight guests of all ages. The ballroom can accommodate up to 250 people and offers a glimpse of the glimmering Seattle skyline, which is especially magical come nighttime. Couples can opt to rent out half the room (Dome Room - Main or Dome Room - South) or the entire space.

Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Washington

Benaroya Hall — which is home to the acclaimed Seattle Symphony — can comfortably accommodate wedding parties of all sizes, from 50 to 500. Here, you and your guests are the main attraction, while the staff caters to your every need. Choose from three magnificent spaces: The Founders Room, Taper Stage, and/or The Grand Lobby. In addition, its central Downtown Seattle location is within an easy, under-15-minute walk of some of the city's most prominent attractions, including the Seattle Aquarium, the Seattle Great Wheel, Pike Place, and the Seattle Art Museum.

National Nordic Museum in Seattle, Washington

The National Nordic Museum, which is located in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood, offers a handful of indoor and outdoor spaces to choose from. The Scandinavian-inspired event venue makes an ideal locale for a picture-perfect wedding ceremony and reception. The expansive Osberg Great Hall is an architectural delight with its sliding glass wall and large windows. It spans over 4,200 square feet and can hold up to 600 guests (standing) and 280 guests (seated). The vertical-shaped, natural light-filled Fjord Hall is over 280 feet long and can accommodate up to 200 guests (standing). Meanwhile, the East Garden — which features a Viking ship replica and a restored, 1914-era Finnish-style sauna — makes a beautiful setting for an intimate outdoor ceremony. Or, if you have a larger guest list, consider renting the 3,000 square-foot Fisherman's Sun Terrace, which holds up to 150 seated guests (400 standing) — and a tent as large as 40 x 60 inches. The Third Floor Lounge, which accommodates up to 26 seated guests (59 standing) and overlooks the Olympic Mountains, is another option.

Georgetown Ballroom in Seattle, Washington

Whether you're hosting an intimate wedding with just 40 guests or a larger affair with 300 people, this unique wedding venue offers something for everyone. As its name suggests, Georgetown Ballroom is — you guessed it — located in Seattle's bustling Georgetown neighborhood. The space used to house the historic Mission Theater, which operated from 1914-1952. While a lot has changed since then, the venue pays homage to its past with its soaring 18-foot-high ceilings, two mezzanines, and exposed brick. There's even a private courtyard that's perfect for ceremonies and cocktail hours.

Hotel Sorrento in Seattle, Washington

Host your wedding reception at Hotel Sorrento, which is located in Seattle's First Hill neighborhood. The boutique property — which first opened its doors back in 1909 — offers stunning views of the city, Puget Sound, Mt. Rainier, and Lake Washington. The hotel offers three event spaces. The domed ballroom, aptly named Top Of The Town, can hold up to 120 guests. Right next door, you'll find the seventh-floor rooftop space, which spans 1,152 square feet. There's also the lush Star Garden, which features a heated tent (which is especially convenient in case it rains — which, if you know Seattle, is pretty common!) and twinkling lights.

The Rainier Club in Seattle, Washington

The tony Rainier Club, which was founded back in 1888, makes the perfect place for your dream wedding. The swanky event venue is housed in a 1904-era mansion that's surrounded by glistening skyscrapers in the heart of downtown Seattle. The one-of-a-kind event space is full of Old World charm with its dynamic architecture. Additionally, its gold-accented ceilings, crystal chandeliers, and a grand staircase exude romantic vibes.

Grand Hyatt Seattle in Seattle, Washington

Located in downtown Seattle, the Grand Hyatt puts you and your guests within easy walking distance of some of the city's most iconic sights, including the Space Needle and Pike Place Market. The elegant Leonesa and Princesa ballrooms can accommodate 400 and 300 guests, respectively. In addition, couples can decorate the already-extravagant space with romantic votive candles, colorful florals, and ice sculptures. Several event suites — each with sweeping skyline views — are also available for small weddings and cocktail hours.

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