The 12 Best Small Wedding Venues Washington State Has to Offer

These spots showcase the best of the PNW.
Lauren Nowack
by Lauren Nowack
Updated Apr 18, 2024

When looking up small wedding venues, you're likely trying to find an intimate spot that still provides an elevated experience for you and your guests. For small wedding venues in Washington State specifically, you'll be choosing from one-of-a-kind concepts, remote mountain lodges and seaside resorts. This step is just one of many as you figure out how to plan a small wedding. So, as you embark on this journey, here are our favorite intimate spots to tie the knot in the PNW.

Woodinville Lavender in Redmond, Washington

Just 20 minutes from downtown Seattle and SeaTac airport sits Woodinville Lavender, an unbeatable outdoor venue with lavender fields, a highly experienced wedding coordinator and plenty of unique details, from custom furniture to a garden arbor. With exclusive use of this venue on your big day, the team here is fully prepared to help you pull off an immaculate wedding. Whether you take portraits in the lavender fields or snap sunset photos outside the garden cottage, this is a photo-ready venue with a beautiful "wow" factor that easily tops the lists of the best small outdoor wedding venues in Washington State and intimate venues near Tacoma.

  • Guest Capacity: 50

Bush House Inn in Index, Washington

Mountain views, rich history and riverfront property all add to the rustic charm of the Bush House Inn, a hotel and wedding venue an hour east of Seattle. An outdoor ceremony can be hosted by the river, in the gardens or tucked in the forest, while the indoor banquet room can host an indoor service and reception for 72 guests seated for a formal dinner. The banquet room's tall ceilings, wood beams and immense amount of natural light bring warmth to this historic hotel, creating a storybook experience for all.

  • Guest Capacity: 72 for formal dining, 120 casual gathering

Fern Acres in Forks, Washington

If you're considering tying the knot between May and September, head over to Forks, Washington to check out Fern Acres. Power couple Tena and Brent Gagnon have created a bespoke forest venue that gives a Midsummer Night's Dream vibe. The forested ceremony area has rustic benches for guests, while the garden has space for a reception tent. For those wanting a Twilight-themed elopement, Fern Acres offers a Bella-and-Edward experience on selected dates each year, complete with forest fairy lights and hanging lanterns.

  • Guest Capacity: 75

Wisteria Hollow Waterfront Estate in Gig Harbor, Washington

Wisteria Hollow Waterfront Estate is a combination of three homes tucked on six acres of private land on Puget Sound. A sweet outdoor ceremony can be held on the lawn with the luminescent water in the background before heading over to the stone patio for a reception. With lawn chairs, sport courts, kayaks and a hot tub, there is so much to turn your celebration into a week or weekend to remember. As the three private homes accommodate 24 guests in all, this is truly one of the cozier small intimate wedding venues in Washington State for a laidback, family-friendly gathering.

  • Guest Capacity: Sleeps 24

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IslandWood in Bainbridge Island, Washington

IslandWood is an environmental education camp and facility on Bainbridge Island, which is just a short ferry ride away from other small Seattle wedding venues. While this wedding destination can hold up to 200 people, there are so many small, unique spots around the grounds it had to be included in our list of the best small wedding venues in Washington State. Not only will a wedding here support the greater good of environmental justice, but the campy, cabin feel gives a warmth and coziness hard to find in a venue. Tie the knot in the Great Hall, on a suspension bridge or by the treehouse before throwing down in one of the many meeting rooms and event spaces.

  • Guest Capacity: For a seated banquet: 170 in Dining Hall, 25 in Private Dining Room, 50 in Ichthyology Inn Great Room. For a ceremony or standing reception: 50 in Garden, 175 in Creaky Tree Meadow, 15 in Learning Tree House, 8 in Bog Tree House

Alpine Lakes High Camp in Leavenworth, Washington

Do you want quintessential PNW vibes and perhaps the most private venue on the West Coast? Look no further than Alpine Lakes High Camp. This private wilderness resort wedding venue allows nature-loving couples and 48 of their closest friends and family to stay for a few days and celebrate the impending vows. With hiking, biking, alpine lakes and ample snow in the winter, there's more than enough adventure for all in the 400,000 surrounding acres of wilderness.

Almquist Family Winery in Seattle, Washington

With passion for their craft and a unique greenhouse venue, the Almquist Family Winery in Queen Anne on the Ship Canal is the perfect setting for your bespoke Seattle wedding. The greenhouse can host up to 46 guests while the restaurant can seat 60, making this space one that could double as a Seattle bridal shower venue too. The Barrel Room can hold up to 200 for larger events, and there is a wine garden and lawn outside for outdoor ceremonies. With top-notch hospitality and a comfortable and unique atmosphere, your wedding should be stress-free and unforgettable at this Washington State small wedding venue.

  • Guest Capacity: 46 in the Greenhouse, 200 in the Barrel Room, 60 in Restaurant

Steam Plant Restaurant & Brewpub in Spokane, Washington

Those looking for small wedding venues in Spokane will be thrilled by the inclusion of Steam Plant Restaurant & Brewpub on our list of Washington State small wedding venues. It has a plethora of spaces to accommodate nearly any party size and style while guests enjoy the industrial vibes, incredible food and drinks. The Steam Plant's Rooftop space has two outdoor patios which can be used for a ceremony and can hold up to 120 people inside for a seated event. The Stacks, which has a unique water feature, holds up to 44 for a meal while the Game Room can hold 45 seated guests beside its shuffleboard and full swing golf simulator. The two-floor Wine Cellar can hold a total of 36 guests split between the levels and the cozy Boiler Room and Pipe Rooms each hold up to 22.

  • Guest Capacity: For ceremony: 80 on Patio, 100 in Stacks. Seated reception: 120 in Rooftop, 24 in Pipe Room and Boiler Rooms, 44 in Stacks, 45 in Game Room, 36 in Wine Cellar.

The Brick House Gardens & Nursery in Ellensburg, Washington

Drawing inspiration from European gardens, the Brick House Gardens & Nursery in central Washington provides a stunning small wedding venue abounding in greenery and serenity. The glass conservatory can hold up to 50 seated people amongst its draped ferns, large potted plants and fountains. The event lawn overlooking Manastash Ridge is the perfect place for an outdoor ceremony before adjourning to the Pergola that seats 60 or turns into a spot to dance the night away. With two specialty gardens, breathtaking sculptures, a stone reflection pool and plenty of architectural structures, this venue is photo-ready for you and your guests. There are also six cottages on the grounds so the wedding party can be with you all weekend long.

  • Guest Capacity: 50 in Glass Conservatory, 60 in Pergola, 150 on Lawn

Freestone Inn in Mazama, Washington

Nestled at the base of the North Cascades sits the Freestone Inn. From May to October, 100 guests can easily gather inside and out to celebrate your special day, while that number shrinks to 50 for the colder months as all festivities take place inside. The Inn's splendid isolation gives everyone a healthy separation from everyday life, allowing you to escape and fully enjoy the getaway. With a 24-hour hot tub and well-equipped guest rooms, guests will want to stay long after you've said goodbye.

  • Guest Capacity: 50 from November to April, 100 from May to October

The Wayfarer Whidbey Island in Coupeville, Washington

Whidbey Island is a magical place in and of itself, and The Wayfarer leans into that. One of our favorite small wedding venues in WA state, its five acres are a picturesque island farm offering seclusion, beauty and romance. With two barns to choose from and a breathtaking archway of trees to dine under, there are more than enough spots here to personalize your ceremony and reception. With lawn games, fire pits, getting ready cabins and other amenities that turn a wedding into a party, The Wayfarer is truly a magical, intimate spot to exchange vows.

  • Guest Capacity: 100

The Jones Landing in Duvall, Washington

For couples seeking a laid-back, nature-first experience without sacrificing on comfort, book the Jones Landing in Duvall, Washington for your Washington State wedding. This luxury retreat sits on a creek, complete with sandy banks, and acres of hiking and nature trails. Host your ceremony outside in the picnic area, by the yurts, in the amphitheater or on one of the two stages. Receptions can be held in these spots as well or inside. While this space is optimal for intimate weddings between 10 and 30 people, gatherings of up to 50 people can be negotiated.

  • Guest Capacity: 50

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