Seattle may be one of the most underrated wedding locations in the country, with its reputation for rainy weather convincing many couples to tie the knot in sunnier locales. But if you’ve spent any time in the Pacific Northwest, you know that the region is filled with beautiful mountains and waterways, and is home to some of the most creative venues in the country.
Here are our picks for the 10 best small wedding venues in Seattle!
1. A modern houseboat on Portage Bay
Make the most of Seattle’s proximity to the sea by holding an intimate wedding ceremony at this small but modern houseboat on the waterfront. We’re talking very small—the dining table can only sit a handful of people— but the dining area opens up onto a beautiful deck that sits right on the water. We’re picturing a tiny ceremony on the deck followed by a private dinner for the immediate family. Don’t worry about getting sea-sick: the house is built on stable pilings!
2. A stylish retreat home in Queen Anne
For a slightly larger space, check out this home in the Queen Anne neighborhood that can fit up to 25 people. It features a modern kitchen, a fireplace, and an outdoor courtyard with a grill. The living room has massive picture windows with views of Elliot Bay, while the grassy outdoor lawn can accommodate a small wedding ceremony. Whether you’re planning a casual wedding or a fancier occasion, be sure to hire a private chef or caterer to take advantage of the kitchen!
3. A modern industrial loft in Ballard
This modern loft in Ballard is one of the best small wedding venues in Seattle if you’re looking for an industrial-chic vibe. It has high timber ceilings with chandeliers, long wooden tables, leather couches, and an open chef’s kitchen with 10 stools. One of the best things about this space is that there are no restrictions on food and drink. You can bring your own caterer or hire a private chef to cook for your guests in the kitchen. It also includes a flat-screen TV and sound system for your entertainment. The venue can accommodate 40 guests for a seated dinner and offers free parking on-site.
4. A wine tasting room in Bellevue
This classy wine tasting room can accommodate up to 30 people for a private event, or 20 for a seated dinner. It has a flat-screen TV and Sonos sound system, 2 restrooms, street-level entry, and free parking for up to 3 hours. According to one recent guest review, “We had the absolute best experience hosting our small wedding reception…. The wine was great and the space was beautiful, and we were able to customize our set up. I work in hospitality and would say I have high standards and it really exceeded my expectations.”
Outside food is allowed, but alcohol must be purchased from your hosts. And with wine experts on hand to help you choose the perfect bottle from their collection, why wouldn’t you want to?
5. A 40th-floor event space in downtown
For another great venue with epic views, consider this stylish event space on the 40th floor that can accommodate up to 125 people. This 1,585-sq. ft. space is lined with windows, giving you a one-of-a-kind view of Puget Sound, Lake Union, and the Olympic Range. You’ll have access to a projector, audio and video controls, and a prep kitchen that your caterers can use. There’s also an outdoor deck available for an extra fee that features plants, furniture, and heat lamps.
Keep in mind that live music isn’t allowed at this venue—only the in-house sound system—so if having a live band or DJ is important to you, try one of the other spaces on our list!
6. A chic event space in Capitol Hill
This event space can accommodate everything from small to medium wedding ceremonies, with 3,000 sq. ft. of space featuring high ceilings and a bright, open floor plan. Your hosts can provide a range of A/V gear, including wireless microphones, a projector, and a surround sound system. You’ll also have the option of 20 rectangular tables, 4 cocktail tables, and 200 chairs.
The venue offers kitchen access and dishware upon request, and is wheelchair accessible, with gender-neutral restrooms and a separate room for nursing mothers.
7. An outdoor theater in Redmond, WA
Outdoor enthusiasts will be hard-pressed to find a better small wedding venue than this outdoor forest theater in Redmond. Just a short drive from the city, you’ll find yourself surrounded by greenery as you exchange your vows. This event space includes a 16’ outdoor movie screen, a 200-sq. ft. stage consisting of several treehouses, a covered gazebo, and a 24’ yurt. With a firepit, running water, and an off-grid power system, you’ll have everything you need for an outdoor wedding!
This venue does require an 8-minute walk from the nearest parking area, although there are two 800-ft zip lines available to deliver supplies or to make a memorable entrance!
8. A yoga studio in Northwest Seattle
A fitness and yoga studio might not sound like the kind of place to hold a wedding, but wait until you see what this venue looks like fully decorated. Reviewers call it a “beautiful space with a warm, friendly bohemian atmosphere,” due to its hardwood floors, its wide windows covered in white lace curtains, and more. White chairs, warm rugs and cushions, plants, and well-placed candles all work together to make this one of the best and most unique small wedding venues in Seattle!
9. A historic building in Pioneer Square
This simple yet elegant venue is a perfect choice for a traditional wedding, with room for up to 80 standing, or 54 guests for a sit-down dinner. It features hardwood floors, string lights, and other decorative touches to help your ceremony shine. There’s also a large serving area fit for buffet dishes, as well as a side room that can be used as a bridal suite, with a full-length mirror and several makeup stations.
10. An indoor/outdoor event space in Gig Harbor
This beautifully rustic venue is just one of several indoor and outdoor spaces on a beautiful property in Gig Habor. In addition to 1200 sq. ft. of space for 40 people, you’ll also have access to a pond with a gazebo, a patio with a fire pit, flower gardens, and more. Additional multipurpose space is available that could be used for catering setup or other behind-the-scenes preparations.
From Vashon Island to Snoqualmie, you’ll find dozens of small wedding venues in Seattle available to rent on Peerspace. While some hosts offer packages specifically for weddings, you aren’t limited to those venues alone. As long as the venue is big enough for your group and the host doesn’t prohibit weddings, the Concierge can help you secure the rest!