After two people madly in love become engaged to one another, they must figure out the plans for the big wedding day. For some, getting married close to home feels like the best thing in order to keep it intimate, but for others they like to create a new experience with their family and friends by having a destination wedding, but whether the destination has a value of significance for the two love birds or it doesn’t, the concept of a destination wedding is a completely different ball game than walking into the courthouse or having a reception at home.
One of the destinations for weddings that seems to be on the rise in popularity is that of Seattle, Washington. From my understanding, this is occurring because the climate of Seattle is pretty consistent year round which makes it pleasant for all guests.
Planning Your Seattle Destination Wedding
If it’s a small intimate wedding or a huge grand luxurious Seattle wedding and reception for 200 friends and family members, your wedding will be memorable, and you will remember this day for eternity, so you need it to be perfect.
Seattle destination weddings are usually beautiful and pretty but they do take lot’s of planning and research, as planning a destination wedding in Seattle can be very stressful, our recommendation for housing would be a Seattle vacation rental to at least have a home base to go to with a home atmosphere, plus vacation rentals in Seattle tend to be more cost effective than a hotel room. Regarding the wedding itself we do recommend working with one of the many Seattle wedding planners as they know and understand the city more than any of the research could bring to you.
Wedding Venues in Seattle For Destination Weddings
Below are some venues we feel would be great for destination weddings in Seattle or around the Seattle area.
1. The Washington Athletic Club
2. The Fairmont Olympic Hotel
3. URBAN enoteca
4. SODO Park by Herban Feast
5. Stimson Green Mansion
7. Hotel 100
8. The Great Hall at Union Station
9. Bell Harbor International Conference Center
Remember the above are just some ideas that we like in regards to having a destination wedding because these locations are normally visited from out of towners so we thought it would be rewarding for the wedding ceremony as well as an attraction for your guest all at the same time.
Rehearsal Dinner for Seattle Destination Wedding
The wedding rehearsal dinner is very important because usually it occurs the night most guests arrive to the destination of the wedding. In your case, arriving to Seattle, and most times its either the night prior to the wedding or two nights prior to the Seattle wedding. Here are some choices we like for the Seattle wedding rehearsal dinner.
1. Redhook Brewery
2. Tulio Ristorante
3. The Resort at Port Ludlow
4. Palisade Waterfront Restaurant
5. Pan Pacific Seattle
6. Motor Yacht Linmar
7. Covington Cellars
8. The Last Supper Club
Remember like the wedding venues that these are just recommendations that we like for Seattle wedding rehearsal dinners.
Being A Guest At A Seattle Destination Wedding
Unlike a normal wedding that is close to home, a destination wedding provides a much different atmosphere for guests. The process for guests during a destination wedding is a little bit different in that you have many other variables to immerse yourself in. Remember you are not at home, you are in a foreign land, that land is called Seattle.
General Seattle Destination Wedding Etiquette
The wife and husband to be should not live under the assumption that all the people that they invite to their wedding will be able to attend. As a guest you should definitely not assume that the wedding couple will be paying for your journey to the pacific northwest. When you are a guest for a Seattle destination wedding please remember that you may possibly look at spending between $600 to $1200 from flights to gas to food to vacation homes to tourist activities to going out at night and for the ladies shopping at some of Seattle’s fashion boutiques. It usually is best as the guest to have the wedding gifts sent to the couple’s home rather than lugging it across the country to Seattle. Remember this is a vacation for you the guest and a wedding for the love birds.
Let me repeat myself, guest should only expect the couple to pay for the Seattle wedding reception and the wedding ceremony and the rehearsal dinner and assume that nothing else will be paid for. One important factor that should be remembered is following the wedding, as a guest, please give the couple some alone time as this is also their honeymoon. Yes i know that you are on a vacation but please do remember that there are wedding activities and being late to those because of sightseeing would be looked at as being very selfish. Plan your schedule appropriately and make sure you allow time from getting from one place to the next.