There are many reasons to plan your wedding in the Pacific Northwest. Part of the allure is purely scenic: edge-of-the-continent fjords and snow-tipped crags. And of course there’s the food and wine, which are threatening to eclipse California as the premiere West’s dining destination. But we’re pretty sure a lot of couples choose a Northwestern wedding in order to make a statement: We may be getting married, but we’re still rebels at heart. Here are five amazing places that will seduce even the hippest duo.
The Edgewater Hotel (pictured)
For a big-city hotel, this is one of the more intimate wedding sites in Seattle. But it isn’t size that sells the boutique-style Edgewater; it’s the outstanding view of mountains, bay, and skyline.
Where it is: Smack on the Seattle waterfront (guests have been known to dangle a fishing line from their rooms), the Edgewater is easy to reach by car, taxi, even public transit (it’s on the Metro bus line). No need to rent wheels; whatever you can’t walk to within the downtown corridor is accessible by complimentary van.
Meet the staff: Working under the guidance of director of catering Catherine Chapman and sales manager Catrina Coluccio-Cook, you’ll be appointed an event planner who’ll coordinate all the details, including room set-up and menu selection, and work with your vendors, as well. They’re a busy bunch, as the hotel typically hosts two to six weddings per weekend.
The looks department: This is the only waterfront hotel in town, and it’s a doozy, with travel poster views of Elliott Bay, Mt. Rainier, the Olympic Mountains, and the city skyline. And the indoor spaces are far from shabby, what with river-rock fireplaces, antler chandeliers, and a dash of industrial chic.
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