Choosing the right venue can be a make-or-break decision when planning a wedding. Finding one that fits your overall vision, your needs, and of course, fits your budget. Whether you are local to the Pacific Northwest, or will be traveling here for a destination wedding, there are a lot of really great venues that we think you should check out.
As we head into “engagement season” and “wedding show season” it is time to start considering your options.
Today, we’re excited to share some venue recommendations and shed light on why these spaces stand out from the crowd. Keep in mind, there are a lot of really great venues that aren’t on the list – these just happen to be ones that we happen to work at occasionally that we absolutely adore (in no particular order).
Port Gamble Weddings & Events
Why We Love It:
Port Gamble Weddings is a unique venue to Kitsap, as it is one of the only “open format” venues that is open year-round with several indoor and outdoor options. Many that are open past October either require clients to use their in-house vendors or choose from a small list. Another perk of Port Gamble Weddings, is that you have multiple ceremony options; the historic St. Paul’s Cathedral and also the grassy bluff overlooking the shores of the Hood Canal at the Hood Canal Pavilion. During the warm months, they have have a large outdoor tent to accommodate large guest lists, or to enjoy the light breeze from the water. Along with a variety of amenities, there is an on-site staff that will help answer all your questions during the planning stage and also on the day-of the event.
The Pavilion has an in-house wooden bar that is conveniently located near the kitchenette, or can be moved to the back patio if you need space in the pavilion. We are also approved to drive The Bustender onto the patio to welcome guests with a tasty beverage upon arrival. One of the only local mobile bars that can fit onto the front patio – as opposed to the larger mobile bars that must stay in the parking lot or outside of the fenced area. See the video example HERE.
We are the Premier Preferred Bartending Service selected by the PGW&E Staff due to continued quality service over the years. Ask about the venue rental discount for weddings when using our services, and our off-season service discount exclusively offered to Port Gamble clients.
MORE INFORMATION + PHOTOS AT: www.portgambleweddings.com
Why We Love It:
Cedar Springs is a beautiful Pacific Northwest garden and wedding venue with picturesque ponds, a private ceremony island, a waterfall, beautiful trails, all surrounded by giant cedars – perfect for any outdoor lover. Fitted with a beautiful cedar pergola, large tent with drapery, dressing room suites, an outdoor patio, firepit, and even an outdoor game area. This venue has a lot of space and ample parking with attendants, for large gatherings. Owned and Operated by a wonderful local family that are happy to help answer any questions during the planning stage and on the day-of the event.
Another “open format” venue, with the exception of Bartenders – you must use one of their approved bar services if you’d like alcohol. They host weddings from late May to early October. The venue also has a beautiful live-edge cedar bar and a covered area offered with the venue rental, otherwise, we can serve from The Bustender in the designated cove they have for our mobile bar. See video example HERE.
We are also the Premier Preferred Bartending Service selected by the Owners of Cedar Springs due to continued quality service over the years. Ask about the venue rental discount for weddings when using our services.
MORE INFORMATION + PHOTOS AT: www.cedar-springs.com
Why We Love It:
A fellow member of Emerald Hour, not only is Kingston House a gorgeous 27-acre venue with with a ceremony space overlooking a natural pond, but also has beautiful on-site sleeping quarters for newlyweds in a mid-century home with Norwegian and Japanese inspiration – all on the grounds of a working lavender farm.
Owned and Operated locally that has been passed down through a friendly and passionate family of florists. This venue is sure to stun you and all of your guests with its natural and cultivated beauty. Boasting the gardens, tree-lined sward area, numerous trails, the large tented gazebo, beautiful sleeping quarters, modern amenities and reception area. Kingston House emphasizes reducing a carbon footprint and has a list of eco-conscious vendors and on-site staff. Another “open format” venue hosting weddings from the first weekend in May until the first weekend in October (lodging-only booking accepted year-round).
We are a Preferred Bar Service selected by the Owner of Kingston House due to continued quality service over the years. You may use any licensed vendor with approval. We can use any of our mobile bar offerings – including the Bartender’s Bar, Live-Edge Rustic Bar, or The Bustender, or use any other bar provided. (see available bar options we own HERE).
MORE INFORMATION + PHOTOS AT: www.kingston.house
Why We Love It:
Purchased in 2021 the owners of Evergreen Gardens have created a beautiful space just outside of Bellingham, Wa. with multiple gardens and reception areas. With on-site amenities, decoration, and supplies on-hand included with the venue rental, this outdoor area showcases the beautiful region on Northern Washington. A large covered pavilion with attachable walls, two large lawn and garden areas to choose from for a ceremony, and plenty of chairs, tables, prep kitchen and stove, and a built-in bar (and more), this venue is not only beautiful, but also comes with almost everything you’d need to help cut costs on rentals and reduce waste.
Another fellow member of Emerald Hour, the Owners of Evergreen Gardens are committed to sustainable weddings, offering plenty of quality re-usable decor and supplies, to reduce rental cost and the need for large delivery trucks. Plenty of on-site parking and The Lodge of Evergreen Gardens offers a 10-person lodging and also space for RV or tent camping for overnight stays and guests from out-of-town – but also close to many off-site hotels. View their Virtual Tour HERE.
Since we have a team based in Bellingham, Kitsap Bartending Services does NOT charge a travel fee to this venue unless you want to use any of our bar add-ons that are based out of Kitsap County. Please note, due to the venue providing so many amenities that normally would cost us, we automatically discount our service rates slightly to help cut costs for you as well.
We are a Preferred Bar Service selected by the Owners of Evergreen Gardens. It is a new-to-us venue starting in 2024, but we have toured the venue and met with the Owners multiple times and we feel confident you’ll love this venue too.
MORE INFORMATION + PHOTOS AT: www.eventsateg.com
White Lotus Farm & Inn
Why We Love It:
This working farm-turned wedding venue just outside of Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula, in Port Ludlow, also boasts an on-site bakery with an egg, raw honey, grains, and floral growers and producers on a 70-acre working farm complete with pasture-raised lamb and chickens. Overlooking the beautiful Beaver Valley, White Lotus Farm & Inn is a wonderful choice for those looking for a farm and barn style wedding. This “open format” venue is a blank canvas to fit your vision, and includes an on-site suites and camping spaces.
We actually first worked at this venue for the wedding of the two Owners, and have been back every year since for other couples they refer to us. In addition to the farm, this venue offers stunning views and sunsets overlooking the valley lined with wildflowers, evergreen trees, and stretching green pastures. Committed to natural living, this venue also offers on-site composting for food waste. In regards to a fun party and celebration, White Lotus Farm has a large lawn space for dining al fresco and a barn on-site for late-night dancing and music.
The large open space of this venue is perfect for The Bustender, or any of our other mobile bars, and also traditional catering and food trucks. See a video of the venue featuring The Bustender HERE.
We are a Preferred Mobile Bar Service selected by the Owners of White Lotus Farm & Inn due to continued quality service over the years. You may use any licensed vendor with approval. We can use any of our mobile bar offerings – including the Bartender’s Bar, Live-Edge Rustic Bar, or The Bustender, or use any other bar provided. (see available bar options we own HERE).
MORE INFORMATION + PHOTOS AT: www.whitelotusfarmandinn.com
Red Cedar Farm
Why We Love It:
Red Cedar Farm is another year-round venue that provides the perfect blend of rustic surroundings and elegant amenities for weddings from intimate to grand. Featuring a large ceremony area, indoor reception area, vintage arcade Americana-style arcade games, antique collectibles, elegant fitting rooms, and a unique license plate bar fully-equipped with two kegerators for draft beer (3-taps).
The venue is located just north of Poulsbo, Wa. as you head towards the Hood Canal Bridge, situated on a secluded property, featuring a show-stopping renovated 100-year old barn (where the arcade and reception hall are located).
This venue is a great find and family-owned, perfect for those looking for a stunning backdrop for photos but also a lot of fun things for guests young and old. It features a secluded prep area for the catering and mobile bartending services, and the Owner lives next door, so is always available during the event if any questions arise. Although on-site parking is limited to a handful of cars, they have a large unloading area, and also a secure lot about a mile down the road with a cute shuttle bus ready to transport guests coming and going.
We are a Recommended Mobile Bar Service for the venue, chosen by the Owner of Red Cedar Farm due to continued quality service over the years, however, you may use any licensed vendor with approval. We can use any of our mobile bar offerings – as noted, there is an on-site bar, so no bar upgrades are needed or required.
MORE INFORMATION + PHOTOS AT: www.redcedarfarm.com
Why We Love It:
Newly Re-opened under new ownership, Farm Kitchen is perfect for couples looking for a beautiful, nature-inspired Pacific Northwest setting for their wedding and reception. The venue is located on private 8-acre grounds – includes lush, organic gardens, sprawling lawns, an orchard, a cedar grove, a spacious on-site commercial kitchen, get ready cabin and suite, and an optional guesthouse. Reception spaces include an indoor dance floor, a dessert room, and a large outdoor patio sheltered by a beautiful pavilion.
Offering dates year-round with multiple reception areas selected for the season, or desired vision – featuring the Garden Room, Olympic Room, Rustic Hay Barn, Covered Pavilion, the Orchard, and even a Hidden Cedar Grove. As noted, the venue has a fully-functional commercial kitchen and prep area with all the cooking equipment a chef could need, and also a large walk-in freezer and refrigerator – perfect for Caterers who prefer to cook on-site.
As fully-operating organic flower growers, you can even opt to have them create your floral needs from flowers grown on-site. The new Owners are kind and very helpful, and extremely passionate about helping you have the perfect wedding day.
We are a Preferred Mobile Bar Service selected by the Owners of Farm Kitchen due to our vendor referrals and weddings we have worked this past year, however, you may use any licensed vendor with approval. We can use any of our mobile bar offerings – including the Bartender’s Bar, Live-Edge Rustic Bar, or The Bustender, or use any other bar provided. (see available bar options we own HERE).
MORE INFORMATION + PHOTOS AT: www.farmkitchen.com
Woodland Gardens Weddings & Events
Why We Love It:
True to its name, Woodland Gardens on the quintessential PNW vibes island of Vashon Island features acres of towering trees and manicured gardens that form a lush, woodsy oasis blissfully removed from ordinary life.
Mother-Daughter owned, this venue offers several packages and several locations on-site for ceremonies and photo opportunities. There is also a rustic-chic built-in bar on-site that is a perfect backdrop for the woodsy vibes you’ll get with this venue. They have plenty of add-on rentals and equipment or you can provide your own.
Although this is a new-to-use venue, we are already extremely excited to be working out here in the 2024 season, and just know this will be a great choice for those who love a true Pacific Northwest wedding. Bookings and Events hosted from June to October.
We are a Preferred Mobile Bar Service selected by the Owners of Woodland Gardens due to our vendor referrals and extensive meetings, however, you may use any licensed vendor with approval. Since they have an on-site built-in bar, no bar add-ons are required or needed.
MORE INFORMATION + PHOTOS AT: www.woodlandgardensevents.com
Mountain View Manor
Why We Love It:
One of the most picturesque venues in Washington State, Mountain View Manor is a 40-acre outdoor venue that features breath-taking views of Mount Rainier and the Cascade Foothills between Seattle and Tacoma, Washington. The open fields give an unobstructed view that is sure to wow all in attendance. It is always a special time to head back to this venue, as it was the location of the very first wedding that we were hired to work.
Although this is an outdoor venue, this venue does not fall short on amenities and beauty. An “open format” venue that allows you to select your own vendors. In addition to the scenery, the venue features a giant outdoor tent, changing suites, and gorgeous waterfalls. Owned and operated by an extremely friendly couple who will make sure you have the perfect day. Mountain View Manor, of Enumclaw, is a venue that is definitely worth looking into and will leave you breathless. View the walk-through video HERE.
We are a Recommended Mobile Bar Service for the venue, chosen by the Owners of Mountain View Manor due to continued quality service over the years, however, you may use any licensed and approved vendor. We can use any of our mobile bar offerings.
MORE INFORMATION + PHOTOS AT: www.mtnviewmanor.com
Why We Love It:
Legacy Farms is a brand-new venue just outside of Tacoma in Buckley, Washington. It is a quiet paradise tucked inside the lush greenery, boasting a beautiful arbor and large ceremony area, with gorgeous rock waterfall formations in the reception area. A large indoor bar area with a massive fireplace and sitting area.
As noted, this is a new venue, owned and operated by a talented and friendly family, on-site to cater to your needs. With plenty of space for large gatherings and gorgeous photo opportunities, this venue is a hidden gem that will soon be a go-to hot spot for weddings and events in the coming years – be sure to check it out now.
We are a Recommended Bar Service for the venue, chosen by the Owners of Legacy Farms due to several client referrals, an on-site tasting, and styled shoots. We are extremely excited to be a part of the beginning stages of this venue and looking forward to working here in the coming seasons.
MORE INFORMATION + PHOTOS AT: www.legacyfarmswa.com
Other Venues We Love:
Although there are many other venues that we absolutely adore and love, we just can’t fit them all on our list. So please reference your local wedding guides, including Visit Kitsap
Other venues that we also love; Gig Harbor Vintage Aero Museum, Thornewood Castle, Fern Acres, Courter Country Farm, Wesley Inn, North Fork Farm, Kitsap Memorial State Park, Orting Manor, TreeHouse Point, NatureBridge, Purple Haze Lavender Farm, Metropolist, Union Club, The Lookout Lodge, Ravenswood and more! If you need more referrals, we’d be happy to help you find the perfect-for-you venue!