As if planning a wedding isn’t stressful enough, venue after venue delivers the three most dreaded words: “No dogs allowed.”
Worry not, doggo lover. If you refuse to leave the pooch at home on the biggest day of your life, you don’t have to sacrifice style in the process. We’ve dug up some of the most dog-lovin’ wedding venues in Seattle.
Before we begin, there are a few things to consider before working your four-legged roommate into your wedding:
- Do your research. Every dog-lovin’ venue has its own guidelines for four-legged wedding party members. Investigate before committing.
- Have a plan. Designating someone Fido knows well – besides you or your partner – to be in charge of his care is in everyone’s best interest. You’ll be grateful not to worry about pupper’s whereabouts as you’re pulled in a million other directions that day.
- Schedule help. If Fido’s only staying for part of the ceremony, consider finding a “wedding attendant.” Fetch! Seattle North offers a “pet taxi” for most Seattle neighborhoods. They will pick up and drop off Fido. Gettin’ hitched farther north of the city? Little Buddies has an impressive “wedding pet attendant” package that’s thought of every doggone detail so you don’t have to.
- Put Fido’s comfort first. Just because you want your furry best friend on the dance floor ‘til the DJ plays that last song, you know your dog best. If the people, lights, music, and smells might be too much for Fido, consider reining in your plans. After all, he loves you and not what you’ve done with the table settings.
Now fur the venues:
Great Hall at Green Lake
7220 Woodlawn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
Located close to downtown, Great Hall at Green Lake is steps from the lake and features a picturesque, tree-lined walkway. Dogs are welcome for the entire night. Pup over to nearby Woodlawn Dog Park to rid your woofer of his post-ceremony zoomies.
Ballard Bay Club
6413 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
With a prime waterfront location and palm trees dotting the perimeter, you’ll think you’re marrying along the California coast. Ballard Bay Club also offers full-service wedding planning. Human’s best friend is allowed at the ceremony, but should Animal Planet and chill for the night once the reception gets going.
AXIS Pioneer Square
308 First Ave S Seattle, WA 98104
Housed in the historic 1889 Globe Building, AXIS’s antique floors and brick archways will charm your guests almost as much as your pupper’s “sit” and “shake” in the reception line.
14223 Redmond-Woodinville Rd NE, Redmond, WA 98052
Sniff, sniff. What doth our noses detect? A beautiful setting for your impending nuptials. At Woodinville Lavender, you’ll say “I do” in fresh lavender fields with your fav-fur-ite friend by your side.
6855 205 NE Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98105
Permanently docked on North Lake Union, the MV Skansonia was an active ferryboat until 1967 when she was sold and given a new life as a private event space. Bring your furriest skipper and get hitched overlooking the pretty blue water on the only floating wedding venue that made the list.
The Admiral’s House
2500 W Marina Pl, Seattle, WA 98199
Overlooking Elliot Bay in Magnolia, The Admiral’s House has been home to more than 30 U.S. Naval admirals through the years. Today, it’s a historic landmark and a doggone dream venue secluded on nearly four acres. The Admiral’s House has our admiration for its stunning water and Seattle skyline views, and for allowing good doggos, of course.
Historic 1625 Tacoma Place
1625 S Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409
Once a former Dodge truck dealership, Historic 1625 Tacoma Place was completely remodeled in 2005 and outfitted as an event space. Among the many perks, a wedding here comes with two private changing rooms so you and your pack can relax pre- and post-puptials. Canines are permitted during ceremony and photos, but are kindly asked to leave once the reception begins.
14208 Redmond-Woodinville Rd NE, Redmond, WA 98052
Formerly DeLille Cellars, Chateau Lill will transport you from Woodinville wine country to a rolling green estate in the south of France. It offers indoor and outdoor spaces for your ceremony and reception, and sophisti-canines are always welcome.
Bostic Lake Ranch
12201 Avondale Rd NE Redmond, WA 98052
The key here is options, and Bostic Lake Ranch has plenty of ‘em, from a scenic pond overlook to an expansive two-tier patio to a barn.
206 First Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
Can’t wait a year to tie the knot? Wanna get hitched on the cheap? In addition to same-day bookings, Shotgun Ceremonies will also perform the ceremony at a location of your choice. And, of course, your fur baby can witness your love made official.
Kimpton Hotel Max
620 Stewart St, Seattle, WA 98101
Kimpton is synonymous with dog-friendly. Not only does it welcome four-legged friends at check-in, but its line of hotels is passionate about including pooches at events as well. Among the downtown Seattle Kimptons, Hotel Max is the most unconventional hotel-wedding space we’ve seen. Its Artists’ Loft is 6,300 square feet of concrete floors, sweeping industrial ceilings, and charming skylights, the perfect space to let pup sniff ‘n mingle with guests.
Salish Lodge & Spa
6501 Railroad Ave SE, Snoqualmie, WA 98065
Perched atop Snoqualmie Falls, Salish Lodge & Spa is #PNWonderland at its finest. Hold your ceremony on its Hidden Terrace or bring it inside employing the spacious ballroom. Dogs are allowed in the event space, but note that if you plan on spending the night in one of their guest rooms, only woofers less than 25 pounds are permitted.
154 N 35th St, Seattle, WA 98103
If industrial chic is the vibe you seek, then Fremont Foundry is here for you. Featuring a skylit atrium with 20-foot ceilings and a rooftop terrace overlooking North Seattle, Fremont Foundry is a furbulous canvas for painting your dream wedding. Included with your rental is its inventory of banquet chairs, 10 hours day-of venue access, and permission to let your chief wedding coordinator get all the prenuptial sniffs he requires.
5623 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98108
Located in, you guessed it, the Georgetown neighborhood, this venue lived past lives as a warehouse garage and historic Mission Theater before transforming again into an eclectic event space. With an unusual floor plan that can fit parties big and small, it welcomes human’s best friend for the ceremony and photos but requests they ske-doggle once dancing begins.
14404 137th Pl NE, Woodinville, WA 98072
Sophistication abounds at JM Cellars, a winery nestled on a secluded hillside in Woodinville wine country. Embodying the natural lush beauty of PNW, JM Cellars offers both indoor and outdoor space for your big day.
3200 First Ave S, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98134
Sky-high ceilings. Exposed beams. A 7,500-square-feet open floor plan. Sodo Park is a creative playground for your unique wedding day. With the option for in-house event design and the fact that dogs are welcome onsite for the ceremony (under the care of a minder), our tails are wagging about everything here.
Roche Harbor Resort
248 Reuben Memorial Dr, Friday Harbor, WA 98150
What’s more PNW than San Juan Island? It may be a commute from Seattle, but your guests will totes puppreciate a weekend of island living. Roche Harbor Resort welcomes dogs at the ceremony and in its hotel.
The Red Barn Farm
5703 208th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98053
If it’s rustic country you seek, The Red Barn Farm in Redmond is fur you. Its sprawling fields of green and picture-pawfect red barn are part of a working farm, so only well-behaved doggos or those on a leash should attend, lest they be enticed to chase the chickens that roam the property.