Not only is the Emerald City famous for its lush evergreen forests, but it also boasts charming waterfront views, a jaw-dropping panorama of the Cascade and Olympic Mountains, and an urban cityscape that’s striking in its own right. From urban to rural to coastal, Seattle’s wide scope of backdrops makes it the perfect spot for any style of wedding.
There’s no better city to wake up in than Seattle, home to more than 1,118 coffee shops including some of the most well-known bean brewers in the world: Seattle’s Best, Tully’s, and of course, Starbucks. That makes Seattle the ultimate place for coffee lovers or any couple simply trying to jumpstart their wedding day.
The Emerald City is green in more ways than one, serving as the hub for green industry and a leading model in sustainable development. Environmentally conscious couples are right at home in Seattle.
Seattle’s commitment to sustainable living goes hand in hand with fresh, locally sourced ingredients that grow in surrounding farms. What happens when you add top-quality produce and the most innovative minds in the game? You get a city that’s as close to foodie heaven as possible.
It’s time to turn your eye toward what you and yours will wear on your wedding day. The search for the dress is, of course, the first piece of this puzzle. This isn’t any old frock: you’re looking for the most flattering, fabulous gown of your life. So how do you know what will work? Will there be a magical, “yes, of course!” moment, or more of a gradual understanding of what you want to don before walking down the aisle? Perhaps now is the time to introduce an important player: your local bridal shop. Seattle's sartorial experts are primed and ready to help you find what’s right. Get your bridesmaid game in order while you’re there so you can begin to see your vision come together (cue your happy dance). If the shop of your choice can help with a great suit, so much the better—the men in your wedding deserve something striking, too. Next, it’s time to get down to the bling. You and your partner are both going to need wedding bands, so head to a wedding ring and jewelry shop to choose adornments that suit you both. This might be a good time to pick up fun little extras, like thematic cufflinks or that pair of diamond studs you’ve had your eye on (that “something new” is a great excuse). Now that you know you won’t be showing up naked to your own wedding, you can let the rest of your worries fall by the wayside.
You’ve already hired a fabulous local photographer to put your wedding day on the books, so now concern yourself with how to look super-smokin’ in those precious photos. Feeling great about your appearance will boost your confidence in front of the camera and show off your I’m-so-in-love glow. But for the love of Adonis, don’t take on more tasks in the run-up to your wedding: Seattle hair and makeup experts will help highlight your gorgeous self and take the pressure off your blow-drying skills on your wedding day. Visit your salon several weeks before the wedding to decide whether you’ll go coiffed or au natural when it comes to your tresses. Similarly, your makeup pro can help select a shade of lipstick that will go the distance and give you a Angelina-esque pout. (Note: we suggest a waterproof mascara in case that first look tugs hard on your heartstrings.) To smooth out any last rough edges, take a little time off the week before your wedding and slip into a local spa for a facial and a killer manicure. Now that you’re slaying your wedding look, all those last-minute details will seem so much less consuming—and your reflection much more so.
Don’t make the mistake of letting your ceremony planning fall to the wayside. As the core of your wedding day, you’ll want to prioritize the search for creative and talented local ceremony musicians to set the tone for your walk down the aisle and for a Seattle wedding officiant that you really connect with. Trust us when we say that this is not something you’ll want to put off until the last minute.
The vows are said, you’ve sealed the union with a kiss, and now it’s finally time to celebrate. By the time your wedding reception is here, you’ll want all of the details figured out. Luckily, with Seattle’s amazing professionals, it’s almost effortless. You’ll have no trouble securing the freshest florals for your centerpieces, booking a lively wedding band, and, of course, finding the perfect local photographer to capture it all. Get ready to make some incredible memories.
We know an awesome way to kick off the wedding weekend. With an unparalleled culinary scene, the selection of this city’s restaurants makes it a breeze to start the party early with a jaw-dropping Seattle rehearsal dinner. Set the tone for your wedding day while showing your closest friends and family all that the Emerald City has to offer.
It’s always hard to end the party after such a joyous weekend of wedding festivities — now you don't have to. Keep the celebration going with a farewell brunch. Raise your mimosas and cheers one final time to the happy couple and all of the guests that came to help celebrate with them. With all of the great brunch spots that Seattle has to offer, it’s the perfect way to wish everyone a final farewell.
It’s easy to think of your invitation as a few pieces of paper informing folks that you’re getting hitched, but here’s an insider tip: your invite sets the stage for your whole wedding, and it’s worth the extra effort to do it right. Connect with a local invitation and paper goods boutique to get started with your design. Whether you go printed or calligraphy, highly ornate or minimalist, it’s ideal to have a Seattle professional on your side to take you through this process. Make it a gift for your guests by including all sorts of helpful gems, like a stamped RSVP card, a loose idea of the day’s schedule, and some hints about how to dress and what kind of food and beverages they’ll expect. When your friends open their mailboxes and pull out your invitation, they’ll be wowed by your effort and attention to detail (and if they’re not, well, there’s no accounting for poor taste).
Share some of the Seattle spirit with the ultimate wedding welcome bag for your guests. Make sure to incorporate plenty of local goodies, information about things to do in the area, and any reminders about your big day. It’s the perfect way to get a little creative while simultaneously adding that special touch for your out-of-town guests.
Draw upon the Emerald City’s distinct personality as you think of wedding favor ideas for your guests. Local inspiration is the best way to go, and the possibilities are endless with Seattle’s love of coffee, craft beer, and fresh native flowers. We can’t think of a better way to say “thank you” to all of those closest to you. Check out some of our favorite Seattle wedding favor ideas for a bit of inspiration.
There is no lack of things to do in Seattle, so rest assured that your out-of-town guests will stay plenty busy in between wedding festivities. From the city’s many sky-high observation towers to the endless possibilities on the water, this city has something for everyone. Check out BuzzFeed’s list of 28 Unexpectedly Awesome Things to Do in Seattle for some great ideas to suggest to your guests so they can make the most of their time in the city.
This city’s culinary scene is bursting with fresh flavor and innovative dishes, making it the perfect place to grab a bite. Eat like a Seattleite and enjoy the handiwork of responsible local farmers, freshly harvested ingredients, and the outstanding chefs that bring it all together. Take a gander at TripAdvisor’s list of the 30 best restaurants in Seattle and prepare to get hungry.
Find a home away from home in Seattle. Offering all of your typical high-rise hotels in the city and the respite of waterfront bed and breakfasts just outside the metropolis, Seattle accommodations have everything your guests could ever want. Suggest some of the top choices to guests at a range of different price points and don’t forget to book one for you and your new spouse to escape to after the day’s endless activities.
With all of the different faces of Seattle, this city has so much personality to offer. When planning your engagement session, take advantage of some of the unique gems that this city has in terms of locale. From quintessential Pike Place to one of the city’s lush parks to cozy bookshops in Capitol Hill, possibilities abound for the perfect Seattle engagement shoot location.
Get ready for the night of your life! With so much to do around the city — from visiting the famed breweries to enjoying a city culture based around outdoor activities on its surrounding rivers and neighboring mountains — you can be sure that your last fling before the ring is filled with fun, adventure, and distinct Seattle flavor. Here are some of our top local bachelorette party ideas.
Planning a bachelor party in Seattle? Consider yourself lucky. With all of the thrilling activities to do around the area, adventure abounds for your bachelor weekend. Take a trip to the coast, go white water rafting, or hit some of the city’s most notable craft microbreweries. Whatever it is, we promise that your Seattle bachelor party will be a night to remember.
Where would we be without the immensely talented pool of Seattle wedding vendors? Their passion for planning, commitment to their couples, and incredible ingenuity is what makes the local wedding scene as remarkable as it is, and it's the unique team behind every wedding working together that makes each event an affair to remember. Their combined experience and expertise is second to none, and we want you to benefit from it while assembling your dream team of vendors. Check out our Spotlight Series for in-depth Q&As with the best of the best in the industry, and make sure to read the articles they've contributed to Borrowed & Blue for the most reliable wedding tips and tricks, straight from the source.
The good news is that you’ve chosen a vibrant, scenic, and seriously fun location to gather your nearest and dearest on your big day. Congrats! The bad news? Your wedding location is so awesome that it draws a crowd for reasons other than your nuptials all year long. When selecting your wedding date, be sure you know what other activities are happening in the area that might put a cramp in your party’s style. We’ve gone ahead and done the legwork for you, so check out the annual calendar of major Seattle events and add them to your radar.
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