Planning a wedding is a BIG task. The dress, the invites, the venue, the music, the photographs, the list just goes on and on. There are a million little details that need attending to and it can be hard to remember what you need to research and keep track of.
PlaceFull wants to make your life easier!
We’ve compiled a long list of some of our favorite Seattle-area wedding vendors to help you start planning the wedding of your dreams without going crazy (or too crazy, at least) in the process.
Many brides have dreamed of their wedding gown since they were little girls. They want to feel like a princess, an angel, a mermaid, or a goddess. Wedding gowns are big business and little wonder! There’s nothing more iconic to a wedding than the bridal gown itself.
Located on First Avenue, every gown inside this jewel of a shop is designed and hand-made on premises. Better yet, Cicada donates a percentage of their annual net proceeds to local non profits focusing on underserved youth and the arts so you get your dream wedding gown and you can feel good about giving back to the community too!
Long the highest of the high-end bridal shops, Marcella’s carries gowns from such sought after designers as Vera Wang and Monique Lhuillier among others. Appointments should be made well in advance and keep your shopping group to a max of four. The shop is small but SO very worth it!
Nestled under the Space Needle is one of Seattle’s oldest bridal shops. With a combined 40 years of experience, La Belle Marieé and Elaine’s of Edmonds joined forces to become La Belle Elaine’s featuring designers Priscilla of Boston, Paloma Blanca, Badgley Mischka and many, many more.
Showcasing gowns that are both beautiful and affordable, Wallingford’s I Do Bridal runs from $400 up to $2,900 with most gowns coming in under $1,000. This is a small shop so make sure to keep your selection committee small and keep in mind that this is not place for the tots!
Whether you’re looking to save some cash on your bridal gown or trying to save the earth, one dress at a time, Blue Sky Bridal is the PERFECT solution. Featuring hundreds of gently used wedding dresses, Blue Sky helps channel the dreams and beautiful dresses of one bride to another.
While some people say that the groom is just there to make the bride look good, the fact is that a well-suited groom is a show unto himself. Look at James Bond. That man rocks a tux 6 ways till Sunday and the girl on his arm…nothing but arm-candy.
Featuring the rentals and sales of designer suits, casual to classic, and formal wear that ranges from traditional “Black Tie” to very contemporary designs, Kirkland’s Tuxedo Club will get your groom outfitted perfectly.
When you want to punch your wedding up to the next level then you should consider leaving the pants at home and embrace the manly, incredible hotness that is The Kilt. The folks at The Tartan Thistle on Whidbey Island will get you and your groomsmen completely outfitted for the big day. With the closure of North Channel Kilts this is only place in the Seattle-area for your kilt rental.
With your blushing bride spending thousands on a dress she’s going to wear ONE time, you may as well splurge and get yourself a suit or tuxedo that you can work into your regular rotation. Butch Blum, in Downtown Seattle, features exquisite clothing, carefully edited from some of the best collections in the world.
Choosing the locations for your ceremony and reception are probably two of the biggest decisions you have to make about your big day. Are you spaces going to large enough to fit your entire extended family, your sorority sisters, all your work friends, and your besties from high school? The number of options are practically endless but the best place to start and end your search is at…
With over 500 listings in the Seattle-area alone you are spoiled for choice! Wedding in a church? Check. Reception at a winery? Check. Bouncey house to entertain the rugrats? Check! Find out how PlaceFull can make your wedding planning EASY!
Your wedding invitation is the first impression that your guests will have of your big day. It’s an opportunity to set the tone for your celebration; light and whimsical? Formal and filled with gravitas? A throwback to a bygone era of Hollywood glitz and glamor? Whatever the case, opening the mailbox to a thoughtfully crafted invitation rather than the usual pile of bills and junk mail is a fantastic way to come home from work.
Swash Press is a gorgeous letterpress company that specializes in creating beautiful customized, heavily graphic invitations. With a background in commercial printing and graphic design this team really knows their stuff and will craft papergoods for your wedding that will really make an impression.
Let your wedding invitations be a reflection of your combined personalities. Janet Maples, owner and designer at Izzy Girl, is inspired by the people she meets and the details they share about their big day. Her invitations are works of art in and of themselves with thick, rich paper and stunning designs.
Going WAY beyond just wedding invitations the staff at Kirkland’s, PaperFling will set you up with save-the-date cards, programs, even labels for your wedding favors! They’ll work with you to create your perfect vision, all while staying within your budget!
Seattle is full of fantastic people who can say the magic words to get you and your sweetie hitched. From the judge at the courthouse to the captain of the cruise ship to the crazy guy with the handlebar mustache at your local bar (Universal Life Church in the hizzouse!) With so many options we picked a few of the smiliest to help you get started.
It’s just not a party without a cake and your wedding is the biggest darn party of your life. Whether you want a traditional tiered cake covered in fondant and flowers, a scaffold of whimsical cupcakes, or something completely different (did someone say doughnuts?!) then this list is sure to get you started on the right foot!
With all natural, organic ingredients free of hormones, preservatives, or stabilizers, Cake Envy creates cakes that are a dream to behold and a delight to eat. Their signature ombre fondant will have your eyes popping and your mouth-watering. Pop in to their Greenlake location to sample some flavors, have an espresso, and catch up on your bridal magazine perusing!
Formerly housed right along Greenlake, The Honey Bear Bakery is cozy in it’s “new” home in Lake Forest Park’s Third Place Books. With loads of cookies, sandwiches, and cakes nothing is quite as spectacular as their wedding cakes. The best part, if you’re in a hurry they have a quick turnaround time of only two weeks!
Creme de la Creme started hand making wedding cakes back in 1998 and haven’t stopped since. They’ve got thousands of happy brides and grooms who will stand by their motto that their cakes “taste as good as they look”.
When you want a touch of whimsy for your wedding day look no further than little paper-wrapped jewels of happiness. Trophy’s cupcakes are moist, light, and so delectable that your guests will likely want more than one. Another bonus of cupcakes, they’re perfectly sized for smashing into your beloved’s mouth, even when you promised not to.
Not every bride wants a traditional cakey cake! And for those looking to buck trends, then Frost is here to help. Even in the world of doughnuts, Frost is stepping out on the edge, doing things a little differently. With flavors like Butterfinger Blast, Salted Caramel, and Smokey Bacon Bar as well as old favorites, there’s something for EVERYONE. Stack those bad boys on tiered cake plates and, voila! Wedding “cake”!
Wedding reception food has come a long way from poached salmon and parsley’d red potatoes. Not that there’s anything wrong with those, that’s some yummy eats right there. But they’re way done. We prefer to think a little outside the traditional…
Two words: Bacon Jam. There’s something about gourmet burgers and poutine served from the window of sleek, silver Airstream trailer that takes a wedding from average to spectacular. But you don’t need to go outside to eat! They’ll pony up a buffet line or serve your family a plated meal too!
When you want your wedding to be an expression of fun and love for your friends and family then it’s time to break out the smoked meat! Bubba will bring the taste of the south to your wedding with delectable dishes like pulled pork sandwiches, homestyle baked beans, and tall, refreshing glasses of iced tea.
If you’re looking for a slightly more “traditional” catering menu then let Tom Douglas fill your belly with his classical Northwest dishes. Hand made pastas, fresh fish, fusion cuisine, and flavors that will make your head spin.
With fresh, home cooked flair, Alexa’s has been serving food up at weddings and other events for over 20 years. Gorgeous displays of fruit, platters of yummy appetizers, and lovingly prepared plated meals will wow your guests.
You’re used to white box trucks delivering packages and water meter readers but on your wedding day this one white box truck could be delivering mounds of freshly baked biscuits stuffed with things like ham, seasoned greens, and even bourbon and whipped cream.
Visit PlaceFull.com to search for over 100 different options for catering! You want it? We got it!
If swing tunes are your bag, then The Careless Lovers are your band. With inspiration from Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, and all the classic big bands, The Careless Lovers will get your whole reception on its feet. Check out their fantastic music video! —————>
Tubaluba brings their funky-fresh, New Orleans sound to the weddings of Seattle and they’re just the grease you need to shake what yo’ mama gave ya! If you’re tired of the same old DJ’s playing the same old songs then break out the brass band!
Weddings are the perfect opportunity to bust out the 80’s covers without shame. Get the party going with some Pat Benetar, Tom Petty, Journey, and Joan Jett. You know you want to.
Sometimes a DJ is the perfect solution for a wedding reception. With the option to play music from almost any era and style, a DJ gives you tons of flexibility. The Dancin’ DJ can take it a step further and can even give your group a dance lesson so they can shake their groove thangs like the pros.
For many brides having a lasting record of their wedding day is one of the most important aspects of their big day. This means that finding the best photographer is a matter of utmost importance. When looking at photographers ask yourself a few questions: How much am I willing to pay? Do I want journalistic-style pics or more traditional wedding portraits? How important is editing and retouching to me?
Here are a few of PlaceFull’s favorite wedding photogs and even a few DIY suggestions.
DIY Wedding Photography
The folks at A Practical Wedding have some AWESOME ideas for saving beacoup bucks on your wedding photography. Namely: don’t hire a photographer. Rather, instruct your friends and family to take as many pics as possible and cull from those!
Check out these two great articles:
Jose Rizal Park – 1008 12th Ave S, 98144
This urban park is tucked away on Beacon Hill but offers one of Seattle’s most awesome northerly views. Capture all of downtown’s splendor from the south including Smith Tower, Columbia Tower, and the bustling beauty of the snake-like I-5.
photo credit: Gonorthwest.com
Kerry Park – 211 W Highland Dr, 98119
Views of Seattle don’t get much more iconic than this Queen Anne Hill classic. Take some snaps framed in the metal sculpture, perch on the stone wall, and take in the dramatic vista.
photo credit: A Heavenly Ceremony
University of Washington Campus – 1401 NE Campus Pkwy, 98195
You don’t have to be a UW Alum to appreciate the stunning beauty of this campus. Suzzallo Library’s soaring gothic arches, the Hellenistic white columns, the stunning pink-foamy vista of The Quad in spring.
Seattle Central Library – 1000 4th Ave, 98104
Featuring dramatic architecture inside and out the Seattle Public Library’s Central branch is the perfect place for bibliophiles and architecture-loving couples to snap a few keepers.
photo credit: Red Box Pictures
Unless you’re doing your dressing, hair-doing, wedding, and reception at the same place (like a hotel or B&B) then you’re going to need a way to get from point A to point B. Sure, you could hop in your ’96 Corolla and drive yourself to the church but it’s WAY more fun to ride in style! Besides, with enough room you can fit your entire wedding party or have just the right amount space for a little pre-ceremony make-out sesh.
With mood-lighting and a built-in bar, you’ll not only arrive to the church on time but you’ll also be happy. And isn’t that what every bride wants?
Fit as many as 18 people into this limousine bus that’s a party on wheels. Sound system, DVD player, bar, leather seats, and, what have we here? A pole. Yes, you heard me. A pole. For your wedding limo. So help me if you don’t take a spin on that bad boy in your virginal white gown….
For the bride with a penchant for fairy tale endings then a final approach in a horse-drawn carriage is the perfect way to make your grand entrance. Country Wagon also specializes in providing horses with all the trappings for traditional East Indian weddings as well!
Travel in true empire style in one of BMC’s authentic vintage English motor coaches. With largest fleet of chauffeured vintage Bentleys, Rolls-Royces and other exceptional English classics you’ll arrive at your ceremony just like the queen you are!
We are so lucky to live in an area with an abundance of flora! But if you’re the kind of bride who would rather have peonies in December then you’re going to need to hire yourself florist. We’ve decided to focus on independent flower shops with an eye for the unique instead of the FTD, one-size-fits-all flower shops.
Terra Bella uses locally and organically grown flowers whenever possible and always sources from farms that comply with strict growing standards that minimize the use of pesticides, protect their workers, and carefully monitor any run-off that could affect the community. You can walk down the aisle knowing that you’ve helped do your part to ensure that you’re not the only with a “happily ever after”.
These experts in color palette and floral pairings have the ability to create couture style and sophistication for couples seeking something special and different for their wedding.
The Mother and daughter team behind Woodland Flowers offer over 40 years of combined experience in the world of flowers, art and creativity. They use local and organic blooms whenever possible and are happy to source special requests and work together with couples to craft incredible arrangements.
This local grocery chain is well-known for their wide selection of hard-to-find foods and high-end delicacies but they’re also widely known for their awesome floral departments. With 6 Seattle-area locations, there’s a Metropolitan Market near you to help you design your dream wedding .
Many couples choose to exclude children from the guest list because of the disruption they can cause during the ceremony and reception but that sometimes necessarily excludes their parents too. Make it a family friendly affair by offering on-site childcare handled by professional child-wranglers! They’ll provide you with a fully background-checked childcare professional to entertain the kiddos and keep them out of mom and dad’s hair so they can celebrate your special day.
Professional Emcee and Dance Lessons
Looking for something a little different than just your standard bouquet toss and cake smash you need someone to take the reins of your reception and gently guide it through all its various activities Mark Kihara is an emcee of the highest caliber and he can throw in a swing dancing lesson to boot. Don’t believe us? Mark’s won a bunch of swing dancing contests and he emcees the prestigious at the Herrang Dance Camp every summer in Sweden.
Photobooths are the hottest thing around for fabulous wedding reception. Give your guests instant favors and you get a CD of all the images captured at your reception. They’re retro, they’re cool, they’re hip!
We love writing about weddings so much! Be sure to check out our other posts about weddings in the Northwest.