Full Guide to Planning Your Corson Building Wedding in Seattle

January 6, 2024

The Corson Building is one of my absolute favorite Seattle wedding venues. The moment you step into this hidden gem, you’re transported to a place that feels like a corner of Italy, with ivy-covered walls, garden lights, and a cozy atmosphere that exudes an old-world charm. Now doubling as an eatery and venue, The Corson Building was originally an Italian stonemason’s home. With exceptional warmth and hospitality, the owners and staff create a space that still feels like home – a place where you sit down to a family-style dinner in a comfortable, intimate setting surrounded by the people you love. The Corson Building walks the line between down-to-earth warmth and refined elegance. It’s a timeless backdrop for a romantic, dinner party wedding where you can create a meaningful, memorable experience for your guests. If you are considering having a Corson Building Wedding, read on for all the details on this unique venue!

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About The Corson Building

Where is The Corson Building?

The Corson Building is tucked in the heart of Georgetown – a historic neighborhood located in the southern part of Seattle, Washington. Georgetown is known for its industrial heritage, artistic community, and unique character. A 10-minute drive from downtown and 15 minutes from the airport, the venue provides easy access for your guests.

Gate with jasmine blossoms in front of The Corson Building

Why Have Your Wedding at The Corson Building?

The Corson Building may be your perfect wedding venue if:

  • The atmosphere you want to create for your wedding is romantic, cozy, down-to-earth, and warm.
  • You appreciate quality dining and want a food-focused wedding. (The seasonally inspired menus will give you and your guests a memorable dining experience.)
  • You want your ceremony and reception to be all outdoors but also protected from the weather. (The courtyards are covered.)
  • You consider your dog family. (They allow dogs!)
  • You want to get married somewhere you can easily return to. (The venue also functions as a restaurant. How wonderful it would be to commemorate your wedding anniversary with a dinner at the very location where you exchanged your vows!)
  • You’re planning to have a smaller, guest-focused wedding. (The venue accommodates up to 80 people.)
  • You’re prioritizing a beautiful setting for your wedding photography. (The lush gardens and historic home make for a beautiful backdrop for your wedding photos.)
  • The guest experience is important to you. (The staff take great care and will handle all of the details and make sure you and your guests feel at welcome and at home.)
  • You want an easy-to-get-to location with a unique vibe. (The architecture and gardens will make you’ll feel like you’re in Europe without leaving Seattle.)
Server holding a plate of hors d'oeuvres

FAQ’s About The Corson Building Weddings

How much does hosting a wedding at The Corson Building cost?

Hosting your wedding at The Corson Building can range in cost between about $7,300 and $26,400 depending on a variety of factors. This pricing includes a 22% service fee, use of the facility, meals, food and bar service, dishes/glassware/cutlery/linens, day-of schedule creation, set-up, and tear-down. This pricing excludes Seattle sales tax and additional rentals that may be needed if your guest count is over thirty.

How many guests can The Corson Building accommodate?

The Corson Building is perfect for intimate gatherings. The venue comfortably accommodates up to 80 guests. The focus on smaller events allows for a cozy and personal atmosphere.

Where will we be seated for dinner?

Event seating is outside on the covered/heated patio.

Will the meals be served plated, family-style, or buffet?

Meals are served family-style giving your guests a communal dining experience.

Can we customize our menu?

Absolutely! The Corson Building takes pride in creating a personalized culinary experience. Work with their talented team to design a menu that reflects your taste and style.

Is there parking available for guests?

The venue offers limited parking on-site (you’ll need to drive over the curb to get to it). There is additional parking on Airport Way or in the alley East of The Corson Building. Parking is limited in the area. Be sure to inform your guests about parking arrangements in advance.

Can I tour The Corson Building before making a decision?

Yes, The Corson Building offers tours for interested couples. I’d also recommend making dinner reservations so you and your fiance have an opportunity to enjoy a meal together while discussing and dreaming about your wedding day.

Does The Corson Building provide event coordination services?

Yes, the venue has an experienced events team that can assist you with coordination, ensuring that your wedding day runs smoothly from start to finish. They welcome outside wedding planners but do not require you to have one.

Planning Your Corson Building Wedding

Top Venue Features

  • Historic Charm: The Corson Building’s historic architecture and enchanting ambiance create a one-of-a-kind setting.
  • Picturesque Garden: The venue’s lush garden, with its ivy-covered walls and garden lights, provides a romantic backdrop for your portraits, ceremony, and reception.
  • Attention to Detail: Every aspect of your wedding at The Corson Building is handled with meticulous attention to detail, ensuring a seamless and memorable celebration.
  • Getting Ready Space: There is one on-site getting-ready space upstairs in the home’s former living quarters.
  • Delicious food: The menu is seasonally inspired and mainly locally sourced. The menu is also tailored to your unique event.
  • Comfortable Outdoor Spaces: The courtyards are both covered and heated.
  • A Dog-Friendly Venue: Dogs are welcome to partake in celebrations as long as they’re on a leash and off the furniture.
  • Professionalism and Hospitality: The venue’s staff goes above and beyond to provide a level of service that reflects both professionalism and genuine hospitality, making you and your guests feel truly special.
  • Day-of Coordination: They will create a day-of schedule for you and provide on-site help before and during your wedding.

Ceremony Site

There is a sweet ceremony spot outside next to the building under a beautiful fig tree.

Reception Space

Dinner is served family-style under a gorgeous vine-covered canopy and garden lights. The lighting in this space is beautiful for photography!

The Best Time of Year to Get Married at The Corson Building

The venue hosts events year-round. When deciding when to get married at The Corson Building, consider things like weather, pricing, and which foods will be in season. Here are some things to think about while deciding when to get married there.

Summer: Of course, summer is the most popular time of year to get married in Seattle since the PNW has amazing summer weather. The Corson Building’s garden is also beautiful this time of year. Expect to pay higher prices during this peak time – especially on weekends. Seasonal ingredients could include things like heirloom tomatoes, eggplants, beets, corn, zucchini, peaches, pole beans, and summer berries.

Autumn: The Corson Building is beautiful in autumn as the ivy changes colors. Seasonal ingredients could include things like apples, carrots, radishes, potatoes, chard, cauliflower, and figs.

Winter: Keep in mind that all event seating is outdoors. However, the patios are both covered and heated. The Corson Building offers discounted facilities pricing between October 1st and May 15. Seasonal ingredients could include things like beets, leeks, brussel sprouts, delicata squash, cabbage, mushrooms, and citrus.

Spring: The garden is beautiful and fragrant in the spring with the wisteria and lilac blooming. Seasonal ingredients could include things like young lettuces, English peas, spring onions, mustard greens, fennel, rhubarb, and strawberries.

Where to Get Ready Near The Corson Building

There is only one getting-ready space at The Corson Building, so if the two of you decide to get ready separately, plan for one of you to get ready off-site. Since The Corson Building isn’t far from downtown, you have a ton of great options. Here are some of the best Seattle hotels for both out-of-town guests to stay and for getting ready on your wedding day:
Lotte Hotel
Hotel Sorrento
Kimpton Palladian
Thompson Hotel
Hotel 1000
Hotel Alexis

Corson Building Wedding Cost

How Much Does it Cost to Get Married at The Corson Building?

As far as Corson Building wedding costs go, pricing will depend on several factors. The venue’s event brochure goes into detail about the different costs your wedding will incur. As a general guidepost, you can expect a wedding at The Corson Building to cost between $7,300 and $26,400 plus tax. This pricing includes a 22% service fee. It does not include additional rentals that may be needed.

Here are the main factors that will go into the cost of a wedding at The Corson Building:
– The time of year.
– The day of the week.
– The bar service you select.
– Whether you choose brunch, lunch, or dinner.
– Number of guests.
– If additional rentals are needed.

I recommend just reaching out to the venue via the contact form on this page, or by emailing events@thecorsonbuilding.com to get the most up-to-date details on what your Corson Building wedding costs may look like.

What’s Included in Your Corson Building Wedding Package:

All packages include the following services:
– Set up and tear-down of tables and chairs
– Supply of all dishes, glassware, linens, and cutlery
– Full dinner and bar service
– Post-event cleanup
– Coordination of audio equipment rentals
– Creation of the day-of schedule

Corson Building Wedding Photographer

Now that you’re familiar with the venue, you’re probably searching for the perfect photographer to document your wedding at The Corson Building! I’ve photographed multiple weddings there, and I absolutely LOVE it there – It’s gorgeous, their hospitality is top-notch, and the food is incredible (seriously the best wedding day meals I’ve had – and I’ve eaten a LOT of wedding food!). I’d be thrilled to document your wedding day at The Corson Building! Take a look at my website here, and say hello here when you’re ready to chat!

Corson Building Wedding Inspiration

Check out these recent weddings I’ve photographed at The Corson Building for more inspiration:

A Summer Dinner Party Wedding at The Corson Building
An Intimate Springtime Corson Building Wedding

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