With over 250 dogs per 1000 residents, Seattle has the highest number of dogs per capita. It’s also considered to be one of the dog-friendliest cities in the country. People in the Pacific Northwest can be a bit obsessive about our dogs. And I’ll admit I’m one of them. So when it came time to plan my own wedding, finding a dog-friendly wedding venue in Seattle was a must-have, non-negotiable.
First, a little bit about my dog… She is amazing. She knows over 50 cues – my favorites are “come cuddle me,” “where is Elsie” (my daughter), and “get in the boat”. We almost skipped the last day of a nose-work class we enrolled her in because we hadn’t practiced at all and I was worried about how she was going to do on the final test: She won first place.
She is also a huge pain. She screams in every parking lot we drive into, always needs everyone to be together, and vigilantly defends the house against, crows, squirrels, and mail carriers. Her bark is 20 percent louder than you think a dog should be able to bark. She’s dog-reactive and has terrible separation anxiety. She is a neurotic German shepherd. And she is also a model of unwavering love and courage.
I bought my dog a life jacket, an orthopedic dog bed, health insurance, and a tracking collar that operates on the AT&T cellular network. She has her own mid-century stuffed chair by the fireplace in our living room and an Instagram account. So, yeah, we’re THOSE dog people. There was no question that she was coming to our wedding.
If you can relate to any of this, read on. I’ve put together a list of my favorite and most recommended dog-friendly wedding venues in Seattle and its surrounding area. Hopefully you can benefit from the research I did for my own wedding as well as my knowledge as a dog-obsessed wedding photographer.
Keep in mind every venue has slightly different policies regarding four-legged guests, so continue reading to find the perfect pup-approved place to host your special day.
A gorgeous 1920s home turned event space, The Corson Building is known for its unique, charming atmosphere and local seasonal fare. Dogs are welcome to partake in celebrations as long as they’re on leash and off the furniture. Check out my in-depth guide to having your wedding at The Corson Building here.
Nothing says Seattle like a gorgeous waterfront view, and that’s exactly what MV Skansonia offers. Originally operated as a ferry, it’s now permanently docked on Lake Union to house weddings and events. Dogs are welcome to join for photos and the ceremony but are asked to be taken home before food service. See more Skansonia wedding photos here.
Woodinville Lavender smells as good as it looks! This outdoor venue is pet friendly, so your dog can enjoy all the good sniffs too.
Located in Snohomish, Green Gates at Flowing Lake offers a charming blend of rustic elegance and natural beauty. Dogs are welcome! Check out more of my photos from this venue here.
Nestled amidst the trees in Snohomish, Twin Willow Gardens showcases the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Dogs are welcome to join for the ceremony and photos, but must head out after. Bonus tip: the venue recommends working with To Wag & To Hold for any wedding dog attendant needs.
With stunning seaside and mountain views, this Blaine-based resort is an ideal wedding venue for the whole family-including your dogs. They are are welcome most places throughout the venue, but are unable to visit the pool, dining areas, or anywhere on the property marked otherwise.
Francophiles, rejoice! This French inspired venue offers a variety of romantic backdrops to exchange your vows, from the wine cellar to surrounding gardens. Plus, the venue team are self-proclaimed dog lovers, so your furry friend will be welcome.
A historic site, Lairmont Manor sits in Bellingham, radiating Italian Renaissance flair. It was designed by Carl Gould, who is most known for designing Suzzalo Library at the University of Washington. Dogs are welcome members of any wedding party here. See more photos of Lairmont Manor here.
Celebrate your love and the one-of-a-kind magic of the Pacific Northwest with this historic lodge in Kenmore. From a regal ballroom to an elegant outdoor terrace, this venue offers everything you need for a dream wedding. Plus, dogs are welcome with open paws.
Treat yourselves and your guests to a charming getaway for your wedding at Whidbey Island’s Captain Whidbey. Perfect for adventurous spirits, this nature-surrounded space is ideal for all – dogs are welcome!
Just 30 minutes outside Seattle in Issaquah, this 1940s manor is surrounded by beautiful gardens, forested hills, and a rustic barn. Plus, it’s a working farm so the menu is truly farm-to-table. Pets are allowed during the wedding ceremony, but must be leashed and attended to at all times. However, once food service begins, dogs must head home.
Looking for a destination wedding within Washington? Look no further than Roche Harbor in the beautiful San Juan Islands. With nautical charm, the 136-year-old venue overlooks a stunning marina. Plus, pets are welcome.
Wine lovers will appreciate all that this Woodinville cellar has to offer for perfect Pacific Northwest nuptials. A Best of 2023 Seattle Bride winner, dogs are also given the seal of approval. The venus requests that four-legged family members remain outdoors, on leash, out from under foot of service areas.
If I had to describe this Bellevue-based venue in one word, it would be enchanting. You’ll feel like you’re stepping into a fairytale with its formal English gardens. Pets are welcome to be in the wedding party as long as they remain on a leash and owners clean up after them.
A versatile space with charming brick, this venue in the heart of downtown is sure to be a hit with people and pets alike. The venue welcomes dogs in the wedding party as long as there is a designated handler.
Bainbridge Island boasts the lovely Manor House at Pleasant Beach Village. Soak in an unforgettable sunset at the 1920’s Tudor-style spot. The property and its Inn are pet-friendly. There’s even an on-site pet wash and groomer called Salty Dog Wash!
With stunning views of Lake Union and a beautiful courtyard for ceremonies and cocktail hour, Dockside at Dukes is a great choice for a dog-friendly wedding in the heart of Seattle.
Olympic Sculpture Park is a perfect venue if you’re looking for or a modern and culturally enriched atmosphere. There are SO many great spots for portraits in a small area as well. Dogs are welcome outside.
Located in Issaquah and surrounded by acres of evergreen trees, Trinity Tree Farm offers two dog-friendly ceremony and reception spaces.
Celebrate in the “center of the universe” otherwise known as charming Fremont. This venue is a versatile space offering everything from a rooftop terrace to sweeping ceilings. Fun fact: the Jimi Hendrix statue was created here! Dogs are welcome to join the party for photos and the ceremony, but have to say bye once the food service starts.
And that’s just a fraction of the many picturesque dog-friendly wedding venues in Seattle and its surrounding areas. Be sure to also check out the venues below:
Having your wedding at any of these spaces would be a major treat. I absolutely love capturing love stories, and even more so when there are wagging tails involved. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about your wedding day. I’d love to be a part of it.