Venue Highlight: Hall at Fauntleroy

The basics  

Name: Hall at Fauntleroy
Location: Seattle, WA (The West Seattle neighborhood, to be more specific)
Capacity: 250
Separate space for ceremony and reception: Yes
Rooms for getting ready: Yes
Rental time frame: 10 hours
Cost: $2,150 - $3,850 for the full facility, depending on your event’s month and day of the week

The inside scoop

Why I love this venue: There are so many reasons, that I don't think I can choose just one! I love the variety of spaces they have on site, everything from a gorgeous garden ceremony space, to the bistro string lit patio and moody billiards room, to brick exposed interior, the venue will give your guests a different feel as they move through the space. On top of that, they have the most amazing staff! From your point person during planning to your day of catering team, they go above and beyond for their clients.

One piece of advice: Two things... 1) The parking lot is behind the venue, but because of one way streets, you'll actually pass the venue and drive around the block to get there. Make sure your guests and vendors know this. 2) Make some time in the day to take advantage of how close you are to the waterfront by going to Lincoln Park for photos. You won't regret it!

Real Wedding: Ana & Chris at Hall at Fauntleroy

What I loved about this wedding:

I loved Ana's DIY, can-do attitude. During one of our conversations about flowers, we were talking through options for making the bouquets, and we came up with a fun idea to have all of the bridesmaids come over to my studio (aka my garage) the morning before the rehearsal and have a DIY bouquet making party. I had never done something like this before, but Ana's excitement was contagious and it turned out to be one of the most fun events I've ever hosted! With lots of coffee flowing, lots of questions, and a bit of courage, each girl jumped in and began creating. It was awesome to see each one of them get excited about choosing each flower stem and carefully creating their version of the perfect bouquet. On the wedding day, their bouquets weren't just something pretty to hold, but a beautifully curated piece of art to show off and be proud of. Here's to many more bouquet DIY parties in the future! 

The Vendor Team: 

Venue: Hall at Fauntleroy
Catering: Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes
Photography: Saskia Potter
Photo booth: Drunken Pixel
Dessert: PNW Cupcakes
DJ: Sounds Unlimited
Hair & Make-Up: KLS Make-Up Artistry
Flowers/Centerpieces: Thrifty Events
Coordination: Thrifty Events

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Venue Highlight: Pickering Barn

The basics 

Name: Pickering Barn
Location: Issaquah, WA
Capacity: 400
Separate space for ceremony and reception: Yes
Rooms for getting ready: Yes
Rental time frame: 9 hours
Cost: $2,100 - $3,300, depending on the event’s month and day of the week

The inside scoop  

Why I love this venue: Pickering Barn is one of my favorite venues because it’s one of the few barn style venues that still offers all of the comforts of being right in the city. Pickering Barn is great for large weddings, and your guests can easily choose from a handful of hotels in the Issaquah area that are only a few minutes drive from the barn. Even though it’s in the city, there is still enough parking for large groups, and it’s surrounded by gorgeous gardens. It’s truly the best of both worlds!

My one piece of advice: The Pickering Barn staff do not begin setting up chairs and tables until about 20 minutes prior to access time, and are very strict on allowing the group access to the venue at the contract start time. If you or your vendors arrive early, they will need to wait in the parking lot, and don’t expect all tables and chairs to be set up when you first enter. Unlike many venues that will have those items set up when you arrive, allow some additional time during set-up for them to finish this. You won’t have any issues getting everything ready on time, as long as know this in advance and plan for it.

The outside of Pickering Barn, Issaquah, WA. Photo by Scott & Mistry Photography

The Gazebo for outdoor ceremonies, and garden area. Photo by Pam and Tara Photography

The outside of the Hay Barn. Photo by Pam and Tara Photography

The Dairy Barn, sectioned off for a smaller reception. Drapery by Linen Sensation. Photo by Pam and Tara Photography

Outdoor patio between the Dairy Barn and gardens. Photo by Pam and Tara Photography

The creamery, connected to the Dairy Barn. Photo by Mistry & Scott Photography

Outdoor garden area. Photo by Pam and Tara Photography

Reception in the Dairy Barn. Photo by Pam and Tara Photography

In the doorway of the Hay Barn. Photo by Pam and Tara Photography

Outside of the barn you can have a food truck pull up to serve guests. Photo by Pam and Tara Photography

The gardens near the outdoor ceremony space. Photo by Pam and Tara Photography

Outside of the Hay Barn. Photo by Pam and Tara Photography

Reception in the Dairy Barn with ceiling drapery from Linen Sensation. Photo by Mistry & Scott Photography

Hay Barn ceremony with string lights from Linen Sensation. Photo by Mistry & Scott Photography

Photo inside one of their rooms to get ready. Photo by Mistry & Scott Photography

Entry way from the lobby into the Dairy Barn, with the Hay Barn in the background. Photo by Mistry & Scott Photography

Thrifty Events offers wedding planning, event design, and day of coordination services.


Candi Block, Founder & Event Planner

Midwest native with big-family roots, now newlywed, entrepreneur, and new home owner in the PNW. Love being involved in the community, crafting, creating, and Netflix binging.

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