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

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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.