Gay marriage is on the verge of being legal in Washington State. Washington is a beautiful state with plenty of gay-friendly places to get married. Whether legally recognized or not, here are our top picks for a Washington gay or lesbian wedding.
Not finding what you're looking for here? Seattle-based wedding planner Megan Keller can help plan your perfect wedding.
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In the beautiful Columbia River Gorge, the Cave B Inn is the destination wedding venue in Washington. Home to the Gorge Amphitheater and Cave B Estate Winery, holding a wedding here will be like no other place on earth. Whether you choose an indoor or outdoor wedding, the setting at the Cave B is exquisite.
Just as beautiful, but a bit more rustic and on the other side of the state is the Doe Bay Resort in Orcas Island. As part of the beautiful San Juan islands chain, Orcas Island is great for camping, bicycling, whale watching, kayaking and getting married! With cabins, a hostel, yurts and camping there's sure to be plenty of space for all your wedding guests or if you want an intimate place to exchange vows, this could be your place too.
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In the heart of Spokane, The Glover mansion is often the site of LGBT events and fundraisers. It can now be the site of your dream wedding--especially if you've always dreamed of being marriedn in a mansion. The woodwork inside is stunning and teh many lead and stained glass windows will provide the perfect glow for your special day.
You and your guests can have a lot of fun guessing which one of you is going to be the Flying L at this quaint resort at the foot of Mt Adams just two hours outside of Portland. A wonderful retreat in both the winter and summer, the Flying L is off the internet and cell phone grid, so if you truly want to get away from it all, this is the place. With hiking trails, scenic views, bird watching, skiing, biking and so much more,
The Stimson Green Mansion in Seattle is the site of many LGBT themed events and fundraisers and it can be the setting for your lesbian or gay wedding. A beautiful historic site that is owned by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and is one of Seattle's premier wedding sites.
Skamania Lodge is on the Columbia River Gorge, just outside of Portland and Vancouver, WA. With glorious indoor and outdoor spaces, it's the perfect romantic backdrop for your special day. The Skamania Lodge can accommodate your wedding party from 30 to 400 people.
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Esther Short Park is the site of Saturday in the Park
, Vancouver's Gay Pride event and it can also be the site of your gay wedding. With a big beautiful bandstand and a nice grassy lawn, this beautiful park in the middle of the city is a great setting as long as the weather cooperates.
Just north of Seattle sits pretty Bellingham. The Lairmont Manor is a registered history site with beautiful grounds and a history of hosting weddings and other ceremonies. In fact, they've hosted more than 3,000 weddings at the Lairmont Manor in the past 35 years. With parquet floors for dancing, floor to ceiling garden views and a Steinway grand piano, this could be the setting for the wedding of your dreams. They even have doves on grounds that can add to the romantic atmosphere. The manor is a non-profit organization and all proceeds from wedding ceremonies go toward maintaining the estate for future use.
If funky is more your style, Urban Light Studios in Seattle is all set for your same-sex marriage. It's been called an “artistic speakeasy" and its 4,000 square feet center is an affordable option for up to 200 guests.
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If you've always wanted a church wedding, there are plenty of gay-friendly churches in the state of Washington. From the United Church of Christ in Anacortes
to the United Methodist Church in Walla Walla
. This site helps you find the perfect church location for your legal Washington lesbian marriage.