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City-by-City Guide: Chic Seattle Rehearsal Dinner Sites

8 rehearsal dinner sites guaranteed to wow your crowd.

1.Sky High


Distinctive Pacific Northwest cuisine and panoramic views of Seattle's Puget Sound are just two great reasons to treat your guests to dinner at Skyline at the top of the Space Needle. In addition, you and your guests will complimentary access to the Space Needle's Observation Deck. (206) 905-2100

2. Garden Party


Rehearsal dinners are in full bloom at Windmill Gardens. Event planner Nicole Pate, of Expressions of You, suggests a party in the gardens surrounded by more than 20,000 flowering bulbs in the spring, and over 30,000 twinkling lights in the winter. Windmill also provides its own in-house catering. (253) 863-5843

3. Cellar Style


Wine lovers? Then gather your guests for a rehearsal dinner in the Admiral Stateroom (what they consider their wine cellar) at Salty’s on Alki Beach. Located at sea level, this space can accommodate up to 36 guests for a private sit-down meal teamed with an award-winning wine list. (206) 937-1600

4. Sunset Cruise


Take to the seas aboard My Girl, a 69-foot yacht appointed with a sundeck, teak bar, and parquet dance floor—it’s one of Nicole Pates’ favorites. You and up to 100 guests can indulge in heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails while cruising the waters of the Puget Sound. (253) 927-5351

5. Animal Kingdom


Lions and tigers and bears, oh yes. At Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, pick your favorite species to party with: the Asian Forest Sanctuary, the Red Wolf Picnic Site, or the North and South Pacific Aquariums. The zoo’s catering company, A Taste of the Wild, can tailor a menu to meet the needs of 50-250 guests. Don’t worry: the animals will be safe. (253) 404-3805

6. Organic Outpost


Set the tone for organic style with a rehearsal dinner at Cafe Flora. This Seattle establishment specializes in turning out vegan cuisine that tastes as good as it looks. Even better? They have an extensive wine list, along with organic ales and coffee to accompany the meal. (206) 325-9100

7. Orient Express


All aboard the Spirit of Washington Dinner Train: Consider taking a ride from Renton to Woodinville, and host a traditional meal or even a murder mystery rehearsal dinner in a luxe vintage railcar. You and 25-30 guests can dine in a glass-domed dining car with gorgeous views of Lake Washington. (425) 227-7245

8. Foodie Find


If to you, the rehearsal dinner is really about the dinner, check out Canlis Restaurant in Seattle. In the Penthouse, boasting a 180-degree mountain and lake view, up to 90 guests can feast on Northwest cuisine the likes of Alaskan halibut, Kobe-style beef, and succulent seafood options. After the meal, oenophiles can soak up live music from the room’s own grand piano near the bar, which features an award-winning wine selection. (206) 298-9550

-- Christa Vagnozzi

Photo: John Granen Photography