There is nothing like saying “I do” in a picturesque setting. It sets the romantic stage beautifully. Whether you are looking for a wedding on the beach, forest, or in a historical building, Grays Harbor is the perfect place to get married on the Washington Coast. With many lovely places to get married, and plenty of options to house guests overnight, Grays Harbor is ready to host your family and friends for your big day. No matter if you are planning to elope, or expect a grand ceremony with 400 of your closest friends and family, you can have an unforgettable destination wedding in Grays Harbor.
Get Married on the Beach in Grays Harbor
Of course, getting married on the beach is a grand attraction in Grays Harbor. There are some things you need to know – like you have to have a permit if your beach wedding has more than 25 guests – so hiring an experienced, local beach wedding planner is the best bet to make sure your wedding happens with just one hitch, yours! Weddings by the Sea can plan your affair, whether it’s just the two of you, or a large party. Even better is that they have packages for every budget, starting at just $200. This means you can have the wedding of your dreams, on the beach, even on a small budget. Of course, if you are looking for something bigger, they have large packages too, that cover all the decorations, wedding coordination and rehearsal, chairs for your guests, flower stands, and even photography from amazing local photographers. Worried about the weather? They can help you plan an indoor wedding too!
Which beach? Weddings by the Sea is a good resource if you are not sure which beach to pick. Having been doing this for so long, they know the best beaches with easy access for your guests and they know the tide tables and what time of day/year is best for a beach wedding in Grays Harbor. They perform ceremonies at Ocean Shores, Ocean City, Copalis Beach, Seabrook, Pacific Beach or Moclips.
Get Married in the Forest in Grays Harbor
If getting married in the forest is your dream, then Grays Harbor County is still a great choice! With the Quinault Rainforest at a backdrop, the Lake Quinault Lodge is a popular destination wedding location. The lodge of course has accommodations for out-of-town guests. It also makes a great honeymoon destination! And, they can also handle the catering and hospitality aspects of your big day, making it easier for you to plan and coordinate.
At just over 1,500-square-feet, the Quillayute Ballroom holds 80 guests, so it’s perfect for those smaller, more intimate weddings. After the ceremony, the ballroom turns into the perfect reception hall, with room for dancing, cake eating and more. One thing to note is that weddings cannot be booked here during the summer season – from Memorial Day to Labor Day – so it’s perfect for those wanting a fall, winter or spring wedding. A gorgeous wedding venue surrounded by the beautiful Lake Quinault, majestic mountains and the rainforest, you are sure to have incredible wedding photographs you will admire for a lifetime.
The Elkhorn Ranch in Quinault is another amazing wedding venue in Grays Harbor County for those wanting a rustic and romantic wedding. This working ranch is also a well-equipped wedding spot located at the foot of the Colonel Bob Wilderness Area, near the Olympic National Park. At Elkhorn Ranch, bridal parties get the whole weekend, starting Friday afternoon, allowing for plenty of time to set-up and take down. They also have a ranch-style rambler on 5.2 acres available for rental a short drive from the wedding venue for out-of-town guests. Lake Quinault Lodge, Rain Forest Resort Village and the Locharerie Resort are a few more places nearby that can house your guests.
Their beautiful renovated barn is perfect for both the wedding ceremony and the reception. Or, get married outside with the beautiful rainforest backdrop and then move inside for the reception.
Small Town Charm Wedding in Grays Harbor
If you are looking for a historical venue for your wedding, Grays Harbor has that too! The Aberdeen’s Rotary Log Pavilion is a wonderful choice. The 5,400-square-foot log building is a nod to Aberdeen’s rich logging history. Its stunning architecture makes it the perfect place for a wedding. Not to mention the incredible views due to its location in Morrison Riverfront Park on the Chehalis River. It features black iron, a stone fireplace and large windows so your guests can enjoy the view.
The Pavilion has tables and chairs for 200 guests, perfect for those larger weddings. They also have a PA system with microphones and a CD-iPod player, a commercial kitchen, piano, 10-foot x 10-foot screen, and a flat screen TV with a VCR and DVD player. Your event coordinator can select a local caterer of your choosing, which is a great way to make sure your food arrives on time and fresh. Several local area restaurants cater weddings, including local favorite Duffy’s Restaurant, who also does bar service.
Seabrook is another amazing wedding venue in Grays Harbor if you are looking for the picturesque small-town feel. You can get married at the Town Hall and Event Center, located on Pacific Beach. This Nantucket-style venue holds 120 guests and is perfect for intimate weddings. It has high, vaulted-ceilings that make any wedding feel just a bit grander. It also has a commercial kitchen, full bar and an audio/visual system. A lovely manicured lawn is perfect for photos or games. You can also get married outdoors at Pacific Glen Park and then have the reception at Town Hall. They have chairs for your ceremony, as well as service ware, and can work with your outside vendors to make your day perfect.
If you want to get married by the sea, with lovely views, Seabrook has you covered. Seabrook has over 220 cottage-style rentals to house your guests and of course, plenty of places for amazing photography before or after the ceremony. To get the best photos, choose a local photographer like Stephanie Michaelis Photography. They know all the good spots and what times of day make for the perfect Grays Harbor wedding photo.
A recent happy couple had this to say about their wedding in Seabrook:
We love Seabrook! Back when we had originally booked the venue, we had hoped to have the ceremony on the bluff but with a wedding in October I was not getting my hopes up. The alternative, which still would have been beautiful, was the town hall where the reception would be. As the date approached, I started getting my hopes up but all the days around our wedding day were a complete monsoon. We had decided to wait until the morning of our wedding to fully decide to ensure the weather would hold, and it did! We were able to make that decision the morning of and Jeff and Samantha’s team pulled it off! It was so nice to have that flexibility and by having the ceremony outside we were able to have the reception in the town hall completely set up following the wedding so our guests could go back and grab a drink and a seat. As one of our guests who had never been to Seabrook before put it, “this place is magical”. From the beginning up until the end the experience was smooth, easy and the best decision we made!
Regardless of where in Grays Harbor you decide to have your wedding, you are sure to be happy. From quaint towns and lovely beaches to majestic forests, they have the perfect backdrop for your romantic event. Local wedding planners, like Eventful Northwest in McCleary and Gladiola Events in Hoquiam, can help you make the most of your Grays Harbor Wedding. And for local florists, be sure to check out Harbor Blooms in Aberdeen. Let them do all the hard work so you can concentrate on writing those vows then simply enjoying your unforgettable destination wedding in Grays Harbor.