I would say that on the whole, crashing a wedding is frowned upon, but in Seattle things are a bit different. Consider, for example, the wedding of Lisa and Alex on Thursday, October 20. Now I can’t officially call Lisa and Alex locals, but they are most definitely Localists, having enlisted the Seattle-based event planning company Shindig Events to help them organize their nuptials into a public celebration at Pike Place Market. As Shindig Events put it on their blog, The Shindiggery:
YOU are invited. Anyone can come attend the wedding of a couple of strangers. No need to go to a gift registry, get a sitter, book a hotel room…just pop on down to the north end of Pike Place Market at Virginia….
Fantastic! And how many of you have photo-bombed all the happy couples getting their wedding photos taken at Kerry Park or Volunteer Park? You know you’ve at least thought about it…
Daydream about your wedding fantasy in advance of the big day with a visit to Velouria in Ballard. Not only is this a fun place to shop for clothing and gifts by local independent designers, but it is also the boutique where you’ll find owner Tes De Luna, one-half of Crinoline & Tweed‘s wedding planning team. Discuss decorations, place settings and of course style while you shop lines such as Amy Bengtson‘s very cool jewelry and Out of Line‘s cute dresses.
To round out the pretend-wedding experience, book a “room” at Treehouse Point in Issaquah, just outside of Seattle. Deep in the woods, but easily accessible by car, this is a highly-desired and lovely venue for a wedding, but you can also stay overnight just for kicks. Perfectly PNW (Pacific Northwest), you literally climb a ladder up into the trees to stay in your comfy-cozy treehouse. You can also opt for a room in the lodge, but that’s a step down in the fun factor. Walk around the grounds and picture your celebration.
What do you think, Seattleites? Have you ever crashed a wedding? What other imaginary wedding experiences have you indulged in to add to this list? Let us know in the comments!
And for anyone planning a destination wedding to Seattle, be sure to contact Localist to help plan your stay!