Seattle Aquarium

1483 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101
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Average Base Cost: $20,000

Our average base cost for a Seattle Aquarium wedding is calculated by figuring a 125-person guest list for a Saturday ceremony/reception using a food/beverage cost of $110/pp. Entertainment, flowers, furniture, additional decorations and rentals, transportation, and photography are not included. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand. Gratuity and sales tax is included.

*Prices subject to change

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How it breaks down:

Facility Rental Fee: 

  • Friday – Saturday: $3,000 for up to 200 guests, $10/per person for each additional guest and a $10,000 food and beverage minimum (with $500 allocated for labor charges)
  • Sunday: $2,500 for up to 200 guests, $8/per person for each additional guest and a $7,500 food and beverage minimum (with $500 allocated for labor charges)


What’s Included: Tables, chairs, china, flatware, linens, set up & break down (only on standard items)


  • Weddings go for 4.5 hours beginning as early as 6:30pm with the option to add additional time for $1,000 per hour for up to 200 guests.
  • The ceremony fee is $2.50/per person based on where the ceremony location. The city of Seattle requires every client to obtain private event insurance for their event, listing the City of Seattle Risk Management Division as an additional insured.

Vendors: Outside vendors are allowed except for catering

Photo by Kristen Honeycutt

Food and Beverage: Plated dinners range in price from $57-$67/pp, and open bar packages from $18 (for beer and wine) to $31 for the premium bar package for three hours. Typically, rental of the venue AND catering ranges from $125-$160/pp depending on final selections.

More Stats:

Space Type: Inside/Outside

Via The Seattle Aquarium

Size: Puget Sound Hall can accommodate eating with a dance floor for up to 250 guests; if you use the Mezzanine Level as well you can accommodate up to 300.

Bridal Suite: Yes

Photo by Azzura Photography

Parking: City Parking is available, or you have the option to rent a garage directly across from the Aquarium at Republic Parking for a total of $400.

How Will Grandma Get There? Located on the waterfront near downtown Seattle there are a plethora of amazing hotels to choose from, including the Ace Hotel and the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle.

Party On! Events can go as late as you want, but liquor can only be served until 2:00 a.m.

Photo by Kristen Honeycutt

The Report: 

 This public aquarium–located on the waterfront of Elliott Bay– opened in 1977. While it was initially run by the city, in 2010 the non-profit Seattle Aquarium Society took it over. It underwent an 18,000 sq. foot expansion in 2013 which included a new gift shop and cafe as well as two new exhibits: Window on Washington Waters and Crashing Waves. Rental of the Aquarium includes access to Puget Sound Hall and Life on the Edge, as well as to mammal exhibits and the underwater dome. Docents are also available to guests for interactive presentations. In the summer months you will also have access to the large private patio that overlooks Elliot Bay and the Olympic Mountain Range, which many couples use for their ceremony and/or cocktail reception.
Via the Seattle Aquarium

Woman Getting Married Says:

Like the Museum of History and Industry Seattle, this wedding venue has an amazing waterfront location (though the Seattle Aquarium is a bit closer to more hotel options). I love the inside/outside option, and the interactive experience for guests is pretty great (anybody fancy an otter show?!). Unless you’re a big fan of The Little Mermaid I would opt for very subtle decor at this wedding venue (think white flowers, lots and lots of candles, etc.). You could obviously go, ahem, overboard with the aquatic stuff at this wedding venue!

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Amenities/What’s Included 8
Convenient for Grandma 9
Layout 10
Location 10
Overall Charm 9
Venue Value 8

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