The Kitsap Peninsula in Northwest Washington State is surrounded by the waters of Puget Sound on three sides. The arrow-shaped peninsula is located just a 30-minute ferry ride from the Seattle area via the downtown ferry terminal or the Edmonds ferry terminal to the north of Seattle. On the Kitsap Peninsula, you’ll find some of the most stunning Kitsap County wedding venues for your wedding day.
As mentioned earlier, you can take a ferry from Seattle or Edmonds to a terminal on the Kitsap Peninsula. If you’re coming from north of Seattle or your destination is in the Kingston area, the Edmonds-Kingston ferry is the best choice. Remember that the wait time at the Edmonds terminal can be long, especially on Thursday and Friday afternoons in the summertime. Make sure to allow yourself plenty of time to get to the ferry before the departure you want to make. I recommend getting in line for the tollbooth 1-2 hours ahead of your sailing, especially on those summer weekday evenings! The crossing to Kingston takes about 35 minutes.
The Seattle-Bainbridge route is a better choice if your destination is Bainbridge Island, Poulsbo, Silverdale, or the southern end of the Kitsap Peninsula. The downtown ferry terminal has been under construction for the last few years, so you’ll want to allow a little extra time to navigate downtown traffic. Washington State ferries usually assign larger boats and more frequent sailings to the Seattle-Bainbridge route. Even though the overall traffic volume is somewhat higher, wait times can be shorter due to the larger capacity of the downtown routes. Another advantage to departing from downtown Seattle is that the Seattle-Bremerton route also departs from the Coleman Dock. The Bremerton route is significantly longer, but it can be really pleasant and relaxed if you have the time! I love taking the ferries when I have the opportunity.
Driving might be the best choice if you’re headed for Gig Harbor, the southern end of the Kitsap Peninsula, or if your starting point is significantly south of Seattle. You can take the Tacoma Narrows Bridge from Tacoma to Gig Harbor.
The historic port town of Port Gamble overlooks the Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains to the west. The picturesque little town looks like it could easily grace a vintage postcard. Saint Paul’s Church is a lovely venue for wedding ceremonies. At the same time, the Hood Canal Vista Pavilion can host indoor and tented receptions and outdoor ceremonies on the bluff side lawn.
Heronswood Garden is a beautiful venue located at 7530 288th Street NE, Kingston, about 10 minutes drive west of the Kingston Ferry Terminal. Owned by the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, Heronswood was created in 1987 and consists of 15 acres of beautifully maintained gardens. Heronswood House also provides private facilities for the bridal party. You can choose from multiple ceremony sites, including the formal Potager Garden.
Alderbrook Resort and Spa might not technically be on the Kitsap Peninsula, but it’s close enough in my book! Located on the shores of the Hood Canal, the property features 88 acres of Pacific Northwest forests with five miles of trails, in-house catering, and ample accommodations. Alderbrook resort can host weddings from 2o to 200 guests, with a summer Saturday minimum of 75 guests. Ceremonies can occur on the scenic waterfront, in the chapel, or under a beautiful tent on the courtyard lawn. Receptions can be indoors in the Olympic Ballroom or on the courtyard lawn.
Situated on 27 acres on the north end of the Kitsap Peninsula and featuring a historic, mid-century house that can accommodate up to 14 overnight guests, Kingston House is a spectacular Washington wedding venue. A lavender farm, grassy lawns, towering forests, and a beautiful pond all provide a beautiful backdrop for weddings highlighting the beauty of the northwest.
Kiana Lodge is a beautiful forest wedding venue located on the banks of Agate Pass on the Kitsap Peninsula, overlooking the forested shores of Bainbridge Island. Featuring towering conifers and beautifully maintained gardens, a large garden atrium for indoor receptions, an expansive lawn for outdoor ceremonies, and 1000 feet of beachfront, all situated on six acres of the Kitsap Peninsula, Kiana Lodge is a spectacular setting for Pacific Northwest weddings.
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