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Bastyr University is a religious wedding venue for couples looking to marry in the greater Seattle, Washington area. This classic venue features a European-style chapel dating back to 1958 with ceilings nearly five-stories tall. Couples will find this wedding venue located seven minutes from Juanita Beach Park in the Seattle area.
Facilities and Capacity
Couples can invite up to 500 guests to their wedding at this shining venue. The chapel at Bastyr University can seat 275 guests in the pews and choir loft. With additional chairs, the venue holds it maximum number of guests for a wedding. Couples can exchange their vows on a stage with a backdrop of columns built into the wall and a golden mural. The top of the mural features a white dove, a symbol of the Holy Spirit in a religious context. This venue gleams with the light streaming through 31 handcrafted stained-glass windows in a rainbow of colors. The glass mosaic of artwork throws beautiful patterns of sunlight around this venue on a sunny day. After dark, circular chandeliers overhead add illumination. The space is abundant in wooden accents and bright colors, the perfect classic location for a couple’s wedding day.
This venue welcomes all couples looking for a ceremony location. The couples are also invited to take pictures in and around the chapel on their special day. For weddings, couples will have the option of getting ready in dressing rooms at Bastyr University. There are two private rooms so that the couple is guaranteed the privacy they need before they begin their lives together. They can take the time to relax and prepare with close family and members of the wedding party. The staff at this chapel offers lighting and sound services for a couple’s wedding to ensure they can be seen and heard by every guest in attendance. A wedding site director is available to couples who wish to have additional help with their ceremony. Wireless Internet keeps guests connected throughout the day and free onsite parking makes traveling to this venue simple and convenient.
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An Interracial Lesbian Couples view on the religious aspect of this Non-Denominational ceremony venue.
I thought giving a more detailed review on the “religion” aspect of the space might be helpful to some.
Wedding chapel is listed as a Non-denominational space open to all genders and religions.
As an interracial lesbian couple we were exited to tour this beautiful grand space that we had seen so many photos of online.
Once we got there we realized that the previous catholic chapel is in the original state that it once was when used as strictly a Catholic space.
First and second testament quotes are part of the 10+ stained glass windows along with other religious images.
Jesus is on the cross 12+ times on the walls above the pews. These murals of Jesus are permanent and are actually part of the walls.
The architecture in this chapel is breathtaking, oh so beautiful but you already know that if you have simply “googled” the space.
As stated before we are an interracial couple, we have many family members that come from different parts of the world, who have different religions, and ideally hearing about such a beautiful space that was this grand and unique and on top of it is non-denominational got us very excited! Once we got there we realized that the Catholic religion is all over the space. We love the space, we respect the catholic religion but we don’t want to make anyone uncomfortable during our ceremony. For some the amount of religious aspect in this space might be a bit overwhelming. For example Jesus is on the cross over 10x hanging above the pews where guests would be seating. So unfortunately we had to pass on this venue. Again its so beautiful but this review is just to help others understand how “Non-Denominational” the space actually is.
Perfect for couples who want a BEAUTIFUL wedding (and on a budget!).
If you want a royal wedding, HERE YOU GO! We loved hosting our special wedding day at Bastyr University Chapel! We absolutely adored the venue, and our guests did too! Thank you Emma for all your help during rehearsal and during the event to ensure all the equipment and everything was working flawlessly. We loved it and appreciate all the memories.
We choose this chapel for its incredible beauty, all inclusivity equipment, beautiful location and budget. We wanted to spend less time on things like decor and setting up tables/av, and more time with our loved ones.
Best pros which saved us a ton of time and funds.
1) No decor needed - the chapel is already gorgeous, and so is the exterior if you want some photos/videos
2) Equipment included - mics, av, stand, chairs, check-in tables, table cloths, brooms, changing rooms, table cloths, etc.
3) Amazing floor space and acoustics: We had lots of bollywood style dancing and performances so floor space and acoustics were important!
4) Serene - In the middle of a state park (perfect for fall, winter or summer)
Free parking for all your guests!
5) Someone on sight to help ensure things run smoothly (note, this is a staff member, and not a wedding coordinator or technician)
6) Fits up to 200+ people do you don't have to compromise on the guestlist. We only had around 80 max to keep it intimate as we wanted to interact with everyone.
7) Affordable price - We would probably not have had a wedding if venue prices were any higher! Honestly this is a great deal.
- Strict no food policy, though the cafeteria is right. I wish they allowed us to at least serve cake/dessert outside within the time frame as it's a cultural tradition. We brought water bottles for our guests.
Instead of a traditional ceremony followed by reception, we had an intimate party the day prior at our apartment lounge with food.
Cost as of 10/2019 is $1400 for summer-Oct, and $1100 for winter months. $250 deposit. This was one of the best prices when we were shopping around. Alternatives were community centers but they required us to do all the setup and decor, which we didn't want to burden our loved ones with.
Absolutely Recommend for any couple who wants a BEAUTIFUL wedding (and on a budget!).
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Bastyr University is a spectacularly great venue. The chapel has superb acoustics. You won't find anything quite like this in the Puget Sound region. I highly recommend.
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