Foss Waterway Seaport

705 Dock Street, Tacoma, WA 98402 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About Foss Waterway Seaport

Foss Waterway Seaport is a breathtaking wedding venue located on the water in Tacoma, Washington. You can get married in the historic Balfour Dock building with panoramic views of the Thea Foss Waterway, Commencement Bay, Mt. Rainier, and the Tacoma city skyline. The venue is fully customizable to fit your wedding style, theme and needs. You even have the option to travel to your wedding by boat. The Seaport offers 1,200 lineal feet of side-tie guest moorage with secured access to the dock.

Facility and Capacity
Foss Waterway Seaport can accommodate weddings of up to 350 people. You can choose to host your wedding ceremony and reception outdoors overlooking the water or indoors within the beautiful building that has 420 feet of waterfront esplanade. You can also host any of your other wedding events including a rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, engagement party, or elopement.

The interior of the building has dramatic windows from floor to ceiling with intricate bridge truss-style ceilings that soar 55 feet high. The views of the active waterfront area provide a great background for your event. The restored and upgraded outdoor esplanade spans the length of the dock building with plenty of space to host your ceremony or serve as a social gathering space.

Services Offered
Experienced staff members will be with you every step of the way when planning your special day, and even be on hand the day of the wedding to offer assistance and ensure everything runs smoothly. Foss Waterway Seaport has a preffered catering list and offers tables and chairs (for up to 150 guests).

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Esplanade
Esplanade
Indoor ceremony
Indoor ceremony
Glass establishment
Glass establishment
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High ceilings
High ceilings
Loving kisses
Loving kisses
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View of mt. Rainier
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Sunset view
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Wedding isle
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Come in by boat
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Reception
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View from Commencement Bay
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Holiday party
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Wedding party
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Just married
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First dance
A well lighted place
A well lighted place
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Twilight
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View from the docks
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Foss waterway seaport
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Elegant reception
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4 Reviews for Foss Waterway Seaport

Recommended by 98% of couples


4.9 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.9
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 4.6
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 4.9
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    Christine · Married on 12/19/2015

    5.0
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    • Responsiveness:
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    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
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    Beautiful historic venue and perfect for a winter evening wedding in Tacoma. Earla was fabulous to work with, and SO accommodating. Our wedding was perfect, and we highly recommend this up and coming venue. Our only complaint was the colder than expected temperature on our wedding day-they use giant space heaters since it's almost all windows in the venue and has no heat. We knew this would be an issue for a winter wedding, so we had warned our guests.

    Sent on 12/31/2015

    Foss Waterway Seaport's reply:

    Hi Christine,

    Thank you for the kind review. You will be happy to know that the building is heated year round now!
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    Markee · Married on 10/13/2018

    4.8
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    • Value:
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    Unique, expansive, beautiful historic building and location

    We were married at a nearby church and had our wedding reception at Foss Waterway Seaport. Long before we were planning our wedding, we had always admired the Seaport building. It is conveniently located, right on the water, and the building itself is gorgeous with floor to ceiling windows at the front. It wasn’t until we started planning that we looked into the price and realized how competitively priced it was for wedding venues in the area. We are so grateful we were able to book our dream venue. They staff are super helpful. Our initial walk-through with Earla (who was so kind and informative) left us with a great first impression. Adrienne and Maria were very responsive and accommodating to our many questions we asked over the months leading up to our wedding. Amber joined the team shortly before our wedding date and was there for big day and also helped us the day before when we dropped all the reception decorations and centerpieces off. It was so awesome that they allowed us to deliver those items the day prior. The Seaport is a beautiful venue that easily and comfortably accommodated our 260 guest wedding. Because the venue has a ramp leading down to the dock we were able to leave the reception via our boat (which we moored the night prior). Foss Waterway Seaport presents opportunities for distinctive ideas to be carried out. The boardwalk is a beautiful spot for sunset pictures (fortunately on our wedding day the mountain was out!). What is also uniquely cool is that the wooden boats are pushed to the sides for events, so they are still visible to guests. The only thing that we were a little bit anxious about was the fact that set-up can’t begin until 4pm (when the museum closes) and our cocktail hour began at 6pm, leaving only 2 hours for setup. But with the confidence I had in our wedding reception coordinator and her team, as well as the Seaport staff, they had everything setup and ready by the time guests arrived. Thank you to everyone at Foss Waterway Seaport for making our day so special and memorable. We highly recommend this venue to anyone looking for a large, accommodating, beautiful, and unique place for your event.

    Sent on 01/30/2019

    Foss Waterway Seaport's reply:

    Thank you Markee for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review! We appreciate your flexibility during our staffing changes and realize the set-up window can be challenging. However with the right vendors in place it is well worth it! Your wedding was beautiful and your photos turned out amazing. Thank you for sharing your big day with the Seaport!

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Foss Waterway Seaport FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season? $ 2,500.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season? $ 2,200.00
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season? $ 50.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season? $ 50.00
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Chairs, Clean Up, Set Up, Tables
  • What is the maximum capacity of your venue? 350
  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue? 10
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer? 2
  • Describe your venue: Banquet Hall, Historic Building, Marina, Waterfront
  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor, Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Elopements, Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer? Clean Up, Get Ready Rooms, Outside Vendors, Pet Friendly, Preferred Vendors Only, Set Up, Wifi
  • What event items are available? Altar/Arch, Chairs, Tables
  • What transportation and access is available? Parking
  • What months are included in your peak season? May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
  • What months are included in your off-peak season? January, February, March, April

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    253-753-1740 (Phone number)

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