McMenamins Anderson School is a wedding venue located in Bothell, Washington that has been transformed from a 1931 junior high school to an Art Deco-style building. This vintage space is perfect for all kinds of wedding celebrations, providing a unique backdrop unlike no other.
Facilities and Capacity
Anderson School has five private event spaces that can accommodate anywhere from 10 to 600 people. Their largest venue is Haynes’ Hall, which is a combination of indoor and outdoor spaces that can fit 250 to 600 guests depending on your reception style. Haynes’ Square is an outdoor courtyard with the capacity to hold 100 guests for a cocktail hour or ceremony. Wegner’s Garden is an outdoor venue that is perfect for summer weddings, holding up to 100 guests in its 1,300-square-foot space. The Patty Murray Room and Andy’s Room are small gathering spaces that have access to the outdoor deck, accommodating 40 and 25 guests, respectively. The Thorndike Room is an intimate indoor space where you can have your rehearsal dinner or small reception.
McMenamins Anderson School is located just 20 minutes from downtown Seattle and is surrounded by small bars and restaurants, offering all the amenities that you could possibly need for a wedding. The service and event staff will ensure that the planning process is simple and enjoyable. The following services and rentals that are offered:
The on-site catering and waitstaff will provide you and your guests with buffets, stations and cocktail receptions that will make everyone want a second round. They also offer the following selections:
This renovated building now has 72 guest rooms so that you can easily lodge your out-of-town guests for an overnight stay or weekend-long celebration. Each of these rooms come with private baths, television and free Wi-Fi, also providing easy access to the pool and event spaces.
Recommended by 94% of couples
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Joshua · Married on 11/15/2015
About six months before the Anderson school was scheduled to open, my fiancée and I decided it would be worth the trip to Edgefield to check it out. At this point, we had toured over a dozen venues, and all of them had at least a few things that we didn’t exactly love; some were either too expensive for what they gave you, the event space was either too small or too big, or parking was a nightmare, or a host of other issues. We emailed the contact for events at McMenamins, and we happened to get the Director of Sales. We told her we were considering the Anderson School for our wedding, and were going to head to Edgefield for a night to check it out and see what all the hype was about. The Director of Sales, Susan, set us up with a complementary wine tasting of ALL their wines; there must have been fifteen of them – and put us in touch with the staff there to get a tour of their venue spaces.
The attention to detail and the insistence on keeping true to a buildings’ character and history was truly inspiring. This sealed the deal for us; we were hooked and on board. After our visit, we probably exchanged over two hundred emails with Susan, asking various details about what the venue layout will look like, catering menus, etc. Keep in mind, we booked the venue with NO IDEA of what it would actually look like; we were putting a lot of faith in McMenamins because of what we saw and experienced at Edgefield. Anderson School was scheduled to open on October 15th, 2015; and our wwedding date was 11/15/15, cutting it close? You know it! We didn’t actually see the venue space until October 13th, 2015; and we were blown away! The space was amazing, and more than we expected. The rates, the food, the space, and the people at McMenamins created a truly memorable day for us, and we highly recommend considering them for your wedding or event, you will be more than happy!
Deanna · Married on 02/09/2019
Even in a Snowstorm - A Complete Success
Planning a winter wedding can lead to some unexpected events, like the worst snowstorm in Seattle in years. However everything went off perfectly. The staff at Anderson School house went above expectations to make sure our day was perfect. So many guest commented on how much fun they had and how beautiful and quirky the venue was. Laura, our coordinator, is a true professional. She lent us her experiences and helped us make decisions we didn't even know we needed to make. The entire event went smoothly and timely, they didn't miss a thing -- and again during a snow storm.
Lori · Married on 08/31/2018
It was an awesome for rehearsal dinner
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Such a great venue! The property is expansive and lighted with fire pits, torches and string lights at night. The staff was very helpful, lending me a cart for my equipment. I would gladly work with them again! (Or go to their pub on the weekend!)
The McMenamins are an asset to every location, and this will be no exception. For fun, food and frolic, think of McMenamins Anderson School. Great fun in a redesigned historic place.