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Celebrate your special day in an elegant, historic location at a surprisingly affordable price.

Whether you dream of marrying under the soaring 175’ tall ceiling of the capitol rotunda dome or under the wide open sky in an outdoor garden setting, the State Capitol has many wedding locations to choose from. Our open-catering policy allows you to customize your reception using the menu and price that is right for your special occasion.

Locations

The Capitol has multiple venues for both large weddings and small weddings, in indoor or outdoor locations, as well as receptions.

Designed in 1927 by the Olmsted Brothers company, the grounds near the Capitol Building are especially popular for weddings because of the formal landscaping and monumental architecture. The flowers and trees are at their peak from spring to early autumn. The lush greenery of the formal Sunken Gardens is perfect for smaller weddings and the sweeping lawns alongside Capitol Lake can accommodate up to 5,000 guests.

Inside, you can exchange vows or have your first dance in the grand rotunda, surrounded by palatial Alaskan marble beneath the capitol dome. Open mezzanines above the rotunda provide space for your guests to mingle, enjoy dinner and drinks, or dance beneath the warm glow of our original bronze Tiffany lamps. Indoor wedding venues can seat up to 200 guests.

For a list of locations with photos and detailed capacity information, view our venues webpage.

Cost

Charges for private events at the Capitol vary depending on the size and needs of the particular event. Our Visitor Services team will work with you to determine your specific event requirements and facility pricing. To get a sense of what different sized weddings might cost, view our wedding rate examples. We can also tell you about the support services, such as equipment set-up and custodial services, that we offer.

Special Considerations & Scheduling

View event planning information for the Capitol Campus, including the permit application, User's Guide, Rate Sheets, and a list of rules specific to the Capitol Building at our Schedule an Event webpage.

Because the State Capitol and its grounds are historic, public areas, certain special considerations and rules must be followed. For instance, inside the Legislative Building, the use of rice, bird seed, flower petals, lit candles, and balloons are prohibited.

We recommend that indoor weddings be held before or after regular business hours, when privacy can be assured. Regular business hours are 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekends.

Schedule your wedding now!

For more information, please contact Visitor Services at (360) 902-8881 or campusevents@des.wa.gov.

You can fill out the event information form online. The more details you include, the better our team can serve you. Once your application has been submitted, you will hear from a Visitor services representative within two business days to discuss your request and answer any questions you might have.

 

Rotunda in the Legislative Building Columbia Room in the Legislative Building
Click to see a large version of the Rotunda set up with chairs for an event
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Click to see a large version of the Columbia Room set up with round tables for an event
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