Inspiration & Tips

One of the best ways to save money on your wedding is to choose a venue where you can either cater the meal yourself or find your own caterer who is willing to work within your budget. I often get e-mails from brides asking for recommendations of venues who allow outside catering, so I thought today I would compile a list of some of my favorite Spokane/Coeur d' Alene area wedding locations who are flexible when it comes to catering. I tried to choose places that offer a great setting full of character and who are also on the affordable end of the spectrum (but you'll need to contact them for exact pricing). A word of caution, even though catering your wedding yourself is a great cost cutter, it can also add a heap of (unneeded) stress to you and your family. My advice is to bring in a professional caterer for at least part of the meal (ie you bring dessert and have a caterer supply the meal, etc). And be sure you add silverware, plates and napkins to your costs! In no particular order...

231 North Event Center

Capacity: 400 Outside, 150 Inside Location: Reardan, Washington (23 miles west of Spokane) Venue Type: Barn/Country/Farm/Rustic Contact: 509-796-4550 or visit the 231 North Event Center website

231 North Event Center Spokane
Photos by KD Portraiture

Bozarth Mansion

Capacity: Up to 300 in chairs and 150 in tables Location: North Spokane Venue Type: Traditional/Vintage/Classic Contact: Bozarth Mansion website or call (509) 466-4136

Bozarth Mansion Spokane
Photo by Misty Alger Photography

Stillwater Ranch

Capacity: Up to 400 Location: Sagle, Idaho (8 miles from Sandpoint) Wedding Type: Ranch/Farm/Rustic Contact: Stillwater Ranch website or call 208-263-0077
Stillwater Ranch

On River's Edge

Capacity: Up to 150 Location: Deer Park Wedding Type: Barn/Farm/Rustic/Vintage Contact: Call 509.292.8487 or check out the On River's Edge website

Photo by Brooke Boling Photography

Highland Gardens

Capacity: Up to 250 Location: Deer Park Wedding Type: Garden/Summer Evening/Vintage Contact: Call 509.590.5312 or check out the Highland Gardens website

Nectar Tasting Room

Capacity: Up to 70 Location: Downtown Spokane Venue Type: City/loft/intimate/modern Contact: E-mail [email protected] or check out the Nectar website.

Nectar Tasting Room
Photo by Haute Pink Photography

 Blackwell House

Capacity: Up to 200 outside Location: Downtown Coeur d' Alene Venue Type: Traditional/City/Vintage/Classic/Urban Contact: Visit the Blackwell House website or e-mail [email protected].

Blackwell House Coeur d' Alene
Photo 1 by Mary Banducci Photography. Photos 2 &3 Lisa Wise Photography.

Quail Run Ranch

Capacity: Up to 160 Location: Newport, Washington Venue Type: Shabby Chic/Garden/Rustic/Vintage Contact: Visit the Quail Run Ranch website or call 509-671-0644

Other awesome venues where you can have your own caterer:

Camden Ranch (Elk, Washington) Denison Ridge (Deer Park, Washington) Coeur d' Alene Wine Cellars (Coeur d' Alene, Idaho) Mitcham's Barn (Mead, Spokane, Washington) Sandpoint Events Center (Sandpoint, Idaho) Red Barn Farms (Colton, Washington) High Country Orchard (Green Bluff, Spokane, Washington) And if you're looking for an awesome caterer be sure to check out our Featured Caterers list!

Are we forgetting anyone???