Gig Harbor has many hidden undiscovered wedding locations. This is the first in a series on wedding locations in and around Gig Harbor.
Through this series of posts you will discover how you can keep your wedding local and be creative as you save $$. This first post looks at three Gig Harbor-area venues on Fox Island.
Many Gig Harbor locations are multi-purpose facilities. These can be a bargain if you look for the extras that come with the rental. These Fox Island venues all have kitchens with dishes, tables and chairs and allow you to use a caterer of your choice or even bring in your own food. These are all extreme cost saving features. Capacity too small? One of the much overlooked ways to create more space for more guests is to add a tent. A tent could be used for the ceremony, dance floor, bar or reception. See more on this topic in my article on Event Tents. Another option would be to bring an RV for dressing or for a hang out on wedding day.
Here are the three venues to consider on Fox Island
1. Fox Island Chapel on Echo Bay – This historic chapel is a waterfront venue with amazing views. It faces west to the Olympics and the Fox Island bridge. Please note this is NOT a church. With leaded glass windows and a tall steeple this sweet white chapel can be rented anytime including Sundays, does not require a religious component and can be rented for 1 hour or the entire day. The downstairs reception area doors open out onto the waterfront lawn. You could have your ceremony on the lawn, on the beach (at low tide), or in the chapel as most do. A truly unique venue.
2. Fox Island Community Center (Nichols Center) – Another historic building- this 83-year-old schoolhouse has polished wood floors, a large outdoor field with fire pit and shelter and a brand new kitchen. I have attended a wedding there with the ceremony and dinner outdoors and the band and dancing in the auditorium. Kids can play on the outdoor playground toys and you can even have smores at the fire pit. Worried about our NW rain? Add a tent or better yet, rent the Chapel on Echo Bay for the ceremony and come down the street to the Community Center for the reception.
3. Fox Island United Church of Christ – I have also attended a wedding here. When entering, it looks like a typical church until you walk into the sanctuary. The building is perched on one of the highest parts of Fox Island, lending itself to amazing views of the Olympics and other nearby islands. The sunsets are breathtaking. Pastor Janet makes a point that this church is open to “everyone”; all nationalities, LGBT community and even invites pets in once a year to the blessing of the animals. What I like is the versatility of this venue. The fireplace room has portable walls and it also open onto a flat patio. The patio can be tented if you have weather concerns. You can have an outdoor ceremony on the lawn and have dancing on the patio and even utilize that very large entry area for dinner. The kitchen seems to have double of everything and is very centrally located. You must consider Fox Island UCC for your wedding.