by Planner/Designer Hannah Schultz
Located in the adorably quirky Fremont neighborhood, the Fremont Foundry is a hidden gem that represents everything we love about Seattle. With its unique vibe, beautiful architecture, and incredible flexibility, it is high on our list of go-to venues for your next special occasion.
The Fremont Foundry (not to be mistaken for The Foundry by Herban Feast) is located in a historic metalworking foundry that has been renovated while still maintaining its industrial roots. This space is unique with multiple spaces to utilize, each with a cohesive yet refreshingly different vibe to keep things interesting for your guests. You also have the freedom to mix and match which spaces you rent, letting you determine a personalized flow for the evening.
The lower floor of the Fremont Foundry is comprised of the atrium and the studio. The atrium (that can accommodate 400 standing/250 seated) is a true stunner, featuring massive sky-lit cement walls, exposed steel beams, and a gorgeous wooden ceiling highlighted by a larger-than-life crystal and metal orb chandelier. They also have fun yet (somehow) still elegant submarine-style windows on the mezzanine. There is ample natural light and warmth during the day thanks to their skylights. There is also a clear rectangular section of the floor that showcases a collection of plants and greenery below. It's an unexpected and modern way to bring nature into an otherwise industrial atmosphere. The atrium connects to the studio which is a large room that can be separated from the atrium with a built-in sliding wood wall. The studio is less distinctive in design, but extends your dining space for larger groups. It also has a beautiful built-in bar that connects to a full-service catering kitchen.
The Fremont Foundry with its clean slate allows you to easily dress it up or down. You don’t need to spend a fortune on decor here. You book this venue because you love the architecture, unique layers, and overall vibe. There are lots of ways to enhance and highlight what is already spectacular...
Organic & Romantic Style at the Fremont Foundry
If you like an organic and romantic look, you can keep things simple and use the venue's chandelier as your main focal point. The modern yet elegant chandelier serves as an instant “wow” factor when guests enter the space. Next, place rectangular wood farm tables centered underneath. Then add leafy green garlands that run down the center of each table along with varying height candles that will add increased sparkle as the sun goes down. If specialty wood tables are not in your budget, stick with the tables included in your rental with simple white poly linens for guests and then keep the special farm table for your head table. Green garland for each table too expensive? Try moss clusters with varying height candles. Focus the rest of your budget on the special details including escort cards on recycled paper cards with gold lettering, gorgeous charger plates in a dark rattan or gold detail, and menu cards to get your guests excited about your meal.
Glam Style at the Fremont Foundry
On the other hand, you can also make this space uber glam incorporating lots of furniture rentals, light installations, show-stopping specialty linens – the list goes on and on! Hang additional chandeliers at varying heights in the atrium to compliment the venue chandelier. Use mirrored table tops or sequin linens for extra sparkle on your tables. Cover tables in pillar and floating candles and lush floral arrangements in 2-3 different heights for visual interest. Top off the design with a plush lounge area, so guests have a fun & comfortable spot to chat while still feeling a part of the party.
As an added bonus, there is the Courtyard (accommodating 200 standing) located off the first floor. This area can only be described as a dream patio/oasis. It is draped with Edison bulb strung lighting, has just enough tree coverage and greenery, a wooden deck, and boasts ample space to mingle or set the stage for some fun entertainment. This space is also perfect for food trucks to pull up right on property and serve your guests. Or use the Courtyard for cocktail hour, a dessert bar, or even a surprise late night snack.
The Penthouse and Rooftop Terrace
Now, let’s move upstairs. The upper floor of the venue has a more modern, relaxed and loft-like vibe while still speckled with a few of the special elements used downstairs. Accommodating 300 standing and 200 seated, this area is comprised of a glassed in, 2 story room with connecting rooftop terrace. The large, open-air rooftop terrace is a true highlight of this venue and features Edison bulb strung lighting, wood paneled flooring, and breathtaking views of North Seattle. Here you can dine and party the night away under the stars. AND, since bars are their only neighbors, the venue can usually let you party until late. You can also choose to move your guests inside the adjoining penthouse for dancing if Seattle weather isn't cooperating. This particular space is a bit more modern and sleek than the rest of the venue, but still maintains its quirky edge, which we love so much. Even if you plan on having most of your event outside, this is a perfect spot for your cocktail hour while they “flip” the outside space from your ceremony to dinner, and can also be a great location for an intimate lounge area.
Quintessential Seattle Venue Choice
Overall, the Fremont Foundry is the quintessential venue for couples looking for an elegant, but fun and unique, VERY Seattle celebration. It is definitely worth checking out for your next wedding or special event! Contact Holly Hankins at firstname.lastname@example.org for 2016/2017 rental information and pricing. OR even better, contact VOWS for a complimentary consultation. We'd love to lead your planning efforts and make this venue top of our touring list!