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NW Maritime Center

The NW Maritime Center is a non-profit maritime education center. We provide educational classes both on and off the water, for adults, youth, recreational boaters and professional mariners. We have an active boat shop where boats are built and restored. We put on the Wooden Boat Festival, now in its 40th year and the largest of its kind on the west coast. We also put on the Race to Alaska, a 750 mile engine-less boat race.

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How I cater to Offbeat Brides

The Northwest Maritime Center is located directly on the waterfront in the Victorian seaport and arts community of Port Townsend, WA. The home of a maritime education non-profit, the Wooden Boat Festival and the Race to Alaska, our venue, with its stunning vistas of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains and Puget Sound, is an enchanting setting for a beautifully unique wedding event.

With a variety of both indoor and outdoor spaces available, you can personalize every aspect of your event, from an open-air ceremony on our commons, to a cocktail hour in our mezzanine or on our expansive second floor decks, to dinner and dancing in the Maritime Meeting Room. Bring your own caterers and photographers, or choose from our list of regular vendors to make detailed decisions easy and stress-free. Our staff will work with you to ensure that your individual wishes are met, so that your wedding is seamless and tailored to you. Our clients usually choose our facility because it is far from a “typical” wedding venue.

Thank you for helping to ensure our wedding reception was perfect! We couldn't have picked a better venue than the Maritime Center. Everything was absolutely perfect!
-Amy K.

Thank you so much for the Tuesday night event! What a lovely venue; when the guests arrived it was sunset and a Humpback whale was seen offshore. More importantly, you and everyone at the NWMC are a dream to work with.
-Tina H., event planner

Examples of my work

In the past we have helped couples create the event of their dreams: whether it was a "speakeasy" theme, a bagpipe extravaganza, or helping facilitate the arrival of the bride by donkey.

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