On the Hiyu is a unique wedding venue based in Seattle, Washington. This fully renovated 165-foot ferry boat sails on the peaceful waters of Lake Union and Lake Washington and is ideal for couples who desire a nautical-style wedding with breathtaking views of the Seattle skyline and majestic Mt. Rainier in the background. On the Hiyu can provide you with a one-of-a-kind experience that you and your guests are sure to remember for years to come.
Facilities and Capacity
With room for 200 seated guests and 300+ guests arranged reception style, On the Hiyu allows you to tailor the event space to fit the needs of your big day. Expansive open decks and a variety of event spaces within the vessel permit couples to customize their experience even further. A state-of-the-art sound and lighting system will help to create the perfect ambience as you and your guests dance the night away.
On the Hiyu has a full-service team and is able to accommodate various wedding-related events, including ceremonies, receptions, bridal showers, engagement parties, elopements, and rehearsal dinners. The ferry offers a variety of event services and items to help your wedding go as smoothly as possible, including the following:
- Event planning
- Get ready rooms
- Audio equipment
- Tables and chairs
The vessel offers couples a range of options for their catering needs — a gourmet feast, buffet, or reception-style appetizers — which are made possible with On the Hiyu’s own culinary team or its preferred vendors. In addition, there are two uniquely themed bars on board: an authentic tiki bar and a Northwest Maritime whiskey bar.
The Hiyu was built by the Gunderson brothers of Portland, Oregon and went into service in 1967. The ferry sailed Puget Sound for almost 20 years and later took on inter-island duties, where it carried cars to and from Friday Harbor and Lopez, Orcas, and Shaw Islands. By the late 1990s, when traffic was too much for the Hiyu’s size and speed, it was taken out of service and mostly lay dormant, except for its use in several movies and commercials, including a Seattle Seahawks in 1999. In 2016, the Hiyu was official retired. Menagerie, Inc. bought the ferry in 2017, preserving the Hiyu’s legacy and providing Seattle with a premier floating event venue.
Frequently Asked Questions about Venue
Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?
What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?
What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
Bridal Suite, Clean Up, Event Planning, Lighting/Sound, Set Up
Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?
What is the starting price per person for bar service?
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How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
Describe your venue
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor, Scenic Views
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Elopements, Rehearsal Dinner
What event services do you offer?
Bar Services, Catering Services, Clean Up, Event Planner, Event Rentals, Get Ready Rooms, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors, Pet Friendly, Wifi
What catering services do you offer?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Liquor License, Open Bar, Outside Alcohol, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What event items are available?
Audio Equipment, Chairs, Decor, Furniture, Lighting, Tables, Tents
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Chocolate Fountain, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
What months are included in your peak season?
May, June, July, August, September, October
What months are included in your off-peak season?
January, February, March, April, November, December