Peter and iMa James

Forest Haven Wedding Venue

(360) 733-9377

forest haven wedding venue

Your wedding is one of the most important ceremonies and gatherings of loved ones in your life and yet it is often over in the blink of an eye. Family and friends come from near and far to honor you and to celebrate your love - why not give them and yourselves a lengthy and layered experience with lasting memories to carry in your hearts and minds forever. Expanding your wedding ceremony into a weekend retreat affords the opportunity for your loved ones to deeply bond and get to know one another while giving you the chance to relax into the richness of the experience and to soak up the loving connections.


Forest Haven Wedding Venue is the perfect place to host a weekend wedding retreat. It is one of the few venues in Whatcom County where you can host both your wedding ceremony, reception dinner and a weekend retreat for your guests. The 1.5 acre property is set up against a cedar forest with sweeping forested mountain views. Forest Haven's multiple terraces are filled with lawns, flower and vegetable gardens and special details that make this retreat house the ultimate playground for adults (and kids of course!) and an ideal wedding venue. Located just twenty five minutes southeast of Bellingham, Forest Haven offers a magical and memorable landscape to host your celebration, whether it is an intimate gathering, grandiose celebration or somewhere in between.

Forest Haven Wedding Venue Details

  • Open for Weddings from May - October

  • 2,000 square feet of indoor space (this includes a garage with extra refrigerator, storage and set up space)

  • Half acre of terraced and landscaped outdoor entertaining space

  • Additional acre of beautiful cedar forest for camping and entertaining with 12 person tree net, tree swing and multiple multi-use platforms

  • Large back deck and front porch with views of the gardens - perfect for your reception dinner buffet set-up

  • Accommodates up to 100 guests for the wedding ceremony and reception

  • Sleeps 7 indoors and up to 28 outdoors (maximum of 35 total) 

  • Indoor accommodations - Matrimonial suite (King + private bath), 2 guest rooms (1 with a queen and a single and another with 2 singles and shared bath)

  • Outdoor "Glamping" accommodations - 2 spacious and beautiful "Bell Tents' (similar to a yurt that fit 4 to 5 people each) and 6 'Tipi Tents' (2 to 3 people each) up in the gorgeous and peaceful cedar forest. Beautiful and comfortable bedding and night lighting are provided. This is the ultimate outdoor wedding retreat experience. 

  • Nearby motel for additional overnight guests (5 minute drive)

  • Large outdoor cedar shower

  • Outdoor 6 person hot tub with garden and forest views

  • Large patio with BBQ grill and dining set within vegetable and flower gardens

  • 'Fairy Area' with cave and tree swing 

  • 2 Fire pits - 1 by the built-in trampoline, 1 larger fire pit in the upper terrace

  • 2 large terraced lawns for the Ceremony and Reception

  • Ceremony lawn converts into dance party area with room for Band set-up

  • Beautiful night lighting that brightens paths, gardens and the forest

  • Privacy trees around perimeter of property

  • Indoor and outdoor sound system

  • 18 cars can be parked onsite with additional parking near by

  • Acoustic music by fire pits acceptable all hours, other music must be kept at a reasonable volume after 10pm

  • Not wheelchair accessible

Forest Haven owner and well known local photographer Peter James is also available to photograph your special day. Please learn more here