Wedding Safety & Logistics

a romantic shot of a wedding couple at IslandWood, an Outdoor Wedding Venue

We’re thrilled to welcome you to our campus. Your safety, as well as the safety of our staff, is always of the utmost importance to us, and COVID-19 obviously poses new issues around health and safety. We have carefully reviewed all guidance from the CDC, Washington State Department of Health, and Kitsap Public Health District in developing our safety policies and procedures, which are listed below.


As this is an ever-changing situation, we continually monitor health and safety guidelines and will keep you updated on any changes in protocols and procedures. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at


  • Whenever possible, wedding ceremonies will be held outdoors. If this is not possible, weddings will be held in a large, well-ventilated indoor space. For both indoor and outdoor weddings, seating will be arranged to facilitate social distancing between households.
  • Wedding parties are limited to 30 people based on current Washington state guidelines.
  • We ask that all guests bring face coverings and wear them throughout the entirety of the wedding, except when eating or drinking. Wedding couples are not required to wear face coverings during the ceremony, as long as they maintain a six-foot social distance from their guests.
  • No more than two people will be allowed in our multi-stall bathrooms at one time.
  • We will provide ample access to hand-washing stations and hand sanitizer.

Health Screening

Prior to arrival, we ask that the wedding couple and their guests self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms. Individuals with a temperature of 100.4°F or above, or who have a member of their household with diagnosed COVID-19 or COVID-19 symptoms, will not be permitted to attend the wedding.

Staff Health & Safety

  • All staff members reside in Kitsap and King Counties and have been practicing the related health and safety guidelines as we have progressed through the phases of the Washington State reopening plan.
  • Staff members have received training in their roles and responsibilities as they relate to COVID-19 precautions.
  • All staff will be following IslandWood’s onsite work requirements, developed per CDC guidelines, including daily health screenings.
The Arrival Shelter at IslandWood's Bainbridge Island campus. A wood sign says "IslandWood," with a smaller wood sign below it, which says "A school in the woods."

Campus Cleaning and Disinfecting

Additional cleaning methods will be employed to reduce risk to the wedding couple, guests, and staff. Cleaning methods will follow CDC guidance and include increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of communal spaces, shared items, frequently touched surfaces, and restrooms.

Overnight Lodging

Due to current guidelines, we are unable to offer overnight lodging for wedding guests. However, if wedding couples choose to stay overnight in our guest cottage, we will follow the same thorough cleaning and disinfecting protocols that we use for all our indoor space, including UV light disinfecting of all linens prior to washing.

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While the weddings we host are currently limited by state guidelines, we are still booking smaller celebrations (for up to 30 people total), and weddings of all sizes for the future!