Right outside the city’s borders, Willamette Valley offers up more than 250 gorgeous wineries set amidst rolling farmlands, designating Portland as the perfect site for your vineyard wedding.
With more breweries than any other city in the country, Portland is a leader in innovative and unbeatable craft beers. If you and your sweet share a love of great brews, a Portland wedding will leave your thirst happily quenched.
Nowhere in the country can you find more lavish blooms than the City of Roses, making Portland the perfect destination for brides who swoon over lush, garden weddings.
Oregon is among the handful of states that don’t have a sales tax, making it easier for Portland brides to spend less here than they would anywhere else.
Not only does Portland have a nationally emerging restaurant scene, but it also boasts one of the most robust street food cultures on the continent. With over 600 licensed food trucks, this culinary distinction is just another way to “Keep Portland Weird.”
What would any wedding be without a ceremony? As the core of your wedding, the ceremony should rank high on your list of top priorities. Take the time to research and meet with some of the awesome Portland wedding officiants out there and decide on one that truly connects with you and your betrothed. Next, sit down and figure out the flavor you want the ceremony to have. Some of the city’s most talented local ceremony musicians can help you achieve your vision with music that’s as unique or as traditional as you want. Remember that your ceremony is the moment that you and the love of your life join together in union for the rest of your life — you want every detail to be covered!
From the moment your guests first arrive at your Portland wedding venue, the tiring months of planning will suddenly come to life. Impeccable floral arrangements will sit atop complementary table linens, and as your guests sit down to a delicious meal from one of the top local wedding caterers out there, they won’t be able stop themselves from admitting that yours is the best wedding they’ve ever attended.
Set the tone for your wedding with the perfect rehearsal dinner to welcome all of your friends and family. From Northwest Portland to Hawthorne to Alberta, the possibilities for delectable, gourmet meals are endless. We can’t think of a better way to kick off the weekend.
Keep the party going with a fabulous day-after brunch to say “thank you” to your guests and wish them a final farewell. Plan a lighthearted meal at a lively breakfast spot in the Pearl District or sit down to a delicious spread at the hotel where your guests are already staying.
What’s the best way to share a little taste of Portland with your guests? With some distinctive wedding welcome bags to be found in their hotel rooms as soon as they arrive. Throw in a few local goodies, some information on things to do in the area, and a reminder or two about anything they might need for your big day. There’s plenty of room to get creative. We can’t think of a better way to say, “Welcome to our wedding!”
Portland is teeming with distinct personality, from its omnipresent roses to its huge emphasis on local brews. Channel some of PDX’s unique spirit into creative wedding favors for your guests. Thank them for being a part of your special day while showing them some of the different aspects this city has to offer.
Portland has so much to keep your guests busy when they aren't caught up in your wedding festivities. Virtually everything is within walking distance! Head over to the Pearl District for a more artistic scene, wander into one of the many craft breweries throughout the city, or take a bike tour along the Willamette River for a breathtaking waterfront scene. Check out Time’s suggestions for the top 10 things to do in Portland and share your favorites with your guests.
With its huge emphasis on street food, Portland offers up cuisine that’s bursting with personality. Pair that with their nationally emerging culinary scene and you have an absolute foodie’s dream. Check out Yelp’s listing of the top restaurants in the Portland area.
From modern high rises to quaint bed and breakfasts, Portland has more than enough wedding guest accommodations. Suggest some of your top choices to guests at a range of different price points. Plus, don’t forget to find one for yourself for pre-wedding prep or post-wedding relaxation!
If there’s one thing the City of Roses has to offer, it’s a plethora of unique and breathtaking backdrops. What more could you need for stunning engagement photos? With the help of some local photographers, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite engagement shoot locations to inspire you. Make sure you take a look before your session rolls around.
Planning the last fling before the ring in Portland? Consider yourself lucky to spend a bachelorette weekend in PDX. Create your own pub crawl of local craft breweries, immerse yourself in blooms with a trip to one of the city’s famed rose gardens and a flower arranging class, or hop on a dinner cruise down the Willamette. The possibilities are endless, so we’ve come up with a few ideas for the perfect Portland bachelorette party to get you started.
It turns out that Portland is the ultimate place to hold any bachelor party. Not only is Portland just a stone’s throw away from some great outdoor activities, but it’s also home to some of the most award winning craft breweries in the country. Whether it’s a weekend trip to the coast, a day trip for some white water rafting on White Salmon River, or a local beer, pub, and club crawl in the city, there is no end in sight to the great ideas for your Portland bachelor party.
The good news is that you’ve chosen a vibrant, scenic, and seriously fun location to gather your nearest and dearest on your big day. Congrats! The bad news? Your wedding location is so awesome that it draws a crowd for reasons other than your nuptials all year long. When selecting your wedding date, be sure you know what other activities are happening in the area that might put a cramp in your party’s style. We’ve gone ahead and done the legwork for you, so check out the annual calendar of major Portland events and add them to your radar.
When planning something as complex and significant as your wedding day, sometimes you just want friendly experts to step in and share some pearls of wisdom. Lucky for you, we know people (we’re sitting right here — wink wink). And we’ve got your back: insider tips, exhaustive research, and inspiring takes on all aspects of the planning process, compiled here specifically with your wedding location in mind. You’re just a few clicks away from wedding planning peace of mind… You’re welcome! (No thank-you note required.)
Check out some other useful local online resources to get you acquainted with all-things Portland, from travel guides to the local restaurant scene to great local wedding blogs run by our friends in the industry:
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