McMenamins Kennedy School is a wedding venue located in Portland, Oregon. This historic event space was built in 1911 and was once highly praised for its one-story architecture, which was considered quite original at the time. When holding your celebration here, you are guaranteed a memorable experience that you can treasure for many years to come.
Facilities and Capacity
This venue offers an array of indoor and outdoor event spaces to host your special day. The Gymnasium is a gym that has been converted into an ideal site for all kinds of celebrations, seating up to 112 guests. Here, you will find eclectic lighting, an expansive dance floor, and an accessible courtyard. The Gymnasium Courtyard is a lovely spot to say “I do” while enjoying the fresh air, and it can also accommodate up to 112 people. If your wedding calls for a more spacious area, the Movie Theater ensures a truly one-of-a-kind setting and room for up to 200 guests. This space features fixed seating in a theater style, with tables and comfortable couches and chairs for a cozy atmosphere. For smaller events, couples can use either the Mina Parsons Room or the Martha Jordan Room, both having space for 40 guests each.
McMenamins Kennedy School is able to provide event space for weddings and other special events of varying sizes, from intimate gatherings to grand affairs. The venue’s dedicated staff strives to offer each couple an unforgettable event that is as stress-free as possible. Your out-of-town guests will appreciate the on-site accommodations of 57 guestrooms, which were once classrooms, that are available to enjoy after dancing the night away.
Couples booking their celebration here can avail of a wide range of delicious on-site catering options. The skilled catering team is happy to accommodate special dietary restrictions, ensuring that you and all your guests can enjoy your wedding feast. The venue offers numerous McMenamins handcrafted ales, wines, and spirits. In addition, catering services here include the following services and items:
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Frank N Youngman · Married on 11/09/2018
such a perfect day, I'm glad I spent it with you
Our's was more than a wedding, it was an experience. we showed a movie, held a memorial for a friend since passed, and it couldn't have been better. The staff, the food, the decorations were expertly executed. So many staff willing to go the extra mile to help us not only look, but feel amazing the whole time. Mandy Orvis, was an amazing coordinator from the Kennedy School, she and her staff went the extra mile time and again to help us make fantasy a reality. Each person from the wait staff to the catering managers, were kind, attentive and willing to work with us every step of the way. this venue is so unique in it's style and feel, it's truly a Portland institution that has to be experienced to be appreciated. I would recommend that anyone looking for truly authentic piece of Portland History to be wed, or simply stay for an evening, check out the Kennedy School. Be sure to get a pint of Terminator Stout, if you're so inclined. My wedding was everything and so much more than I could have hoped.Sent on 11/16/2018
Areta · Married on 06/30/2018
Our recent commitment ceremony at the Kennedy school was very successful. The staff, from Kim, the event planner to the caterers to the set-up and clean-up staff were very responsive to our requests, made useful suggestions when we weren’t sure about some decisions, and reassured us all along the way. The day of the event couldn’t have gone more smoothly and Suzanne and Heather were very attentive and helpful to our queries and requested adjustments on the day. . Everything went off without a hitch. The price was quite reasonable and we felt very satisfied about the value for money.Sent on 07/06/2018
We couldn’t be happier with our decision to hold the event at the Kennedy School.
Monica · Married on 05/26/2018
We live in Washington and had our wedding here. Everything was perfect!!! The food was amazing, Jennifer was a fabulous coordinator, the waitstaff was awesome and everyone had a fantastic time!!!!Sent on 05/31/2018
I always look forward to events at the Kennedy School. The staff is very accommodating, and the venue space is organized and has a beautiful outdoor patio for ceremonies.
McMenamins Kennedy School is an easy place to be married - it's easily accessed by public transportation, provides a hotel for guests to stay at, provides several possible venues. Great location, ease of getting there, and, hey, we live in walking distance - so having Your Personal Ceremony as your officiant works great!
This venue is another popular wedding venue in the McMenamins deck of cards. Their gym is usually where most receptions take place. It hold about 110 to 120 people seated with room to have the ceremony and cocktail hour outside in a really cool courtyard. The ambience and staff is what make this place great. Don't be fooled by the restaurant menus. They have a lot more to offer if you are having a wedding here. You also get a lot for you money at the Kennedy School. They have a movie theater, a soaking pool, several restaurants, and even a hotel all on premise. All, your friends and family can stay at the hotel after your wedding reception ends so no one needs to drive home. Before you leave this place, make sure you hit up the boiler room, it's quite a treat.