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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.

Services Offered

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:

  • Bartenders
  • Servers
  • China
  • Flatware and glassware
  • Indoor tables and chairs
  • Linens
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Alejandra G. Married on 08/13/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Great venue!

The venue space was exactly what we wanted. The coordinators and staff were incredibly friendly and professional.
Rice M. Married on 07/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect wedding at The Kennedy School Hotel

We were so lucky to snag The Kennedy School Hotel for our wedding. This venue has so much going for it -- there is so much natural charm that we did almost nothing to "decorate" it, which saved us both money and planning time for our wedding. We also had the service in the gym courtyard and the reception in the gym, but had access to both indoor and outdoor spaces throughout, which gave our guests tremendous flexibility (and would have allowed us to reimagine the wedding to be entirely indoors if the weather hadn't cooperated). Many of our guests stayed in the hotel as well and enjoyed the experience tremendously. The McMenamins staff were on top of everything from planning to execution -- I can't point to a single thing that went wrong.
Grace Married on 07/01/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Great value!

We used The Attic event space for our wedding reception and everyone had a amazing time! It was great to have it at Edgefield because there is alot for people to do there and it is a fun location. The staff was great, the event staff did a great job with helping to coordinate our event and any questions we had. They give you the event space just with the minimum food and beverage fee reached, so this was very cost effective for us!
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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.

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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!

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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.


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