Portland Spirit Cruises & Events, a breathtaking wedding venue in Portland, offers couples a unique experience for their engagement party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner or elegant ceremony and reception. In the business since 1994, you and your guests will love a wedding on the water.
Facilities and Capacity
The Portland Spirit has two levels, built-in marble dance floor and an open air viewing deck. It can accommodate up to 300 guests for your ceremony and 400 for a reception. Another option is the Willamette Star, an elegant venue space with a cherry wood interior, sound system, piano and two viewing decks. This space can hold 100 guests for your ceremony, and 120 for the reception. A more intimate space is the Crystal Dolphin, a luxurious vessel for a 50-person ceremony and 80-person reception. Finally, the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler provides the authentic riverboat experience, accommodating a maximum of 200 people.
Wedding packages include many amenities, including the cruising time, delivery and setup, catering options, planning and coordination and more. Depending on the package and venue space, services and items include:
With fresh ingredients and creative, delicious menu options, your food needs will be taken care of at Portland Spirit Cruises & Events. You may choose from serving styles such as buffet, cocktail reception, hors d’oeuvres, plated and servers. The catering team and chefs will create anything ranging from seafood to salad, meats, vegetarian options and so much more.
Recommended by 92% of couples
Christy · Married on 09/03/2017
I can't think of a better venue for an intimate wedding and reception. Morgan was my wedding planner and was great the entire way through. We booked in early May and had our wedding sept 3, so not a ton of time to plan but really they do it all. I felt like I just had to show up. The food was amazing as was the entire staff, so friendly and accommodating. We brought in dessert from another venue but there are options to order through Portland spirit. The standard cruise time is 2.5 hours, we added an extra 30 min which I would definitely recommend, it gave just that extra little buffer time to fully enjoy everything without being so strict on our timeline. We truly enjoyed every moment and so did our guests. I could go on and on because I'm still on cloud 9, but the short version is that the Portland Spirit/Crystal Dolphin staff are second to none, food is amazing, and you can't beat the view and ambiance when cruising down the river around sunset. THANK YOU ❤️❤️❤️Sent on 09/09/2017
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Lisa · Married on 07/29/2017
We had an absolutely wonderful wedding experience with the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler. The event coordinator and crew went truly above and beyond to give us an incredible day. I really can not say enough good things about them. Plus, the scenery and food were great! I don’t have any scenery pics on my phone but if you know the Columbia Gorge, you can imagine!
Katie · Married on 07/02/2017
What started as a family meet and greet, was easily transformed into a wedding with the help of Morgan. She explained the whole process and we set out easily creating a beautiful and intimate setting on the Sternwheeler. The captain was perfect, just as you would picture a boat captain. The food was very good. The table linens and chair sashes made the perfect addition. The crew was fantastic, very accomodating and very professional. We will remember our trip always and plan to make it a yearly adventure. You can't beat heading east or west on the Columbia.
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Unbeatable venue for scenery, friendly and helpful staff, and overall excellent memories. Few places can rival the novelty and plain fun of a huge sternwheeler as it drifts down the Willamette. Check this place out!
There is no place in Portland where you can get the attention to detail and the experience you get with the people at the Portland Spirit. If you party is small or large, they will give you the attention and follow thru found no where else. For many years we have enjoyed working with the Portland Spirit and know that they care about their brides. Every event with them if different, because of the Portland you will see as you go down the river with them on your event. We would suggest the Portland Spirit to Brides looking for that once on a lifetime wedding.
A fleet of amazing venues for ceremonies and receptions - We've worked on The Portland Spirit Cruise Ships for numerous weddings and have been impressed at each one!