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Price range: $7,600 - $22,000 Price range: $6,500 - $18,500
Couples usually spend $14,000 Couples usually spend $12,000
Reception
$7,600 starting price
Ceremony
$7,600 starting price
Bar service
$22 per person
Reception
$6,500 starting price
Ceremony
$6,500 starting price
Bar service
$22 per person
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Portland Spirit Cruises & Events, located in Portland, Oregon, offers a unique experience for your engagement party, rehearsal dinner, or an elegant ceremony and reception. With all-inclusive wedding packages, we take the guesswork out of the planning process, leaving you with a picturesque wedding on the river. Packages include three hours of private cruising time, Captain's ceremony, Pacific Northwest cuisine prepared fresh on board, Champagne toast, white linens, sound system, service charge, and much more. We have been helping couples sail into happily ever after since 1994 — book your wedding today!

Facilities and Capacities

The flagship of our fleet, the Portland Spirit, gives you all the elegance and luxury of a cruising ballroom, featuring two stages with baby grand pianos, a marble dance floor, and three levels, including a viewing top deck that accommodates up to 300 guests for your ceremony and 400 for a reception. The Willamette Star accommodates 100 guests for your ceremony or 120 for the reception and features a cherry wood interior, gilded ceilings, a piano, and two levels including a viewing top deck. A more intimate space is the Crystal Dolphin, a luxurious yacht that accommodates up to 50 guests for a ceremony and 80 for the reception.

Services Offered

Inclusive wedding packages include many amenities with your package price. Services and items include:

  • 3 hours of private cruising time and 15-30 minutes of boarding time for your guests (depending on the vessel)
  • 1-hour of set-up time
  • In-house catering featuring Pacific Northwest cuisine prepared fresh on board (your choice of plated entrées or buffet)
  • Captain's wedding ceremony
  • Full-service bar with bartender
  • Beverages (fountain sodas, iced tea, hot tea and coffee)
  • Champagne/sparkling cider toast
  • Tables and chairs
  • Standard white linen and napkins
  • China, flatware and glassware
  • Audio equipment & corded microphone for announcements (DJ audio not included)
  • Event planning and on-site cruise manager
  • Gratuity/service charge

Cuisine
With fresh ingredients and delicious menu options, you'll be able to design the perfect menu with your choice of a variety of Pacific Northwest entrées, hors d'oeuvres, and desserts. Our in-house Executive Chef will create anything ranging from seafood to salad, meats, vegetarian options, and so much more.

  • Asian-owned
  • Hispanic or Latinx-owned
  • Veteran-owned
  • Woman-owned
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Frequently asked questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$7,600

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$6,500

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$7,600

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$6,500

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs
China
Clean Up
Event Planning
Flatware
Glassware
Lighting/Sound
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Server(s)

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$22

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Wine
Specialty Beer

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

2

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

3

Describe your venue:

Boat/Yacht
Cruise Ship
Marina
Restaurant
Waterfront

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Outside Vendors

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Chairs
Chair Covers
Dance Floor
Decor
Furniture
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
July
August
September
October
December

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
April
November
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Reviews of Portland Spirit Cruises & Events

4.8 out of 5 rating
4.8 out of 5 rating
15 Reviews
96% recommend it
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    4.8 out of 5 rating
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    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.8 out of 5 rating
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Wedding reviews for the Portland Spirit wedding venue unanimously praise the exceptional service, delicious food, and beautiful views. The event coordinators, Morgan and Maddy, are praised for their helpfulness and responsiveness throughout the planning process. Guests appreciate the attentive and friendly staff, with special mention given to Captain Richard and server Ryan for their outstanding service. Reviewers highly recommend the Portland Spirit for weddings and appreciate the stress-free and enjoyable experience provided by the venue.

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This AI-generated summary gives you a snapshot of the overall ratings and feedback from the reviews this vendor has received.

Wedding reviews for the Portland Spirit wedding venue unanimously praise the exceptional service, delicious food, and beautiful views. The event coordinators, Morgan and Maddy, are praised for their helpfulness and responsiveness throughout the planning process. Guests appreciate the attentive and friendly staff, with special mention given to Captain Richard and server Ryan for their outstanding service. Reviewers highly recommend the Portland Spirit for weddings and appreciate the stress-free and enjoyable experience provided by the venue.

Jen
Jen A. Sent on 07/31/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Unique and lovely vow renewal

We had the pleasure of having our vow renewal ceremony on the Portland Spirit on July 15th, it was a public cruise and the experience was absolutely amazing! Morgan the event coordinator did an excellent job answering all of our questions leading up to the big day. We booked 8 months in advance and no matter when we emailed Morgan during our planning she was always quick to respond and so helpful and sweet! Richard was the Captain that performed our ceremony and he was great. He talked to my wife and I beforehand to go over our vows and ensured me he would go slow as I was nervous I would forget my lines during the ceremony. Ryan was our event server and he was a last minute change as our designated server had to unexpectedly leave. He was attentive, friendly, funny, and very personable. We had quite a few guests comment on what an excellent job he did! He didn’t hesitate to jump in and assist us even though it was a last minute change. Thank you again Morgan, Captain Rich, and Ryan! You all truly made our day so special and memorable!!
Heather
Heather M. Sent on 07/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Best easy venue in Portland

We loved our wedding with Portland Spirit on the Crystal Dolphin. Our ceremony and reception were perfect. All the guests were blown away by the entire thing - large secure parking lot, delicious food and drinks, experienced officiant (in his handsome captain's uniform!), attentive bartenders and wait staff. Minimal decorations were needed as the real focus is the beautiful river and city. Just add DJ, cake & flowers and all the rest is taken care of. All you have to do is enjoy your amazing day!

I highly recommend working with Portland Spirit. They can accommodate any size group. Prices are clear, tips are included. Every single staff member we worked with was professional and amazing.
Hayley
Hayley S. Sent on 08/04/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Incredible

We booked the Willamette Star for our wedding reception and cannot rave about the staff and experience more! They were extremely kind, flexible, and considerate of all of our needs. The cruise was smooth and had beautiful views, and the food was delicious! We could not recommend them more!
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Awards

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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner

Professional Network & Endorsements

3 Endorsements
Steady State Studios Steady State Studios Wedding Videographers

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!

Crystal Lilies Crystal Lilies Wedding Florists

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.

Alyssa Jul Photography, LLC Alyssa Jul Photography, LLC Wedding Photographers

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!

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