If you’re getting married in PDX on a budget, finding a venue that won’t break the bank is sometimes easier said than done, but it's definitely possible. The average cost of a wedding venue is $6,000, but we’ve rounded up some of the best wedding venues in Portland, Oregon that are well below that price point or include extra perks to give you the most for your money (because who can argue with that?). From all-inclusive packages to excellent off-season discounts, these event venues are perfect for budget-conscious couples planning an Oregon wedding.
If sustainability and environmental practices are top of mind for your special day, check out Ecotrust in the Pearl District. In addition to your event rental fees being put toward nonprofit work, this venue partners with local farmers and other food suppliers to ensure that your wedding menu is filled with food that is organic and responsibly sourced. The outdoor wedding terrace at this venue is one of the property's most popular ceremony locations, with beautiful views of downtown Portland from almost any angle. If you prefer an indoor wedding ceremony or want to use a different space for your reception, the venue's 7,000-square-foot "studio" has plenty of room for you and your guests to let loose—not to mention plenty of character, including exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, and large windows to let in natural light.
Once home to the makers of Portland's streetcar ropes, this former warehouse is now the perfect venue in Portland, Oregon if you're envisioning a modern industrial aesthetic. Castaway Portland, which sits at the edge of the Pearl District just a block from the Willamette River, was built in 1929 and still retains much of its original charm. Exposed wood beams decorate the 14-foot ceilings, and the walls are bordered by large steel windows that fill the space with natural light. If outdoor venues are more your speed, this location has a solution for that, too: take the party outside to the spacious paved courtyard, or open the ballroom's large garage door to create an indoor-outdoor vibe. During peak wedding season (June–October), the event rental fee starts at $3,300.
McMenamins Kennedy School
Looking for a wedding venue in Portland, Oregon that will be completely memorable? The McMenamins Kennedy School is definitely a contender. Built in 1911, this historic school has since been transformed into a boutique hotel and restaurant in northeast Portland, where you can party in the original gymnasium or gather in the cozy library. This all-inclusive wedding venue provides catering and spirits, event staff, basic decor rentals, and has 57 unique guest rooms for anyone who wants to stay overnight.
This beautiful vineyard in Salem provides both indoor and outdoor spaces for your Portland wedding, without the sticker shock. During the high season, which runs from June to mid-October, an all-day Saturday rental is priced at $7,000. The off-season (mid-October to May) offers discounted rental fees, with an all-day Saturday rental priced at $3,500. The rental fee at Zenith Vineyard includes exclusive use of the venue for the entire day, round tables, chairs, a wrought-iron wedding gazebo, and complementary rehearsal time. Catering is provided at an additional cost by one of the venue’s pre-approved vendors, and a minimum wine purchase of $12 per guest is required.
Oregon Garden Resort
If you’re looking for a venue that has everything in one place, you’ll want to put Oregon Garden resort on your shortlist. This all-inclusive venue in Silverton is a great option when it comes to making the most of your budget, but the resort is also a lovely place to host a wedding weekend or out-of-town guests. Peak season venue rental fees start around $3,000, with in-house catering beginning around $10 per person. Your venue rental at Oregon Garden Resort includes round tables, chairs, linens, china, glassware, event setup/teardown, and five hours of event time. Oregon Garden Resort has various gardens, a pavilion, and a ballroom that can accommodate anywhere from 20-450 people. The resort also has 102 guest rooms, a swimming pool, restaurant, lounge, and full-service spa.
Host an ultra-elegant wedding at Hotel deLuxe in the heart of Portland. This glamorous hotel is decorated in 1920s style and offers five different event spaces for your big day. Reception fees begin at $500 and include basic rental items such as chairs, china, flatware, linens, and tables. Gracie’s (pictured above) is a popular choice for receptions at Hotel deLuxe, thanks to the room’s stunning finishes such as floor-to-ceiling windows, mirrored walls, chandeliers, and gilded ceilings. You’ll be able to cut costs on decor and rentals, since the room is already beautiful as-is! This wedding venue in Portland, Oregon also has a rooftop space and several smaller banquet rooms.
Situated on the edge of the Pearl District and Northwest, Blockhouse is an ideal space for hosting an intimate or small wedding. This modern venue is one of Portland’s coolest wedding spaces and is actually located within the property of the oh-so-hip Pomarius Nursery. Blockhouse features an inviting outdoor patio that connects to an indoor seating area, which can be closed off with an industrial-style garage door. The maximum capacity for a seated dinner is 60 people but can be increased to 125 by combining the patio and nursery space. During peak season, the venue rental fee at Blockhouse starts at $1,250, including chairs, wooden banquet tables, and a six-foot wooden bar. Catering is provided at an additional cost by one of the venue’s preferred vendors (or caterer of your choice, pending approval by Blockhouse).
The West End Ballroom
The West End Ballroom is one of the best wedding venues in Portland, Oregon for couples envisioning a traditional-meets-modern aesthetic. The rental fee for this venue starts at $2,995 year-round and includes 10 hours of event time (up to 1 a.m.), two ballrooms, tables, Chiavari chairs, lighting, and a day-of coordinator. We love the vintage-inspired vibe of this Portland wedding venue, which was originally built as a movie theater and still maintains some of its historical character. The West End Ballroom features polished cement floors, elegant lighting fixtures, a movie marquee sign on the exterior, and a built-in photo booth.
The Historic Cedar School
This charming historical building is one of the must-see wedding venue in Portland, Oregon if you’re on a budget. Located in Troutdale just 30 minutes east of Portland, the Historic Cedar School is an 1800s Victorian schoolhouse surrounded by farmland with views of Mt. Hood in the distance. Reception site fees during peak season start at $1,200 and include round banquet tables, serving tables, chairs, and white linens. The venue also has a collection of assorted vintage china including serving bowls and dinner plates that are perfect for shabby chic or eclectic-style weddings. The Historic Cedar School can comfortably seat 75 guests for indoor weddings and up to 150 people on the lawn. Stay overnight or get ready with your wedding party in the venue’s cozy apartment, which is housed in the original schoolhouse classroom and features a full-size kitchen, bathroom, queen bed, and pull-out couch.
Featuring industrial finishes, modern amenities, and customizable event spaces, Opal 28 is a fabulous choice for couples who want to host an intimate wedding with flair. Opal 28 is located in northeast Portland and was originally built as a house in 1908. The historical venue now hosts weddings for up to 100 people, with all-day Saturday rental fees (7 a.m. to 11 p.m.) costing $4,275. Included with the rental fee is the use of two event rooms, a covered patio, tables, chairs, flatware, linens, and one bartender. Opal 28 also provides catering in-house. Pricing for a cocktail-style reception (plated appetizers and food station) begins at $16 per person. For a buffet or seated meal, catering starts at $40 per person.