Published on:
September 18, 2018

Our Top Tips for Planning a Portland Wedding

Planning a Portland wedding? Still deciding on the perfect venues, dresses, spa treatments, and cake? We can help!

First of all, congratulations on your big day! I honestly can’t think of a more beautiful place to get married than Portland. Of course, I’m a bit biased :)

But really, whether you’re a local or if Portland is a destination wedding for you and your honey, let me tell you, this city has so much to offer. Portland boasts so many beautiful venues (both indoor and outdoor) and all the options for catering, cakes, dresses, and decor that you could ever want, not matter your style or personality.

I’ve worked with a lot of brides to get them pampered and glowing for their big day, and I’ve also attended plenty of weddings in this area. If you’re still working out the details, I wanted to share my favorite resources for planning the perfect Portland wedding.

Our Top Picks for Portland, OR Weddings:

Find out the best places in Portland, OR for your wedding.
Photo by Erica Ann/ The Village Ballroom

The Venue

The Village Ballroom is my top pick for a wedding venue, hands down.

I love this beautiful, charity-focused venue, located in a gorgeous historic building in the Woodlawn neighborhood of NE Portland.

The Village Ballroom works with The Oregon Public House, a nonprofit pub located in the same building, and several different non profit organizations that rotate each month. When you book your event, you get to choose which organization(s) the venue will donate the profits to. How cool is that?!

You can have a beautiful wedding and support a good cause at the same time! If that isn’t good karma for kicking off a marriage, I don’t know what is.

(Bonus: The Oregon Public House can cater your wedding and provide alcoholic beverages.)

The ballroom itself can accommodate up to 299 people standing or 160 seated.

Our Top Tips for Planning Your Portland Wedding
Photo by Shelby Brakken


Portland is full of amazing photographers, but I can’t recommend Shelby Brakken enough! She’s amazing at capturing the little, unique moments that make a wedding day memorable.

Our Top Tips for Planning Your Portland Wedding
Photo by Shelby Brakken

Find out the best places in Portland, OR for your wedding.
Photo by Crista Taylor/ Dream Cakes


I have dreams about Dream Cakes (seriously...this cake is so YUMMY and memorable). Check out their stunning gallery!

No matter the theme or style of your wedding, their incredible artists will create a striking, one-of-a kind cake your guests will always remember. There are so many delicious flavors and fillings, and frostings to choose from!

Find out the best places in Portland, OR for your wedding.
Photo by Brides for a Cause


Continuing with unique, charity-focused wedding vendors, check out Brides for a Cause. This nonprofit sells gorgeous gowns donated by businesses and individuals and then donates the profits to a variety of women-focused charities.

Your wedding can make a difference!

Thinking about having a wedding in Portland, OR? We gathered some of our favorite wedding resources, from photographer to cakes and bachelorette parties!

Bachelorette party ideas (that won’t leave you hungover)

Bachelorette parties are tons of fun...until the morning after. Instead of the usual bachelorette bar crawl, try these healthy options that are tons of fun and will leave you feeling amazing.

  • Pulse PDX. Try a fun class at this one-of-a-kind workout studio/night club!
  • Knot Springs. Visit these incredible hot springs overlooking Portland, and maybe even finish off with a massage or a yoga class!
  • Harlow. Ditch the usual bar food and try this vegetarian eatery and smoothie bar!
The Portland Girl - Sugaring, makeup, facials, and natural skincare products
The Portland Girl - Photo by Built Photo

The Spa Treatment

The Portland Girl is the perfect place to get pampered, glowing, and silky smooth for your big day!

Our betrothed clients typically book the Glow Bomb because it is deeply cleansing and very hydrating, which gives them a natural glow on their wedding day. Bonus: It’s also a relaxing way to pamper yourself when wedding plans are down to the wire!

Or you can try one of our date night/special event packages for the bride and bridesmaids for the perfect combination of skin care and sugaring.PS: Could your groom use some hair removal? Check out our sugaring services designed especially for men!

Portland has everything you need to feel and look amazing at your beautiful wedding!

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