{Portland Wedding Coordinator’s Hot Tips} Six Venues Where You Can Party ‘Til Late

Here are six Portland wedding venue locations that we love that allow you and your guests to have music and dance way past the typical 10pm venue deadline.

Castaway

The first venue is Castaway Portland, a historic warehouse turned event spot in NW Portland that can hold up to 400 guests. Castaway has a great patio; if more outdoor space is needed, their neighbors Pomarius Nursery and Versailles Gardens can be rented. This venue allows for indoor music and dancing until late, depending on your preference and the 12-hour total event time limit. Both garden areas can remain open late as well, allowing guests to have cocktails and continue celebrating in these outside locations, though outdoor amplified music must conform to City of Portland ordinances.

World Forestry Center

Our second venue is the World Forestry Center, located in Washington Park. They offer many different indoor and outdoor combination options at this venue, which is only one of the many reasons we love them. You can choose to have their beautiful tent and enjoy the outdoor plaza, right next to Cheatham Hall, a great option for an indoor space. You and your guests can enjoy the outdoor area until midnight with amplified music, which makes for great late night dancing – a rarity in Portland. There is also the option of moving to one of their inside spaces.

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{ Discoveries } Hi-Fi Weddings, a blog about love and music

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We have to give a shout-out to Hi Fi Weddings, a blog we've just discovered. I know how important music is to our clients — over half of the brides and grooms we talk to say that music and dancing are the most important part of their party.

Hi Fi Weddings celebrates the music that you choose for your wedding in great detail, from posts about real weddings and the music they used, to music-themed invitations, fun favors and gifts, and just about anything music.

The great thing too is that the blog covers far more than your typical Top 40 and mainstream wedding music choices. As a music lover who rarely finds compatriots in musical taste, nay not even of the spousal variety ("What, you don't want Morrissey's cover of Moon River for our first dance?"), I highly appreciate that Ashley, the editor, has put together several playlist suggestions for your wedding featuring everything from Otis Redding to Devendra Banhart. Play on!

popular first dances from 2008

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I just got this email from The DJ Network (a DJ service in the New England area) which lists popular first dances from the past year.  Agree or disagree?

COLBIE CAILLAT – BUBLY
BETTER TOGETHER – JACK JOHNSON
I'LL STAND BY YOU – CARRIE UNDERWOOD
AT LAST – ETTA JAMES
EVERYTHING – MICHAEL BUBLE
YOU & ME – LIFEHOUSE
BEAUTIFUL IN YOUR EYES – JOSHUA KADISON
BEATLES – IN MY LIFE
JASON MRAZ – I'M YOURS
BIG & RICH – LOST IN THIS MOMENT
RASCAL FLATTS – MY WISH

Photo courtesy Naim Hasan.