Wedding Shows in Portland, Oregon for 2017

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Due to the extreme weather at the beginning of the year, many of the annual wedding showcases in Portland were postponed to much later dates than usual. Tough for the vendor participants who have to re-plan for the new date, but great for you couples who are just getting started on your wedding planning for 2017 and 2018!

Tonight kicks off at 6:00 pm with the grand re-opening of AniA Bridal in Downtown Portland. (This event is 21+)

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And then all this weekend, the Portland Bridal Show is at the Oregon Convention Center. 

Bigger trade shows not your thing? Then definitely check out The Luxe Bridal Event in March, and Portland Monthly's ROCKED in April.

See below for the full list. We've put together this list of the shows and events we've heard about, but if you know of one we missed, please put it in the comments! Happy wedding planning!

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{ Portland Wedding Venues } Planner’s Roundup – 5 sites that allow outside catering

For so many couples, the food is the THE most important part of the wedding celebration. I often hear from them: "The food HAS to be good"…"We like the Portland food scene and want to integrate it into our wedding"…"We want to give our guests a taste of Portland and the Pacific Northwest". Often, they already have a caterer in mind when they start their venue search, and are challenged when they keep running into venues that have strict exclusive lists.

That got me to thinking. What Portland wedding and event venues allow outside catering? Here are just a few. Know any others? Please share in the comments below!

The Red Rose Ballroom – We've recently done several weddings at this very sweet space on NE Alberta St with great results. This vintage 1920's ballroom can hold up to 200 guests at round tables and features gorgeous finished hardwood floors to dance the night away, a stage for your DJ or band, a built-in bar, and a sound system. There's even a mezzanine level for guests to use during cocktails or just for relaxing and watching the party.

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The Eliot Center – The Eliot Center is the "fellowship hall" aspect of the downtown First Unitarian Church. Not only are they able to seat up to 160 in their conference center for a reception, the adjoining Historic Eliot Chapel can seat up to 250 in a beautiful, elegant chapel setting for a wedding ceremony. They allow self-catering, outside caterers, and alcohol service in accordance with their policies.

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Multnomah Arts Center – Located in SW Portland just a few minutes from downtown, the MAC is a Portland Parks and Recreation community center venue with a large auditorium and stage for indoor wedding ceremonies that can be changed over to a reception during a cocktail hour. Mingle areas include a dance studio and an outdoor plaza, which can also be used for ceremonies. All rental rooms, including the auditorium stage, and bathrooms are ADA-accessible and air-conditioned. In addition, most spaces have free Wi-Fi access.

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The Glenn and Viola Walters Arts and Cultural Center is near and dear to our hearts, as one of our favorite recent weddings just took place there. The site features a large auditorium for ceremony and reception, downstairs classrooms to use as changing areas, a ground-floor lobby and an upstairs art gallery where guests can mingle during a room changeover. The kitchen facility is well-appointed and convenient for self-catering or your own caterer. The outdoor plaza can also be used for ceremonies.

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The Laurelhurst Club – A 100-year-old property adjoining Laurelhurst park in SE Portland, this venue features an historic ballroom, mezzanine bar, kitchen facilities, bride's and grooms rooms, and outdoor ceremony lawn.

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NW Events & Environments – By far the largest open catering venue we have seen, NW Events & Environments can accommodate 650 in a banquet setting and over 1000 if using multiple rooms in a reception-style flow. They do not allow outside alcohol, and kitchen facilities may have limitations.

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originally posted December 2013, updated January 25, 2015

{ Wedding Design } What’s inspiring me today…

Here’s what’s been inspiring me today:

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Clockwise, from top left:

DIY honeycomb shelving, on Green Wedding Shoes, photo by Jihan Cerda

Mon Voir Calligraphy, featured on Oh So Beautiful Paper. Just love this whimsical style! Photo by Jenna Rainey, the calligrapher.

7 Ways to Add Visual Height to A Room, via Apartment Therapy. Written for residential, but a lot of the tips, especially the one about drapes, apply to events and weddings as well. Photo by Le Belle Photographie

A darling ceremony at House on Metolius, photo by Jessica Watson Photography.

DIY Gem Place Card Holders on Ruffled Blog. Looks pretty easy! And love the subtle geometric touches, right in line with our predictions for 2014 wedding trends.

And finally, the glorious colors from the Oh Joy! Collection from Target. This garden party photo shoot has colors that I just want to swim in. Joy Cho’s taste, as always, is impeccable. Photos by Laure Joliet

Hope you enjoy!

{ Friday Roundup } Unique Escort Cards

Unique escort cards can add a special touch to your wedding, so here are some great ideas that are sure to grab your guests' attention.  Escort cards are a nice way to set the tone for dinner and can even become a favor for your guests to take home!

Using vintage keys are a wonderful way to make your guests excited to find their name. This is one that can double as a wedding favor that guests are sure to keep.

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Vintage Key Escort Cards from Style Me Pretty

 

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{ Fall Roundup } Autumnal Wedding Inspiration

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Here in Oregon we had an uncharacteristically beautiful October. Blue skies and temps in the 60s and 70s are a reminder that fall can be the perfect time to host your wedding. Here are some ways to incorporate a fall feel into your wedding.

During the summer it's best to stick to cool, refreshing cocktails but fall begs for a warmer beverage. Here is a DIY Apple Cider Cocktail from Green Wedding Shoes that is sure to wow your guests. Plus, the alcohol is added after the cider is already concocted, making this an easy one to offer as a non-alcoholic choice as well.

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{ Halloween Roundup } Spooky Wedding Ideas

Whether your wedding falls on the day of Halloween or any time around it, here are some ideas on how to incorporate a little bit (or a lot) of this holiday into your event!

The first idea is a rather simple one, but can add just the right touch and keep your guests talking.  You can use these as drink toppers, dessert toppers, or anywhere that needs a bit of webbing!

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DIY White Chocolate Spiderwebs from Food52

 

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My Portland Photographer – a valuable resource for finding quality wedding photography

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We worked with Bethany and Patrick for their wedding in Bend, Oregon. Photo by Altura Studio.

With so many national resources and wedding directories out there, it's sometimes hard to find a directly, truly local resource for information on Portland wedding photography. Thankfully you only need one – and we have a great one in My Portland Photographer. Run entirely by a savvy group of local Portland wedding photographers, the site serves up almost daily wedding inspiration, photography advice, and just good old fashioned wedding eye candy. You can even check availability and book your photographer straight from the site. The best part is that I have personally worked with many of the photogs on this site, so I know you'll find someone you'll love!

 

 

Mad about Macarons

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Book cover photo courtesy Les Petits Macarons website.

Macaron Day 2013 just passed, and it just reminded me how much I love these little cookies and how fun they are to offer at weddings. Whether they are used in a wedding cake, as wedding favors, or in guest welcome bags, macarons are a delightful little addition to a Portland wedding weekend. BONUS: Many versions of macarons are almond-based, and are often flourless or gluten-free. Check with your baker.

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Wedding favor photo courtesy EllyB Events on Instagram

 

Macarons-by-mimi-macaron-wedding-cakeMacaron tower wedding cake photo courtesy Macarons by Mimi

 

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Ladurée Storefront on Madison Avenue, NYC, photo courtesy Allan Zepeda

Paper-source-macaron-stationeryMacaron stationery / Wedding thank you notes photo courtesy Paper Source

A few Portland, Oregon locations where you can find French macarons for your wedding:

Nuvrei Bakery

Papa Haydn

Elephants Delicatessen

Pix Patisserie

Are you using macarons in any way for your upcoming wedding? Please comment or share a photo with us! info@ejpevents.com 

 

 

{ Portland Wedding Venues } “Under the Radar” with the Portland Wedding Coordinator

We’re starting a weekly feature called Under the Radar on Portland Wedding Coordinator, showcasing a great new Portland wedding venue. Each week I’ll be sharing a site with you that I’ve stumbled across recently. Many of our Under the Radar wedding ceremony and reception venues are ones you might not find in the wedding guides. If you use one of these sites, please let them know you heard it here first!
{List of sites to be featured each week – 1 of 2 per week depending on post length – should be short and sweet, with 3 gorgeous pictures and teaser text}
http://www.villageballroom.com/
SE Wine Collective
sandbox Studios
YU
Reber’s Riverside
p:ear
Pacific crest
Clackamas river farm
Tina enomoto barn
Sites in Gresham I looked at – sam cox, troutdale, cedarwood park
Postlewaits
The Colony at St. Johns
http://www.refugepdx.com/gallery.html
Disjecta http://disjecta.org/about/space-rental
(Probably need to break this into a series: Under the Radar with Portland Wedding Coordinator)

Putting the local spirit in your wedding

Portland Oregon local liquor and spirits for weddings
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I had the opportunity to visit with a
catering company owner and we started chatting about the popular requests for locally sourced
food items on wedding menus.

So why not booze?  I've noticed many
wedding bars stocked with Grey Goose, Absolut, Maker's Mark, and the
like… all very well and good, but with all the amazing distilleries we
have right here in the Portland area, why miss this opportunity?

Here's
a list of local distilleries just to get you started, I'm sure there
are more.  If you think of one that I haven't mentioned, please add it
to the comments!

Eastside Distilling (co-owned by our friend Lenny Gotter at Studio 98, who has contributed many a photo to The Portland Wedding Coordinator)

Clear Creek Distillery

New Deal Vodka

House Spirits, makers of Aviator Gin and Medoyeff Vodka

Bendistillery

Rogue House of Spirits

Integrity Spirits

Indio Spirits

Subrosa Spirits

McMenamins Edgefield (and other McMenamins locations)

Updated for 2013. Incorrect info? Please email emee@ejpevents.co with any corrections. A version of this blog post appeared on The Portland Wedding Coordinator in November 2008.

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