It’s Day 4 in the series on our favorite Portland wedding locations!  Yesterday, we revealed our favorite park for weddings in North Portland.  Because Portland has over 180 parks and gardens that can be reserved for ceremonies and/or receptions, it’s hard to choose just one!  So, today we’re bringing you one more garden wedding location that is definitely one of the most popular wedding sites in Portland — Shakespeare Garden.  This beautiful garden is tucked away in the heart of Washington Park.  We love how secluded it feels in the middle of such a highly visited park.  It was originally intended to include only herbs, trees and flowers mentioned in William Shakespeare’s plays.  However, the garden continues to honor the Bard with roses named after characters in his plays.  To find out what you need to know when planning a wedding here, continue looking down.

Shakespeare Garden
400 SW Kingston Blvd.
Portland, OR 97205

What is the capacity of your ceremony location?

75 people.  Limited to standing up ceremonies only.  You may provide up to 12 flat-footed chairs on the hard surface for elderly and disabled guests.

Is there a time limit?

Yes.  2 hours.

What is the rental cost?*

Shakespeare Garden: $500
Application/Processing Fee: $66.50
Electricity Fee: $22.50
Key Deposit: $100.00 (refundable if returned no more than 48 hours after the event)

*These prices are for 2012 only and may change for 2013.  Other fees may apply.  For a complete list of fees, view the wedding site brochure found on the Portland Parks & Recreation website.

Do we need a permit?

Yes, assuming you plan to invite guests other than your officiant and two witnesses.

Do you have space for doing a reception?


During which hours can we reserve the wedding garden for our ceremony?

10:00 am – 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm or 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

When should we reserve the wedding garden?

Reservations are taken for the current calendar year only.  To reserve wedding space for 2013, you must wait until the first business day of the new year.  Shakespeare Garden is very popular, so it’s recommended you reserve your space as early as possible.

How do we reserve the wedding garden?

In person:
PP&R Customer Service Center
1120 SW 5th Ave. First Floor
Portland, OR 97204
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00AM – 5:30 PM
(Visa, MasterCard, Cash, Check, or Money Order)

By phone:
503-823-2525 (Visa or MasterCard)
Monday – Friday 8:30AM – 5:15PM

By Fax:
(Visa or MasterCard)

Is there anything else you would like me to know?

Wedding receptions, vehicle access, food, beverages, decorations, tents, canopies and awnings are not allowed in the wedding garden.  Shakespeare Garden is not available for weddings during the Rose Festival and the Washington Park Concert Series.

For complete information on planning a wedding at Shakespeare Garden and other Portland parks, go to Portland Parks & Recreation > Rentals/Permits/Fees > Rentals/Events > Wedding Sites.

To see a great video highlighting Shakespeare Garden, click here!  The video was shot using an iPhone 4 by Portland videographer, Eric Newland, of Hybrid Moon Video Productions.

The last of our favorite Portland wedding locations in this week’s series will be revealed on Saturday.  It might not be in Portland city limits, but it’s not too far away and the views are guaranteed to take your breath away!

{Saturday}  Best mountain location near Portland

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