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Top Portland Wedding Locations: Most Popular Garden

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Top Portland Wedding Locations: Most Popular Garden

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?

No.

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:
503-823-2515
(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

Top Portland Wedding Locations: Best Park in North Portland

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Top Portland Wedding Locations: Best Park in North Portland

We’ve brought you two of our favorite Portland wedding locations so far this week, including an urban wedding site with a view of the city and our favorite little church with character.  Now it’s time for what we consider the best park in North Portland — Peninsula Park & Rose Garden.  This park carries the honor of being Portland’s first public rose garden and maintains 8,900 plantings across two acres.  In addition to all the beautiful flowers, Peninsula Park is also distinguished by an historic bandstand and a large fountain.  If you’re dreaming about an outdoor wedding in a beautiful Portland park, Peninsula Park & Rose Garden is worth checking out.  Scroll down to find answers to your basic questions about planning a wedding here.

Peninsula Park & Rose Garden
700 N Rosa Parks Way
Portland, OR 97217

What is the capacity of your ceremony location?

100 people.  Limited to standing up ceremonies only.  You may provide up to 12 flat-footed chairs for the elderly and disabled if you desire.

Is there a time limit?

Yes.  2 hours.

What is the rental cost?*

Rose Garden & Gazebo: $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)
Picnic Shelters: Range from $44.75 to $147.50

*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 and picnic site brochures 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?

Not at the gazebo, but you can reserve a picnic shelter.

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 and/or picnic shelter?

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.  Peninsula Park is very popular, so it’s recommended you reserve your space as early as possible.

How do we reserve the wedding garden and/or picnic shelter?

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:
503-823-2515
Please included your Picnic Site Application if reserving a picnic site.
(Visa or MasterCard)

Is there anything else you would like me to know?

Food, beverages, decorations, tents, canopies and awnings are not allowed in the wedding garden.  Wedding receptions are not allowed in the wedding garden.  To hold your wedding reception at Peninsula Park, please reserve a picnic shelter.

For complete information on planning a wedding at Peninsula Park and other Portland parks, go to Portland Parks & Recreation > Rentals/Permits/Fees > Rentals/Events > Wedding Sites OR Picnic Sites.  Both wedding and picnic sites have brochures you can download.

Only two days remain!  Check back tomorrow and Saturday to find out which other Portland wedding locations made our list of favorites.

{Thursday}  Most popular Portland garden
{Saturday}  Best mountain location near Portland

Top Portland Wedding Locations: Best View of the City

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Top Portland Wedding Locations: Best View of the City

Today, we’re kicking off a week full of our favorite Portland wedding locations!  Finding the right venue for your wedding is important since it sets the tone for the day.  It’s all about the ambiance, cost, services and practicality.  (What is the venue’s capacity for guests?  Is parking ample and accessible?)  Each day we’ll bring you info about a new ceremony and/or reception site in Portland and the surrounding area.  Here’s what you can expect today and the rest of the week:

{Monday}  Best Portland wedding site with a view of the city
{Tuesday}  Cutest church in Portland
{Wednesday}  Best park or garden in North Portland
{Thursday}  Most popular Portland garden
{Saturday}  Best mountain location near Portland

So, let’s get started with one of our favorite places to grab a drink, enjoy Sunday happy hour appetizers and soak in a stunning view of the city: Portland City Grill!  While this 10-year-old restaurant is one of the top-rated hang out spots in town, it’s also a great place to get married if you’re looking for urban appeal.  Here’s the run-down on what you need to know when planning a wedding at Portland City Grill:

Address:
111 SW 5th Ave.
Portland, OR 97204

Phone Number:
503.525.5260

More Information:
www.portlandcitygrill.com

Email:
adodge@r-u-i.com

Portland City Grill is located on the 30th floor of the US Bancorp Tower.  Their private dining rooms can accommodate 6 to 175 for private events!  They’re perfect for rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions and post-wedding brunches, but can also accommodate wedding ceremonies.  All four rooms have gorgeous views of the city, river and mountains.  There are no room rental fees, only a food and beverage minimum purchase requirement per room.  Portland City Grill offers a variety of different menu options to cater to your event, but specializes in fresh seafood prepared with Northwest, Island and Asian influences along with perfectly prepared steaks, fresh salads and other delicious offerings.

What is the capacity of your reception location?

175

What are your dinner prices for a sit-down and buffet?

Sit down dinner menu options range from $34-$66 and buffet dinner options range from $50-$60

What is the rental cost?

No rental fees

Am I required to use your food, beverages and serving attendants?

Yes

What is your cake cutting fee?

.90 per plate

What is your closing time?

Sunday 11:00, Monday-Thursday 12:00am and Saturday-Sunday 1:00am

Is there adequate parking available?

Yes!  There are two garages guests can park in and Portland City Grill validates the first 2.5 hours.

Do you have a PA system?

No, but we can rent one

Do you have overnight accommodations?

No

Do you have space for doing a ceremony?

Yes

Is there anything else you would like me to know?

We include all tables, chairs, linens, glassware and candles

Thank you, Oregon Bride Magazine, for providing this helpful information!

Music Wedding Ideas You Can Rock Out To

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Music Wedding Ideas You Can Rock Out To

There’s just something about an old 45 record, a tape deck with your favorite songs from the ’80’s or a flashy jukebox that makes music that much better.  It must be the nostalgic feelings invoked by tune players of the past.  I love that music can take you back to any point in time and that it’s so connected to our ability to make memories.  Play the right song and suddenly it’s like you’re back at your first school dance, cruising the town with your friends in the car, taking a road trip, meeting the love of your life, sharing your first kiss or getting engaged.  If you pay close attention, your life really does have a soundtrack all of its own.

For this reason, I love music wedding themes.  Choosing the perfect tunes to which you’ll walk down the aisle or dance the night away is a given at any wedding, but you can incorporate music memorabilia into your wedding in other ways as well.  Check out these music wedding ideas from record wedding invitations to guitar pick party favors.

7″ record wedding invitations by UK designer, Milkyone Creative.

Piano keyboard style wedding ceremony programs by Days Gone Design.  So creative!

What the pages of the ceremony program look like.

A music box would be a great place to tie your rings for the trip down the aisle.  You could even have your ring bearer turn the handle to hear your processional music like the Wedding March or Hey Jude.  Invenio Crafts (left) and Simply Cool Gifts (right) made these beautiful music boxes.

For the hardcore music lovers, a music staff on your wedding bands is striking, especially when the notes come from a song special to you and your spouse.  These rings are by PMG Art.  A less permanent, but equally striking jewelry option is a music inspired necklace like this treble clef pearl necklace by Oregon’s own Lake Oswego designer, Alice Yan Jewelry.

Take hold of the creative reins yourself and find a special use for this music staff lace sold by Seasonal Supplies.  You could sew it onto table runners as a border or edge the bottom of your veil with it.

Using old sheet music or scrapbook paper made to look like it is a popular way to make music wedding decorations.  It works well here for the guys’ boutonnieres.

Using old vinyl records as seating cards and displaying them in an old record display rack is a really cool idea.  To make it easier for guests to find their names, just add alphabet tags to divide the records.  You can find a rack like this one on eBay.

You could also lay out custom tape decks with names and table numbers.

A Beatles inspired vinyl record guest book.  Find out more about it from M-Square Press.

If Broadway show tunes are your thing, these centerpieces made with playbills and street signs are fun.  Or, to rock your 80’s style, order these stellar cassette tape centerpieces from Break the Record.

Don’t hog all the music fun!  Let your guests choose some of their favorite tunes by taking requests!

You can also rent a jukebox from Party Outfitters.

One awesome piano cake by Texas pastry artist, Legacy Cakes Grapevine.

If pianos aren’t your thing, maybe drums are!  Or, for an unaffiliated musical dessert, those cookies with music note frosting look pretty incredible.

Leave musical love notes, not water rings from your glasses!  Use these coasters during your reception or send some home as party favors.

You could also send guests home with Nici Laskin guitar picks or a CD of the bride and groom’s favorite playlist.

Unique Wedding Venue: TreeHouse Point

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Unique Wedding Venue: TreeHouse Point

This unique wedding venue just might be the perfect adult version of a kid’s dream come true!  Imagine spending a night in the forest snuggled up in your very own treehouse, crossing bridges, climbing ladders, hiking through the trees and relaxing by the river.  For outdoor enthusiasts, this would be such a romantic, fun way to tie the knot.  However, just because you’re staying in a so-called treehouse doesn’t mean it’s the bare-bones platform you might have had as a kid.  The treehouses at TreeHouse Point are gorgeous!  So even if you’re not the hard core camping type, you can still have a beautiful natural setting for your wedding while enjoying the comforts of home.

TreeHouse Point is less than 25 miles east of Seattle and only 3 hours from Portland.  Email info@treehousepoint.com or call 425-441-8087 for more information.  You can also check out their website, blog and Facebook pageTreeHouse Point is best suited for small, intimate weddings.

 

Wedding Dress Trends Via David’s Bridal

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Wedding Dress Trends Via David’s Bridal

The latest trends in wedding fashion have captured the imaginations of women all over the world.  Nothing is more important to a woman than having a perfect wedding dress, and a beautiful dress goes a long way toward achieving her life-long dreams.  The most picturesque wedding gowns will accent a woman’s beautiful body and make her groom fall head over heels as she walks down the aisle.  Keeping up to date with the latest wedding fashion will allow you to make an informed choice in good taste when it’s your turn to tie the knot.

Lace Wedding Dress

Lace gowns are very popular among brides right now, as are illusion necklines.  The look is classic, yet modern, making this type of gown highly desirable for women who will be getting married soon.  You may remember seeing Princess Kate Middleton in a style similar to this beautiful wedding dress from the White by Vera Wang collection at David’s Bridal.  Dresses that are completely lined with lace are also very much in style, offering a textural element, as well as a touch of vintage.

 High-Low Wedding Dress

The high-low gown can be a perfect match for women who want to show off their stunning legs during their perfect day, but don’t want to go as far as wearing a less traditional short dress.  High-low styles look classy with a modern flavor mixed in.  The dress below has a very old Hollywood feel with a touch of sparkle for the bride who wants to look glamorous on her big day.

Colored Wedding Dress

A more non-traditional trend that has become more popular lately is colored wedding dresses.  Celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon have opted for a blush colored dress like the one below.  Next to white, blush pink seems like an obvious choice for a wedding dress, with the color being associated with love, romance, and femininity.  Other popular colors include champagne and less subtle shades like red.  These styles are best suited for the more daring bride who wants to stand out from a sea of white.

Wedding fashion trends afford women the opportunity to create their wedding their way.  A spectacular gown that incorporates a bride’s individual style can help a bride to create memories that will last a lifetime when she remembers her special wedding day.  Can you see yourself walking down the aisle in any of these latest trends?

Polaroid Weddings

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Polaroid Weddings

Authentic.  Nostalgic.  Vintage.  These are words that come to mind when I think of Polaroid photos.  These are also qualities many people look for in a wedding.  Polaroid cameras are so much fun to play with and are a great throwback to days gone by.  So, if you’re a huge fan of those floppy instant photos with their distinctive look, why not incorporate them into your big day?  Here are a few ideas for polaroid weddings you should take a peek at.  They just might be your next big inspiration!

1. Choose a photographer who’s not afraid to shoot a few polaroids at your wedding.

Portland wedding photographers, Kim Pham and Phil Shen of Kim+Phil Photography, used Fujifilm’s Instax Mini 25 to take these engagement shots.  Boston wedding photographer, Alexandra Roberts of Alexandra Roberts Photography, also enjoys mixing in a little polaroid film action during her photo shoots.  Lucky for us, she is working on relocating to Portland in early 2013 and is offering a discount for all her Oregon wedding bookings!

2. Make polaroid wedding invitations.

You can simulate the look of polaroids by cutting out paper in a window mat fashion like the invitations seen below or you can incorporate actual polaroid photos.  I like how the window matting option helps contain all the different pieces of paper within and leaves your wedding guests with a nice engagement photo of the two of you.  For more creative wedding invitation designs by Seth and Maddy Lucas like those below, go to Ello There Design Studio.

3. & 4. Simply hang polaroid photos as wedding decorations or make your own wedding programs using a window mat like the wedding invitations above.

5. Transform your old polaroid photos into special cufflinks for the groom, fathers, grandfathers or any other special guy at your wedding.

6. Instead of a traditional wedding guest book, ask guests to take photos of themselves using a polaroid camera, then write any comments on the space below the photo.

7. Polaroid place cards!

Transform digital images you already have of your guests into polaroids by using this free software or plan ahead by collecting and taking as many polaroids of your guests as possible.  You can write on the photos or attach them to something else like the clothespin in the photo below.

8. Personalize your wedding cake with polaroid cake toppers.

9. Entertain your guests with a DIY polaroid photo booth.

Skip the cost of renting a photo booth and make your own!  Use these fancy write on, wipe off plexiglass polaroid photo frames (you can make similar ones yourself) OR set up your own backdrop area and supply the props along with a polaroid camera.  Check out this DIY idea for a polaroid photobooth from A Backyard Wedding.

10. At the end of the day, make sure your guests go home with a polaroid coaster wedding favor or send them packing with these super awesome polaroid cookies.

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Find Wedding Vendors in Portland!

HIGHLIGHT:
Three Fabulous Portland Wedding Vendors

Catch a glimpse of what you’ll find here at The Art of Weddings when you search 24 different categories of Portland wedding vendors.  With these resources, you can plan your wedding from beginning to end.  OR — Start with the Coordinators category and hire someone like Soiree Event Planning to do it for you!  Just click on their ad within the search tool to go directly to their website where you can find all the information you need to get started.

Wedding Coordinators / Event Planners:
Soiree Event Planning

Planning your wedding down to the very last detail depends a lot on the space where you’ll be celebrating.  Finding the perfect location for your wedding is no problem for some couples, but if you’re not sure where to hold your ceremony and reception, try looking under Ceremony Sites or Reception Sites for a few outstanding ideas.  One of our favorites is The Armory.  We know this is a fantastic place to have a wedding, because they’ve played host to The Art of Weddings Bridal Show!

Wedding Ceremony & Reception Location:
The Armory

So, you’ve found your wedding location and have everything all planned out.  Now it’s time to sit back and relax as you get ready for your big day!  Every bride deserves to be pampered and looking her best, which is why you should check out the Beauty category.  Find makeup artists to freshen you up or even a Holistic Health Counselor to discuss nutrition and help you have energy, vibrancy and calm on your wedding day.

Wedding Makeup Artist:
Jessica Belknap

When you search for wedding vendors here at The Art of Weddings, this is what you’ll see — 24 categories to fulfill all your wedding planning needs.  Do you have a favorite wedding vendor?  Tell us about them!  Think a category is missing or don’t see what you want?  Let us know so we can make sure to add content that matters!