Lake Oswego Offers Venues and More for the Perfect Summer Wedding

weddingJune kicks off the summer wedding season and if you live in Lake Oswego you don’t have to look far for services to help you plan and venues to help you hold your wedding.

Take a look at some of the resources our “little town that could” has to offer.
VENUES
THE FOUNDRY. 320 Oswego Pointe, 503.387.5250. Situated on the Williamette River, The Foundry offers spectacular views and a variety of spaces with both indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception sites.
Amenities: bride/groom suites, tables, chairs, top-of-the-line sound system, free parking, waterfront setting, neutral color scheme so offers lots of flexibility, variety of setup and venue options to personalize the event
Capacity: 300 cocktail style; 175 seated reception.
Cost: Varies on time of day and day of week. Rental fee starts at $1,400.
Booking: There is still availability for this summer; however, Saturdays in July, August and September tend to book up more quickly so best to act fast.

LAKE THEATRE AND CAFÉ. 106 N. State Street, 503.387.3236. This historic event space located on Oswego Lake’s Lakewood Bay, offers an intimate indoor/outdoor setting for small weddings, engagement parties and rehearsal dinners.
Amenities: exclusive use of the event space and interior balcony with vintage seats; tables and chairs; AV equipment including projection, house sound, PA system and LED lights; silver, glass and chinaware; optional stage; setup/cleanup of space. The couple also gets their name up on the marquee.
Capacity: 100 seated; 200 standing.
Cost: Call for pricing
Booking: Usually six months in advance

LAKEWOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS. 368 S. State Street, 503.635.6338. The Lakewood Center is a busy place; however, it does host three to four wedding receptions a year in the Community Meeting Room. It’s a good choice if you want to coordinate your own details or bring in your own consultant or caterer.
Amenities: full catering kitchen attached to space; room comes with tables, chairs and place settings for up to 150; carpeted floor so may need to bring in dance floor.
Capacity: 150 seated; 250 stand up cocktail party
Cost: $600-$750 for Community Meeting Room
Booking: As soon as possible, six months to a year in advance. Security deposit of $100-$150 required to reserve your date.

HOLY NAMES HERITAGE CENTER. 17425 Holy Names Drive, 503.607.0595. Located on the historic Marylhurst campus, this venue offers both 2800 square feet of interior space as well as a large enclosed courtyard and garden. Only one event per weekend is scheduled so no need to feel rushed.
Amenities: audio/visual system, courtyard and garden to accommodate outdoor ceremony or reception seating, microphones, on-site representative, prep kitchen, parking lot, tables and 125 chairs, Wi-Fi.
Capacity: up to 150 seated
Cost: Wedding and Reception from June through September $1,750; October through May $1,500. Reception Only from June through September $1,500; October through May $1,250.
Booking: Contact Karen Kinzey, 503.607.0595, x. 1

MOUNTAIN PARK CLUBHOUSE HAWTHORN ROOM.  2 Mt. Jefferson Terrace, 503.635.3561.
This beautiful treed setting features a lodge-like grand hall with tall ceilings and massive beams, softened by the landscape views on three sides.
Amenities: parquet dance floor, grand piano, wood burning fireplace, vaulted ceiling, skylights, floor to ceiling windows on three sides, private deck, Bose sound system, pantry/serving kitchen, ice machine, portable bar.
Capacity: 300 for cocktails, 200 seated using venue’s tables and chairs.
Cost: $1,400 for a ten hour period between 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Fridays through Sundays. $175/hour for a minimum of two hours between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
Booking: Contact Melissa: 503.635.3561. $500 refundable deposit required to hold your date.

LAKE OSWEGO HUNT CLUB. 2725 SW Iron Mountain Blvd., 503.636.0674.
This historical equestrian center offers plenty of space (19 acres) to accommodate both small and large gatherings.
Amenities: beautiful treed background, free to bring in your own caterer, kitchen, bar and Wi-Fi in clubroom, parking, indoor and outdoor spaces.
Capacity: 75 for cocktails in clubroom-50 for dinner; wide open grassy polo field can accommodate thousands. Covered indoor arena can hold hundreds.
Cost and Booking: Contact Katie Purdy, manager, 503.636.0674.

CELEBRATE CATERING. 15555 SW Bangy Rd., #100, 503.603.4516. Celebrate can provide a venue, catering, or both.
Amenities: There are three spaces available that can be rented individually or together to accommodate your needs. On-site parking.
Capacity: The Banquet Room will seat 200 for dinner and includes a stage, dance floor and full AV capabilities. The Foundation Room with a gas fireplace accommodates 20-50, depending on the usage. The Bar and lounge area comes complete with OLCC certified bartenders.
Cost and Booking: 503.603.4516.

CROWNE PLAZA. 14811 Kruse Oaks Dr., 503.624.8400.
If you want to make it easy for your guests, hold your reception here and they can just walk back to their rooms (discounted, of course) after the event.
Amenities: linens, dance floor and personal wedding coordinator; complementary suite for the bride and groom; discounted rates for out-of-town guests.
Capacity: Up to 200 guests
Cost and Booking: Contact: 503.624.8400.

LAKE OSWEGO PARKS. 503.675.2549. The City of Lake Oswego has three parks that are popular wedding venues, for rehearsal dinners, ceremonies and receptions—Millennium Plaza Park, Foothills Park and Roehr Park. Keep in mind that you must fill out an application and meet with the Parks Special Events coordinator. You are also responsible for taking out liability insurance and keeping music contained within the boundaries of the park. An alcohol permit must be obtained through the City and only beer and wine may be served. Only specific areas within the parks can be reserved—the rest of the park is still open to the public during your event.
Amenities: Vary by facility but includes: wood burning fireplace and kitchen at Millennium Plaza Park, 190 chairs and 35 round (31 ½” diameter) tables at Millennium Plaza Park and 49 stackable chairs plus 4 round tables and 8 oblong (30” x 48”) tables at Foothills Park. Willamette River view from both Foothils Park Pavilion and viewing dolphin and the Roehr Park Amphitheater and viewing dolphin.
Capacity: Millennium Plaza Park: up to 500; Foothills Park: 100 on Pavilion and 50 on viewing dolphin; Roehr Park 200.
Cost: Varies by facility.
Booking: Availability from March 1 through September 30; however, there are certain restrictions at certain venues. For example, Millennium Plaza Park takes no Friday reservations mid May through September or on Sundays in July and August. During Farmer’s Market season, the Saturday time slot is 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 pm. Reservations can be made up to one year in advance.

STEP IT UP STUDIOS. 449 3rd Street, 503.744.0105. The home of the Lakeside Ballroom Society is an elegant space offering 3,400 square feet for your event.
Amenities: state of art sound system, BBQ space, kitchen on site, DJ or live music, free group dance lesson at event and free lesson for all guests, catering available and more.
Call for more info: 503. 744.0105.

WALUGA LODGE. 20 SW A Avenue, 503.636.1036. This historic building is located in downtown Lake Oswego and is available to both the public and Masons (at a discount).
Amenities: There are three spaces to choose from: Main Floor with a stage and over 3,000 square feet, Dolby surround sound system, projection screen for slideshows, public address system; Lounge with a separate dining area, fireplace, pool table, televisions and tables and seating for 45; and Kitchen. Alcohol can be served and consumed everywhere but the main room.
Cost: Varies depending on which room(s) are reserved and for length of time. Must provide proof of insurance for $1,000.000.
Booking: 503.636.1036.

WEDDING PLANNING
BRIDAL BLISS. 402 N. State Street, 503.804.4901. The team of wedding planners at Bridal Bliss has received an impressive list of accolades including being voted the Best Wedding Planner and Portland’s Best All-Around Wedding Vendor by readers of Oregon Bride Magazine for the last five consecutive years.
Services include:
Day of planning: includes two pre-wedding consultations plus day of coordination
Partial Planning: a good choice for couples who have already taken care of some of the details and includes day of services as well as additional help like vendor contract reviews.
Full Service: includes day-of coordination as well as everything leading up to it like creating a timeline, developing a budget, vendor management, RSVP coordination.
Dessert Buffets: offers candies and baked goodies from Portland scratch bakers artfully displayed

SOIRÉE. 15630 SW Boones Ferry Rd. (appointment only), 503.230.9311. Soirée has been planning weddings and special events since 1998 acquiring a host of awards from Wedding Wire and Oregon Bridge Magazine along the way.
Services include:
Jour du Mariage: day of coordination that begins two months prior to ensure the team is up to speed to manage all the details on your big day
Celébration: includes day of coordination plus resources along the way including vendor recommendations
Elégante: full service coordination through the entire process from budget planning to décor and etiquette questions
Spendide: full service coordination plus additional benefits exclusive to Soirée.

OTHER SERVICES: There are many more services in Lake Oswego to help you plan the perfect event from Anna’s Bridal for the perfect wedding gown to Step It Up Ballroom Society where you can practice your footwork before taking center stage the day of your wedding. Caterers, photographers, jewelers…you’ll find them all here.

And if the newlyweds are looking for a home, I know a good Realtor! Give me a call at 503.939.9801.

Photo credit: Image courtesy of Rosen Georgiev at freedigitalphotos.net.

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About lovelakeoswego

I feel pretty lucky—I live where I work and I love where I live. As a Realtor in Lake Oswego, I get to share that enthusiasm with clients every day. Through this blog, with the help of my freelance writer wife, Genita, I’d like to share that enthusiasm with you. The quality of life you’ll find in Lake Oswego belies its size—there is so much to experience here from a fireworks show over the lake on the 4th of July to the Festival of the Arts--one of the premier arts events in the region. So please check in each week for another reason why I love Lake Oswego and who knows—maybe you’ll fall in love too! If you’re interested in experiencing Lake Oswego personally, please feel free to contact me either on my cell at (503) 939-9801, via email at costellok@hasson.com or check my website by clicking the link in the "Contact me" section in the right hand column. I would love to show you around.
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