5 Best Indoor wedding venues for Portland’s rainy season

February 8, 2019

My favorite indoor Portland wedding venues, because it’s no secret that it rains a lot in Portland. It also can be really beautiful, a lot. But if you’re planning a wedding anytime between October and May the weather will be unpredictable, especially a year in advance when you’re looking for a venue. These venues are all indoor spaces with huge gorgeous windows. And that means beautiful natural light! You shouldn’t have to be stuck in a dark hole with ugly lighting, just because you opt for an indoor or off-season wedding!

 

1.Blockhouse PDX // NW Industrial area.

Blockhouse is one of my favorite Portland Venues. It’s a gorgeous space tucked away inside of Pomarius Nursery, which is basically an urban jungle of the good variety. Nestled right in the middle of the North West industrial area of downtown Portland, Blockhouse is perfect for nature and city lovers alike. This atmosphere is a real treat for guests, and also makes for a million beautiful options for portraits! They have a bright, modern and minimal indoor space with an exposed chef’s kitchen for the foodie couple. There is an attached tent that can be open air or closed down for rainy or chilly weather. Blockhouse on it’s own is best for intimate weddings with space for 60 seated and 75 standing. But you can add on the Pomarius greenhouse for larger groups! If I were getting married right now, I’d book Blockhouse as my top choice!

Bonus: being downtown Blockhouse is close to lots of hotels and an easy Lyft drive for all your out of town guests.

 

2. Jacobsen Salt Co. // SE Portland

Jacobsen Salt is one of Portland’s most famous (and tastiest) exports. They also happen to have a really stunning tasting room and warehouse that doubles as an event space, right in the heart of South East Portland.  A wedding at Jacobsen Salt means white painted brick walls and exposed beams, paired with huge windows and super high ceilings makes their space. The perfect mix of industrial and modern. Jacobsen’s can accommodate up to 150 seated for dinner and comes with farm tables and assorted design within reach Eames style chairs. Taking your dinner’s style up a notch! Being just across the river from downtown and in the heart of Southeast makes it an easy venue to get to from multiple hotels and airbnbs.

Bonus: you can send guests home with salt samplers as their thank you. The most useful and delicious favor you could ask for. I give Jacobsen Salt Taffy as presents to all my favorite people. They are seriously delicious!

 

3.Castaway Portland // NW Portland

The big sister to Blockhouse, Castaway is located right next door and is one of Portlands prized wedding venues for all seasons. You can also rent the garden space at Pomarius Nursery for portraits! Castaway is 10,000 square feet, has 14 ft ceilings, exposed beams and huge south and west facing windows that light just floods in through. They can hold 400 guests seated and 700 standing! I don’t even know 700 people. Just like Blockhouse, Castaway is surrounded by cool industrial buildings and streets that make for awesome photo opportunities!

Bonus: They even have a fireplace that makes for a cozy lounge area on a dreary day. See my favorite wedding at Castway here!

Bride and groom portrait at castaway portland outside Blockhouseminimalist castaway wedding

 

4. The Evergreen Pdx // SE Portland

The Evergreen is a historic building with beautiful modern updates. A mix of exposed brick, original hardwood floors, cement accents, and white walls make the design of The Evergreen really unique. Gorgeous windows that let in beautiful light, but are high enough to lend your event some privacy. They also have beautiful, built in lighting for when the sun goes down. The Evergreen is known for their incredible sound system and said to have some of the best acoustics in the city. They can make intimate weddings of 40 people feel cozy and inviting and host parties up to 150 guests with plenty of room. With multiple levels and a stylish bridal suite, this is a really versatile space!

Bonus: This venue is walking distance from the Eastbank Esplanade for portraits with the city skyline in the background. At sunset maybe? It’s also attached to Loyal legion for some swanky couples photos!

 

5. Coopers Hall // Central Eastside

Coopers Hall is a beautiful urban winery in the heart of Portland’s east side.  They can host ceremonies up to 150 and seated dinner for 180 people and have a fun loft area for a photo booth and lounge. The main space is decked out in wine barrels They offer farm to table, seasonal meals and handcrafted wines which make for an elevated dining experience for your guests. Their full-service bar also offers local craft beers and a variety of spirits for specialty cocktails! With huge windows surrounding the space, wine barrels as decor and a garage door that can open if the weather is nice, it’s obvious why this venue is a top choice for so many couples!

Bonus: Coopers Hall is about a block from my house, haha. Also, with the garage door that opens you can have a dessert truck like Pips Doughnuts or 1927 S’mores roll up and make your event even more ‘Portland’ and delicious!

images via Coopers Hall

1927 S'mores wedding

 

 

Other top contenders:

Union Pine // SE Portland

Leftbank Annex // NE Portland

Nordic Northwest // SW Portland

Jupiter NEXT // NE Portland

 

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Kate Ames is a wedding and elopement photographer based in Portland, Oregon and traveling often for destination weddings. Specializing in modern and romantic portraits and working with adventurous and creative couples.

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