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Elope in Portland

Portland goes by many nicknames, yet the dynamic energy of the city is always dominant. Local food, coffee, and beer culture pop up in exciting ways among Portland’s five unique neighborhood quadrants. Elope in Portland, or elope on the Oregon Coast. You may even want to head inland toward majestic Mount Hood or high up on a plateau along the Columbia River Gorge for your Portland elopement – the sky is the limit. Whatever your choice, come for a meaningful Portland, Oregon elopement package!

Places to elope in Portland
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Leach Botanical Garden

A quick escape from the city, the Leach Botanical Garden has a variety of garden, wooded, and creek spots for...

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Hoyt Arboretum

The Wedding Meadow and Redwood Deck at Hoyt Arboretum are perfect for a wooded elopement experience close to the city,...

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Private meadow with Mount Hood views

For a back-to-nature elopement, head to a private meadow with Mount Hood views. You have the meadow, fire pit, and...

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Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area

Cape Kiwanda’s crashing waves along the wide beach are an Oregon coast treat. Nearby Tierra Del Mar offers a breezy...

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Leaping Lamb Farm

Leaping Lamb Farm is country living at its best. Located in a quiet valley of the Coast Range, the farm...

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Rooftop Terrace at Ecotrust

The rooftop terrace at Ecotrust offers excellent Portland city skyline views. Enjoy an outdoor fireplace and indoor atrium if some...

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Rowena Crest Viewpoint

The Rowena Crest Viewpoint is known for the horseshoe bend in the road along an old highway. A drive up...

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Silver Falls State Park

The waterfalls flow year-round at Silver Falls State Park. Visit from late March to May when the falls are at...

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Roads End State Recreation Site

Tidepools and a hidden cove when timed appropriately with the tide are accessible at Roads End. Offshore, fragments of lava...

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Cathedral Park

Cathedral Park interweaves massive stone, an engineering marvel, and green river views together. The cathedral is in fact the shape...

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Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

For a short weekend ceremony, select the Jane Martin site at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. Green plants and flowers of...

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Portland Elopement Packages

Simply Eloped would love to help you elope in Portland! Our Portland, Oregon elopement packages include everything you will need to have an enchanting and memorable elopement.

Seed

Seed

  • Officiation services Personalization of vows
  • Enactment of ceremony Advice on obtaining wedding license
  • Advice on ceremony locations
Starting at

$420

Sprout

Sprout

  • Everything from the
    SEED PACKAGE
  • Photography of ceremony
    Brief portrait session after
    (up to one hour of photography)
  • Digital transfer of 75+ edited images
    Delivery of Photos (15 days or less after ceremony)
Starting at

$1100

Bloom

Bloom

  • Everything from the
    SPROUT PACKAGE
  • Nosegay bouquet & boutonniere of your choosing
Starting at

$1600

Oasis

Oasis

  • Everything from the
    BLOOM PACKAGE
  • 2 Hours Total of Photography
    Hair & Makeup for One Person
  • Day of Helper
Starting at

$2750

Add-Ons

You can optionally add the following to your package:


Flowers

Flowers

we're happy to quote you!

Extra Photography

Extra Photography

$550/HR
Expect an extra week of editing for every additional hour of photography!

Hair & Makeup

Hair & Makeup

$390

Engagement Shoot

Engagement Shoot

$700/hr

Day of Helper

Day of Helper

$250

Trumpet

$350

Videography

Videography

$675/HR

Our videography package comes with an edited 1 – 2 minute highlight reel (perfect for sharing on socials!), as well as a longform, minimally-edited film of the full ceremony.

How to Elope in Portland

Portland, Oregon, is an energetic and eclectic city with more than its share of charisma and care. A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is a funky and lush metropolis that’s unafraid to stand apart from its neighbors. It does have a reputation for rain, but you’ll fit right in if you, like the lovable locals, find the steady drizzle and lush green landscape romantic.

Portland boasts some of the best food in the country by a long shot, it goes crazy for its soccer team, is crisscrossed by 80+ miles of hiking trails within the city limits, and is quirky in all the best ways. In fact, it is every bit as weird as its namesake series “Portlandia” suggests. Also known as Bridgetown, the Columbia and the Willamette run through Portland, which has 12 bridges. Still, public transportation is a cinch if you’re in the downtown core.

Thinking about eloping in Portland? Maybe you’re wondering which months you’ll be sure to avoid the rain. Maybe you’re not sure how to choose the best local donut shop? Luckily, we have an incredible team on the ground with an abundance of insider knowledge to help you narrow down your options for an elopement in Portland, Oregon.

Why elope in Oregon?

With some of the west coast’s most exciting gastronomy, its quirky charm, and surrounding natural vistas, Portland is the perfect spot for a small wedding with a big impact. The locals take their food very seriously — from locally-sourced Michelin-starred dining to mouth-watering food carts from every corner of the globe, you won’t go hungry in Portland. And if you’re hoping for a ceremony with a view, there are plenty of stunning viewpoints to choose from just beyond the city limits, from a beach wedding along the Oregon Coast to a waterfall ceremony at Silver Falls State Park.

Where to elope in Portland, Oregon?

Within the city limits, Portland has a host of impressive venues to choose from. Hoyt Arboretum is just two miles west of downtown Portland within Washington Park and has four beautiful outdoor spaces to choose from.

Elope among the hummingbirds and hawks at the Leech Botanical Garden in East Portland. The lush garden’s 16 acres are home to a diverse collection of over 2,000 native and non-native plants.

To shout your love from the rooftops, look no further than the Ecotrust Rooftop Terrace. One of the few rooftop spaces for rent in the city, this space is both striking and warm. The Terrace houses a live green roof overlooking Jamison Square park and the views of the panoramic city are unbeatable.

The Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden could have been plucked right from a Monet painting. With all of its charming water features and wooden bridges, this magical haven takes you a world away from the city streets of southeastern Portland. With towering evergreens giving way to intimate woodland clearings and secret waterfalls, there is no shortage of special spots to discover.

If you’re looking for drama, let us point you in the direction of Cathedral Park, nestled on the banks of the Willamette River. Yes, Portland has more parks than any other city in the country, and yes, this park still stands out. Underneath the St. John’s bridge, you’ll be dwarfed by the towering footings of the bridge that create a sort of outdoor cathedral-esque space that makes a statement.

While climbing to the summit of Mt. Hood would be more than a bit of a hike, we know a sweet and secluded little spot in a charming hidden meadow that looks over the majestic Mt. Hood. For a simple and natural ceremony, we can arrange a fire pit in this private meadow just for you, surrounded by a babbling brook and your nearest and dearest.

You can’t go amiss if you choose to elope at Silver Falls State Park. The scenery is downright incredible, with endless waterfall elopement shot opportunities amidst the lush forest, about 20 miles east-southeast of Salem. For a state known for its parks, you know it’s a pretty big deal that people call this the “crown jewel” of the Oregon State Parks system.

Also outside of Portland, about an hour and a half drive through the stunning Columbia River Gorge, is the Rowena Crest viewpoint, an iconic spot that creates a dramatic horseshoe curve along the road. This is surely one of the most photographed roads in Oregon.

The Oregon coast is notable for rarely ever getting very crowded (unless it’s the Fourth of July), so if it is a super intimate ceremony you seek, you can always find a secluded spot. There are too many gorgeous spots to count, but the Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area is all-around spectacular and one of the best places to experience spectacular wave action. And if serene sandy beaches sound a little too tame, Roads End Point is the spot for you, its rocky coastline teeming with tide pools to splash in and hidden coves to explore.

When is the best time to elope in Portland?

If you’re drawn to Portland, Oregon, you’ll already know that most months there will be rain. It likely won’t be a deluge (New York gets more rainfall per year in inches), but you can expect it to be fairly consistent. And of course, the rain is what makes everything so green and lush! Basically, if you want to bask in the sun, stick to the summer months of July and August. As an added bonus, summer is when the city’s roses are in full bloom.

However, don’t be too quick to discount the fall season, which can also be really beautiful. The entire state begins to cool down, with temperatures ranging between 48-70 degrees. If you’re considering an autumn elopement, keep in mind that Labor Day brings a lot of people to the city who are keen to celebrate the long weekend.

How much does it cost to elope in Portland, Oregon?

Our Portland elopement packages range from $420 for our simplest ceremonies to
$2,750 for our deluxe Oasis package. We are more than happy to handle all of the logistics and leave you to focus on the important bits. We also offer plenty of customizable options to suit your needs.

If you want a little professional assistance to ensure you look your absolute best on your special day, a hair and makeup artist can be arranged for around $390. IIf you’d like your presence to be announced for all to hear, we can add on a trumpet accompaniment for $350.

As an extra perk, there is no sales tax in Oregon, so you’ll save money on just about everything if you choose to elope here. If you’re planning on either staying outside the city center in Hillsboro or Beaverton or if your wedding location requires driving, then you’ll also want to factor in renting a car.

How do you elope in Portland Oregon?

To elope in Oregon you will need to apply for a marriage license at least three days before your elopement date. Note that you can only apply for a license within 60 days of your elopement date, so set a reminder on your phone if need be. Although there is officially a three-day waiting period before you can get married, the state of Oregon does offer the option of paying a small $5 fee to waive the wait. Your Oregon elopement will also require an officiant and two witnesses. Neither the officiant nor the partners involved may act as a witness, so make sure you plan accordingly or are willing to solicit a kind stranger if you’re set on not having guests.

Where to stay in Portland, Oregon?

There are so many exciting lodging options in Oregon’s capital. You won’t go wrong if you stay in McMenamins, a series of super unique family-run hotels throughout the city, housed in historic buildings and serving mouth-watering homemade food and beers. There are also a ton of one-of-a-kind Airbnb properties for rent throughout Oregon, as well as national hotel chains.

Article written by

Keely Smith

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