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The Pacific Northwest is notorious for its green beauty, and Oregon is no exception. This state has everything you want in a landscape-mountains, forests, bodies of water-and an Oregon wedding is sure to celebrate the majesty of it all.
If you want to feature Oregon's extreme beauty in your wedding, head to the state's tallest mountain and grandest river: Mount Hood and The Columbia River Gorge. The Gorge is home to the powerful Columbia River and numerous waterfalls, each primed for a picture perfect wedding. The Columbia River Highway is renowned for its magnificent views, and Mount Hood itself is home to several high altitude venues, as well as being famous for its hiking and skiing. You can practically point your body in any direction and find a stunning place for your Oregon wedding. If you're a bookworm looking for charm and culture, Ashland is for you. Home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival from mid-February through October, the town also offers art galleries, bookstores, and cafes aplenty tucked into mountains swathed in trees. Interested in a wedding on the Oregon coast? No problem-there are 363 miles of it to explore. While these beaches may not be especially warm, they are absolutely dazzling. Astonishing rock formations dot the coast in places like Cannon Beach, where Haystack Rock could be your backdrop as you ride up to your wedding on horseback. Looking for more of a cosmopolitan wedding? Try Portland-this city is anything but ordinary. Known for its quirkiness, Portland is an artisan's paradise. The food is decadent, the beer is plentiful (Portland has more breweries than any other city!), and there is art everywhere. It won't take you long to fall in love with Portland, making it the perfect place to get married.
Allow Oregon itself to inspire your wedding décor by echoing the state's natural beauty. Try gathering boughs of flowers on a hike to serve as your wedding decoration. Or, rely on the breathtaking surroundings and use rich wood and a sheer piece of chiffon as your backdrop, allowing the landscape behind you to shine through. The colors of the land itself-greens, blues, and warm browns-are a naturally beautiful way to honor your environment. If you've planned your wedding on a mountaintop or waterside, be prepared for Oregon's wet weather. Have a plan if it rains, and consider distributing festive umbrellas and blankets to keep guests warm and dry. An evening wedding in any season here brings a significant temperature drop after sundown, so if you'll be outdoors, warming lamps or blankets are nice touch.
Oregon food is all about local, sustainable ingredients and unique touches. Many local Oregon caterers use seasonal crops and ranchers to ensure the food at your wedding is memorably fresh and delicious. Try a roasted tri-color beet salad and roasted salmon for an idyllic northwest meal. That and many more menus are available from Portland catering companies. Once your belly is full, you'll be ready to boogie! Oregon also has a dynamic music scene, and your wedding band should be just as lively. Find a one of a kind sound from Portland wedding bands that play versatile music drawing from punk, bluegrass, folk, funk, and more. Any great band will help you celebrate by keeping you and your guests dancing into the night.
The cost of a wedding in Oregon is about average, although the lack of sales tax here can help you save quite a bit if you buy local. Be strategic about buying items for your wedding-the more you save now, the more you'll have later! Direct out-of-state guests to Oregon's Visitor Centers, located in nine locations across the state, which always provide helpful travel information.
A marriage license in Oregon will cost you $50 or more, and cash is required. You'll need a government issued ID and, in some counties, you'll need to complete premarital education. There's a three-day waiting period after the license is issued, though this can be waived for $10 in some counties. Be sure you'll have at least two witnesses at your wedding ceremony, and keep in mind that your license is only valid for 60 days.