110 SE Caruthers St
Portland, OR
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Weddings on the Water!

Spectacular city landscapes or breathtaking views of the Gorge combined with starry skies and sparkling water set the backdrop for Portland Spirit & Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler weddings.  Since 1994, the Portland Spirit has been helping couples sail into happily ever after.  This local, family owned company offers a quintet of vessels cruising on the Willamette and Columbia Rivers along with a duo of land venues in the Heart of the Gorge.  Portland Spirit weddings offer expert planning advice, locally sourced cuisine and exceptional service on board.

Public Wedding Packages

Our Initimate Wedding Packages are perfect for groups of 15-40 passengers.  Bring your guests on board any of our public lunch, brunch, dinner or sightseeing cruises.  We will board you a few moments before the public passengers to perform an intimate Captain's Ceremony dockside, then enjoy the rest of the cruise and freshly prepared Northwest cuisine to celebrate the most memorable day of your lives together.  

Private Weddings

Choose from our 3 Portland vessels or Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler in Cascade Locks, OR (just 45 minutes east of Portland.)  We also operate two land venues in Cascade Locks; the Terrace at Thunder Island and Gorge Pavilion.

All private wedding packages include

-Wedding planning assistance
-3 hour private event
-Additional set up and boarding time for cruises
-Ceremony site with chairs
-Captain’s Ceremony
-Custom Menu Selection
-Private indoor space for dinner and dancing
-White House Linens
-Cake Cutting and Service
-No Host Full Service Bar
-Champagne Toast
-On-site Cruise/Event Manager
-Complimentary Watercolor of Vessel

Downtown Portland

Portland Spirit (up to 400 passengers) - Our flagship yacht combines a classic, nautical experience with a fine dining atmosphere. The Portland Spirit is a 150' vessel with two enclosed and climate-controlled decks plus an outside top deck.  Features include two pianos, a vessel-wide sound system, on-board galley, three bars and a marble dance floor.

Willamette Star (up to 140 passengers) - Elegance and style have been custom built into the Willamette Star making it the perfect venue for weddings and receptions. The 98' vessel features cherry wood interior and granite counter tops with brass accents. The Willamette Star has two enclosed and climate-controlled levels and two outdoor viewing decks.

Crystal Dolphin (up to 120 passengers) - The intimate atmosphere of the 84' Crystal Dolphin is ideal for weddings and receptions. This sleek and luxurious vessel features a bright and contemporary setting. Your guests will enjoy Portland and the surrounding sights from two fully enclosed climate-controlled decks and two outdoor viewing decks.  The Crystal Dolphin also features a piano, sound system and on-board galley.

Columbia River Gorge

Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler (up to 300 passengers) - Enjoy a unique riverboat experience aboard the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler. This authentic 150’ paddle wheeler has two fully enclosed decks, each of which has a small outside area. The top level of the boat is an outdoor viewing deck.  The majestic scenery of the Columbia Gorge will provide a stunning backdrop.

Terrace at Thunder Island (up to 200 guests) - Imagine your wedding in a magical place where the sun-dappled Columbia River meets the verdant beauty of evergreen trees.  The Terrace at Thunder Island provides such a setting.  A short walk across a pedestrian bridge takes you from Marine Park to the Island. 

Gorge Pavilion (up to 300 guests) - Located right next to the Columbia River, the Gorge Pavilion offers comfort and elegance.  Completely enclosed and climate controlled with ambient lighting sconces and a stylish toungue-and-groove wood ceiling, the Gorge Pavilion is ideal for ceremonies and receptions.



Languages Spoken
Guest Capacity
Up to 400
Outdoor Ceremony - Covered
Outdoor Ceremony - Uncovered
Outdoor Reception - Covered
Outdoor Reception - Uncovered
Onsite Venue Services
Ceremony SiteOnsite CateringOnsite Wedding CoordinationWedding Planner
Venue Style
Venue Type
Boat / Yacht



LOVE that Portland Spirit is part of mywedding.com and is a "moving venue" option for our brides that are looking for a unique, distinct venue.

Jul 27, 2012