We found your dream wedding venue on the water! Not far from Portland, in Lake Oswego, you will find an extraordinary event space with so many things to offer. At The Foundry at Oswego Pointe a charming bridge becomes your aisle as you make your grand entrance onto your private ceremony spot that is actually right on the Willamette River. Gasp. Guests can then enjoy cocktail hour on the riverside deck that has breathtaking panoramic views. Finish the evening in the elegant indoor reception space that has tons of natural light and a beautiful dance floor. Both indoor and outdoor options make this spot truly ideal for any time of year. Read on too learn more about this incredible venue.
Where are you located and what kind of venue are you in general?
A breathtaking waterfront wedding and reception venue near Portland, Ore. The Foundry at Oswego Pointe offers stunning views, unparalleled service and endless possibilities. It is located on the Willamette River just steps away from downtown Lake Oswego and about 10 minutes from downtown Portland.
Can you briefly describe your property/space including all the indoor and outdoor options?
With hardwood decks, waterfront scenery, lovely garden patios and lush foliage, your day will be filled with beauty and charm. The Foundry provides couples many location options for weddings and receptions, both indoor and outdoor. You have the opportunity to choose between The Promenade, The Great Hall, The Riverside Deck, The Garden Patio and The Riverfront Amphitheater and Foothills Park. Each location can hold a different number of guests, with the maximum around 200 people.
What is the maximum number of guests that can be seated for dinner and do you one caterer or a preferred list of caterers to choose from?
The maximum capacity is 200. We have a preferred list of vendors that include the caterers as well!
Do you offer lower rental rates for off-season months and/or non-Saturday weddings and does your venue have a rain plan?
We do offer booking specials for different days of the week and promotions for off-season rentals. We have an indoor location called the Great Hall that can host both the ceremony and reception; tents can be rented and set up on the outside locations through a rental company.
How long has your venue been hosting weddings and events? And in your opinion, why is Portland (and surrounding areas) such an amazing place to plan a wedding?
We had our opening party in 2011 and have been hosting weddings and events since then! Visitors come to Portland to enjoy the combination of lush greenery and a plethora of fun and exciting events! The abundance of natural beauty and exciting environment makes Oregon an ideal place to be married.
What are a few things that make your venue unique and/or seem to attract wedding couples?
With help from the City of Lake Oswego, the Foundry qualifies as a historical site. Its charming brick exterior was professionally restored and extended into the lobby; its grounds were sculpted and tended; and its floors, vaulted ceilings and walls were all renovated. The Foundry became a key part of the riverfront restoration project, designed to encourage social interaction, community identity and commercial development. We have a unique Promenade that is placed directly over the water, creating a beautiful backdrop for such memorable events!
How would you describe the importance of the venue decision for couples, and at what point in their wedding planning process should they be looking and booking their venue?
The venue is the space that sets the tone for your whole day. Most couples have started touring venues as early as a year and a half before! Deciding on what venue to choose is one of the most impart parts of making that day complete and unforgettable.
What is the best part about managing a wedding venue?
We love being able to be a part of someone’s special day! Seeing everyone so happy and full of love is what makes us love weddings!
What do you find most challenging about your specific line of work or weddings in general?
Weddings can be stressful in general; trying to plan a big event always has so many different loose ends to tie up!
What are a few of the most important things that couples should ask their venue before booking?
There are many questions, but here are a few that stand out in importance:
- What is included in the rental of the venue?
- Are there any fees unassociated with the rental?
- Do you have linens and other décor items in-house
- Do you have onsite catering or a preferred vendors list?
What is your best advice for wedding clients during their venue search or in general?
Have an idea of what you would want in the space; if you are looking for specifics, it is always better to know before you start your search!
Is there anything else you want couples or other wedding professionals to know about you or your venue?
This venue is beautiful and really embodies a destination wedding — even when you live in the area!
What is the best way for couples to check out your venue online and/or set up a tour to visit you in person?
Email and phone calls are best for getting a tour scheduled! We have a virtual tour linked onto our website with details of everything included in the venue. (thefoundrylakeoswego.com; instagram.com/foundryatoswegopointe; .facebook.com/The-Foundry-at-Oswego-Pointe-170663099618208.)
All images in this post are courtesy of Powers Studios.