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Vendor Shout-Out: Ecotrust Venues

We are excited to share this vendor shout-out with you! Ecotrust owns 4 beautiful event spaces in Portland that can be used for weddings. They are a well-known environmental nonprofit in the city, so all of the profits support Ecotrust’s programming, which does important work in the environmental, economic, and social equity fields! Read on to learn more about these amazing wedding venues!

 

John Valls PhotographyIrving Street Studio. Photo credit: John Valls Photography

Where are you located and what kind of venue are you in general?
We are located both in the Pearl District and in the Southeast Industrial District. Our venues are industrial-modern.

Can you describe your space, including all indoor and outdoor options?
Our spaces in the Pearl District include the Rooftop Terrace, the Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center, and the Irving Street Studio. The Ecotrust building is a renovated 1895 warehouse, the original features and character of which shine through these three spaces. 

-The Rooftop Terrace is like a park in the sky! Surrounded by a living green roof and overlooking the city, it is a magical space, both intimate and boundless. It also features a centralized fireplace, which creates a natural focal point for ceremonies or toasts. 

-The Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center has an open, industrial ceiling, with exposed brick and original wood beams. People often rent along with the Rooftop Terrace for reception banquets and dance parties.

-Irving Street Studio, a timeless industrial warehouse on the ground floor, features over 7,000 square feet of beautiful wood floors, historic brick archways, original wood beams, and ample natural light. 

Our fourth space, The Redd, is a renovated 1918 ironworks building. The steel support beams, original metal press, lofted open ceiling, warm wood walls, and two stories of windows create the perfect mix of striking and welcoming. The open space will feel roomy for large parties, yet can also separate for more intimate gatherings.

Evrim Icoz PhotographyBilly Frank Jr. Conference Center. Photo credit: Evrim Icoz Photography

What is the maximum number of guests that can be seated for dinner? Do you have an in-house caterer or a preferred list of caterers to choose from?
-Rooftop Terrace: 150 
-Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center: 150 
-Irving Street Studio: 250 in west wing, with possibility for more if using the entire space
-The Redd: 500

We have a preferred catering list with 12 full-service caterers that represent a variety of cuisines and can accommodate a wide range of budgets. We are also in the process of putting together a food truck list, which will be perfect for the patio and large plaza at the Redd!

Do you offer lower rental rates for off season months and/or non-Saturday weddings? 
For the Rooftop Terrace and the Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center, which come together on weekends, we offer a discount both on non-Saturdays and off-season from November to April. 

How long has your venue been hosting weddings and events? In your opinion, why is the Portland area such an amazing place to plan a wedding?
Over 10 years now! Weddings can be stressful to plan, but the wonderful wedding community in Portland makes the process fun. Portland mixes city skylines, forest and outdoor spaces, unique local products, and vendors unlike any city I can think of. The city has all of the amenities of a large urban area with the approachable ease of a smaller city. 

The Redd PortlandThe Redd. Photo courtesy of Ecotrust.

What makes your venue unique and/or seems to attract wedding couples?
The look and personality of our spaces are striking and stunning. They need little to no decoration to shine. Many venues are essentially blank slates – you need to come in and create the space from nothing. If you want a space that’s gorgeous from the moment you walk in, that’s what we have to offer. The couple that wants a low-maintenance, but beautiful wedding can do that with almost no effort in our spaces. The couple that wants to go all out has this awesome starting point with the exposed beams and brick and they can create something truly outstanding.

How would you describe the importance of the venue decision for couples? At what point in their wedding planning process should they be looking for and booking their venue?
The venue decision is usually the first decision couples make and everything proceeds out of that decision. It is the building block for the rest of the wedding-planning process. It is extremely important to choose a venue that supports you through the process, is available to answer questions, and is onsite during your event to make sure everything runs smoothly. The further from your wedding date you choose a venue, the more likely you are to get the space and the date you want. At Ecotrust, most (but not all!) Saturdays from May to October are already booked! 

What is the best part about managing a wedding venue?
Weddings are often the best day of people’s lives and we get to be a part of that! From touring to the day itself, it is a process centered around love and joy. What could be better than that? Everyone is there to have a good time and we are able to help make sure that happens.

Ecotrust Rooftop Terrace
Rooftop Terrace. Photo Credit: Evrim Icoz Photography

What are the most important things that couples should ask their venue before booking?
This may be obvious, but first and foremost is availability. Why spend the time to tour a venue if they don’t have any of your dates available? Then I would make sure that any specific things the couple has in mind are allowed, such as food and beverage, pet, and noise policies.

What is your best advice for wedding clients during their venue search?
Do online research and photo searches to narrow down the type of venue you prefer and then go see the top 3 in each category. No two venues are the same. You won’t know until you tour which one really grabs you and fits with your vision. Also, try to be open to ideas and input from people in the industry. They’ve probably seen it all so use them as a resource!

What is the best way for couples to check out your venue online and/or set up a tour to visit you in person?
Visit our website at the links above. If you want to come see our spaces, and we hope you do, call or email Kaley Charlet at [email protected] or 503.467.0792.

Featured image in this post of Irving Street Studio by Anna Caitlin Photography.

This Vendor Shout-Out was curated by Dana Barbar, The Art of Weddings Portland Content Manager.