You’ll be hard pressed to find a wedding spot quite like Skamania Lodge. Known for its majestic views of our beloved Columbia River Gorge, this breathtaking venue is also home to a hotel, restaurant, golf course, and spa. With multiple indoor and outdoor options and top notch customer service, Dawn and her team will exceed all your expectations! Read on to learn more about this must-see wedding venue…
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Where are you located and what kind of venue are you in general?
Skamania Lodge is a Destination Resort located just 45 minutes from Portland in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. The lodge has a number of elegant and stylish Pacific Northwest event venues indoors as well as breathtaking seasonal outdoor wedding locations throughout the destination. The perfect place to make your wedding an event to be remembered complete with overnight accommodations, spa services, and an 18-hole golf course.
Can you briefly describe your property/space including all the indoor and outdoor options?
Built for celebrations of all sizes Skamania Lodge can accommodate from 10 to 350. The lodge offers two expansive ballrooms as well as 6 other intimate and unique indoor venues. For an outdoor celebration you can gaze at the splendor of the Columbia Gorge, marvel at the views of Red Bluff Mountains or escape to the intimacy of our Woodland Lawn, five marvelous outdoor locations.
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?
Skamania Lodge wedding services include catering, specialty menus have been created specifically for the wedding celebration. At Skamania Lodge we can offer wedding seating for up to 350 guests.
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Do you offer lower rental rates for off season months and/or non-Saturday weddings and does your venue have a rain plan?
Skamania Lodge has a variety of options for all couples. Winter weddings, November through April, and Fridays and Sundays offer great options for meeting the needs of all wedding budgets. The best accommodations and plans are recommended for time of year and in case of rain when you select Skamania Lodge as your venue.
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?
2018 will be the Silver Anniversary for Skamania Lodge, we have 25 years of experience. Clean air and breathtaking scenery are only the beginning of why one should begin their life together here. The Pacific Northwest is where the rivers meet the mountains and where authentic surroundings bring people together. A place where living local is a staple of who we are and genuine service is in our nature.
What are a few things that make your venue unique and/or seem to attract wedding couples?
The Pacific Northwest is known for its natural beauty and from the moment you set foot on the grounds of Skamania Lodge you can see that we truly represent what our area is known for. Couples select Skamania Lodge so they can stand together looking out over the majestic Columbia River Gorge as they share their commitment with family and friends. They are happy to find a location with all the venue services they need to celebrate, complete with fabulous locally sourced food and beverage options. Many couples look at Skamania Lodge as the perfect destination location with guest rooms, golf, spa and local area attractions all in one.
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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?
Selecting a venue that is right for each couple is extremely important. The sooner you can secure your date at your location the better. We advise you to book your venue quickly as once you have selected the venue you can then build your vision from a solid foundation.
What is the best part about managing a wedding venue?
There is nothing like being a part of a couples once in a lifetime. To help our couples create the perfect day and to have the celebration they will remember as one of the best days of being together is extremely rewarding.
What do you find most challenging about your specific line of work or weddings in general?
Each wedding is different and unique and you never know what can happen. Being detailed and flexible are what we take pride in so that we can be prepared for the unexpected.
What are a few of the most important things that couples should ask their venue before booking?
It is very important for couple to share their vision for their special day as they look at a venue, it is at that point your wedding contact can help you understand how the venue can accomplish your goal within your wedding budget and be sure that most important elements are covered. Understanding the venue contract is also important so that you have everything you need covered for your special time while onsite.
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What is your best advice for wedding clients during their venue search or in general?
All locations and venues are unique and we encourage you to go to the venue to see for yourself what they can do for you and your wedding. Understand what is most important to you in finding the perfect location so that you can take advantage of what matters most. Time of year, day of week, indoors or outdoors big or small you have lots to think of in planning the event and when you focus on what is most important you are likely to find the perfect venue.
Is there anything else you want couples or other wedding professionals to know about you or your venue?
In the heart of this beautiful area it is our staff that makes it happen. It is the genuine authentic service that our team at the lodge provides that make holding your wedding at Skamania lodge an amazing experience.
What is the best way for couples to check out your venue online and/or set up a tour to visit you in person?
We encourage couples to visit Skamania Lodge as it is the best way to see what your celebrations would be like in such a wondrous location. To set up a site tour contact Dawn Nielson at 509-427-2515 or email her at [email protected]. You can get a taste of what you can expect at skamania.com or Skamania Lodge Weddings Pinterest.