If you’re planning on a hotel wedding, The Benson Hotel has the whole package! A classic Portland landmark, The Benson offers elegant, European-style charm for a beautiful ceremony and reception, as well as gorgeous accents and lighting for photos. We spoke to their Group Sales Manager and wedding contact, Stephanie Wood, to get the scoop on all the wedding details. Read on for more, and check out their website here!
Where are you located and what kind of venue are you in general?
The Benson is located in the heart of Downtown Portland and is a timeless historic venue. The Benson was built in 1912 and has multiple ballrooms that are perfect for different ranges of guest count and themes.
Can you briefly describe your property/space including all the indoor and outdoor options?
We have 18,000 square feet of event space, and our three most popular rooms are the Crystal Ballroom, the Mayfair Ballroom, and the London Grill.
What is the maximum number of guests that can be seated for dinner?
The Benson can host up to 330 guests in our Mayfair Ballroom, 140 in our Crystal Ballroom and 100 in our London Grill. All food and beverage needs to be provided by us.
Do you offer lower rental rates for off season weddings?
Yes, we do offer discounted site fees and food and beverage minimums for off peak-season and non-Saturday weddings!
How long has your venue been hosting weddings?
We have been hosting weddings for over 100 years.
What makes your venue unique for weddings?
We are a historic building that features event space that no one in town offers, from the Austrian crystal chandeliers in our ballroom to the arch ceiling in our London grill. The Benson is a timeless venue and an iconic place for couples to get married in Portland.
At what point in their wedding planning process should a couple be booking their venue?
A venue sets the tone for a wedding – booking it should be the first thing you do.
What is the best part about managing a wedding venue?
The best part is getting to know each couple so well and watching their most important day come together. I feel honored to be a part of each wedding.
What are a few of the most important things that couples should ask their venue before booking?
If you have a specific date in mind, please check the availability with the venue right away. Ask what is included in their site fee, what set-up hours are included, and know the rules of food and beverage.
What is your best advice for wedding clients during their venue search or in general?
Pick your top five venues and go visit all of them within a couple weeks. Do not cram all tours in one weekend or one day. You want to enjoy venue tours and eliminate becoming overwhelmed.
Is there anything else you want couples or other wedding professionals to know?
The Benson is here to make your wedding unforgettable. From the second you inquire to your grand exit, the Benson is here to help in every step. We have a team of event professionals to ensure your wedding will be everything you wish and more.
Featured image in this post by Mosca Studio.
This Venue Shout-Out was curated by Dana Barbar, a local writer and trusted wedding professional.