Best Wedding Venue for Your Ceremony and Reception in Oregon

Most of the different aspects of a wedding are optional, from wearing a suit or a veil, to ditching the wedding favors, to an elaborate wedding cake. However, there’s one thing you can’t skip– a venue! After all, you’ve got to have somewhere for your friends and family to gather and celebrate!  To CELEBRATE the occasion of your wedding is so important because the details of your day are planned around where this event will be held. This is the place you will never forget and will refer back to for the next 50 years.

Finding the perfect venue isn’t easy.  There are so many options to choose from, from a countryside chapel to an elegant hotel.  Here are some tips to help you find your dream venue.

Affordable Dream Wedding. Voted: Mid-Valley Wedding Gold Medal Winner 3 Years in a Row. http://affordabledreamwedding.com

1) Choose a wedding venue that aligns with your vision.

The venue you choose for your big day can really set the tone for your event, whether you choose a casual beach or a crystal ballroom. Choosing a venue that fits in with, and brings out, your theme will make your wedding feel more connected to the space.  It is likely you, as the bride, have been dreaming about where you will have your wedding with your dream partner.  It is OK to have visions in the past, but now it is time to try and find that right place. Settling on the basics of your wedding will help you and your spouse narrow down the many venues out there, and find the one that’s right for you.

2) Should you choose a traditional wedding chapel with a bell to ring after the vows or a non traditional place like a vineyard on a hillside?

Do you still dream of coming down the aisle of a church covered in rose petals in much the same setting as your grandmother was married?  The traditional wedding chapel/church holds a special spirit and reflects the tradition of how weddings were done going back hundreds of years. Whereas nontraditional places are becoming more popular today.  However, these types of weddings can be an expensive decision as it’s not cheap to prepare a vineyard or beachside location.

Notice the kaleidoscoping colors on the hardwood floor in the photo above caused by the many stained glass windows. http://affordabledreamwedding.com

3) What is your guest list number that the couple came up with?

Remember the amount of people you invite is never the number of people whom will actually attend on your wedding day.  Sad to say, after all the bother you put into sending out an RSVP note along with your invite, and that your guest take the time to send back.  Always scale down on your attempted list of guests. You need to give your caterers the realistic number, not the dream number.  This is an expensive decision especially if you have a caterer that charges by the plate. You will pay for every plate you order whether the guest shows up or not. Expensive!!

This is one of the early items you must have planned out before you choose your venue…what is the expected count of who will attend?  Having a firm number and staying with it will save you a lot of headaches. Knowing your number of guests will help you break down your budget, as some costs are very dependent on the number of people you’re inviting.

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4) Stay on your budget no matter what.

From the start of planning your wedding day until the day of the wedding itself, stay on your budget.  It is very hard to do and easy to lose track. If this all works out for you, it will amazingly control your stresses to the end. If your venue cost blows your budget out of the water, you’ll either need to scale back your design and extras, or look at more affordable spaces.  Some venues are unrealistically expensive, so be very careful.  You may think this is the one when you arrive but once you see the price you may need to move on.  This is a very common mistake. You need to keep your budget in the front of your mind until the end. Once you know the cost of your venue, you will be more comfortable taking the next step of planning your food and decor.  Remember you still have to budget for the honeymoon as well.

5) Think about what is included in the cost of your venue.

When you’re looking at venues that are full-service versus places where you can bring in your own vendors and decor, be sure to price everything out.  A venue with tables, chairs, and linens included might cost more upfront than a venue where you need to rent your own, but you should get an estimate from a rental company to see how they compare once you’ve added on the price of renting things for yourself.

Remember that the venue may have the basic items for rent (white linens, standard flatware, banquet chairs, round and rectangle tables etc.). You may still end up paying more to rent items that fit your vision, whereas if you find a venue that has those items for rent at their site, this could be the best choice because that will take away some of your stresses and cost less.

Celebrate your occasion in our 1892 original Affordable Dream Wedding Chapel and banquet facility for events of any kind.  http://affordabledreamwedding.com

6) Narrow down when to have your wedding date.

Booking a wedding venue means that you’ve officially “set the date” for your big day. You may already have a wedding date in mind, or you may be able to be a bit more flexible if your date is taken.  Either way, one of the first steps in choosing a wedding venue is to narrow down a few dates that you know will work for you. While saying that you’re getting married “next summer” is a good start, the best advice before you start looking at venues is to have a few dates in mind for your special day.  You will be surprised that many wedding venues get booked one year in advance.

7) Weigh the pros and cons.

If you fall in love at first sight with a particular venue, that is a great or special feeling.  However, don’t feel too much pressure to sign on the dotted line during your initial tour. It’s best to take a step back, tour a few venues, and discuss your options with your future spouse and family.  Think about the pros and cons of all of the venues you toured, and work together to come to a decision on your top choice. Every place has pros and cons.

8) Sign the contract for your venue.

When you and your future spouse have agreed on your desired venue it is time to sign the contract.  In most cases you have to pay half down on the venue to save the date and that portion is nonrefundable.  Those words “nonrefundable” are a bit scary, so make sure you are 100% satisfied with the venue and your date for the event.

Now you have made the most important decisions you’ll make during your wedding planning process. It is worth taking time to CELEBRATE this accomplishment. You picked the venue and the date!

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Affordable Dream Wedding/Hubbard Chapel in Hubbard, Oregon is a great choice for your Wedding Venue Ceremony and Reception in Oregon.                                                                    

This venue is a great location for your reception along with the chapel for your ceremony– all under one roof for your wedding day. Many of the items listed above for selecting the right place for your ceremony and reception, you will find at Affordable Dream Wedding/Hubbard Chapel. This is a location you need to see and you can decide if it is a place that you can visualize for your special day.  Affordable Dream Weddings/Hubbard Chapel is a 127-year old “Pioneer Wedding Chapel” venue that caters to both the ceremony and reception venue needs in your planning.  We have been voted Best Wedding Venue in Oregon 3 years in a row. Our prices are very affordable when you compare us to other venues that are offered in the Portland and Salem neighboring areas.  Couples that come for a tour repeatedly remark that they can’t believe our prices compared to others.

Call or email for a tour by Carrie at Affordable Dream Wedding/Hubbard Chapel to see if this is your dream spot for your wedding venue.

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Storage Salem Oregon – Salem’s Low Cost Highly Secure Mini-Storage Options

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Finding the Right Wedding Reception Site for Your Special Day in Oregon

When you are thinking about where you would like to have your dream wedding reception there are factors to consider in making your selection.  Listed below are some things to consider in selecting the place to make your day a time to remember for many years ahead:

Location

Finding a location that is compatible for both family and friends is the best, but remember in today’s world people like to go somewhere new that is away from their dwelling place.  This makes the occasion even more special for people to make the trip to come to your special day. Also having a location that is not far off a major highway makes it easy for people coming from many directions.

Wedding Venue and Reception Planning on a Very Affordable Budget in Oregon

You can have a very special dream wedding at affordable prices. To make the most of your wedding, start with an affordable budget, then work within it to make your wedding the best for you and your future spouse. Next, decide on your venue and add as many do it yourself ideas (DIY) that you can to make it a pleasant environment for you and your guests.

Planning a Holiday at Your Wedding Venue Could Provide for Never Ending Enjoyment

How do you feel about having your wedding during major holidays? Very soon, many holidays will be upon us. Affordable Dream Wedding at Hubbard Chapel has over the years entertained a number of weddings for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and Valentine’s holidays. We have often seen the Pioneer Chapel decorated to suit the time of the occasion. Consider this time period for your special day and make it fun for everyone, but most of all memorable for the two of you.

White Pioneer Wedding Chapel & Belfrey – Voted Oregon Best Wedding Venue

A complete wedding venue with an authentic pioneer history with modern ambiances: As you walk towards a simplistic wooden white wedding chapel, the smells of oak wood waft through the chapel and a 127-year-old bell rings through your ears. This is Hubbard Chapel where the strong sound of the bell can be heard from large distances, marking the important event of the day. Pioneer chapels are very scarce in Oregon, especially ones that still hold the past in their image. Affordable Dream Wedding at Hubbard Chapel is located in the pioneer town of Hubbard, planted between the two largest cities in Oregon: Portland and Salem. Many guests find this location to be very convenient because the distance is not too long.

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CEC Entertainment Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 9.77% YTM

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Comparing 9 Low-priced Wedding Venues to See Which is the Most Affordable in Greater Portland, Oregon Area

Hands down the Affordable Dream Wedding at Hubbard Chapel is by far the lowest-priced. The most surprising thing to us– they have won the most awards as Best Wedding Venue three times in a row, where we could not find any awards for the local competitors.

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Police Keep it (Mostly) Peaceful in Portland Protests

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Portland Leaders Nervously Prepare for Dueling Protests Saturday

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Ready to Rumble: Portland Police Call for Backup

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Portland Mayor Criticized From the Right; Receives Challenger from the Left

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Portland Police Chief Wants Anti-Mask Laws; Oregon ACLU Has “A Lot of Concerns”

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Eight Injured in Portland Street Brawl; Police Can’t Keep the Peace

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What Makes a Wedding Special? How Does a Bride Plan for Such an Event? Making Your Wedding an Affordable Dream Wedding.

What makes a wedding special? Is it money?  No.

Is it doing what your friends did ?  No.

It’s about making it your special day. We have won “Wedding Venue of the Year” three times in a row and what we believe brides really want is their own special day. A day that bring their family and friends in from the present and past to meet and enjoy the time with their spouses family and old friends.  A wedding should feel very warm inside and be a joyous occasion.

From the venue to the bride’s dress, everything should be welcoming, open and fun. Even though it is not as important as the ceremony itself, this might just be the most important day of your life. Our best advice is to simply try to enjoy the entire journey, the time with family, because this great event will pass rather fast and the memories will be significant and long lasting.

Best Low Cost Wedding Ideas: DIY Themed at an Award Winning Venue

Affordable Dream Wedding – Winner of Best Wedding Venue three years in a row.

Oregon’s Best Wedding and Venue Idea’s

The wedding industry is facing many challenges including lower marriage rates and brides wanting to reduce their costs that average around $33,900.  No wonder the wedding industry is seeing very little, to no, growth. One slice of the wedding industry is doing very well and that’s the lower cost Do It Yourself (DIY) wedding industry.

We believe if you live in Oregon we can provide ideas that could bring a great/dream  wedding for well under $15,000.

Best Wedding Venue in Oregon – Affordable Dream Wedding

  • Voted the Best Wedding Venue (Gold) for 2019 by Salem’s Oregon Statesman Journal  
  • Voted the Best Wedding Venue (Gold) 3 years in a row by the Statesman Journal

Affordable Dream Wedding is very proud to win the gold medal for the best wedding venue, for three years in a row, if helps when you have a historic pioneer church built 1892 or a 127 years ago.  We believe this is the oldest continuously run wedding and church in Oregon. For 127 years strait years the chapel has had some type of services at the same location. On many clear evenings it almost appears the belfry is touched by God.

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The Hubbard Pioneer Chapel & Wedding Venue Celebrates the Church Building’s Historic 125th Year.

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Exciting news may be on the horizon for legal cannabis. It seems the legislative trend making way state by state has found a direct line to federal legality, according to Oregon Congressman, Earl Blumenauer, in a memo sent to House Democratic Leadership.

Using polling statistics to affirm his point that Congress sits behind a forward-moving country, Blumenauer points out that 69% of registered voters support legalizing marijuana, and even more believe previously criminalized consumers deserve expunged records. He urges Democrats to “seize the moment,” should they retake the House of Representatives. The subsequent timeline serves as a map for the Democratic Majority to grab the reins on marijuana and other cannabis products by 2019’s end. If this path forward is enacted by the House, combined with support from senators, such as Cory Gardner who recently took action to eradicate federal interference with states that allow legal consumption, cannabis could descheduled, by 2020.

Let’s take a look at the timeline drafted by Blumenauer:

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