Getting married? Reserve a Portland park, garden, or picnic area for your wedding

Portland Parks & Recreation will prioritize in-person reservations on Monday, Jan. 8, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Four people sit on wooden folding chairs arrayed in front of a gazebo surrounded by blooming rose bushes on a sunny day.

Reserving spots like this one in Portland’s International Rose Test Garden isn’t a walk in the park because they’re often in high demand.

Photo courtesy of Portland Parks & Recreation

If you or someone you know plans to say “I do” this year, now’s a good time to nail down one of the most important details in the wedding planning process: the location.

On Monday, Jan. 8, Portland Parks and Recreation will start approving reservations for 2024 wedding ceremonies and receptions at more than 200 parks, gardens, and picnic areas.

People who hope to get hitched at places like Leach Botanical Garden or Hoyt Arboretum will line up outside the Customer Service Center on the first floor of the Portland Building (1120 SW Fifth Ave.) in the early morning hours. When the clock strikes 8 a.m., they’ll be ushered inside to enjoy light refreshments and submit their requests. In-person reservations will take priority until noon; at 1 p.m., parks staff will start processing phone, mail, and online requests.

Looking for a different kind of venue? Check out these stunning spots in the Portland area.

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