Post # 1
Hello expert brides! I’m very new to this and am working on planning a wedding for some time next summer. I live in new York city but have dremaed of an outdoor wedding with mountains in the backdrop. I was dissappointed to find few locations in New York like the Catskills or Hudson Vally region and those that didn’t cost a crazy amount. I ran into a a few pictures of Mt.Hood weddings and now AM IN LOVE. It’s exactly what I pictured. Problem is, that it’s far and I never wanted a destination wedding, but am willing to do the travel because of the beauty AND if it means that i can spend less. For some reason, I thought it may be cheaper to get married out there than in NYC, but I may be wrong.
I love Mt.Hood Organic Farms, Mt.Hood B&B, Gorge Crest, and The Resort is quite nice. I have requested pricing on some of these locations and it seems like a decent amount until you start to add the caterers, bartenders for locations that dont have them, ect. It’s hard to get an idea of how much it may actually cost. A wedding in NYC (like anywhere I guess) can easily begin at $30,000 and I had been hoping to max at $20-25. How unrealistic are my expectaions? Is anyone here getting married in these locations or know someone who has and is willign to share their budget? Any help will be appreciated!
Post # 3
We shot a wedding at Mt. Hood’s Timberline Lodge. It was beautiful. I know mthe bride did alot of her own decorations and flowers. The lodge has a bar. I am not completely sure as to the amount she spent total, but I know lots of ideas how to save. Like getting cupcakes instaed of a huge tiered cake, ect.
Please check out my portfolio to see some images from her wedding. The first one is right out the door at the Lodge.
Good luck and feel free to contact me with any questions.
-Heather Rene’ Studios
Post # 4
I live in Westchester but grew up in Portland, and got married there. It is SO MUCH CHEAPER to get married in Oregon. We got married for about $36K, but that’s just because we could afford it. We definitely could have done 20-25 easily if we wanted.
If you want to get married long distance and don’t know where to start, I would look into spending some money on a wedding planner. My planner was Mandi Wiley at Champagne. She was GREAT and I used most of her vendor recommendations and everyone was awesome.
Post # 5
The Resort at the Mountain is great. We have shot a few weddings their and I know they have an All Inclusive package that includes all vendors. It’s great for out of town couples looking for a destination wedding.
Post # 6
I agree, Oregon ROCKS. I would recommend that you look into Timberline as well as venues in Hood River. It is absolutely gorgeous out there in the Gorge.
Post # 7
I agree with the Columbia River Gorge – let me know if you need help with venue suggestions. http://www.bridalhood.blogspot.com