Lakeside Gardens

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sweetpeasinbloom
Portland1 contribution
The grounds are beautiful and perfect for an outdoor summer wedding , but as another commented you will feel extremely rushed. Your guests will not be welcome if they show up more than 10 minutes before the ceremony. We had several family members from all over the country who haven't seen each other in ages so people started to trickle in about 45 minutes early and WOW what a commotion the wedding planner created. It was no big deal, we were the only party there that day. Also the bride and groom did not get to just enjoy the day - they were rushed around from ceremony to pictures to food to tables and then out the door. One positive note is that the food is delicious. Way better than you would expect for a catered on site venue.
Written August 6, 2010
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STTL_WKND_TRVLR
Seattle, WA1 contribution
When searching for our wedding location and reading page after page about this wedding place and that, all of our hearts settled when we visited Lakeside Gardens.

Tip #1: GO THERE! I dare you. See if your heart will not be swooned by it's glorious landscape, the lovely wedding consultants and even the picturesquely perfect swans under the footbridge.

After working with Chris, our wedding consultant, I have no doubt our wedding day will be flawless. Not only is she fantastic as a planner, but she has creative ideas and perspectives nobody ever brought to the table before. Meet with her briefly and your heart will be at rest in this ever-busy and stressful time.

Tip #2: This place is hassle free - almost all-inclusive. They provide linens, servers and serving utensils, dance floor, speaker system for ceremony, piano, chairs, food, drink, recommendations for any outside vendors, creative tips to make your day special, and most of all, they are looking out for the bride and groom's best intrerest. WOW! What a surprise.

Tip #3: consider chair covers. Although a splurge (ours was a VERY tight budget of $10,000), look at pictures of receptions at Lakeside with chaircovers. Their chairs arae fine if you are into teal, but if not, the covers are fantastic!

Tip #4: all things at the ceremony are WHITE WHITE. The chairs are bright white, the unity table is bright white, the gazebo is bright white and so is the entrance pagoda. I have an ivory dress and that is the only thing I am nervous about. But I will be draping tulle like there's no tomorrow, so it will be okay.

Other than that, Lakeside is fabulous. I am planning my wedding from Seattle, and to have such a fantastic venue makes my life so much easier!
Written June 20, 2006
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Jon T
Portland, OR36 contributions
Business
I officiated a wedding here last week. The facility is beautiful and the staff is wonderful. We did the wedding inside due to the weather and the time of day of early evening. Highly recommend this venue.
Written November 6, 2018
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honeygirlPortland
Portland1 contribution
As parents of the bride we wouldn't recommend Lakeside Gardens without first warning people about Julie (the wedding coordinator). The place is clean & gorgeous. The food good, but don't turn Julie loose on your wedding day without first designating someone for her to ask if there's a question.

The wedding was set for 2:30 and people were still arriving at 2:25. Yet Julie told our DJ to wrap up the background music. She then turned to the bride's aunt (my sister) and told her to immediately start her piano medley. More guests continued arriving but when our DJ pointed it out, Julie replied with the tone and the assurance of a drill sergeant, "The wedding WILL start at 2:30." SHE WAS NOT NICE, and when trying to reason with her, she interrupted with, "I'll take care of it".

Julie took care of it alright. She sent someone out to the parking lot to divert guests from the main entrance. Instead they were forced to come through a side door and wander down a narrow hallway where the wedding party was lined up. One guest tripped and nearly fell trying to avoid stepping on the bride's wedding dress.

We were the ONLY event scheduled for that day at Lakeside Gardens. In fact we'd purchased an extra hour of time just in case. THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO NEED to start the wedding precisely at 2:30 and Julie knew it. No need to humiliate our guests. And sadly, some names never made it on the guest book because of the "detour",

Julie should have asked either the bride or her parents what they wanted to do. Instead she rushed us. As soon as she cut off the background music my sister immediately started playing the piano as ordered. BUT THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN A MOMENT OF SILENCE FIRST, or a small chime or something to signal that the wedding was about to begin. Instead…the piano medley began while people continued filing in through the back door. The chapel was abuzz with talking that continued through the entire performance. Then, as if that wasn't enough…Julie came up (WHILE SHE WAS PLAYING) to whisper more instructions.

After the reception, as a few guests remained talking and enjoying the moment Julie announced that if we hurry to get out of there, we'd get a refund of the extra time we had paid for. A groomsman commented on having to rush and Julie's snappish reply was "Well, that's what happens when people stay late". Personally I found Julie rude and insulting--a far cry from the pleasant person she was before they got our money. OUR WEDDING WAS RUSHED ALONG for no good reason.
Written March 8, 2009
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Jeff G
Vancouver, WA100 contributions
Friends
I just Officiated a Wedding for my Neice and was very impressed with the venue, the staff, and the entire package. Angie, the coordinator was extremely effective, friendly, and helpful. The grounds are beautiful and the set up works very well for a gathering. The food was comapable to any fine resaurant and the service was excellent. While I did not have visibility to the cost breakdown, I can say what was delivered was Top Notch. I will be returning in September and look forward to working with Angie and the staff once again.
Written July 16, 2017
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Heather D
Tigard, OR4 contributions
Friends
I attended a function last night at Lakeside Gardens. Due to severe dietary restrictions, a month in advance we arranged for a plain baked potato (rather than stuffed) and plain green beans (no dairy sauce) for my meal at the event. We were assured it would be no problem. When I attended last night, the manager said they had no record of the request. She was unapologetic, and made no effort to provide any accommodation. There was nothing on their banquet menu that I could eat. If you care about any attendants with dietary restrictions, I would highly recommend against holding your event at Lakeside Gardens.
Written October 28, 2013
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Dkkclack
South Beach, OR15 contributions
Couples
We attended a wedding over the fourth of July weekend and it was AMAZING! The outdoor lighting was beautiful and the staff was very attentive and kind. I would recommend this place every time!
Written September 13, 2011
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pjc12345
Merritt Island, FL28 contributions
Family
Had a cousin get married here. Grounds are fantastic. Food was great. People very nice to work with.
Written July 1, 2019
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janalynnolsen
Gresham, OR12 contributions
Couples
Best venue ever!! Beautiful lake, amazing food and everything is handled!! Great venue for a reasonable price and well worth it for the grounds. Breathtaking!
Written September 2, 2018
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David H
Union City, CA8,054 contributions
Family
Accompanying my mom flying from Taiwan to San Francisco and the drove all the way up to Portland to Attend Michael’s wedding at Lakeside Gardens. Apparently, the Lakeside Gardens is quite well known and popular for locals to have weddings or other celebrations and parties. The Gardens is beautiful with tree, flowers, ponds and some swans to make it quite romantic for weddings. Banquets, wedding ceremonies, and dancing parties and all held at different spots which are adjacent and very convenient. My mom, first ever, attending a Western style wedding, is surprised to gain a lot of life experience regarding the wedding. More importantly, she was very pleased and enjoyed every single happy moment of another chapter of her life (She flew first class to attend her grandson’s wedding in the US)..
Written December 26, 2017
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