Winter Weddings In Oregon

And Why We Love Them!

Bright red leaves of late fall fade into the crisp air and misty skies of winter, then slowly and finally, fresh blooms of spring all at once! December, January, February, and March comprise the most enchanting season for Oregon weather and nature. We have mild temperatures, an abundance of lush evergreen trees, the magic of occasional snow, and Oregon’s signature misting rain. There’s ambiance everywhere you look — making it ideal for magically romantic weddings!

Summer may be peak wedding season, but I’m here to tell you why winter is a hidden gem! Here are 8 reasons couples say YES to a winter wedding in the PNW!


1. Winter Wedding Décor

Winter wedding themes create warm and inviting spaces. Think rich fabrics, cozy accents, glittering metallics, and seasonal foliage! [classic warm winter collage- not holiday specific]


2. Mild Weather!

Skip the humidity and sweltering heat by opting for a winter wonderland wedding. Trust us: Your hair and makeup will thank you.


3. Holiday Vibes

The holidays are a perfect time for getting the entire family together, so bringing everyone close to witness your nuptials is like the perfect Christmas present. Decor trends for holiday weddings are cozy and romantic. Think holiday music, Christmas trees, pine garlands, and flickering candles.


4. The Accessory Options Are Endless!

Winter wedding accessories can seriously amplify your bridal look and offer a fun way to showcase personal style on the big day. Channel your inner Grecian goddess with a gold hair comb or a seasonal hair wreath that’s worthy of any bohemian bride. Shine bright in a sequin cape, or consider adding a faux fur stole.


5. Winter Wedding Celebrations Feel Fresh And Unique.

Getting married ‘off-season’ automatically makes your celebration feel distinctive. Guests will have attended fewer recent weddings and may have more flexibility to take time off work and travel during the winter.


6. Hot Chocolate & Freshly Made Doughnuts.

The cozy season lends itself to extra richness. Lean in with fun treats like espresso & hot chocolate service, freshly made doughnuts, or decadently decorated cakes at the reception.


7. Breathtaking Photo Ops.

Winter backdrops are distinctive: striking blue skies, saturated evergreen hillsides, hibernating trees, rushing streams, and an added dash of unpredictability. There could be raindrops, mist, or snowflakes, but there definitely will be magic


8. Venue rentals and overall wedding costs are lower

Since it’s a slower season, your spending plan will go further to cover those special extras!


Can you picture it? We love hosting winter weddings at Abernethy Center with luxurious indoor venues, lush evergreen gardens for scenic wedding photos, and exceptional catering prepared by our in-house culinary team. 

Current Promo! Celebrate the season with our Year-End Special! 30% off new 2023 wedding venue rentals and 15% off new 2024 wedding venue rentals when you book before the end of 2022! *New bookings only *Elopement packages not included *Catering minimums apply

About the author:

Sara O’Brien has been with Abernethy Center since 2017. She brings playful optimism and bottomless love of wedding celebrations to her role as Social Media Manager. Sara is a PNW native and nature lover who is passionate about spreading joy through honoring life’s big [and little] moments.

Smooch is the official blog of Abernethy Center, Oregon’s premier indoor and outdoor wedding venue.  Abernethy Center is truly one of a kind! A full-service wedding and reception venue just on the outskirts of Portland in the heart of historical Oregon City. Our property features two distinct gardens, a gorgeous chapel and a classic, elegant Grand ballroom spread out over 9 acres. With nearly twenty years in business, an expert culinary team, and a tremendous staff experienced in providing exceptional service, we have everything for the perfect, uniquely yours Oregon wedding.

Abigail’s Garden —– Veiled Garden—–Abernethy Chapel—–Grand Ballroom