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The Elysian Ballroom

Portland , OR
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LOCATION

918 Southwest Yamhill, 5th Floor
Portland, OR 97205 US (map)

PHONE

503-705-6308

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ABOUT US

This historic ballroom is the resplendent architectural centerpiece of the history Pythian building in downtown Portland.

Our Gorgeous ladies and mens suites will be the... Read more
This historic ballroom is the resplendent architectural centerpiece of the history Pythian building in downtown Portland.

Our Gorgeous ladies and mens suites will be the perfect place to have a glass of champagne and celebrate with your bridal party before the ceremony begins.

Imagine your walk down the aisle in our turn of the century Italian Renaissance Ballroom, gorgeously lit with the original gold chandeliers highlighting a cathedral-style ceiling and a grand curtained stage as the backdrop for your ceremony.

After the ceremony, the guests will make their way to our beautifully appointed cocktail lounge for drinks and appetizers while your ballroom is re-set for your dream wedding reception with dinner and dancing.

Our in house catering and DJ staff will assist you with detailing out all the important details of your big day.

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1907
When was your venue last renovated?
2012
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Glamorous
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
350
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
1
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
5200
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
32
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Offered in-house
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Linens
Offered in-house
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

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Chelsea Brown
Wedding:
1/17/2015
5.0/5.0
Our wedding this past weekend was nothing short of amazing, and we owe it all to Mike, the owner of the Elysian. He went above and beyond to make our wedding perfect and stress-free. All of our guests LOVED the beautiful ballroom and how elegant yet comfortable it felt to be in there. The flip of the ceremony to the reception was quick and every detail was spot-on. Mike did all of the food, drinks, flowers, and centerpieces, making wedding planning a breeze. The food was amazing (and we even managed to eat a little), the service was great, and our every need was attended to. Mike's years of experience in the wedding business clearly show, because he makes your wedding day perfect and takes care of everything, so you can truly enjoy the day as the bride and groom!
Our wedding this past weekend was nothing short of amazing, and we owe it all to Mike, the owner of the Elysian. He went Read more...
Our wedding this past weekend was nothing short of amazing, and we owe it all to Mike, the owner of the Elysian. He went above and beyond to make our wedding perfect and stress-free. All of our guests LOVED the beautiful ballroom and how elegant yet comfortable it felt to be in there. The flip of the ceremony to the reception was quick and every detail was spot-on. Mike did all of the food, drinks, flowers, and centerpieces, making wedding planning a breeze. The food was amazing (and we even managed to eat a little), the service was great, and our every need was attended to. Mike's years of experience in the wedding business clearly show, because he makes your wedding day perfect and takes care of everything, so you can truly enjoy the day as the bride and groom! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
The best money we spent during our wedding planning process was hiring Mike via renting the Elysian Ballroom. Not only is the ballroom an incredibly unique and beautiful space that lends itself well to an elegant wedding, but Mike is amazing to work with. We opted to use him for our decor and flowers for both the ceremony (located at our church) and the reception. For me, this was a life-saver because as a full-time nursing student in ROTC I did not have the time during my 4 month long engagement to meet with a variety of vendors and maintain control over all the details. When we would meet with Mike, we would cover all necessary details for all parts of the wedding in that one meeting. Furthermore, I would give him my general vision and he knew exactly how to make it come to life in accordance with his expertise and what resources he had. The best part was that he always did this within or under the budget we set.

Every single person who was at our wedding remarked on two things specifically: how beautiful the two locations were and how good the food was. The church was decorated beautifully in a candlelit, winter wonderland-esque style and the reception reflected the same feeling. The food was delicious and there was more than enough. One thing I should also note is that we opted not to have dancing, but rather use the stage as extra seating. With Mike's flexibility, we were able to have about 235 people at the wedding and it while it was full, it was not uncomfortable at all. We also opted to use DJ Jerry Becker, who has worked at the Ballroom for years. We were very impressed with him and highly recommend his services, as he knows the best way to make your event flow perfectly at the Elysian.

I can't say enough good things about Mike and his work. He is a true professional and someone I would recommend in a heartbeat!
The best money we spent during our wedding planning process was hiring Mike via renting the Elysian Ballroom. Not only is Read more...
The best money we spent during our wedding planning process was hiring Mike via renting the Elysian Ballroom. Not only is the ballroom an incredibly unique and beautiful space that lends itself well to an elegant wedding, but Mike is amazing to work with. We opted to use him for our decor and flowers for both the ceremony (located at our church) and the reception. For me, this was a life-saver because as a full-time nursing student in ROTC I did not have the time during my 4 month long engagement to meet with a variety of vendors and maintain control over all the details. When we would meet with Mike, we would cover all necessary details for all parts of the wedding in that one meeting. Furthermore, I would give him my general vision and he knew exactly how to make it come to life in accordance with his expertise and what resources he had. The best part was that he always did this within or under the budget we set.

Every single person who was at our wedding remarked on two things specifically: how beautiful the two locations were and how good the food was. The church was decorated beautifully in a candlelit, winter wonderland-esque style and the reception reflected the same feeling. The food was delicious and there was more than enough. One thing I should also note is that we opted not to have dancing, but rather use the stage as extra seating. With Mike's flexibility, we were able to have about 235 people at the wedding and it while it was full, it was not uncomfortable at all. We also opted to use DJ Jerry Becker, who has worked at the Ballroom for years. We were very impressed with him and highly recommend his services, as he knows the best way to make your event flow perfectly at the Elysian.

I can't say enough good things about Mike and his work. He is a true professional and someone I would recommend in a heartbeat! Read less
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Samantha
Wedding:
10/26/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband and I fell in love with the Elysian Ballroom the minute we walked into it. Mike has worked hard to retain the grandeur of the space while adding some well thought out touches and details. He was amazingly easy to work with throughout the entire process. While Mike has several preferred vendors he did not push us towards them and instead was very flexible about working with the vendors we selected. Throughout the entire planning process Mike was great! He guided us on everything from the structure of the ceremony through planning tables and seating. We very much appreciated that Mike was open and up front with pricing and the value was fantastic!

On our wedding day the Elysian Ballroom was more beautiful than I imagined. Mike and his team put on an amazing party. We had about 75 guests at our wedding and it was great. The space felt intimate but not crowded and everyone told us they had a great time. Everyone from the greeting at the door to the bar tenders to the team that helped us pack up everything at the end of the night were amazing. Friendly, professional, and seamless. Above all, Mike and his team took great care of my husband and I throughout the day. They made sure we had food to snack on and that our drinks were as full as we wanted them to be. Our wedding was beautiful, intimate, fun, and elegant - everything we wanted and Mike, the ballroom, and his team were a huge part of making the day so special.
My husband and I fell in love with the Elysian Ballroom the minute we walked into it. Mike has worked hard to retain the Read more...
My husband and I fell in love with the Elysian Ballroom the minute we walked into it. Mike has worked hard to retain the grandeur of the space while adding some well thought out touches and details. He was amazingly easy to work with throughout the entire process. While Mike has several preferred vendors he did not push us towards them and instead was very flexible about working with the vendors we selected. Throughout the entire planning process Mike was great! He guided us on everything from the structure of the ceremony through planning tables and seating. We very much appreciated that Mike was open and up front with pricing and the value was fantastic!

On our wedding day the Elysian Ballroom was more beautiful than I imagined. Mike and his team put on an amazing party. We had about 75 guests at our wedding and it was great. The space felt intimate but not crowded and everyone told us they had a great time. Everyone from the greeting at the door to the bar tenders to the team that helped us pack up everything at the end of the night were amazing. Friendly, professional, and seamless. Above all, Mike and his team took great care of my husband and I throughout the day. They made sure we had food to snack on and that our drinks were as full as we wanted them to be. Our wedding was beautiful, intimate, fun, and elegant - everything we wanted and Mike, the ballroom, and his team were a huge part of making the day so special. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We could not have picked a better venue!!! At first glance the ballroom is beautiful, elegant and intimate. Then we met Mike the owner and realized we would get all his expertise and knowledge of wedding planning to go along with the venue and it was like we hit the wedding jackpot!! Mike also has another company (An Affair to Remember) that does all the flowers, decorations and catering, which just added to the ease of the process. Pretty much anything you could want or need for a wedding can be found in his enormous warehouse which is helpful when you aren't sure exactly what you're looking for in table and isle decorations. The food was also incredible and the wait staff was superb and took great care of our guests. Mike also offers a tasting of the food (in the ballroom) prior to the wedding to taste the incredible food and also see your table linens and table setting.

Mike patiently worked with us through all our questions and countless meetings and emails and helped us create the most beautiful and elegant wedding and reception - it was a dream! Our wedding had a lot of moving parts and last minute changes and through it all, Mike was calm and collected and helped us navigate our way through the entire process seamlessly. I would highly recommend Mike and the Elysian Ballroom to anyone looking to get married in downtown Portland. Or hire Mike on his own as your wedding planner - he is the absolute best available and will make anything possible for your wedding day. We cannot say enough good things about Mike and truly appreciate all his help and advice. Our wedding day was so magical and it was only possible because of Mike! -The Prasad's
We could not have picked a better venue!!! At first glance the ballroom is beautiful, elegant and intimate. Then we met Read more...
We could not have picked a better venue!!! At first glance the ballroom is beautiful, elegant and intimate. Then we met Mike the owner and realized we would get all his expertise and knowledge of wedding planning to go along with the venue and it was like we hit the wedding jackpot!! Mike also has another company (An Affair to Remember) that does all the flowers, decorations and catering, which just added to the ease of the process. Pretty much anything you could want or need for a wedding can be found in his enormous warehouse which is helpful when you aren't sure exactly what you're looking for in table and isle decorations. The food was also incredible and the wait staff was superb and took great care of our guests. Mike also offers a tasting of the food (in the ballroom) prior to the wedding to taste the incredible food and also see your table linens and table setting.

Mike patiently worked with us through all our questions and countless meetings and emails and helped us create the most beautiful and elegant wedding and reception - it was a dream! Our wedding had a lot of moving parts and last minute changes and through it all, Mike was calm and collected and helped us navigate our way through the entire process seamlessly. I would highly recommend Mike and the Elysian Ballroom to anyone looking to get married in downtown Portland. Or hire Mike on his own as your wedding planner - he is the absolute best available and will make anything possible for your wedding day. We cannot say enough good things about Mike and truly appreciate all his help and advice. Our wedding day was so magical and it was only possible because of Mike! -The Prasad's Read less
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elina
Wedding:
6/14/2014
5.0/5.0
Everyone loved our venue, it has a romantic, elegant with just enough extravagance without going over the top. Mike definitely knows weddings & it shows in his venue. One thing that I wish they had was a room to get ready in: there is a room where you can get dressed but not for hair & makeup BUT that’s a minor thing. The venue is so gorgeous that you don’t need much decoration,which saves a lot of money. Everything comes with it so that helped us a lot since we were planning our wedding from the East Coast. The food was amazing, we had one bite of everything before we were whisked away but all the guests loved it. The steak was not overcooked or undercooked, perfectly done. He also helped us along through the process as well which we really appreciated. Mike is a wedding planner himself (if we would have known this ahead of time, we would have definitely hired him as a wedding planner) and knows what looks best in his venue. If the photographer knows how to work with the lighting the pictures will turn out beautifully. I just loved that everything was already set up so you didn’t have to stress about the little details, he definitely made it easy for the bride & groom to work with.
Everyone loved our venue, it has a romantic, elegant with just enough extravagance without going over the top. Mike Read more...
Everyone loved our venue, it has a romantic, elegant with just enough extravagance without going over the top. Mike definitely knows weddings & it shows in his venue. One thing that I wish they had was a room to get ready in: there is a room where you can get dressed but not for hair & makeup BUT that’s a minor thing. The venue is so gorgeous that you don’t need much decoration,which saves a lot of money. Everything comes with it so that helped us a lot since we were planning our wedding from the East Coast. The food was amazing, we had one bite of everything before we were whisked away but all the guests loved it. The steak was not overcooked or undercooked, perfectly done. He also helped us along through the process as well which we really appreciated. Mike is a wedding planner himself (if we would have known this ahead of time, we would have definitely hired him as a wedding planner) and knows what looks best in his venue. If the photographer knows how to work with the lighting the pictures will turn out beautifully. I just loved that everything was already set up so you didn’t have to stress about the little details, he definitely made it easy for the bride & groom to work with. Read less
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Tracy
Wedding:
5/17/2014
5.0/5.0
The Elysian ballroom was fantastic! The ballroom is classic, elegant and breathtaking the moment you walk into the room. Mike (the owner of the ballroom) is amazing. He is flexible and worked with my husband and I to create our perfect wedding. He worked with our different cultures and personalized it to our needs. Words really can't describe how wonderful he is.

The in-house catering was absolutely delicious. I had guests come to me afterwards to let me know that it was the best wedding food they've ever had. I really couldn't have asked for anything more.
The Elysian ballroom was fantastic! The ballroom is classic, elegant and breathtaking the moment you walk into the room. Read more...
The Elysian ballroom was fantastic! The ballroom is classic, elegant and breathtaking the moment you walk into the room. Mike (the owner of the ballroom) is amazing. He is flexible and worked with my husband and I to create our perfect wedding. He worked with our different cultures and personalized it to our needs. Words really can't describe how wonderful he is.

The in-house catering was absolutely delicious. I had guests come to me afterwards to let me know that it was the best wedding food they've ever had. I really couldn't have asked for anything more. Read less
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Natalie
Wedding:
3/28/2014
5.0/5.0
I cannot speak highly enough of Mike Piper and the Elysian Ballroom. He was so helpful during the entire planning process. This venue is hands down the most beautiful venue in Portland. All of my guests commented on how beautiful the venue was, and all of the younger guests said they want to get married at the Elysian! The staff here are so kind and helpful as well. The food is amazing! We had a bunch of foodies at our wedding and they all raved about the steak with the mushroom glaze. They were so fast at flipping the ballroom from the ceremony to the reception.
Thanks to the Elysian Ballroom and Mike Piper I had the wedding of my dreams.
I cannot speak highly enough of Mike Piper and the Elysian Ballroom. He was so helpful during the entire planning process. Read more...
I cannot speak highly enough of Mike Piper and the Elysian Ballroom. He was so helpful during the entire planning process. This venue is hands down the most beautiful venue in Portland. All of my guests commented on how beautiful the venue was, and all of the younger guests said they want to get married at the Elysian! The staff here are so kind and helpful as well. The food is amazing! We had a bunch of foodies at our wedding and they all raved about the steak with the mushroom glaze. They were so fast at flipping the ballroom from the ceremony to the reception.
Thanks to the Elysian Ballroom and Mike Piper I had the wedding of my dreams. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We just got married at the Elysian Ballroom a couple of weeks ago and it exceeded our expectations! Mike (the owner) took care of everything and his staff was so professional. The price was very affordable and Mike was even able to work with our budget to create all of the centerpieces at the ballroom. On our wedding day, it poured rain and we had to take all of our pictures inside during our cocktail hour. Mike brought us appetizers and kept everything running smoothly so we did not have to worry. We also chose to hire the ballroom's in house DJ and he was awesome! He doubled as the MC and kept everything on schedule and kept our guests dancing all night. We received so many compliments about how beautiful the ballroom was (you really have to see it in person!) and how much fun everyone had. Amazing venue for a wedding!!
We just got married at the Elysian Ballroom a couple of weeks ago and it exceeded our expectations! Mike (the owner) took Read more...
We just got married at the Elysian Ballroom a couple of weeks ago and it exceeded our expectations! Mike (the owner) took care of everything and his staff was so professional. The price was very affordable and Mike was even able to work with our budget to create all of the centerpieces at the ballroom. On our wedding day, it poured rain and we had to take all of our pictures inside during our cocktail hour. Mike brought us appetizers and kept everything running smoothly so we did not have to worry. We also chose to hire the ballroom's in house DJ and he was awesome! He doubled as the MC and kept everything on schedule and kept our guests dancing all night. We received so many compliments about how beautiful the ballroom was (you really have to see it in person!) and how much fun everyone had. Amazing venue for a wedding!! Read less
Services Used: Catering, DJ, Flowers, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Living in downtown Portland made this the perfect place to have our ceremony/reception. Mike Piper (the owner) was so gracious and giving. You can tell that he really loves the ballroom building and having events there. The place was big enough for just over 140 people and everything went smoothly and everyone had a great time.
Our family loved the charm of the space and the antique furnishings and chandeliers. The sound system was great and stage lighting is also available. They were very accommodating for the vendors delivering linens, pipe and drape. There is a staff person, including Mike himself, on site during the whole event, who was very helpful .

If you're not trying to impress everybody by being the fanciest gig in town, and prefer old-school charm over overpriced "luxury", then the Elysian is the perfect venue for your next big event.
Living in downtown Portland made this the perfect place to have our ceremony/reception. Mike Piper (the owner) was so Read more...
Living in downtown Portland made this the perfect place to have our ceremony/reception. Mike Piper (the owner) was so gracious and giving. You can tell that he really loves the ballroom building and having events there. The place was big enough for just over 140 people and everything went smoothly and everyone had a great time.
Our family loved the charm of the space and the antique furnishings and chandeliers. The sound system was great and stage lighting is also available. They were very accommodating for the vendors delivering linens, pipe and drape. There is a staff person, including Mike himself, on site during the whole event, who was very helpful .

If you're not trying to impress everybody by being the fanciest gig in town, and prefer old-school charm over overpriced "luxury", then the Elysian is the perfect venue for your next big event. Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Wedding Planning, Travel, Wedding Venue
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Julia
Wedding:
6/9/2013
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding this past weekend, and couldn't be happier with Mike and his staff at the Elysian Ballroom. From the beginning, Mike was prompt in responding to our queries, and was always happy to explain things that needed clarification. The price we paid was very reasonable. The night went smoothly, without a hitch, and Mike walked us through each step. The venue is beautiful (you have to see it to believe it), and makes for great wedding photos. Many of our guests commented on how nice the venue was. We selected an open bar, and service was fast with good variety. The cocktail reception area is a great size and good for mingling. The ballroom was very well decorated and our wedding album will look spectacular. The food was great (although as bride and groom we didn't have the chance to eat much) and our guests were more than well fed. All in all a fantastic evening, thanks largely to the wonderful venue.
We had our wedding this past weekend, and couldn't be happier with Mike and his staff at the Elysian Ballroom. From the Read more...
We had our wedding this past weekend, and couldn't be happier with Mike and his staff at the Elysian Ballroom. From the beginning, Mike was prompt in responding to our queries, and was always happy to explain things that needed clarification. The price we paid was very reasonable. The night went smoothly, without a hitch, and Mike walked us through each step. The venue is beautiful (you have to see it to believe it), and makes for great wedding photos. Many of our guests commented on how nice the venue was. We selected an open bar, and service was fast with good variety. The cocktail reception area is a great size and good for mingling. The ballroom was very well decorated and our wedding album will look spectacular. The food was great (although as bride and groom we didn't have the chance to eat much) and our guests were more than well fed. All in all a fantastic evening, thanks largely to the wonderful venue. Read less
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