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Wedding Planning in Hillsboro: Local Venues with Affordable Elegance

Post Date:02/19/2019

The Apeland Wedding Reception in full swing at the Walters. Photo by Stephanie Adams-SantosYour wedding is the start of a new chapter of your life together. Congratulations on your engagement!

You’ve worked out your budget and figured out your preliminary guest count. Now it’s time to choose a venue for the special day. Did you know that the City of Hillsboro offers several wonderful venues — often at a lower cost than commercial spaces — to host your big day?

Our favorite: The Walters

The Walters Cultural Arts Center is a versatile venue that can accommodate both intimate and grand weddings for up to 200 guests. Located in the heart of historic Downtown Hillsboro, the stunning and gorgeous setting offers timeless beauty. It can host indoor and outdoor ceremonies and receptions, depending on your preference.

The former church, built in 1949, features classic red-stone architecture outside. Inside, you'll find stained glass and high ceilings with woodwork ceiling arches. The space will infuse your wedding with the spirit of creativity and culture. Plus, there is a concert-quality sound system and a fine art gallery. Or you can move outside to the lawn and outdoor terraces.

Choose from a variety of amenable and affordable options for your big day. The Theatre Event Package suits groups of up to 200 guests. It includes 6 hours of rental time and use of the Walters Theatre, Kitchen, Lobby, and Outdoor Terraces. The Gallery Event Package suits groups of up to 50 people. It includes 4 hours of rental time and use of the Walters Gallery and Kitchen.

Venue: The Walters Cultural Arts Center
Location: Downtown Hillsboro’s Main Street
Key Features: Former church with beautiful architecture, concert-quality sound system, fine art gallery, lawn area, and outdoor terraces. Watch a video on YouTube.
Capacity: Holds up to 200 guests inside, plus outdoor space
Rental Info and Rates:

Don’t just take our word for it about The Walters. Hear from two women as they describe their experiences.

“Our day was amazing and everybody loved the location. It’s so beautiful, it really doesn’t need a lot of decorations. The staff was easy to work with — they were friendly, flexible, and followed through when they said they would do something. I would certainly recommend this venue for your special event. ”

— Sheila Adams, bride 

“I always dreamed of having my daughter’s wedding or reception at Walters Cultural Arts Center. I was thrilled when she and her fiancé chose it for both. The unexpected bonus was the staff, who went above and beyond in helping me to execute the bride’s dream wedding.”

— Lisa Battrick, mother of the bride

Schedule a site visit to see The Walters Cultural Arts Center for yourself and meet the staff by emailing Katrina Hill or calling 503-615-3485.

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