Oaks Pioneer Church Policies


The following church policies are in place to ensure that our guests and theirs, have a wonderful experience at the church. Your satisfaction and positive experience is our number one priority. Additionally, some of our policies are designed to preserve and protect our historic structure and grounds. If you have any questions or would like us to consider special accommodations or circumstances, please just ask. We’ll do our best to make your event perfect for you.

RESERVED TIME PERIOD: It is essential that each guest adhere by the time reserved, as stated in your contract. Other events may be scheduled immediately before or after your time. Please do not arrive early (or you may have to wait); likewise, please plan your ceremony time, photography, etc. so that your departure is in a timely manner. Scheduling adequate time for your ceremony, photography, set-up and take down will help ensure a smooth event.

FACILITIES DIRECTOR ON DUTY DURING YOUR WEDDING: The City of Portland Parks Bureau requires the presence of building security when the church is occupied. This employee (Host/Hostess) is not a wedding assistant but someone to help familiarize the wedding party with the facilities of the church – emergency equipment, light switches, umbrellas, etc. 

NUMBER OF GUESTS: By order of the Fire Marshall, City of Portland, a MAXIMUM of seventy-five (75) guests is permitted in the church, excluding your wedding party.

FLOWERS: Delivery of flowers is allowed only during your reserved time. Flowers and/or ribbons may be placed on the altar, altar rails, window sills, desk, or attached to the pews.

DECORATIONS: The church is a canvas that you are welcome to decorate however you’d like. Decorations must not leave any holes or adhesive residue behind. If guests would like flower petals to be scattered, they must be artificial petals and removed after the event, as fresh petals can be ground into the carpeting.

RICE / BIRDSEED / CONFETTI, ETC.: These items are prohibited within or outside the building. Ask us about some great alternatives!

NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES: By order of the City of Portland Parks Bureau no alcoholic beverages are allowed within the building or on the church grounds.

NO FOOD INDOORS: We can make accommodations for those wishing to have minimal finger-type foods outdoors.

CLEAN UP: We require all guests to adopt the “Grand Canyon” policy of “What you pack in, you must pack out!” We do not have the staffing or the time between events to clean up messes. Additionally, there are no large waste receptacles on the property for trash disposal, so we ask that any large amounts of waste be removed from the property at the end of the rental period. We ask everyone to please be courteous of this and we thank you!