Weddings in Maine are very special. The beauty of Southern Maine coast provide a romantic back drop to a wedding celebration. Of course finding the best places to get married in Southern Maine can be a challenge. The crowds flood the coast in summer and those ocean views can get expensive for some budgets. Still, lines for lobster rolls and site fees are no reason to shy away from Southern Maine for your special day!
Best Places to Get Married in Southern Maine
Time to make your wedding dream come true. These are some tips on how to find the best place to get married in Southern Maine and why for a Maine Wedding, there’s no place better than Ogunquit.
Wedding Venue Want: Water
Ocean view ceremonies can bring big price tags. Have no fear, there are options.
If the sea is calling for your Maine wedding but your budget is crying, consider such options as the Ellis Park Short Sands Gazebo and Hope Hobbs Gazebo for your ceremony. All have the ability to see the water, allowing for the ocean to be the back drop to you ‘I do’s’. Just remember the Gazebo options are town parks and come with curious onlookers and well-wishers. Which it can be fun to have complete strangers clapping and cheering for you. However, the tradeoff is that these venues offer spectacular ocean access for sometimes just a few hundred dollars and a little time with administrative forms.
Wedding Venue Want: Woods
Sure the smell of Maine Pine is romantic, but you don’t want to chop a clearing to gather.
If the romantic Maine woods sounds perfect but you don’t want to head too far north, consider such options as Clay Hill Farm and Josias River Farm (yes, both have the barn). With the option to enjoy the fairy gardens and nature paths balanced with lawn and cuisine, Clay Hill Farm offers Maine woods, high heel friendly. And if you’d rather a more remote, quaint barn feel, Josias River Farm is warm and friendly – including cute mini goats.
Wedding Venue Want: Cuisine
Yeah, sure there’s Maine lobster. However, you were really hoping to skip the bib.
If the lure of a wedding in Maine is lobster, but you have visions of Aunt Sue covered in butter, have no fear. Us Mainers have cleaned up the lobster experience a bit. From lobster brioche to chilled lobster bisque, this crusty crustacean can roll (haha) into any menu. However, there’s more to Maine cuisine. With fresh farm to table food, craft beer, local wineries, you can personalize your menu and impress your taste buds. Harvest and Plate Catering in Ogunquit is a wonderful option with Chef Trip.
Wedding Venue Want: Music
Let’s get this party started on the dance floor.
If your first stop after saying I do involves a beat and a dancing partner, Southern Maine has a spot on the dance floor for you. Jonathan’s is home to an outstanding concert series and that means serious sound for your wedding day. And if your wedding music plans make you think ‘I’m going to need a bigger dance floor’ than the Red Barn at Outlook Farm has the elbow and boogie room you want for your wedding.
Finally, you need a hotel that is open and central to your Southern Maine wedding venue with easy access to a well maintained road. And you want to give your guests a place to be cozy and comfortable so you can convince your family, your friends – whoever you have in mind for this Maine celebration – to travel to Vacationland.
Meadowmere is close to all the venues mentioned and allows for direct access to Route 1. The hotel also is easily accessible for bus, limo and trolley transportation. Finally, your guests have three airports, Amtrak, coach bus and car as options to reach Ogunquit. Wedding services and blocks in Southern Maine are available year round.