Maine, Perfect Wedding Locations
by Kaley Noonan for Weddings Down East

As a setting, Maine rivals California as one of the most versatile backdrops for any style of wedding. From the beaches of southern Maine to the rocky midcoast, from a serene lake, to a tiny, tucked-away chapel, from a Pirate Wedding aboard a three-masted schooner to a mountain wedding on Mount Desert Island--Maine has a location for the destination wedding you've been dreaming of.

Imagine walking down the aisle and seeing nothing but blue water, islands and sky. People from all over the country plan their Maine wedding with just this scene in mind or with one of the many other beautiful wedding options the state has to offer. We have the inside story on caterers, wedding planners, cake decorators, photographers, florists, best months for weather and what to do while you're here. But first, it all starts with the setting. In the following guide, we've assembled some of the coolest, off-the-beaten-path and most spectacular locations for your wedding. And because you are as diverse as the landscape of Maine, we've broken the listings up into two categories:

Traditional/Romantic
Indoor (Chapels, Resorts & Inns)

Nontraditional/Funky
Outdoor (Natural & Waterfront Settings)


We've organized the locations by region. You can click on the links below to view the venue website or visit the Ceremony
Locations
category in our Vendor database.

Southern Maine:
The advantages of southern Maine weddings, first and foremost, include nearby airports (1 hr to Boston, 1 hr to Manchester, 45 min to Portland) and close proximity to the other New England states. Many of the great wedding locations on the far south coast are little more than an hour from Boston. The beaches and beautiful coastline provide a backdrop that is dramatically different from Southern New England weddings.

York
Outdoor (Natural & Waterfront Settings)

York Harbor Inn - Hartley-Mason Reserve
A waterfront ceremony location on the Maine Coast is a the dream of many Maine brides. The Hartley-Mason-Reserve offers a well-groomed ceremony site with a sweeping view of the ocean with access to the waters edge down a gently sloping path. This location is offered exclusively through the York Harbor Inn, which is a short walk across the road. Country Living Magazine featured the York Harbor Inn as the Inn of the Month in June 2007.

Ogunquit
Traditional/Romantic
Indoor (Chapels, Resorts & Inns)


Arrows Restaurant - http://www.arrowsrestaurant.com/
This south coast restaurant appears on Gourmet Magazine's list of the top 50 restaurants in America. Only an hour north from Boston, this 18th Century post-and-beam farm house is surrounded by acres of flowers and vegetable gardens for a simple, classic wedding. If great food is a priority then allow James Beard award winning chefs Clark Frasier and Mark Gaier to create a wedding menu inspired by the harvest from their on-site Organic farm.

Cliff House - http://www.cliffhousemaine.com
You want some pampering? How about an organic Maine blueberry body wrap for you and your bridesmaids at this world-class inn and resort. 35 miles outside of Portland, this inn offers full-service wedding packages and a reception overlooking the cliffs in the dining room or in the Coastal ballroom.

Kennebunkport

Traditional/Romantic
Indoor (Chapels, Resorts & Inns)


Nonantum Resort - http://www.nonantumresort.com
Moving up the coast to this quiet seaside village, you can get married in the Nonantum Resort's lighthouse or in the gazebo on the lawn. With more than 5,000 sq.ft. of banquet facilities, they can accommodate exclusive wedding receptions for up to 200 people indoors as well.

The Colony Hotel - http://www.thecolonyhotel.com/
Also in Kennebunkport, this stately hotel on spectacular waterfront is an elegant choice for those who want a private beach wedding or photographs in their blooming organic gardens. This environmentally responsible hotel close to a town full of attractions is best for those who prefer a quiet wedding.

Kennebunkport Inn: http://www.kennebunkportinn.com/
Perhaps you'd like a small wedding (or an intimate setting to elope) and a small inn to match. This inn offers therapeutic massage and spa services in-house and has done year-round weddings for up to 50 people. Also in-house, a pianist, an officiate and culinary team.

Prouts Neck
Traditional/Romantic
Indoor (Chapels, Resorts & Inns)


Black Point Inn - http://www.blackpointinn.com/
Approximately 10 miles out of Portland exists a classic Coastal New England countryside. Located on the tip of Prouts Neck, this inn "remains one of Maine's grandest seaside resorts" and hosts weddings inside or within a white tent on the lawn with the ocean just steps away.

Portland
Hands down, Portland is Maine's coolest city, which is technically a metropolis, but in reality, small enough to be a college-campus sized town. This area is ideal for assembling a large amount of family and friends in one central easily accessible place that offers a lot to do. There are several locations in the surrounding towns that will provide all the great While Portland has to offer your guests for accommodations, restaurants and more and several very accessible surrounding towns (and islands) providing a ceremony setting that is exactly why you choose Maine for your wedding in the first place. Check out an Island wedding on Great Diamond island or the head south from Portland to Prouts Neck for the beaches around the Black Point Inn.

Traditional/Romantic
Indoor (Chapels, Resorts & Inns)


Portland Museum of Art - http://www.portlandmuseum.org/
Imagine being surrounded by a glass sculpture gallery, or having an entire museum of sophisticated and contemporary art as the background for your ceremony. Pick your own caterer and your day will be a work of art. Call Jen Harmon to ask questions about a unique wedding at the museum or to request more information.

Falmouth
Traditional/Romantic
Indoor (Chapels, Resorts & Inns)


The Woodlands Country Club - http://www.thewoodlands.org/
This private club just ten minutes from Portland is a traditional wooded setting for the couple who would love to get in a round before the ceremony on their world-class golf course. Their on-site wedding consultants will make your day easy with menu tastings and exclusive attention from their caterers.

Great Diamond Island
Nontraditional/Funky
Outdoor (Natural & Waterfront Settings)


Diamond Cove and Diamond's Edge Restaurant -http://www.diamondsedge.com
Use the 30-minute ferry or private boat ride from Portland to enjoy the view before you descend upon this premiere island community. Lobster and clambakes are available and you can do your reception on a spacious lawn or in the Diamond's Edge restaurant, 150 yards from the Diamond Cove dock.

The East (midcoast)

A crusty local saying, "You can't eat the view" was originally based on economics. But all along the midcoast, you're going to want to gobble up the view, particularly its jutting rock and glacier-carved peninsulas. The east coast has the most concentrated number of upscale seaside inns. And though it's more of a haul from the airport (30 minutes to an hour and a half drive), the back-in-time seaside villages and resorts in this listing make it worth the extra trip.

Sebasco Estates (near Bath)
Traditional/Romantic
Indoor (Chapels, Resorts & Inns)






Sebasco Harbor Resort - www.sebasco.com/
This versatile seaside resort (featured in the lead image for this article) can go the white linen route for up to 240 guests or go casual with hor d'eouvres on the Pool lawn and a seaside rehearsal dinner. Located on 575 acres of oceanfront views, guests can stay in the lighthouse, the main lodge or private, individual cottages.

Bath, Maine
Traditional/Romantic
Indoor (Chapels, Resorts & Inns)


Grey Havens Inn-- www.greyhavens.com/
Referred to as one of the top three inns in Maine, this family-owned inn is over 100 years old but professes to be easygoing and unpretentious, a place of "lazy days and fishing poles." They can accommodate up to 135 guests for what will surely be a relaxed wedding weekend.

Boothbay
Traditional/Romantic
Indoor (Chapels, Resorts & Inns)


Spruce Point Inn Resort and Spa - http://www.sprucepointinn.com/
Contrasting this working fisherman village, this inn is great for those who want to be right on the tip of a peninsula. You can have cocktails and a raw bar right at ocean's edge. When the bride and groom leave, it doesn't have to be in a car with cans tied to it-they can sail into the sunset on a traditional sloop.

Newagen Seaside Inn www.newageninn.com/
You've got to wind around Boothbay to get down into the fingers of this coastal area, but once you get there, you'll think you've gone back in time. The inn and expansive lawn overlooking islands can accommodate up to 225 guests and caters all food and beverages. Get married on Sunset Rock or inside their floor-to-ceiling windowed dining room.



There are several other excellent waterfront locations in the midcoast area. If you would like suggestions just contact us.

Rockland
Traditional/Romantic
Indoor (Chapels, Resorts & Inns)


Samoset Resort - http://www.SamosetResort.com
The recently restored Samoset Resort is open year round on 230 oceanside acres. If you're really into golf, this 18-hole championship golf course overlooks the Rockland Breakwater and Penobscot Bay. Their on-site wedding coordinator, Gerry Hill, rates highly with Weddings Down East brides. Gerry can help you choose between a reception on the lawn or in a Grand Buffet in the Ballroom. Nearly any type of wedding is possible at the Samoset which is what makes it one of the most popular resorts in the Midcoast.

Berry Manor Inn – http://www.BerryManorInn.com Talk about cute. This place is in a wonderful location near downtown Rockland yet grounds that make you feel a world away. The ideal size for an event held at the Berry Manor Inn would range from 20 to 45 people, with overnight accommodations for up to 26 guests. If the wedding is bigger consider the Inn for your rehearsal dinner, a bridesmaid's afternoon tea, an open house beer and wine dinner for out-of-town guests arriving for the wedding weekend, or an after wedding breakfast for the newly married couple, family, and friends.

Camden
Traditional/Romantic
Indoor & Outdoor (Chapels, Resorts & Inns)


Camden Amphitheatre - Amphitheatre Information
Camden Yacht Club - Call Elaine Booker at 207-236-7033 for more information.

The Vesper Hill Children’s Chapel – (no website, Photo Gallery coming soon)
The Children's Chapel overlooks Penobscot Bay and seats 50 people but there is also room for additional guests to stand and hear the ceremony. Merryspring Nature Park oversees the reservations for the Children's Chapel. Call Merryspring Nature Park 236-2239 for more information.

Whitehall Inn - http://www.whitehall-inn.com
This is the quintessential antique inn, with a telephone switchboard system in every room rarely seen outside museums. Use The Wicker House across the street for your private party, or stay in its deluxe rooms. Accommodates smaller wedding parties of 75-125 people best.

Norumbega - http://www.norumbegainn.com/
You wanted to get married in a stone castle overlooking the sea? Here you go. The owner visited castles in Europe before building the Norumbega in 1886. Selected by Harper's Bazaar Magazine as one of the top 20 places to host a wedding and reception, this castle is really best suited for a smaller outdoor wedding as the interior can be somewhat cramped with a large party.

Lincolnville
Nontraditional/Funky
Outdoor (Natural & Waterfront Settings)


Cellardoor Winery - http://www.mainewine.com
This under-the-radar winery offers its own version of the Tuscany setting for a wedding. Their vineyard, with its French and American hybrid grapevines, overlooks a beautiful country valley. Of course, their hand- crafted wines go with the special day. An absolute gem.

Searsport
Traditional/Romantic
Indoor (Chapels, Resorts & Inns)


Captain AV Nickels Inn - http://www.captainavnickelsinn.com/
This sea captain's mansion built in 1874 is great for those who want to weave a sense of marine history into their day, with a bridal suite and private deck overlooking the ocean, a lobster and clam bake, and a ceremony on the garden-landscaped grounds. The Inn offers a waterfront tent location, which is a long walk or a short golf cart ride away from the Inn.

The North (and Downeast)
If you are trekking this far north in Maine and to its harbor communities, (known by the mariner term, "downeast") chances are, you're coming for the stunning views, the rugged ocean coastline or the mountains and lakes inland, the quiet beauty and the vast amount of recreational opportunities, i.e. midnight canoeing/kayaking, sailing, hiking Katahdin, whale watching, floatplane scenics, etc. Traditional inns still rule the coast this far north, but for the hearty, rugged and nature-inspired wedding party, this is your ideal area.

Wedding Towns on Mount Desert Island, site of Acadia National Park

Bar Harbor (rugged ocean coastline)
Traditional/Romantic
Indoor (Chapels, Resorts & Inns)


Bar Harbor Inn - http://www.barharborinn.com/
"What is now called the Bar Harbor Inn was once an 'oasis' of culture for the likes of the Vanderbilts, Pulitzers, and Morgans" during the summers before World War I. Still considered the summer destination for the literary and social mecca, this inn was redeveloped in 1999. They can accommodate up to 175 guests, or a smaller, intimate dinner up to 50 people on the outside deck. Though it's not advertised on the website, they offer professional wedding coordinators to help you with all the details.

Harbor Side Hotel and Marina - http://www.theharborsidehotel.com/
This premier resort facility is the newest luxury hotel in downtown Bar Harbor. It sits on Frenchman's Bay directly next to the Bar Harbor Club, which accommodates groups large and small. While it may be pricier than the Bar Harbor Inn, it offers full-service catering, and local knowledge of the best bands, florists, cake decorators and photographers.

Southwest Harbor
Traditional/Romantic
Indoor (Chapels, Resorts & Inns)


Claremont Hotel - http://www.theclaremonthotel.com/
If you're looking for the downeast feel, without the concentrated bustle of tourists in Bar Harbor, this six-acre oceanfront resort has 14 housekeeping cottages for the wedding party who wants to spread out. On-site facilities include a boathouse, dock and rowboats for those who want a more private weekend.

Northeast Harbor
Traditional/Romantic
Indoor (Chapels, Resorts & Inns)


Asticou Inn - http://www.asticou.com/
At the doorstep of Acadia National Park, this turn-of-the-century style inn also offers peace and privacy in this understated harbor on the "quiet" side of Acadia. The Victorian style of the inn has been the setting for weddings for more than 100 years. They have a Wedding and Special Functions Director to help you with your choices. Featured in the book - 100 Best US Wedding Destinations

Deer Isle
Nontraditional/Funky
Outdoor (Natural & Waterfront Settings)


Edgewood Farm - http://www.edgewoodfarm.com/
Perhaps the traditional inn just isn't your personality; you're more the L.L. Bean boots and chop-your-own-wood type. This classic 13-room New England farmhouse features a renovated barn, a fresh-water pond, enchanting meadows, rolling hay fields, and an orchard of mature fruit trees. Get married in the orchard, in the 1900s timber-framed barn, or on the hilltop overlooking Penobscot Bay, Caterpillar Hill and Blue Hill Mountain.

The West

Western Maine (also known as "inland") is mountain and lake country, with its own spectacular views and without the concentrated population of the south and east. No doubt this area is popular for lakefront summer weddings, but this is also an ideal setting for fall and winter weddings, with dazzling foliage or trees outlined in crisp white snow. It's perfect for the active couple who want to get in some hiking, swimming and boating or skiing, snowmobiling and ice-skating before the big day.

Greenville (Inland mountains and lakes)
Traditional/Romantic
Indoor (Chapels, Resorts & Inns)


Blair Hill Inn - http://www.blairhill.com
Outside Traveler 2005 rated the Blair Hill Inn one of the Top 5 wedding destinations in North America. Sitting on the porch overlooking Moosehead Lake with views of the White Mountains of New Hampshire, you may consider not leaving the grounds during your entire stay. This highly acclaimed inn sits on 15 acres overlooking the hills and blue waters of the lake. This country estate is perfect for small intimate weddings with dinner catered by one of the top 10 restaurants in the state.

Gray
Nontraditional/Funky
Outdoor (Natural & Waterfront Settings)


Sunday River's Grand Summit and Jordan Grand Resort Hotel - http://www.sundayriver.com/summer/weddings.html
You don't have to be a skier to appreciate this area around Sunday River. In the summer, you can marry under a cover bridge or in the winter, in their Grand Ballroom overlooking the mountains. Their wedding planners can arrange everything from a moose safari to babysitting for the kids. And in a year, you can come back and participate in their North American Wife Carrying Championship.

Carrabassett Valley
Nontraditional/Funky
Outdoor (Natural & Waterfront Settings


Sugarloaf/USA-http://www.sugarloaf.com/weddings.html
Of course they can do the traditional chapel wedding, but with the versatility of this awe-inspiring area, why wouldn't you want to get married on the slopes facing towering mountains, or surrounded by forest atop the "Bridal Bridge"? Wedding package options include: Sleigh Rides/Horse & Carriage Rides, Releasing of Doves, Ski/Golf Specials

Waterford
Nontraditional/Funky
Outdoor (Natural & Waterfront Settings)


Bear Mountain Inn- http://www.bearmtninn.com
This rustic lakefront setting is popular for nontraditional small weddings (under 40 guests), elopement packages and commitment ceremonies. With 52 acres of rolling hills forest and secluded private beach frontage and river frontage, this casual inn is perfect for those who want to be married without all the fuss.

Well, that should get you started and keep you busy for a while. This group is only a first look at the many great wedding venues in Maine and you can be sure that Weddings Down East will continue to research, update and post new information about great locations for your wedding. You might also want to have a look at our article about planning a wedding from afar. As we always say, Weddings Down East is a guide, not a service and the best way to find the right fit for you is to contact one of the great wedding planners / coordinators listed in our Vendor database. Enjoy the view as you wander the many great locations that Maine has to offer.