Ski resort weddings

October 08 • 2012

Sunday River fall wedding<br><a href=http://www.andreekehn.com target=_blank>Andree Kehn</a>

Whether you’re a black diamond pro or a newbie on the bunny slopes, a Maine ski resort can make for the perfect wedding locale.

Actually, you don’t need to ski at all to enjoy a resort’s alpine scenery and full amenities, even long after the flakes stop flying. Several ski mountains in the state cater to weddings year-round, offering hefty discounts to couples willing to visit during the warmer months.

Sunday River

One of Maine’s most popular mountains, Sunday River provides four wedding packages at a range of price points. Grooms will love the option to play a round on the mountain golf course, and guests enjoy welcome baskets upon arrival. The resort’s Grand Summit and Jordan Grand Hotels boast a variety of indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception venues.

Sugarloaf

Another western Maine favorite, Sugarloaf is discounting June and July weddings by 10% if you book by March 15. The resort’s most popular venue is the “Bridal Bridge,” a quaint wooden span surrounded by rock walls and lush floral landscaping. Other sites can accommodate up to 500 guests.

Shawnee Peak

Shawnee is Maine’s longest-running ski area, conveniently situated just an hour from Portland. The peak’s wedding options keep an eye to affordability, with two reception spaces that couples can book for the whole weekend. Lodging onsite includes a 10-bedroom guesthouse, or, for more rustic types, yurts and cabins.

Saddleback

Another alternative to the larger resorts, Saddleback hosts wedding events in an elegant post-and-beam lodge than can comfortably fit up to 250 guests. Picture wild lupines in summer, colorful autumn leaves or cascades of white winter snow as a backdrop.

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