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One of the many fabulous traditions surrounding your wedding day are the bachelor AND bachelorette parties. If you’ve seen the movie The Hangover you might be thinking that a trip to Vegas just isn’t your style. Today we are sharing a few of our favorite alternatives to the crazy and wild bachelor & bachelorette party.

Beach/Lake Getaway – Luckily this getaway doesn’t have to be too far. New England offers beautiful airbnbs, spas, and bed & breakfasts perfect for a relaxing weekend away.

Wedding Olympics – Who said you need to have separate parties? Host a battle of sexes and face off to determine the real winners  of the wedding party through drinking games and trivia about the bride and groom.

Take A Class – Enjoy a sophisticated night out learning how to paint, cook, or make floral arrangements!

Wine Tour/Beer Crawl – Take some of the fun aspects of the traditional party to a place closer to home with a local wine tour or beer crawl.

Backyard Brunch – Didn’t get a chance to have an engagement party with all of your friends? Make up for it with a combined bachelor/bachelorette party in the comfort of your own home.

 

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Maine Wedding Barn Venues

March 22 • 2016

Here at Love & Lobster we love our coastal & nautically themed weddings, but it wouldn’t be a New England wedding blog without mentioning all the amazing barn venues our states have to offer. Today we are highlighting some of our favorite Maine Wedding Barn Venues, including a few new ones you might have not heard of yet!

Beech Hill Barn

Beech Hill Barn – The magnificent Event Barn can accommodate 240 standing room and 140 for a seated dinner. The Country House can accommodate up to 12 guests and there are local amenities in the near-by village of Wiscasset and the cities of Gardiner, Hallowell, and Augusta. Some of the additional property features include a pool with a sculpted breath-taking view, a retro-modern stone firepit, and of course, the panorama view of Maine countryside.

Hardy Farm

Hardy Farm – The c. 1835 barn is the perfect place to host your inspired wedding reception or event.  The space features beautifully white-washed walls and elegant chandeliers. The property also includes a woodland chapel and an amazing 103 foot sail cloth tent, making this barn a great value.

The Barn at Flanagan Farm

The Barn at Flanagan Farm -The post and beam barn, built in the late nineteenth century and meticulously restored in 2012 to preserve the original structure’s authentic charm, offers 2,400 square feet of entertaining space.  Three whimsically sophisticated chandeliers designed and crafted by local sculptor, Joe Lops, and dragonfly-etched sconces radiate a warm elegance throughout.

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Linnell Farm – Former florist opens new barn wedding venue perfect for couples who dream of a homey, comfortable, rustic barn wedding weekend. The history of Linnell Farm has always been a gathering place for life’s big events. It’s been the place that through the years brought people together for celebrations.

The Barn on Walnut Hill

The Barn on Walnut Hill – An exquisite 1887 Maine barn and farmhouse that marries rusticity with refinement, provides a setting for your guests that is at once simply elegant and elegantly simple. Located on four estate-like acres 20 minutes north of Portland in North Yarmouth, Maine, The Barn on Walnut Hill is a rare venue that incorporates an exceptional event space and gracious accommodations on one property.

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Shady Lane Farm – Just over 200 years old, Shady Lane Farm is a focal point in the historic district of New Gloucester, Maine. Its 60 plus acres of woods and walking paths adjoin other historic farms, making it a uniquely expansive and peaceful rural landscape.

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Wells Reserve at Laudholm  – The Wells Reserve at Laudholm is filled with natural beauty and boasts a rich history. Hundreds of acres of protected land surround a hilltop barn with lots of character, so you have space to celebrate and room to roam. Book a weekend between May and October to ease your mind and wow your guests.

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Live Well Farm – Harpswell is a little known jewel with more coastline than any other town in the U.S. The waterfront is just through the woods with open ocean framing the famous “Crib Stone Bridge”. The water provides the perfect backdrop for memorable pictures.

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1812 Farm – With broad sweeping lawns and gardens, a glittering pond with dancing fountain and the architecture of 18th century Maine, the stage is set for you and your guests and an unforgettable moment in time. Be it outdoors next to that glorious landscaped pond or inside one of the most spectacularly restored 18th century barns in the Midcoast with every luxury of the 21st century, we only wait for your ideas to craft the perfect setting.

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Maine Lakeside Cabin & Events – The 5000 sf lodge has plenty of open room for your DJ to set up so you can dance the night away. Our outdoor dining hall allows you to have your catered event under cover.

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1888 Wedding Barn – The 1888 Wedding Barn is Western Maine’s Wedding Ceremony and Reception Hall Venue located conveniently on Route 2 in Bethel, Maine close to all the Sunday River Valley Area attractions and amenities. It is simple, yet sophisticated, affordable, yet elegant.

Broadturn Farm

Broadturn Farm – Celebrate your love and connect it to your values here at Broadturn Farm. Getting married on an organic farm expresses individuality and a commitment to the beauty of local, organic food and flowers.

Marianmade Farm – Nestled on the banks of the Sheepscot River near historic Wiscasset is Marianmade Farm. As a working lavender and flower farm, the setting brings a piece of Provence to mid-coast Maine.

Granite Ridge Estate & Barn – Private 200 acre Maine Estate & Barn wedding and event venue.

William Allen Farm – Located in picturesque Pownal, Maine the farm offers an ideal spot for your rustic barn wedding or other special event

Wolfe’s Neck Farm – The backdrop of Casco Bay is simply incredible, and they offer the rustic amenities that your outdoor event requires.

Maine Wedding Barn & Event Center at Fairview Farm –  This beautifully landscaped ceremony site and large wedding lawn at the gazebo has so much to offer.

Harborfields Waterfront Vacation Cottages – The front lawn forms a natural amphitheater with an incredible panorama of the harbor as the backdrop…. A great spot for a beautiful waterfront wedding ceremony!

Two Coves Farm – Working farm venue in Maine that works with Lulu and Co Event Design to create your day.

Hitching Post of Maine –  The Hitching Post is an idyllic New England barn built in 1830 situated on 100 acres along the Saco River in Dayton, Maine.

Pineland Farms – Located in a peaceful, rural setting easily accessible from Maine’s largest cities — Portland and Lewiston — and can accommodate groups of all sizes.

The Red Barn at Outlook Farm – The Red Barn offers a rustic feel with modern day amenities such as air conditioning, working fireplaces, a covered veranda, and handicapped accessible bathrooms.

The Farm at Webb Lake Woods – This classic red Maine barn’s interior can accommodate up to 180 seated guests for ceremonies, and 150 guests for receptions. We also have a lakefront lawn directly across the street for ceremonies, which can accommodate 275 seated guests.

Farm at Worthley Pond – Your family and guests will enjoy this remodeled yet rustic 1850 barn, located on 5 acres, nestled in a beautiful mountain valley surrounded by rolling hills

Clay Hill Farm – Clay Hill Farm is one of the Ogunquit area’s most beautiful selections of elegant indoor and outdoor locations.

King’s Hill Inn & Barn– The staff at the King’s Hill Inn & Barn wish to make everything you are envisioning in your wedding not only a reality, but everything you imagine and more.

Josias River Farm – Josias River Farm is a classic 250-year-old Maine farm situated on 20 scenic acres of forests, open fields, pastures and an apple orchard.

Gisland Farm Audubon Center – Situated along the Presumpscot River estuary just five minutes from Portland, Maine Audubon’s headquarters features a modern environmental center and a 65-acre sanctuary with more than two miles of trails winding along a pond and through woods, meadow, orchard and salt marsh.

David’s Folly Farm – Weddings David’s Folly Farm offers a rustic location for your wedding, anniversary or private celebration that speaks of beauty, the bounty of the seasons and cycles of life.

The Homestead at Rest & Be Thankful Farm – This wedding venue is a classic New England 18th century working farm in Lyman, Maine offering 65 private and peaceful acres for your special event.

Endicott Farm – Endicott Farm is a pictuersque and rustic horse farm located centrally in the Town of Belgrade.

Clark’s Cove Farm & Inn – Their aim is to provide the wedding party and invited guests with an experience that exceeds all possible expectations.

Fox Field Farm – The farm has an unbeatable westward-facing ocean view, providing a rare and remarkable sunset in Maine.

Annabessacook Farm – The farm, one of the earliest in Winthrop, is set on 25 acres with lake frontage on Lake Annabessacook, one of the deep water lakes of the Winthrop Lakes Region.

Apple Acres Farm – Secret and serene, seemingly ancient, and rich with life… and at the center: you, your true love, delicious food and great friends… this is the Apple Acres Farm wedding experience.

Coolidge Family Farm – A perfect combination of rustic elegance.

Belgian Meadows Farm – Belgian Meadows Farm has a beautiful country setting for your special day, located in Lebanon on one of Maine’s oldest farms.

Broken Acres Farm – Located in rural Jefferson, Maine, Broken Acres Family Retreat, LLC is a great place to enjoy the beauty of nature, while remaining close to civilization.

Caswell Farm – The Caswell Farm is a beautiful, authentic, rustic property that still produces and harvests organic vegetables and picturesque flowers.

Edgewood Farm – The property features a classic 13-room New England farmhouse, a renovated barn, fresh-water pond, enchanting meadows, rolling hay fields, and an orchard of mature fruit trees.

Harmony Hill – Our guests choose to have their special day on Harmony Hill because of its beauty and rich history.

Hilton Winn Farm – Over its 400+-year history, the Hilton-Winn Farm has been a witness to the changing cultural and environmental landscape of southern New England.

Little River Flower Farm – We are all about sharing our farm with people who want to share their special day in a natural setting

Morris Farm – A local farm and landscape that provides food, education, recreation, and pride in midcoast Maine for many generations.

Pittston Farm – With outdoor activities, lodging, delicious food and all the ambiance you could ask for, make a reservation today!

Raittt Homestead Farm Museum – When they acquired the 33 acre farm property from third generation Gerald Raitt in 2003 they kept the same mission of preserving farming history, but that became so much more as they now were preserving the late 1800’s former dairy farm property, buildings and equipment.

River Lily Farm – Set up a tent near our flower field, let us build you an arbor, and provide the flowers for your special day. Our farm is over 90 acres of diverse landscape, so take your wedding photos in some of the many picturesque areas we are proud to call home.

Rossport Farms – There are eighty plus private acres with a mile and a half of ocean frontage that hug the shoreline and provide an intimate relation with wildlife and fauna that are our backdrop for daily living.

Rowan Tree Farm – A natural sanctuary from which to explore mid-coast Maine.

Spiritwind Farm – Beautiful and private historic farm in southern Maine, 30 mins to ocean and 40 mins to mountains.

If you are a barn venue and want to be added to the list comment on the post or email amanda@tidecreative.com

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Regardless of where you may be in your planning process it’s always important to remember at the end of this lovely wedding planning rainbow there is a pot of gold – you get to marry your best friend! We hope our Ultimate Guide to Getting Married in Maine has eased some stress on the process and cleared a few things up along the way. Today we are sharing the final details you should be thinking about (and not forget) as your day approaches quickly.

FINAL DRESS FITTING

When the day comes, invite your party to your fitting, they’ll assure nothing is fitting un-proportionally. This is a good time to work out the last kinks before you walk down the isle.

 

SEATING CHART

Creating a seating chart that will keep everyone happy may be impossible, but you can try! When creating this chart keep in mind personalities and family. Generally you’d like people who know each other to stick together, but it doesn’t hurt to mix things up! Consider seating the “random” guests together, placing your parents closest to the main table.

 

VENDORS

Consider contacting your wedding vendors to assure everyone is on the same page. Re-check arrival times, and any other arrangements that may need to be made before setting up. This is also a good time to coordinate with your entertainment crew and speak about any requests. More specifically communicate with your photographer. Getting some shots taken during your rehearsal dinner, and in the morning of your wedding is a common service a photographer offers.

 

LODGING

Making sure all lodging and transportation is taken care of a few days prior is always a great idea. Informing your guests about nearby lodging (if they have yet to book) will also ease things up.

 

ENJOY YOURSELF!

Amongst all the stress between taking a major step in your life, spending a mortgage on your wedding, arranging and contacting all your vendors and keeping everyone happy this may not seem enjoyable. Just remember that this is your day, and it’s a celebration of your love for your partner. Laugh with the ones you don’t see often, dance til your feet are sore, eat good food, drink good drinks. This only happens once!

 

Thanks for following along with us we shared our Ultimate Guide to Getting Married in Maine. If you missed out, you can download the full PDF at loveandlobster.com. Where are you in the planning process? What topics are you interested in learning more about or need help with? Share with us in the comments or connect with us on Facebook

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Now that the vendors are booked, it’s time to start digging into the details that are going to personalize your day.

ATTIRE

We could write a full guide on how to decide on a wedding dress alone, but for your sake here are some quick tips to consider when getting started. Do some research before going in, look online and in magazines to gather an idea of the style you want to aim for. Decide on a silhouette, these can range from ball gowns, to A-Lines and Sheaths. These styles all range in the way they’ll make you look, for example a ball gown looks good on any body type unless you have a shorter build, where A-lines are more fitten and less traditional. Perhaps the most important factor of the process is deciding on a budget. Some experts recommend devoting 10% of the total budget towards the bride’s attire. Go into the bridal shop with a generic budget you want to stick with, you can always break your budget if expenses allow. Find more dress shopping tips & men’s attire inspiration in our past blog posts.

INVITATIONS

Generally invitations go out six to eight weeks prior to your big day. This will allow your guests plenty of time to arrange their schedules. If you’re having a destination wedding allow around 3 months notice. Need more help? Check out our blog post here.

WEDDING VOWS

Start by looking at some examples, this will give you an idea in regards to content and time you want to spend reading. Get personal, but assure to rid the clichés. Strip down the content and shorten it to about 1-2 minutes. Lastly rehearse and practive, to keep from staring at a paper once the moment arrives. Looking for some quotes and poems to spark your inspiration? Head over here.

HONEYMOON

Before you get planning, agree on a budget for your honeymoon, this will help narrow down your choices. If your budget does not allow for a getaway honeymoon, consider a minimoon.These allow you to get away on a lower budget! After deciding on a budget, agree on a location (tropical locations are very popular). Contemplate a travel agent, if you can go without research local hotels for best prices. If you plan on traveling also consider transportation. Book the tickets, the hotel and relax!

Not sure what the heck a minimoon is? Learn more over on the blog.

Up next is securing your final details so make sure to follow us on Facebook and keep an eye open for more wedding inspiration and planning tips.

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Now that you’ve picked a date, venue and starting working on your budget it’s time to decide who your vendors are. Here are some vendor specific tips to help you allocate your budget, and prioritize the services you’ll need on your special day.

FLOWERS – Before getting too excited, do the sums. Some arrangements may not be as affordable once you budget for everything else. Visiting a florist will allow you to gather information from theme and look to general expenses. Prior to visiting a florist look through bridal magazines and books. Gathering a set theme and color of your flowers will make the process much easier.

ENTERTAINMENT – When asked 81% of guests say the thing they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment, so it’s an important topic to hit on. The great debate comes between hiring a wedding band, a DJ or keeping it simple with a home system (ipod/ipad). Going with a basic system will allow you to save big in your budget, in addition to giving you full control of song selections. This although tends to be the least engaging method of them all. Wedding bands tend to be the most costly, but you can’t beat live music! This will require a large amount of room at the venue but tend to be very engaging. A wedding DJ’s charges vary depending on the package you select. They require less room than a general wedding band and are the most engaging of the bunch. Your song list will be customized and requests are always accepted. Wedding DJ’s also handle the progression of the night vocally and musically.

PHOTOGRAPHY – The MVP’s, the ones in charge of documenting what you may not remember! A great way to start the process of selecting a photographer is doing your homework, and deciding what type of photography you prefer. For example a photographer who shoots in a documentary style shoots candid moments, ones that are very upstaged and natural. Portraiture style photographers are ones who shoot classic portraits, mostly posed for. Do some research, read up on reviews from previous brides about your photographer and look into their website and portfolio. Doing this will also allow you to gather a general idea of how much each photographer’s packages run. Most importantly after you coordinate on pricing and styles, make sure you and your photographer match personally. A great relationship between you and your photographer will only produce great shots! Finally make sure your photographer is available the day of your wedding.

CATERING – First things first, inform yourself about your venue and their catering options. As previously stated some venues run full catering operations. If your venue does not, ask them for a list of preferred caterers. Establish a budget before meeting with a caterer and stick to it (a guest list will help with estimating). If possible attend a wedding show or exhibit where you can sample some food from various caterers in the area, or a prospect you may have in mind. After choosing a caterer review your contract fully before John Hancocking a deal.

Still need help? Visit our Guide: http://guide.loveandlobster.com/ featuring some of New England’s best wedding vendors.

What’s next? Keep following Love and Lobster for Part Four – Digging Into the Details featuring choosing your attire, invitations, vows & honeymoon!

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SETTING A BUDGET & CHOOSING A VENUE

At Love & Lobster we understand one of the hardest choices to make through this process is deciding on a venue for your wedding/reception. Many factors will help you decide on a venue that will fit your ceremony just right. For starters, what’s your style? Venues around the state have themes that are characterized by their structure, presentation and location. If you intend to have a very laid back, and relaxed ceremony a Beach/Tropical venue would possibly work best. Hotel, Estate or urban venues come with the convenience of near-by lodging and in-city attractions. For a more traditional ceremony a church would be a great choice, as these venues require minor set up and lower costs. Size matters, determine the number of guests you’ll be hosting to have a better idea of the size venue needed.

Consider the following factors before pulling the trigger on a venue. Find out the number of weddings the venue hosts. This will show you the popularity and experience of the venue as well as help you determine the busy seasons and availabilty the venue might have for the date you have in mind. Research options for out-of-town guests early. Many places offer group rates for renting a number of rooms. Does the venue have a website, nice photos, are they blogging regularly? First impressions should count a lot in this decision. Touching back on your budget, some venues offer wedding packages. In addition to rental costs, venues offer full catering options. Compare “per-head” prices between your venue and independent caterers, this may save you a few pennies. Lastly, make sure to visit the venue once or twice priot to making a decision. Attending the venue when they’re hosting a fayre or wedding show will allow you to see the venue all dressed up on your wedding day.

Still need some assistance? Refer to our past blog posts such as: Maine Wedding Barn Venues, Coastal Outdoor Wedding Venues or How to Find a Wedding Venue Without Leaving the Couch. OR just make sure that you keep up with our blog and subscribe! We are always featuring real New England Weddings showcasing some of the best wedding venues Maine has to offer.

Stay Tuned for The Ultimate Guide to Getting Married in Maine: Part Three – Finding Your Wedding Vendors.

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