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When it comes to incredible wedding properties, Maine takes the cake. The state’s celebrated maritime character comes to light in a bevy of waterfront event spaces ranging from quaint inns to luxe resorts. On the other side of the coin, you can find breathtaking rustic venues inland and along the coast that speak to New England’s rich agricultural history. Whatever your wedding day vision, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect place to say, “I do!” in Maine. Here we’re gathered a list of our favorites–among many others!–in the state:

 

The Nonantum Resort

The Nonantum Resort Kennebunkport, ME

Located on the pristine coast of Southern Maine, The Nonantum Resort has been a longtime favorite for local and destination couples alike. Open seasonally for celebrations in the spring, summer and fall, this location offers award-winning cuisine, exceptional service and stunning celebration spaces right on the water.

Hardy Farm

Hardy Farm Fryeburg, ME  

Dreaming of a Maine barn wedding? You’ll fall head over heels for Hardy Farm. The venue is a true homestead with a gorgeous barn and comfortable accommodations on site in the Farmhouse and Lodge. The event barn, on-site sailcloth tent, woodland chapel and lush gardens provide a bevy of options for the ceremony and celebration. [Photo: Emily Delamater Photography]

Camden Harbour Inn

Camden Harbour Inn Camden, ME

This boutique hotel is everything you’ve dreamed of–and more! The natural beauty of Camden Harbour and impeccably manicured grounds offer the ideal backdrop for your ceremony. Inside the Inn itself, you’ll find everything you need at your fingertips. Luxurious suites, first class service and delectable cuisine–sign us up!

Hidden Pond

Hidden Pond Kennebunkport, ME  

This tranquil, yet modern retreat is the perfect choice for couples looking for a balance between waterfront and “on the farm” atmospheres. While centrally located in Kennebunkport, you’ll find this venue secluded on acres of pristine landscape. Aside from the beautiful scenery, Hidden Pond’s perks include exclusive site booking for your celebration and cuisine from their award-winning restaurant, Earth. [Photo: Jamie Mercurio Photography]

Newagen Seaside Inn

Newagen Seaside Inn Southport, ME 

No surprises here! Generations of couples have chosen this Boothbay Harbor wedding venue for it’s oceanfront views, top notch planning services and gourmet menu fare. Unique amenities include a variety of elegant ceremony and celebration sites, lobster bake rehearsal dinners and an on-site candlepin bowling lane. [Photo: Bethany and Dan Photography]

Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm

Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm Wells, ME 

Considered one of Southern Maine’s “best kept secrets” this property offers a rustic setting along the seaside. This restored saltwater farm and rustic barn is located on the protected Wells Reserve featuring expansive lawns, sandy beaches and miles of nature trails. The property’s practical strengths include a working kitchen, proximity to nearby accommodations and plentiful space for all of your event needs. [Photo: Kivalo Photography]

Samoset Resort

Samoset Resort Rockport, ME

This historic resort is nestled on 230 oceanfront acres overlooking Penobscot Bay. Beautifully manicured grounds and jaw-dropping views of the coastline will set the scene for your ceremony. After the “I do’s” you’ll have your pick of enchanted ballrooms or a tented pavilion for the reception. Every step of the way, you can count on the venue’s on-site wedding specialists to ensure every element of your day comes together flawlessly.

Beech Hill Barn

Beech Hill Barn Pittston, ME 

One of Maine’s newest rustic properties, Beech Hill Barn is the perfect choice for couples seeking a home away from home. The newly renovated event barn features gorgeous post and beam interiors, modern restrooms and space for up to 240 guests. Outside, the lawn offers ample room for a tent and gorgeous views of the surrounding countryside. Last but not least, the private Country House is perfect for bridal party prep and guest accommodations.

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58 Fore | The Portland Company  Portland, ME

Industrial elegance at its finest. This venue provides couples an opportunity for an urban wedding on Maine’s coast. Located in the heart of downtown Portland, you’ll enjoy the conveniences of a city wedding without sacrificing waterfront views. You’ll have your pick from a collection of event spaces, each featuring exposed brick, wooden floors and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the harbor below. [Photo: emilie inc.]

Inn on Peaks Island

Inn on Peaks Island Peaks Island, ME

It doesn’t get more “Maine” than a wedding venue only accessible by ferry. This charming inn is located just 15 minutes from Portland in the heart of Casco Bay. Upon arrival, you will be blown away by the island’s natural beauty and the inn’s exceptional services. An on site restaurant, experienced staff and well-appointed guest rooms are just a few of the property’s many perks. [Photo: Lexi Lowell]

*see more venues and vendors from Maine here. 

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Find the perfect sparkly surprise for your sweetheart at Day’s Jewelers. A long time jewelry destination for Maine, Day’s Jewelers is a local favorite offering an expansive selection of earrings, necklaces, watches and engagement rings. Whether you’re popping the question or seeking a meaningful token, you’re sure to find the perfect piece with the help of Day’s expert staff. Here are some of our top picks for your special someone:

Long Term Love Birds
Diamond Heart Journey Necklace
“This exquisite diamond heart journey necklace features shimmering diamonds that increase in size to represent the steps of your journey together. Love intensifies and becomes more meaningful over time as your commitment deepens.”

Something Special
Love Compass
“This whimsical and fun pendant features a compass design in sterling silver with L, O, V and E as the directional points. Shimmering diamonds adorn the compass rose which reminds us to stay focused and remain on course.”

Pop The Question
Northern Star Cushion Cut
“Day’s Jewelers exclusive Northern Star diamonds are exceptionally brilliant and thus named after one of the brightest stars visible from Earth. Northern Star diamonds feature 90 facets compared to the traditional 58 facet diamond.”

See more Valentine’s Day gifts under $300.00 from Day’s Jewelers here.

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Elopements have always been a deeply romantic wedding trend since the days of Romeo and Juliet. Today in the modern wedding world,  we’ve seen a resurgence in this celebration option for couples across the country. Elopements are no longer affiliated with “leaving out” loved ones.  Shorter guest lists are easier understood among distant relatives and acquaintances.

Whether driven by financial benefits or the desire to simplify, here are some ideas to consider for a smaller affair.

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“Local” Destination Wedding
When you hear “destination wedding,” leis, sandy beaches and hefty travel fees come to mind. Keep your guest list limited as if you were jetting to a faraway island, but welcome them to celebrate in the city you currently live in.

A smaller guest list allows for more family involvement in the ceremony and a true wedding weekend. Share everyday pastimes with your guests and enjoy the ease of navigating the choices of where to eat, where to stay, how to get there and all the other things that pile up when orchestrating an event in an unfamiliar place.

When it comes to venues, the options are not as limited as you may think. Look into your favorite local restaurants, nearby community centers, inns or even farms. Your own home is always a great option for an intimate gathering–no rental fees required!

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Elopements
Celebrate your love with the most exclusive guest list: you and your partner. You’re in this thing together going forward, you might find tying the knot alone the perfect way to celebrate the beginning of the many special moments you’ll share as a married couple.

Nix the idea that elopements are solely spontaneous. While the excitement of waking up one day and walking over to City Hall is still a common–and romantic!–way to do it, some couples will plan their elopement in advance just like a traditional wedding. Traveling to a beloved vacation spot, city from your shared past or a new place you’ve always wanted to explore are great ways to jumpstart the honeymoon after the ceremony.

Spread the Love
Today modern communication allows us to share big life moments with friends and family across the globe. If you opt for a smaller celebration or an elopement, be sure to document the big day with photos. A personal website or private Facebook album can allow those who weren’t present, to see pictures, send well wishes and feel included in the celebration.

See more from our favorite intimate weddings and elopements pictured here:

Laura & Scott / Douglas Levy Photography

Lindsay & Fitz / Darling Photography

Lyda & Shane / Emily Delamater

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Today we’re cozying up against the storm with our favorite floral creations from some of New England’s top designers. Get your planning hats on and look forward to upcoming trends in everything bouquets, boutonnieres and ceremony details–we’re sure this will brighten your Tuesday! [Photo: Watershed FloralKivalo Photography]

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Whim Events | Boston, MA [Photo: Yartizia Colon]

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Blue Fern Designs | Portland, ME [Photo: Cuppa Photography]

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Emily Herzig Floral Studio | Littleton, NH [Photo: Rodeo & Co.]

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Pretty Flowers | Brunswick, ME  [Photo: Courtney Elizabeth]

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By Emily B. | Sunapee, NH [Photo: Rodeo & Co.]

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Stone Blossom Floral & Event Design | Warren, RI  [Photo: Stephanie Sunderland]

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Nectar Floral Design | Woburn, MA [Photo: Chris Brojanovich]

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Flora Fauna | North Yarmouth, ME [Photo: Jamie Mercurio]

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Watershed Floral | Portland, ME [Photo: Emily Delamater]
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Valley Flower Company |White River Junction, VT [Photo: Ashley Largesse via Ruffled]

*see more local New England wedding professionals here.

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brooke-charles_two-cove-farm-wedding-invitation-suite1Today we welcome the oh-so talented Lauren Rachel Design to share her advice to make sending Save the Dates a piece of cake. From information logistics to timeline etiquette, Lauren is a pro when it comes to paper. In Lauren’s words:

You’re ready to get the ball rolling for your “Save the Date” but you’re not sure where to start. There are plenty of things you have to determine now that you are engaged and planning your wedding day. Below are a few helpful hints to organize yourself for sending your Save the Dates to help all the details just fall into place.

The Top 3 Things to Set up:

  1. Set a date

If you haven’t already, you must set your date! This will mean you will need to have a few important things booked as well (venue, caterer, planner, etc). You shouldn’t settle on a date until you have some major components of a wedding booked for your desired date.

  1. Take engagement photos

This is not an essential piece of your Save the Date but it is recommended. It is great to have those informal, loving relationship photos because they will become some of your significant wedding memories. They can be used on your Save the Date, on your wedding website or in  other fun details for your wedding day. In this case you will likely want to have your photographer booked for your date as well. Many photographers include engagement sessions in their photo packages which are included in the price.

  1. Wedding Website

A website is a nice place to keep some of the essential details of your wedding day, especially if you are planning a long weekend wedding, a destination wedding or if many of your guests are coming from afar and will need additional information for planning their stay. A website isn’t a must but it has become a popular way of keeping all essential and important information in one place. The internet has become one of the most used ways of finding information for people so a website can be extremely important. You can’t possibly fit all the details on your Save the Date so the website is a great “catch all”.

What details go on the Save the Date?

  • Couple’s names, first and last
  • Wedding date or dates if it is over a weekend or holiday
  • Location (remember to include City and State)
  • Note that the formal invitation will follow
  • Website address

Remember the Save the Date should be out to your guest at least 4-6 months before the big day. For a destination wedding or a wedding over or near a major holiday, we recommend the Save the Date be sent 6-8 months in advance.

Why do you need to send a Save the Date?

  • Gives you and your guests plenty of time to prepare
  • Block off your date
  • Arrange travel, ask for time off from work, and arrange pet or child sitting if necessary
  • Helps you make sure you have all the correct mailing addresses before sending your wedding invitations

Always send your Save the Date to all of your wedding guest list. This should be information for everyone not just the people who are from out of town. Once those Save the Dates hit the mailboxes you will have guests excitedly awaiting your wedding invitation next!

Follow Lauren Rachel Design on Facebook to see her latest work and visit her blog for helpful planning tips, paper inspiration and more!

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Baby it’s cold outside! Here in New England we’ve said another goodbye to foliage and holiday season is officially here. As the days get shorter and the nights get chillier, we look to our favorite winter wedding trends to keep our spirits bright. From longtime favorites–we see you, hot cocoa bar!–to newfound inspo, we’ve gathered our favorite decor ideas to inspire all the couples out there planning winter “I do’s.”

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When it comes to winter weddings, embrace the beauty of the season! Whatever the weather, the Atlantic coastline makes a beautiful backdrop for portraits. [Photo: Emily Delamater & Leah Fisher  via Junebug Weddings]

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Consider an outdoor ceremony. Unique altars like this repurposed mantle bring a romantic touch to the frosty landscape. [Photo: Cat Meyer Studio via Stonewood Vintage]

new-england-winter-wedding-inspiration-3Keep loved ones warm with winter-friendly favors like DIY hand warmers or fuzzy flannel blankets. [Photo: Swoon Studio]

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Go for fashion and functionality with bridesmaid gear. Opt for faux fur stoles for an elegant look, or keep things rugged with wool wraps. [Photo: Christina Szczupak via Ruffled]

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Kick your tablescape design up a notch with glam details and natural accents. This season, we love seasonal accessories that strike the perfect balance between festive and sophisticated. [Photo: Luxe Event Productions / Hazelwood Photo via Style Me Pretty]

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Nothing says, “cozy” like a muted palette of warm neutrals. Keep the theme going with a dreamy bouquet in creamy shades of ivory, blush and alabaster. [Photo: B&B Designs / Bradford Martens via Meggie Francisco Events]

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Classic winter motifs get a beachy makeover in this whimsical invitation suite. [Photo: Melanie Gabrielle Photography via Style Me Pretty]

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Get toasty with a hot beverage bar that will warm partygoers from the inside, out. [Photo: Erin Wheat via Junebug Weddings]

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Last but not least, every celebration needs a dose of dessert. We’re still smitten with tried and true favorite, the Hot Cocoa Bar, and sugar-dusted accents that add new meaning to frosted cakes. [Above: bakery47 / Tandem Photo/ via 100 Layer Cake | Below: Whitney Jade via Wedding Chicks]

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