When it comes to planning a wedding in Maine, I am unabashedly partial to the Midcoast area. This is the part of Maine where I grew up. It holds a very special place in my heart. From Bath to Belfast, this is where many of my childhood memories were made. It’s no wonder that most of my favorites areas, and venues, to get married at in Maine are in this area.
Today I’m going to highlight four of those areas. All of these venues are beautiful and have lovely views of the coast, but in different ways. They also have different styles and can suit the needs of any couple. So whether you are planning a classy, black tie affair, or a casual barn soiree, this list has something for everyone.
So let’s start at the bottom of the map and work our way up the coast.
# 1 Marianmade Farm:
Nestled on the banks of the Sheepscot River in Wiscasset is a rustic, flower lovers dream of a place. Not even ten years old, the post and beam style barn is a rather modern option to the rustic barn wedding. Because it is a working lavender and flower farm, the grounds will vary in color and landscape throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Your backdrop for photos will change with the seasons, which is something I find lovely about this place. Also great about this cozy, quaint venue are its offerings for getting ready quarters. No need to get dressed off site. The venue offers a lovely side building for one half of your party to get ready as well as an adorable Airstream at the top of the hill for others. The venue does require that you have a wedding planner, which I feel is an important thing at a place like this, ensuring your event goes off without a hitch. So definitely check out their preferred vendor list for the names of some fabulous planners. If you are looking for a casual, warm setting, then this venue is not to be missed.
For a look at a wedding I photographed there, click HERE.
# 2 The 1812 Farm:
“historical elegance on the Pemaquid peninsula.” This is the line that you will greet you when you go to their website, and it is spot on. While it is no longer a working farm, this 18th century structure is steeped with history and has recently been renovated to give clients a top notch experience. Hold your ceremony outside on the lawn and then throw a great bash inside the beautiful barn. And when it comes to what you will be eating at your wedding, one of the GREAT things about this venue is that it is the home of Stonecove Catering, one of Maine’s finest, and I can tell you that from personal experience. You and your guests will be raving about the food at your wedding. Also important to not about this venue, and this may seem odd to mention, but trust me it is so important. Let’s talk bathrooms. This venue has gone above and beyond when it came to designing gorgeous facilities for its customers. No rented portapotties at your wedding. They have recently built a dedicated barn on site that holds the bathrooms. It may seem like a small thing, but these are things that your guests remember and add to the experience they will have at your wedding. Another plus to this site is your proximity to Pemaquid Point. While you can marry right on the grounds of the barn, you also have the ceremony option of the rocky Maine coast just down the road. I love this option and what is more Maine than marrying your love with the waves crashing on the rocks and a cool breeze blowing on your face? It is quintessential Maine at its finest.
# 3 Camden Yacht Club:
The town of Camden is not only a stunning place to get married, but it is a wonderful place to visit. Getting married in this coastal town provides so many options for excursions for you and your guests. Any out of town visitors coming to your event will have so much to explore in this town and the surrounding area. With easy access to Mount Battie, you and your guests can take a leisurely hike or even drive up to the summit for the most stunning views of the harbor town below. The yacht club is available to members and non-members alike. The venue itself is rather small, which lends itself to intimate events. But larger events can easily be accommodated with the use of a tent on the lawn. If you’re looking for water frontage, you can’t get much closer to the water than this. You and your guests will be enjoying cocktail hour on the lawn while sailboats come and go and the working harbor is in active use. And if you and your new spouse are looking for a post-ceremony boat ride then you have come to the right place. Taking a quick jaunt across the harbor makes for beautiful portraits and gives you both a chance to have a few minutes to yourself. The other thing I love about this area is the Harbor Park and Amphitheatre, which is a lovely spot for outdoor ceremonies. You can contact the public library to reserve the space. With so many nooks and crannies of town to explore, this venue and its surrounding areas provides so many options for great photography and a world class, quintessential Maine experience.
For a look at a wedding I photographed there, click HERE.
# 4 French’s Point:
Rounding out my list is a place farthest north on our map, nestled in at the top of Penobscot Bay. This historic retreat is the perfect combination of class and comfort, with the added the bonus of it being 100% private! When you rent this venue, it’s yours for the entire weekend. Nestled in at the end of a long dirt road, you don’t have to worry about other guests coming and going, or people coming by for venue tours. The venue is extremely versatile as well, especially when it comes to ceremony locations. Have your nuptials in front of their iconic gazebo, or set up your arrangement on the lawn overlooking the water. Or, if you’d prefer an indoor option, or if the weather necessitates it, the set up inside the main building is perfect as well. In addition to these already amazing features, one of the most appealing aspects of this venue are the multiple, and gorgeous, guest houses that the property offers. No need for your closest friends and family to stay at a neighboring hotel. There are plenty of places to stay right on the property.
For a look at a wedding I photographed there, click HERE