With more coastline that the state of California, Maine’s waterfront boasts a mix of sandy beaches, dramatic rocks, picturesque villages, and historic lighthouses, including the nation’s oldest lighthouse commissioned by George Washington. Simply put, seaside weddings in Maine are like none other.
For the seafood aficionado, getting married in Maine is like going to the promised land of crustaceans. The ability (or should we say requirement?) to serve fresh Maine lobster is reason enough to choose this destination for your nuptials.
Hoping for a summer wedding but trying to avoid the heat? Escape to Maine to relish balmy 70-degree temps in the middle of the nation’s hottest months. Your hot-blooded friends will thank you.
Home to the second most visited national park in America, Acadia National Park, Maine’s natural beauty—from rugged sea cliffs to serene woodlands to green mountain peaks — create a variety of spectacular backdrops for wedding festivities.
Your ceremony is the most important part of your wedding — don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. Take care to find a wedding officiant who will not just perform your service, but will speak honestly and carefully about your love story and who you are as a couple. Research wedding ceremony musicians until you find the ones that will work tirelessly to perform the special songs you want to hear as you greet your guests and walk down the aisle. To have a meaningful and personal ceremony, you need to find the right professionals, so don’t leave this task to the last minute.
No matter which wedding venue you choose, talented local vendors can transform it into your dream reception. With the right wedding planner by your side, anything is possible. Enlist a local florist who will create stunning arrangements and hire a caterer who will wow your guests with their delectable dishes. These experienced professionals never stop amazing us with their ingenuity, and you couldn’t be in better hands.
From fresh lobster to waterfront views, Coastal Maine has the perfect venue for your rehearsal dinner. Remember: tomorrow is all about you and your betrothed, so the rehearsal dinner is your opportunity to thank your nearest and dearest for their love and support through the years. So raise a toast to your closest friends and family and enjoy the night before the big day!
Don’t let the festivities end with the close of the reception. Stick around for a bit more wedding celebration with a farewell brunch the morning after your wedding. You’ll enjoy spending more time with your friends and family before heading out for your honeymoon, and your guests will appreciate it too.
Welcome your out-of-town guests to Maine with a bag loaded up with local goodies. Be sure to include items that will orient them to the coast, as well as some fun, local treats. For a breakdown of our favorite items, check out our Coastal Maine wedding welcome bag ideas.
Say “thank you” in the sincerest way with locally inspired wedding favors. Whether it’s a lobster-shaped keychain or a bushel of fresh, wild blueberries, your guests will love the sentiment! Click here if you’re stumped on what to give. We’ve got lots of suggestions to get the inspiration flowing.
From Maine’s rocky shores to the historic lighthouses that sprinkle the coastline, there is no shortage of waterfront exploration in this great state. Pair that with fabulous hiking and the best lobster around and you will have certainly made the most of your time in Coastal Maine. For specific recommendations for what to do and see in Maine, check out the state’s visitors bureau for trip ideas.
With a culinary scene that capitalizes on fresh-caught lobster, what else would you expect? The colorful restaurants along Maine's coast serve up only the freshest of culinary delights—even beyond local seafood. Guarantee that your guests experience all that the coast has to offer by recommending some of the area’s top spots: 555 Congress Street boasts James Beard-worthy farmhouse fare, The White Barn Inn offers five-star dining like no other, and Hugo's is home to a seasonally-driven menu that rivals the culinary big boys. For even more delicious inspiration, take a look at Maine Eater’s map of the most essential Maine restaurants, or check out some of our well-researched favorites in the list below.
No matter where along the coast of Maine you are saying “I do,” find warm and welcoming wedding accommodations to call home for the weekend. Cozy up with the ones you love in one of these inns or resorts.
How do you want to spend your big fling before the ring? For a weekend of outdoor exploration and relaxation in a beautiful setting, pack your bags and head for the coast of Maine for an unforgettable bachelorette party. Enjoy time with your closest gals while celebrating, dining, and adventuring all over Maine. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite bachelorette party ideas in Coastal Maine to get you started.
Round up the boys, load up the car, and head for the shore! Coastal Maine is the perfect place to celebrate your upcoming wedding and release some energy. From hiking to biking and swimming to boating, the adventure never ends in Maine. We’ve got a long list of bachelor party ideas to get the planning started. What more could a group of guys ask for?
One of your first to-dos as a newly engaged couple is to capture your love in an engagement shoot. If you like the idea of using the ocean for your backdrop, you’re in luck. With nearly 3,500 miles of coastline to take in, you can certainly bet that Maine offers hundreds of waterfront locations for your engagement photos. Take a peek at a few of our favorites as you begin planning your photoshoot!
The good news is that you’ve chosen a vibrant, scenic, and seriously fun location to gather your nearest and dearest on your big day. Congrats! The bad news? Your wedding location is so awesome that it draws a crowd for reasons other than your nuptials all year long. When selecting your wedding date, be sure you know what other activities are happening in the area that might put a cramp in your party’s style. We’ve gone ahead and done the legwork for you, so check out the annual calendar of major Coastal Maine events and add them to your radar.
When planning something as complex and significant as your wedding day, sometimes you just want friendly experts to step in and share some pearls of wisdom. Lucky for you, we know people (we’re sitting right here — wink wink). And we’ve got your back: insider tips, exhaustive research, and inspiring takes on all aspects of the planning process, compiled here specifically with your wedding location in mind. You’re just a few clicks away from wedding planning peace of mind… You’re welcome! (No thank-you note required.)
Check out some other useful local online resources to get you acquainted with all-things Coastal Maine, from travel guides to the local restaurant scene to great local wedding blogs run by our friends in the industry: