if you’re coming to Maine for a destination wedding, you are probably going to need some transportation. Whether it’s a trolley to bring your guests from their hotel to the wedding venue or a limo to escort you and your wedding party, there are many options for wedding day transportation here in Maine. There are classic cars, big busses, even horse-drawn carriages; everything you could possibly need to make sure you and your guests will arrive on time, won’t get lost, don’t have to drink and drive, and will have a blast!Read More
One of the best ways to make your Maine wedding fabulous is to use lighting and decor! It’s simply the best and easiest way to add ambiance and atmosphere to your wedding. Glamorous draping, a sparkling chandelier, warm cafe lights or even marquee lighting can literally transform a space.Read More
This is a super busy time of year for me. As some of you may know, I founded the Maine Wedding Network and produced my first wedding vendor networking event back in 2013. For those of you who don’t know, as the Maine Wedding Network I gather wedding professionals work in here in Maine together for networking, workshops, discussion groups and social events in the “off-season” (November to April).Read More
Are you getting married in Maine? Are you looking to hire as many Maine-based wedding vendors as you can? Well, let me be the first to say "Yay!" and "Thank you!" It's so wonderful when out-of-state couples choose to work with local vendors. We have some of the most experienced wedding pros who provide exceptional quality products and service. You may think of Maine as a sweet, down-to-earth, casual State (and we are all of those things, too), but we're also sophisticated, savvy, talented wedding professionals. So, with that in mind, let me introduce you to some of Maine's best wedding invitation and wedding stationery providers. I'm also including providers of wedding signage and handlettering/calligraphy, since many of these vendors provide multiple products.
Custom Wedding Invitations + Wedding Signage
These vendors provide custom wedding invitation suites including save-the-date cards, thank you cards, place cards or escort cards, ceremony programs, vow books, dinner menus, bar menus, custom maps, and anything else you can think of!
Wedding Calligraphy + Hand Lettering
Many of the custom wedding invitation designers above can also do hand lettering and calligraphy, but the providers below specialize in the art form.
Many of you might not know that I've been blogging for six years! I started my blog the same time I became a professional wedding officiant, back in 2011. Since then I've covered so many different topics like: wedding ceremony timeline, make sure to eat on wedding day, how to calm your nerves, where to wear your engagement ring during the ceremony, wedding vendor pricing, 10 tips for the best wedding processional, and so, so much more. I even wrote a blog post about the best Maine wedding resources to help you plan your wedding.Read More
I'm delighted to introduce you all to my fellow wedding officiant and friendor, Erika Hewitt, who is a Unitarian Universalist minister here in Maine. Erika and I share a similar passion for wedding officiating and often refer couples to one another when we're booked. In this post, Erika talks about a phenomenon which is sometimes called "ghosting." Read on to learn more.
Just Say No
As a wedding officiant, I’m in the relationship business in more ways than the most obvious one. I don’t just lead the celebration of your relationship; I also want to create a relationship of trust and collaboration with you, as a couple — even if we never have more than an introductory conversation.
When I meet with a couple so they can learn about me, two things happen: I feel a thrill of “I like you! I hope you choose me” and I pencil in their date on my calendar so that other couples can’t hire me out from under them.
Fortunately, many couples get back to me with the happy news that they’re hiring me. Sometimes, though, couples disappear for months, leaving their phantom wedding date on my calendar, and me wondering whether they’ve found another officiant… or whether they forgot to hire me (believe it or not, this actually happens!).
"We have big hearts and thick skin."
I speak on behalf of all wedding officiants when I say that we hope you hire us — but we hope even more that you’ll find an officiant you feel excited about. We have big hearts and thick skin; it’s okay to email us and let us know we’re off the hook because you clicked with someone else. We won’t feel insulted if you write a short note saying, “Thanks for your time, but we’re going in another direction.” In fact, it saves us the awkward step of reaching out to you to ask, “I’ve been saving your wedding date for three months. Should I keep holding it?”
From the officiant to the florist, from the lighting pros to the band, all of us in the wedding world will go out of our way to make you feel valued, respected, and understood as you plan your perfect day. Paradoxically, one way you can reflect that back to us is to just say no — instead of disappearing — when you decide that we’re not the one for you.
Rev. Erika Hewitt
Are you going to have a wedding cake at your Maine wedding? Many people are opting for a table of desserts with pies, cupcakes, cookies or other sweets, but nothing beats a traditional and gorgeous wedding cake. Maine hosts some of the best bakeries making the most delicious sweet treats for your wedding. Check out this list of Maine bakeries making wedding cakes and more!
25 Maine wedding cake companies
Pure Elegance Cakes Based in Old Orchard Beach
Let Them Eat Cake Based in Kennebunk
Pie in the Sky Bakery Based in Cape Neddick
Nothing Bakes Like a Parrott Based in South Portland
Love Kupcakes Based in Portland
Bam Bam Bakery Based in Portland
East End Cupcakes Based in Portland
Two Fat Cats Bakery Based in Portland
Foley's Cakes Based in Portland
Cookie Jar Pastry Shop Based in Cape Elizabeth
Cake Elizabeth Based in Cape Elizabeth
European Bakery Based in Falmouth
Ice It! Bakery Based in Yarmouth
Bear Brook Bakery Based in New Gloucester
Cakes for All Seasons Based in Parsonsfield
Ahima Custom Cakes Based in Auburn
Mae's Cafe Based in Bath
Starlight Custom Cakes Based in Boothbay Harbor
Barn Door Baking Company Based in Damariscotta
3 Dogs Cafe Based in Rockport (they made my wedding cake!)
Camden Cake Lady Based in Camden
The Bankery Based in Skowhegan
Heavenly Delights Bakery Based in Vassalboro
Mainely Wedding Cakes Based in Lisbon Falls
Autumn Nomad Based in Jackson, NH
These bakeries either come recommended by wedding professionals I trust or I have had first-hand experience with them. I've listed them as their "Based in" location but many of them travel all over the State of Maine.
How do you know if you need a Day of Wedding Coordinator? Take this little test. If you answer yes to most of the questions below then you need a Day of Wedding Coordinator.
- You enjoy doing DIY projects for your wedding
- You’re wicked organized
- You have already or are going to design the look of your wedding
- You don’t want people bugging you with questions on your wedding day
- You’re on a tight budget
I'm so fortunate to be part of the Maine wedding community and specifically the Maine wedding officiant community. We are a diverse group providing a wide range of services. Whenever one of us is booked we try to refer that couple to another officiant. In that spirit, I've put together a list of Maine wedding officiants I know and trust. I will say this, though, I have never seen these officiants actually perform a ceremony and for the most part I'm don't know their process for working with their clients. These are folks I know personally and really like (or come highly recommended by other vendors I trust), which is what my recommendation is based on.
The best Maine wedding officiants
Rev. Erika Hewitt Erika
Swoon Union Michelle
Gateway Celebrations Vivianna
A Sweet Start (that's me!)
Rev. Twinkle Marie Manning Moosehead Lake Region
Why I'm recommending my competitors
I know you might think I'm crazy putting together a list of my "competitors" on my blog, but it makes sense when you understand how strongly I believe in you finding the right officiant. I know that I'm the right officiant for some people and not for others. And that's totally ok. I'd rather help you find the right officiant for your wedding than try to convince you with some icky sales pitch to hire me. It's so important that the person who stands up there with you on wedding day is someone you feel comfortable with, who you genuinely like and who deserves and has earned your trust. Take your time finding the right person, do your homework and meet with your top choice. A good officiant and a beautifully crafted ceremony will set the tone for your wedding day so make your selection carefully!
Good luck and happy wedding!