Many couples ask me about possible locations for waterfront weddings here in Maine. Of course, many people choosing to get married in Maine want a waterfront wedding because we have it all: lakes, ponds, rivers, and beaches. There's something special about waterfront weddings; an expanse and openness to the setting. And who wouldn't love the crashing surf as a backdrop for their wedding ceremony?! So, if you're looking for a waterfront venue for your wedding, this post is for you.Read More
They started out as clients, then became my friends, and are now wedding vendor colleagues. That's the story of my relationship with Collin and Abigail. These two sweeties got married at (one of my all time favorite wedding venues) William Allen Farm under an apple tree on a gorgeous fall day. I used this description of them during their ceremony:Read More
Are you considering an elopement in Maine? What a great idea! We have so many wonderful places to get married. Elopements come in all shapes and sizes these days. Some refer to an intimate wedding with less than 20 guests as an elopement, while other still use the term to mean: “Let’s get married tomorrow with just two witnesses!” This list will include a mix of both types of places where you can elope in Maine.Read More
Kris and Andy scored the most perfect fall afternoon for their Maine wedding! I'm sure mother nature provided this to them because they're so sweet, kind, and in love. As their wedding officiant, it was my great honor to facilitate the union of these two AND at one of my favorite Maine wedding venues: Live Well Farm.Read More
What happens when two dog lovers get married? They include their dog family, of course! Barbie and Mark, who are the devoted parents of Jewel, Cory and Maddy, traveled all the way from Texas to get married on top of the mountain at the Granite Ridge Estate in Norway, Maine. While the doggies couldn't quite handle the duty of being "in" the wedding, they did a wonderful job walking down the aisle and being well-behaved through the whole thing.Read More
Sweet Caroline and dashing Tim got married in Maine right on the shores of Sebago Lake at the cozy, elegant (yes, those two adjectives can go together!) Migis Lodge. Early May weddings can be risky, weather-wise, here in Maine, but the weather held off and the vision they had of marrying lakeside became a reality. From Caroline's epic bouquet created by...Read More
I had the great pleasure of officiating Courtney and Mathew's elopement ceremony at Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport. With just their parents in attendance, this was a very intimate gathering. Even so, Courtney and Mathew hired Emily Elizabeth Events to help bring the vision of their wedding day to life. I always LOVE working with Emily, she's kind, calm and on top of everything. I know I speak for her clients when I sayRead More
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
Are you getting married near Portland, Maine? If so, and if your wedding venue doesn't have the right space for it, you probably need to find a location for your rehearsal dinner. If you're getting married in Maine and you don't live here, knowing where to host your rehearsal dinner might be a challenge. So, I've gathered a list of restaurants in Portland, Maine, where you can host a gathering for your guests after your wedding rehearsal. Some of these have private dining rooms, while others have space for a big group in their restaurant.
I've added descriptions to the ones I've actually visited. Restaurants without a description have either been recommended to me or have a great reputation.
Restaurants in Portland Maine with Private Dining Rooms
RiRa Portland - The private dining room, Harbor Room, upstairs has great light, is filled with charm an looks out over the harbor.
TIQA - Beautiful private dining room that's decorated with mediterranean charm.
Grace Restaurant - I haven't been there yet, but it's in a converted church and has a mezzanine and a large central bar
DiMillo's on the Water - It's a floating restaurant so it's as close to the water as you can get.
Boone's Fish House - Haven't been here yet...
Back Bay Grill - Haven't been here yet...
David's - Haven't been here yet...
Bar Lola - Haven't been here yet...
Caiola's - Haven't been here yet...
large Restaurants in Portland Maine
Local 188 - The food is excellent and the drinks are yummy. Just so you know, it can be loud, as it's an open-concept restaurant.
Flatbread Company - Good for a very casual rehearsal dinner (kids welcome!) and it's right on the water!
Union Restaurant - Elegant, unique, modern decor and the food is supposed to be amazing. Good for a small party.
Top of the East - The most dramatic views of the entire city. I'm pretty sure the entire rooftop lounge can be rented out.
Small Rehearsal Dinner Venues in Portland, Maine
Union - In the Press Hotel with a one of Portland's best chefs
Fore Street - Incredible food!
Emilitsa - Amazing Greek food with authentic Greek wines
Walter's - Haven't been here yet...
Scales Supposed to be amazing seafood.
Vinland - Haven't been here yet...