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Plan The Perfect Wedding in Greater Portland Maine

Find the right Event Planner, Vendors, Inspirational Ideas, and Venue


Planning a wedding can be a very exciting and overwhelming experience. Visit Portland has many FREE services to assist you with your wedding day and weekend. Allow our team to ease the planning process by connecting you to a variety of wedding vendors and services in Maine. Your wedding is just one call away.
Event Planners

Event Planners

Have every detail of your Maine wedding taken care of by local consultants with experience.
Wedding Venues

Wedding Venues

Choosing the right venue for your wedding may be one of the biggest decisions you will make.
Wedding Vendors

Wedding Vendors

Find experts in flowers and decor, entertainment, gifts, stationery, catering, rentals, and transportation.
Rehearsal Dinner & Showers

Rehearsal Dinner & Showers

Facilities ideal for hosting engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, and bridal showers.
Pre & Post Parties

Pre & Post Parties

Venues and group activities to plan a bachelor or bachelorette party for the future bride and groom.
For Your Guests

For Your Guests

Find local salons and spas, places to eat and drink, and must see sites and attractions during your visit.
Event Planners

Event Planners

Have every detail of your Maine wedding taken care of by local consultants with experience.
Wedding Venues

Wedding Venues

Choosing the right venue for your wedding may be one of the biggest decisions you will make.
Wedding Vendors

Wedding Vendors

Find experts in flowers and decor, entertainment, gifts, stationery, catering, rentals, and transportation.
Rehearsal Dinner & Showers

Rehearsal Dinner & Showers

Facilities ideal for hosting engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, and bridal showers.
Pre & Post Parties

Pre & Post Parties

Venues and group activities to plan a bachelor or bachelorette party for the future bride and groom.
For Your Guests

For Your Guests

Find local salons and spas, places to eat and drink, and must see sites and attractions during your visit.

Escape to Maine for an Island Wedding


Set the course for the Maine Islands, historic havens for artists, adventurers, lobstermen ... and lovers.

There are over 3,000 islands set like jewels along Maine’s stunning coast. Locals tell of a love-struck couple that lived happily, all by themselves, on a small Maine island for over 40 years. For a wedding, a honeymoon or a lifetime, there’s nothing quite like an island in Maine.

Because the islands are premier tourist destinations and thriving communities, each island wedding can be as rustic or refined as the couple it celebrates. And because Maine islands are historic hideaways for the famous, fashionable and wealthy, your hosts are well provisioned to help you create the wedding of your dreams.

Regular ferry service and convenient charters make it easy to sail away from the everyday. Rambling oceanfront inns, inviting bed and breakfasts and a brand-new luxury hotel await you. Sandy beaches, unpaved roads, stacked lobster traps and old growth forests surround extraordinary venues filled with authentic Maine charm.

Guests at the Chebeague Island Inn overlook a breathtaking expanse of Casco Bay, and enjoy a nine-hole golf course and classic coastal Maine elegance. The Diamond’s Edge Restaurant and Marina on Great Diamond Island serves local delicacies al fresco in a park-like setting on the cove. On Peaks Island, the Inn on Peaks’ iconic three-peaked tent frames a glittering view of Portland Harbor. Lit up at night, it conjures all the magic of a ship under full sail.

Most important, an island wedding always feels exclusive, as if all the pleasures of Maine are reserved for you and yours. When you marry in Maine on the islands, your wedding stands apart - in experience and in memory, ever surrounded by the sea.


Photos provided by Focus Photography

Farmers, fishermen and five-star chefs


If extraordinary food is the way to your heart, let your heart lead you to Maine. Farm-to-table, sustainable seafood, community supported agriculture. In Maine these aren’t trends - they’re traditions. The New York Times named Maine "one of the best places to eat in the Northeast” and Bon Appétit crowned Portland "America’s Foodiest Small Town” - but that’s just a taste of what Maine has to offer.
Maine abounds in authentic ingredients. Fishermen haul fresh seafood to the docks. Organic farms and dairies support year-round farmers markets from Presque Isle to Portland. Food festivals celebrate classic Maine foods like clams and blueberries and unique Maine concoctions like Moxie and whoopie pies. Brewing and distilling give Maine’s foodie culture a little extra sparkle. Bakeries turn out extraordinary wedding cakes, artisanal breads, even Maine potato donuts!

Cutting-edge culinary artistry is Maine’s calling card. Portland’s restaurant scene draws national awards, accolades and press, and The Portland Regency Hotel and Spa is just a cobblestoned street away from the Old Port’s hottest tables. You’ll also find James Beard nominees heading kitchens in Brunswick, Rockland and Ogunquit.

The chefs of Maine’s premier venues will craft the perfect menu for your perfect day. Customize your reception by commissioning your own signature cocktail or with catering from one of Maine’s many gourmet food trucks. At the Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport, you can even treat your guests to a true farm-to-table dinner. Have it served in a beautifully restored barn or al fresco in a tented field overlooking Maine’s rocky coast. If delicious dining is the recipe for your dream wedding, Marry in Maine.

Indulge your attendees, wedding party, and yourselves


The best of everything, and everything taken care of. Sit back, relax, and enjoy top-notch services, amenities and luxuries.

Maine’s resort tradition was established in the 1900s, when wealthy magnates from New York, Philadelphia and Boston began migrating farther north for the summer. The Rockefellers and their friends came in search of a luxury they could find nowhere else: the chance to spoil themselves in a place still wild, beautiful and completely unspoiled.

Everything that brought them to Maine is still here for you to enjoy: protected wilderness, panoramic ocean views, welcoming people. The grand coastal inns and mountain lodges they built are here as well, along with contemporary hotels and full-service spas that can’t wait to pamper, amuse and relax you. If luxury is the way toyour heart, set your heart on a Maine wedding.

Maine’s full-service resorts provide delicious meals, guided recreational opportunities and exciting excursions to local landmarks. They also offer a glamour that is distinctly Maine. At The Spruce Point Inn in Boothbay Harbor, share your first dance in a soaring post-and-beam ballroom by a forest twinkling with lights.

If exclusivity is your ultimate luxury, reserve an entire Maine resort for your special day. The Black Point Inn in coveted Prouts Neck lavishes wedding parties with personalized attention to create weddings as picture-perfect as its panoramic ocean views.

Maine also pampers you with all the latest beauty treatments and fitness options. The Akari Spa at the Westin Portland Harborview even incorporates local ingredients! Get your glow on with a wild blueberry detox and sea salt massage, and leave radiant and ready for your big day. Whether you exchange vows or renew them, marrying in Maine always renews you.


Explore the Maine outdoors for the perfect wedding backdrop


Whether you wear hiking boots or high heels, Maine is a natural fit for nature lovers. The Hundred Mile Wilderness. The Golden Road. Maine isn’t just named for explorers, it’s named for exploration. Couples who love the great outdoors and four-season adventures will find so much to love in Maine - and so will their family and friends.

If you and your fiancé both love skiing, hold a sparkling winter wedding at your favorite mountain lodge. Take a romantic midnight run down the slopes, cuddle up in cashmere wraps and let everyone make toasts by a roaring fire long into the night.

If you love to spend your summers in the woods, explore Maine’s best known natural gem, Acadia National Park. The Atlantic Oceanside Hotel in the charming historic town of Bar Harbor provides wonderful waterfront accommodations on Frenchman’s Bay, just one mile from the park’s breathtaking stone carriage roads and scenic vistas. You can even exchange your vows at the peak of Cadillac Mountain looking out over the forests to the sea. This is also the very first place in the continental U.S. to the sunrise! 

A Maine wedding also lets your guests explore all Maine has to offer. Maine’s premier wedding venues love to help customize outdoor activities and organize exciting excursions for everyone in your party! In fact, The Point Lookout Resort in Northport takes days to fully explore. Go sea kayaking, sunbathe on a private beach, hike miles of gorgeous nature trails or picnic at Knight’s Pond - all without leaving this gorgeous property. When you marry in Maine, you always have an adventure to keep forever in your heart.

Make a splash at your Maine wedding


On the water, that’s where everyone wants to be. Sailing or kayaking, swimming or wading ... or simply gazing out over the sea.

Maine is especially alluring because of its famous coastline - the crashing surf, the salt spray and the refreshing breeze. Imagine waking on your wedding day to a ship’s bell or being lulled to sleep on your wedding night by a soothing foghorn in the distance. It might sound like a romantic cliché, but Maine’s rocky coast is a romantic classic.

Nothing sets off a white dress like the blue sea, and picture-perfect water views are everywhere in Maine. From its vantage point on a private peninsula, French’s Point has one of the very best - a 260-degree view of stunning Penobscot Bay. Celebrate your special day with a sailcloth tent lofting above you surrounded by the ocean.

You and your guests will love how many of Maine’s can’t-miss communities are set along the coast. Stop in coastal villages like Camden or Bar Harbor and discover world-class hotels, restaurants, art galleries, museums, boutiques and antique stores, while towns like Ogunquit offer sandy sidewalk cafes, ice cream stands and lobster shacks. The Nonantum Resort in iconic Kennebunkport offers the ideal Maine waterfront resort experience - effortless elegance, activities everyone will enjoy, and breathtaking views of the water.

Maine’s lighthouses were built to warn sailors away from our rocky coast, but these beautiful beacons have a way of drawing lovers in. At the Sebasco Harbor Resort, you can even reserve a lighthouse (and its incredible views) for your honeymoon suite! If that isn’t close enough to the water, book a sail on the 46-foot yacht, Cotinga.

Whether you head out on the open sea or search for sea glass along the shore, you’ll find the pull of Maine’s coast to be as strong as the tides. So let the current take you. Take the plunge in Maine!


Weddings begin a new adventure


Find an untouched landscape or a beloved landmark and make it your own. If you’re searching for the offbeat, unconventional and completely original, Maine was made for you. You’ve found your one true love, now find the one and-only place to celebrate that love - in Maine!

Discover a lovely new use for a local landmark. Hold your wedding ceremony in a lighthouse, a historic fort or a trolley museum. Share a kiss on a covered bridge for luck. At the Grey Havens Inn on Georgetown Island, couples often choose to exchange vows on the wraparound porch, famous across the midcoast for its grand ocean views.

Discover how refined Maine’s rustic charm can be. Rig a sailboat or a lobster boat in fairy lights. Or throw a truly elegant barn wedding - The Red Barn at Outlook Farm in South Berwick has chandeliers, working fireplaces, a tented pavilion and a wedding garden!

Discover a new passion to share with family and friends. Sign up for an L.L.Bean Discovery School course in Freeport. Try candle pin bowling at a mountain lodge. Learn to sail from instructors at your seaside resort, and spark some friendly competition before the ceremony by establishing your very own wedding regatta. Discover stunning parts of Maine most tourists never reach. Some of Maine’s best mountain lodges and lake camps are tucked away in unnamed townships. Claim a special place in Maine as your very own. When you marry in Maine, you make Maine your place on the map, the place where your life together begins.


When did you fall in love in Maine?


A wedding makes new memories - and makes Maine yours forever. Maine draws vacationers back, again and again and again. Many of the visitors we welcome each year find their way back almost every year. Perhaps they have a camp in the woods, a cottage at the beach or a favorite lobster shack on Route One - or there’s still more of Maine they want to explore. If Maine is your "something old,” a wedding transforms it into "something new.” If you attended a Maine school or college, you can exchange vows in your alma mater’s chapel. Rent the cottage where you spent the summer, your favorite ski lodge or cabin in the woods - and add a whole new layer of luxury and memory to a favorite place. Perhaps a Maine summer camp is where you met your best friend, learned to paddle a canoe or spent your first night under the stars. Share your precious memories. Maine camps make wonderful wedding venues!

The loons you remember calling across the water are returning visitors themselves, reusing the same nest from season to season. If Maine’s Lakes Region has the same pull on you, plan your wedding at Migis Lodge on Sebago Lake. Arrive at the ceremony in a vintage 1936 Cris Craft - quite the sentimental journey - and exchange vows among the pines with views of the western mountains. So go ahead and get emotional. If you miss Maine, marry in Maine - and celebrate with s’mores, skinny dipping, old songs, and silly stories. Bring family and friends, old and new, and show them what Maine means to you!

Get your Maine Marriage License


Marriage licenses are issued at the town or city level. Visit the town office in person to apply. Residents should apply in their town. If you are both from away, you can apply in any Maine town - it doesn’t need to be where you plan to marry. Your marriage license is valid for 90 days and can only be used within the State of Maine. There is no waiting period. The wedding officiant must file the marriage certificate with the office that issued the license.

A valid photo ID is required. If this is not a first marriage, bring a certified copy (raised seal) of death or divorce records from the previous marriage. Individual towns may have different requirements. Check municipal websites or call before you apply!

Celebrating Marriage Equality


Maine was one of the first states to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote on November 6, 2012, and began issuing marriage licenses to couples at midnight on December 29, 2012. Steven Bridges and Michael Snell of Portland, who married at Portland City Hall at 12:25 AM that day, celebrated Maine’s very first same-sex wedding. Be a part of Maine’s newest wedding tradition!

Wonderful resources for couples considering Maine


Maine is classic and contemporary, trendy yet timeless, rustic and refined, rugged and romantic. And like the signature L.L.Bean Boot, Maine is stylish and practical. Maine is easy to get to from major cities like New York and Boston, yet feels a world away. Spring, summer, fall or winter, Maine offers world-class food, lodging and entertainment. And chances are, everyone on your invitation list already wants to come here! Let your wedding give them that chance.

Your wedding is one of the most special days of your life and we want it to be perfect! Visit Portland is your one-stop connection to all the services you’ll need to create your magical wedding. Our seasoned staff provides personal assistance throughout your planning process.

If you want to explore the idea of a Maine wedding before committing to a specific venue, call us for complimentary guidance. We’re experts on Maine, unbiased liaisons between you and hospitality professionals, and hopeless romantics.

LET US HELP YOU WITH

  • Arranging site visits and selecting a wedding venue
  • Rehearsal dinner and send-off brunch
  • Photographers, caterers and florists
  • Entertainment, transportation and wedding favors
  • Visitor’s guides and maps
If you are a wedding planner and would like to explore Maine for your client, please reach out - we are happy to help!

What does "Marry in Maine" do for couples planning their wedding?

Visit Portland is an experienced resource that serves as the liaison between you and your families and the region’s hospitality vendors. Our Group Sales Team provides completely complimentary services:

  • Impartial information about a destination's services and facilities
  • "One-stop shop" for local tourism interests which saves time in planning
  • A full-range of information about a destination

DO YOU LIVE LOCALLY AND NEED HELP PLANNING YOUR MAINE WEDDING?

We can assist any couple looking to get married in Maine. Visit Portland charges nothing for our services while providing invaluable information and guidance to couples looking to tie the knot in their own backyard! The team recognizes that you and your family may be familiar with some local wedding vendors, however, our services will still help you streamline the process of communicating and receiving information from top-notch wedding professionals.

LET Visit Portland HELP YOU PLAN THE PERFECT WEDDING

A wedding is more than just one day; the planning is part of the experience. Let us help make it an enjoyable one.

"Planning the wedding from out of state was not always easy but you helped us every step of the way. The vendors you helped us find were all terrific...our only complaint was that it went by too fast! We really did have the wedding of our dreams."

April and Matt S.
Boston, Massachusetts


Contact us to receive our Event Planners Guide and start planning your wedding!
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