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How to Plan a Family Reunion in Maine: Start with the Venue

While everyone loves attending a family reunion, few people enjoy planning a family reunion. If you are the lucky member of your family given that big responsibility, it’s hard to know where to start. The right venue for your Maine family reunion needs to be able to accommodate all your guests and appeal to a wide range of ages and interests. It needs to be affordable, accessible.

1. Start with a destination everyone already wants to visit.
Boothbay Harbor, Maine has been one of the most popular Maine vacation destinations for hundreds of years, and is an ideal location for family reunions. At the historic Newagen Seaside Inn, you’ll see why—because you’ll see the breathtaking Maine coast from almost every guest room, suite and seaside cottage. In the traditional Maine coast hotel style, the Inn’s rambling embrace of the ocean makes the most of its panoramic ocean views of Southport Island. And with traditional Maine coast hotel hospitality, our family helps your family make the most of your Maine family reunion.

2. Make sure your Maine family reunion venue offers family-friendly activities and events.
Your Maine family reunion should be filled with all your favorite things to do in Maine. The signature events of a stay at our historic oceanfront inn are rooted in who we are, where we live and what we enjoy. They are authentic, timeless celebrations of life on the Maine coast and make wonderful, intergenerational family reunion activities. A Maine lobster bake, a Polar Dip or Fireside Tales are some of our favorite traditions, and we can’t wait to share them with you.

Your family will also enjoy rowing and sailing along the Maine coast, cycling and hiking our beautiful nature trails, candlepin bowling, table tennis and billiards in our rustic, wood-paneled Game Room. Our heated saltwater pool and two hardcourt tennis courts overlook the ocean, and signature white Adirondack chairs are scattered across our expansive lawns and gardens to remind you to take time to appreciate the panoramic ocean views. Minutes away in Boothbay Harbor, family members can play golf at the Boothbay Country Club, go whale watching in Maine, tour lighthouses and islands, fish, kayak, visit world-class museums and restaurants, enjoy concerts overlooking the ocean and much, much more.

3. Pick a Maine family reunion venue offering complimentary event planning services.
This is the smartest tip on the list, because it can help you cross off almost every other task. If you were elected to plan your family’s Maine family reunion, our professional event planner is here to help, free of charge!  Let us help you coordinate Maine transportation, event bookings, excursions, photographers, menus and more. You can take credit for planning the best Maine family reunion ever … while truly enjoying the best Maine family reunion ever.

Our emphasis on warm welcomes, simple pleasures and traditional activities and events make Newagen Seaside Inn an ideal Maine family reunion venue. Learn more about Maine Family Reunions at Newagen Seaside Inn.

Five Ways to Save Money on A Wedding: Where Is It Okay to Cut Costs

At the historic Newagen Seaside Inn, our wedding planner Jessica Hans specializes in helping couples create the Maine destination seaside wedding of their dreams—and on their budget. To start planning your dream destination wedding on the Maine coast, contact us today!

1. Plan a Maine destination wedding.
No one wants to miss your special day. Invitation lists grow quickly, and just as quickly consume your budget with per person menu/bar costs. If there’s no way to cut your third cousin’s three children from your list, consider moving your wedding away from home. Destination weddings—like an oceanfront Maine wedding at Newagen — mean the guests that accept your wedding invitation are the guests who most want to be there. Destination weddings winnow your guest list to your nearest and dearest with no hurt feelings … just great savings!

2. Choose an off-peak or weekday date for your Maine wedding.
Couples never want to talk about Mondays. Or May. But when they see just how much they can save, they change their mind. It’s not just that the Newagen Seaside Inn can offer discounts at these times. Everyone can. Maine wedding photographers, florists, bands, and DJs might be slammed on a Saturday in July, but willing to bargain in June or work for much less on Wednesdays. Imagine getting every vendor you want for a discount. That’s the kind of opportunity a weekday wedding offers. At Newagen, we can make any day of any month special and spectacular … and save you money.

3. Let nature inspire your wedding decorations.
Brides and grooms can spend so much on flowers, place settings, and draperies to make a venue beautiful. But if your wedding venue is already breathtaking, you’ll save so much money on wedding decorations. We see this all the time at the historic Newagen Seaside Inn. Our gorgeous views of the Maine coast are picture-perfect backdrops to wedding parties, wedding receptions and wedding pictures … at no extra charge. Browse our Maine wedding photo gallery to see what I mean!

4.  Consider hosting your Maine wedding in one location with value-added services.
Instead of paying multiple site fees for a Maine wedding rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, wedding reception, after party or brunch, find a location able to host it all at one price. You’ll save on transporting your wedding party and guests from location to location. At the Newagen Seaside Inn, bridal parties have the entire Inn to themselves on their wedding day, and can take advantage of our Event Lawn, Restaurant, Pub, Pine Room and more. Choosing a venue able to provide essentials like tables, chairs, linens, china, glassware and silverware can save your wedding budget thousands of dollars in rental costs. Newagen also includes wedding planning and event planning services, saving you thousands of dollars … and hassles.

5. Eat local, and ask about bar service options.
Wedding coordinators know requesting local specialties for your wedding menu guarantees the freshest ingredients, but it also saves you money. On an oceanfront Maine destination wedding, Lobster is a bargain! Prices for Maine lobster, a wedding staple, are lower than anywhere else in the country. Sweet Maine shrimp or Maine haddock can also be fresh, delicious, and inexpensive options that your guests will see as indulgences!

Having the flexibility to have a full open bar, beer and wine only bar, cash bar or some combination of these at your Maine wedding reception or Maine wedding after party can significantly help bring down the cost of your Maine wedding. A signature drink may limit the number of mixed drinks that served but still allow guests a delicious liquor option – and give you another chance to personalize your special day. Limiting cocktails to the cocktail hour alone and then serving beer and wine only for the reception may also be a fitting choice that may reduce bar costs at your Maine wedding.

To start planning your Maine wedding at the Newagen Seaside Inn, contact us today.