Maine is a spectacularly beautiful place to host a wedding, but like any area, there are some logistical challenges for which you should have a plan.
Unpredictable weather: While coastal Maine weather is usually gorgeous in the summer, it can be unpredictable. You should always have a Plan B that allows you to move your guests indoors. At the Newagen Seaside Inn, you can plan to hold your ceremony and/or reception outside on the oceanview event lawn, but the newly renovated Cape Harbor Room will accommodate 225 guests should the weather drive you indoors. Don’t panic if rain or fog shows up as an uninvited guest. The most beautiful wedding photos we have seen have been from a wedding that occurred during a hurricane!
Mosquitoes: It’s no secret that mosquitoes love summer in Maine as much as the rest of us, but you don’t want your wedding album to include photos of your guests swatting at each other. Mosquitoes are not fond of lemongrass, lavender, peppermint, citronella, basil or rosemary. If there is room in your flower arrangements to incorporate some of these plants, it may help keep the mosquitoes at bay without having to douse your guests in bug spray. But speaking of bug spray, you may want to include some in your gift bags or put a basket of small sprays out at the reception (your Newagen wedding coordinator can take care of this for you).
Drastic temperature change: A warm and sunny ceremony can quickly give way to a chilly reception once the sun goes down. You might consider having your ushers hand out bottles of water as they seat guests, or have inexpensive sunglasses (imprinted with the name of the Bride and Groom!) waiting on each chair. One of our brides this year offered an adorable solution to a brisk night – a pile of shawls and blankets with a sign that said “To have and to hold….in case you get cold.” You can also arrange for Newagen’s two firepits and lobby fireplace to be lit during your reception so guests have multiple locations where they can snuggle up.
Blowin’ in the Wind: The sea breeze coming off the ocean is one of the things that draws couples to coastal Maine, but don’t let a windy day give your guests more than they bargained for. Have a seamstress add tiny weights to the hem of your bridesmaids dresses (if they are short). You may also want weighted tablecloths if you are doing a lobsterbake rehearsal dinner or poolside cocktail hour – both very popular options at Newagen Seaside Inn
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.