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Survival Guide for a Maine Outdoor Wedding

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).fireside tales

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.Maine weddings

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



A Less Than Perfect Vacation: Trip Advisor Horror & Success Stories

Trip Advisor, Newagen Seaside Inn, Oceanfront Inn, Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Now that I have your attention, I should tell you that we don’t specialize in Tripadvisor horror stories, although we have had negative feedback like all hotels. While some properties ignore harsh reviews, we take comments to heart and continue to make strides to ensure that every Maine vacation at Newagen Seaside Inn is outstanding. Over the last 2-years, a new ocean view restaurant has been built, every guest room has been renovated, a deluxe oceanfront cottage was built, we now offer rooms with air conditioning and we are opening a new fitness center and executive board room this Spring.

Tripadvisor is the world’s largest travel site with 125 million travel reviews, 69 million app downloads and over 108 million unique visitors per month. Their reach is far and their travel data runs deep. One search may leave you inspired by the service and amazed at the location while another leaves you disgusted and horrified this hotel even exists. One of the worst hotels in the world, the Days Inn Atlanta Northwest, had this advice from past guests, “They have a renovated wing, but cockroaches can walk across the parking lot”, “Never again. The room smelled bad, spiders, ants and stink bugs were everywhere including the bed.” and room tips such as “Burn this hotel” and “Run away from this place.” The hotel had 88 terrible and only 2 excellent, which were probably written by staff. When researching hotels on Tripadvisor consider the number of negative reviews. Consider The Grand del Mar in San Diego, rated the #1 hotel in the United States, which has 715 Excellent reviews and 7 terrible. Just like you wouldn’t take Day’s Inn at their excellent reviews you shouldn’t take The Grand del Mar at their terrible reviews. When using Trip Advisor be sure to consider the negative reviews in light of the number of positive and vice versa. And by all means, if you’ve stayed somewhere please take a few minutes and share your experience with the world. It’s a benefit to travelers and hotels like us at Newagen Seaside Inn who value feedback. If you want to avoid the Days Inn experience and are looking for a Grand del Mar experience in Maine, look no further. Start planning your perfect Maine vacation by calling us at 207-633-5242.