Coming to Maine from “away” to tie the knot? Way to go!! Wise choice!
1. ENVISION THE DAY
Close your eyes and imagine your wedding day. Are your toes in the sand, the grass, on a mountain, or at an altar? What does it sound like? Waves lapping, birds chirping, wind swirling, or is it mostly still? Do you envision yourself getting in/out of an antique car, a golf cart, a trolley, a limousine or doing everything in one place without needing to travel? How are you dressed? Sundresses and seersucker, dresses and suits, gowns and tuxes? Are you wearing a bolero/cardigan/coat or is it warm (even hot)? Where will you dance the night away? Under a tent, in a barn, at an inn or maybe a country club? LOTS to consider. Spend time choosing what fits you two best (even if you have other decision-helpers who may be encouraging you in another direction).
2. MAP IT OUT
Literally. Download a map of Maine and, if you don’t already have a favorite town or region, set to work on researching what works best for you and your group. Will your guests drive in or fly? If flying, for instance, draw a circle that encompasses an hour drive from the airport (or ~45 miles) to start checking out venues and lodging within that radius. Portland (PWM) is the most common airport requested because it’s easy to get to from a variety of metro airports.
3. COME VISIT OR HIRE A PLANNER, OR BOTH!
Once you have an idea of an area, a handful of venues you want to see (4-6) and have exhausted all online searches, plan a long weekend in Maine. Schedule tours of the venues (and perhaps even stay there overnight if your venue offers lodging, too)! Go with our gut (and your budget), and I bet you’ll “just know” when you arrive at the spot! Too overwhelmed to move that quickly? Consider hiring a local wedding planner to take off the pressure and give you the inside scoop.