Destination Ahead: A Maine Event
While all coastal weddings share a breezy je ne sais quoi, the Pine Tree State’s scenic and diverse shores attract couples from all over. “Think cliffs scented with pine trees and crashing surf,” says Portland-based wedding coordinator Katherine Jameson. “It’s nestled and very quaint.” Check out all seven weekend wedding itineraries and pick your favorite.
LOCATION TO BOOK: Exchange vows on a veranda overlooking sparkling Frenchman’s Bay at Bar Harbor’s Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina from May through October.
GATHERING SPOT: With its downtown Bar Harbor location and recognizable façade (look for the huge moose on the roof), bustling Geddy’s Pub is an ideal place to meet the group for informal drinks.
SEASONAL SCOOP: “Maine’s autumn and winter lends itself to many bird sightings,” Jameson says. Give guests an inside look at the habitats of native and migratory species by booking a Down East Nature tour.
GUEST EXCURSION: “A drive to Acadia National Park is a must,” Jameson says. Leave extra maps and audio-tour CDs (acadiaaudiotour.com) in guests’ rooms or at the front desk of the hotel so they can explore at their leisure. For group outings, arrange a narrated sightseeing trip on Oli’s Trolley.
MUST-HIRE VENDOR: Acadia Lobster Bakes can deliver steamed Maine lobsters, wild-blueberry pie, and tasty sides for a charming welcome party.