Three Standout Downeast and Acadia Wedding Venues
Get swept away by love—and stunning ocean views—with a wedding in coastal Maine.
The Causeway Club
Head Count Up to 100 seated (indoors)
Price $3,000, plus food and drink
Don’t be fooled by the immaculate nine-hole golf course: The Causeway Club, in Southwest Harbor, is so much more than a pretty place to practice your swing. Set next to an idyllic stone causeway you can walk across, the country club provides a blank canvas for every type of wedding—from intimate dinners in its 100-year-old function hall to large-scale tented affairs on the manicured lawn. Say “I do” at the Charlotte Rhoades Park and Butterfly Garden, a botanical preserve located a third of a mile from the club, then escort your guests to the hall for cocktails on the deck, where you can watch boaters ply the waters of the bay.
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Bar Harbor Club
Head Count Up to 300 seated
Price Starting at $185 per person
For the ultimate in old-school luxury, plan your nuptials at the Bar Harbor Club, a dreamy oceanfront venue that hearkens back to the days when Vanderbilts and Astors built stately summer homes along Frenchman Bay. The club includes a charming seaside lawn for the ceremony and a magnificent ballroom that was once a center of Bar Harbor society life. Choose from a variety of packages, which feature everything from dinner and dessert to a romantic newlywed suite at the Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina (the club’s sister hotel) stocked with strawberries and champagne—a fitting nightcap for an evening of celebration.
David’s Folly Farm
Head CountUp to 150 seated
Price Starting at $6,500, plus food and drink
If rustic and rural is more your speed, David’s Folly Farm in Brooksville offers a magical, pastoral vibe, complete with sweeping fields and a path to the ocean. The main attraction, though, is the property’s historical barn, lovingly restored with a built-in bar, burlap accents, and a large kitchen your caterer will love. Owners Emma and John Altman work with couples to create weddings of all stripes, from a simple afternoon ceremony and luncheon to an epic country-chic bash with music and dancing well into the night. Dress up the space with your choice of rentals, or draw from the venue’s own arsenal of wedding-day accoutrements: You’ll have access to tables made from the farm’s cedar trees, vintage dishware, chic sheepskin rugs, and Mason jar candleholders. And did we mention the farm’s baby animals? You’ll want to pay them a visit, too.
Want to really experience Maine’s rocky coast? Round up your squad for a sea-kayaking expedition with Coastal Kayaking Tours, in Bar Harbor, or Old Quarry Ocean Adventures, which will lead you through the maze of more than 60 tiny islands in the Stonington archipelago.
Choose from an array of gourmet pies—such as Sea Smoke (smoked Maine shellfish, puttanesca sauce, and fresh mozzarella) or Roasted Goat (roasted vegetables and goat cheese)—at Blue Hill’s Barncastle, a lively local spot where you can gather up to 30 guests for a private meal.
A welcome departure from the summertime buzz of downtown Bar Harbor, the secluded Balance Rock Inn soothes with ultra-soft Comphy Company linens, whirlpool tubs, and private porches. Guests can marvel at handcrafted furnishings, sip cocktails at the waterfront Veranda Bar, and unwind next to the fire pit on the deck.
With an eye for the distinctive beauty of coastal Maine flora, Dan Nygaard and Juli Perry of Dan’s Flower Farm, in Sedgwick, use their own locally grown blooms to craft vibrant—and fully customizable—hand-tied bouquets, elegant centerpieces, handsome boutonnieres, and more.
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