Post # 1
We are looking to get married February 29, 2020 in Maine (would be open to Massachusetts). We’ve got time on our side which is great, but I’m starting to feel a little discouraged. So far, I’ve only been able to find a couple wedding spots in Maine that aren’t way up in the mountains or in a barn (which I really don’t want). Basically, I’m having issues on how to search for indoor venues.
Does anyone have an recommendations to websites that allow you to sort by season? Or certain search terms I should be utilizing? I’ve been getting stuck finding a lot of spots for indoor receptions, but not ceremonies. Ideally I’m looking for a spot that would host both the ceremony and venue, though I am open to options.
Sorry if this question seems obvious, but I’m just starting to really plan and I already feel stumped just searching for options, let alone decision making!
Post # 2
A quick search of the knot shows tons of venues, many of which have indoor ceremony spaces
Post # 3
cloverdemeter : https://www.wedding-spot.com/
- Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise
I found this offered a wider range of options than the Knot.
Also think non-traditional. Museums, theaters, or restaurants who will host private events. Look at national forest and state park facilities; there are usually historic buildings, or even municipal spaces. Here in Vancouiver, the water bureau building has a lovely river view and rents for a couple hundred bucks. Church camps which will rent out their entire facility are also fun.
You have plenty of time. Just open your mind and expand your horizons.
Post # 4
Also search wedding photographers’ websites. Look for winter weddings and note the venue.
Post # 5
are you opposed to a hotel? some hotels have really beautiful spaces.
our ceremony was in a glass enclosed domed room and the reception was in the art deco lobby.
Post # 6
What kind of venue are you looking for? You could search for hotels with fancy lobbies, lodges, or historical buildings that have been renovated (old courthouses, post offices, train depots, etc). What about nondenominational chapels? We contemplated on one in our area that has huge windows that overlook a pond and fountain. Something like this would be awesome in the winter with a nice view of the snow without having to actually be in it.
Post # 7
Oh my god…that is STUNNING!
Honestly, my number one preference right now is a hotel! Half the guests will be from out of town if it’s in Maine, so I’d love to have just one place everyone can go to.
I think I’ve just been frustrated because a lot of the beautiful inns are very small for the most part. I’ve started searching for resorts, but as you can imagine, they can get pricey.
I have looked on The Knot which has been great, but a lot of the venues still show outdoor ceremonies. Also, this is me just being picky/whiney, but I wish you could “hide” a certain venue in the search on the site once you determine it’s not a good fit.
I like the idea of looking at wedding photographers in the area!
Thank you all so much for the great tips!