(Closed) NH outdoor beach wedding sites

posted 7 years ago in New Hampshire
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Up until a few months ago, I was also a Seacoast bride planning a beach wedding. The state parks won’t let you set up chairs and you’d have to hold the reception somewhere else. The only place that we’ve found that’s even slightly beachy is the Seacoast Science Center in Rye. They have a massive white tent that they rent along the water. The upside is you can do the ceremony and reception in the same location. The downside is that it’s rocky, not beachy. This is the link to the photo gallery: http://www.seacoastsciencecenter.org/visit_today/gallery/slideshow.php?g=12&x=1

The only other water themed venue we explored was Wentworth by the Sea and they are a bit more on the expensive side.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Super cheap option: You can rent the Salisbury state beach picnic area ($150 i think) – it has picnic benches under a roof that would probably seat most everyone. It’s not fancy, but it’s cheap and the shelter is very good.

I was in the same predicament- I was real close to booking the seacoast science center, but it was a little over budget for just the venue (4k for a sun. lots more for sat)

I ended up at the gloucester elks- affordable, seats a bunch of people, having the ceremony on the grass in front overlooking the ocean- you can opt to have a wedding on one of the sand beaches nearby. But you can’t DIY your food here, you must hire a caterer.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

I’m not sure if Surfside 5 in Salisbury center (MA) lets people rent out their deck for private functions, but if they do that’s about as close to the ocean as you can get. They boast an “8,000 sq.ft. ocean front deck”.   It’s a bar in Salisbury center though, so it wouldn’t exactly be private or fancy.

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

The Elks lodge is gorgeous! I think I have friends getting married there next year. Good find danicalifornia

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Mrs.Darling: Thanks! And shockingly affordable! My Mom heard the price and immediately got out her checkbook- no lie.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I was also in your shoes before my parents came in to save the day.  Fort Foster in Kittery, ME has pavillions you can rent, and lots of nooks and crannies if you’re feeling more adventurous.  It’s pretty, on the water and just barely in Maine.  It’s a bit hard to find, but might be worth a look.  

The Seacoast Science Center is beautiful.  I really wanted that to work for us, but it just didn’t.

Good luck!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@MapleMoose: Like I said, rather pricey for JUST a venue site, but it does include a tent- and she can’t DIY food there.

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