Post # 1
Anybody been to a summer wedding here? I am concerned that the tent is going to be hot even though they claim to air cool it. How was the overall feel of the wedding? They are at the top of my price range (for a Sunday wedding) and I want to make sure it is worth it! I am also looking at these venues:
Dockside Guest Quarters in Maine
Colony Hotel in Maine
Nonantum Inn & Resort in Maine
White Cliffs Country Club in Plymouth, MA
Searles is the only one not by the water, but is the closest to where my fiance and I grew up and where our families live.
Any suggestions would help! Thanks bees!!
Post # 3
I loooove Searles Castle! I didn’t go to a wedding here, but I went to a formal fundraiser that was held in the tent. I remember thinking that I would love to get married there someday! I went to an event in October, and there were heaters to keep the tent warm. It was just lovely. I’m sure they could cool it if they could keep it warm. The per person cost is reasonable, but the rental fee is so high! There’s no way I’d be able to get married there unfortunately. Good luck! If you get to have your wedding there, I’m jealous.
Post # 4
Thanks for the info! I am really stretching my budget if I go with Searles, I think that’s why I am a little hesitant with it. I would have to rearrange some of the other costs and get really creative.
I am so confused as to what venue to choose 😛
Post # 5
I just to a wedding there last night. Despite the inclement weather the venue was BEAUTIFUL. Ceremony was outside, cocktail inside the castle and then reception in the tent. I haven’t been to the other venues you listed but we really enjoyed the wedding at Searles last night.
Post # 6
i just posted on your plymouth post but i am going to a wedding here on friday, i will let you know on it! 🙂
Post # 7
Ok went to the wedding last night at Searles. I will say its beautiful…beyond beautiful. But there were a few down falls. It was pouring last night so that took away from the beauty of the landscape. We basically were in a tent all night with rain outside. Because you have to walk outside to get to the castle and the bathroom the bride’s dress was TRASHED. The entire bottom was black from mud. She took it i stride but after the 50th person saying to her “omg your dress!” it was getting old. The bathrooms are kinda fancy port-o pottys and by the end of the night they were disgusting. Like not even useable. My friends mom even walked out and wouldnt use it before heading home. The horderves were awesome, thumbs up on those. There wasnt much direction from the staff and no one filling waters ect, but that could have been based on the package the couple purchased. I would love to go back another time when the weather is nicer.
Post # 8
Thanks for the review! When I went to visit the venue, I noticed the bathrooms were outside the tent and I wondered what would happened if it rained. Now I know!! I want to like the castle, but I just don’t think its the right venue for us.
I am now looking into Nonantum Inn and Resort in Maine. I will have a lot of out of state guests flying in, so Kennebunkport would be a a really nice New Englandy town for them to explore. My only concern right now (without actually seeing the venue in person) is the cost to stay at the inn. It is expensive!!! But I guess I could provide names of other more reasonably priced hotels and my guests can make their own choices on where to stay. The actual wedding cost seems to fall in my budget if I did the math out right (for a Sunday indoor reception)….
Choices, Choices. I feel so overwhelmed! Sigh…