(Closed) Where can I go in Maine for our beach, lobster boil & clambake wedding?

posted 6 years ago in Maine
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Best way to host  a lobster/clam bake is to have it catered. You need all of it cleaned, cooked and served within a short timeframe and then cleanup. 50-60 lobsters creates a big mess!

If you want a discount on hotel rooms, you could book a room block.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I would say go with foster’s clambake. They’re the only one I can think of, but they have a real affordable menu and they have a list of venues they serve

http://fostersclambake.com/Our-Facility-/-Off-site-Venues/off-site-venues.html

I would talk to them and ask for their advice on a cheap beach venue – I would suggest renting a beacch park. I know hampton beach is a little farther south than maine, but I know to rent the pavilion is only around $100. You can try asking about other state parks – that’s the cheapest you’re going to get on beachfront. It’s great you’re having the wedding in Sep, it shouldn’t be unbearably hot. I highly considered the seacoast science center (it’s so beautiful), I think it’s around 5k just to rent the place, but it includes a tent which is rare. I was worried about AC, but you don’t because you are choosing a temperate month.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

September can be lovely.  The day before our wedding (9/26) was 80+ degrees.  The day of our wedding was cloudy and cool (but not cold).  And that was on the water, although a bit south of Boothbay.  

Our photographer was Steven Fairfield (http://www.stevenfairfieldphotography.com).  It looks like his prices have gone up a bit, but he was great and might be able to work something out?

I’m not familiar with Boothbay, so I’m not much help there, but I can tell you that Fosters Clambake is way south.  The Seacoast Science Center is beautiful – I tried so hard to make that one work, but it ended up being too expensive.  

If you have trouble making Boothbay work, you might want to look into the Bath/Brunswick area or York/Kittery/Hampton (NH) (Fosters is in York) or any of a million places in between.  Those ones though, might give you the best balance of what you want.

Good Luck!!!

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Check out TripAdvisor.com, they have great Boards / Forums where you can chat with locals who know the area(s) best… they can certainly make some recommendations for areas of the state, or even perhaps / venues you might want to consider

TripAdvisor is the internet’s leading resource for Trip Planning… an excellent way for any Bride to get “insider info” on Honeymoon planning, Accommodations, etc.

Since discovering TA, I don’t plan any getaways or vacations without checking them out first (have saved myself much heartache and disappointment, by being able to avoid dumpy places etc)

PS… Bangor Tourism, says the September Daytime Averages are around 60 C.  With Highs around 70 F and Lows around 50 F (these are averages tho so things can go up and down too… as well as fluctuate a lot depending ON WHERE you are in the state… Northern vs Souther, Coastal vs Interior etc)

PPS… LOL, having re-read this, I realize this probably reads like an ad… so I should point out that I am JUST an enthusiastic user of that website… its been a real god-send to me as Hubby-2-B and I are both semi-retired and LOVE to spend as much time as we can travelling (so always looking for good info that can save us grief and MONEY), same reason that I am an enthusiastic member of WBee !!

 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

That area of Maine is beautiful!  My parents retired to New Harbor on the Pemquid penisula to the east of Boothbay.

I would agree that it would probably be easier and less stressful to have someone cater a lobster/clam baket.  In that area, you could reach out to Seacoast Catering and Lobster Bakes. I’m not sure how they are, but at least local. There are lobster co-ops in the area where you can buy the lobsters if you do want to cook them yourselves.  Or if you rent a house, see if the owners know a lobsterman you can go to directly.

For rental houses, take a look at homeaway.com.  We’ve used that website for the last three summers for our vacation rentals in Maine.  For the bigger houses, they sometimes say whether they allow weddings onsite and if there is an additional fee.  If you would to do everything at the rental house, just be aware that you would probably need to rent everything (tent, tables, chairs) and possibly even port-a-potties.

There’s no way to predict the weather.  It could be 60 or 80.  (I’m getting married in Mass in October and my fingers are crossed for decent weather.)

If you are thinking about Boothbay, take a look at this website: http://www.boothbayharbor.com/weddings/

Hope this helps.  Good luck!

Post # 8
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 1969

My Future Mother-In-Law works up there so we are constantly visiting!  One cool idea would be to do the Cabbage Island Clam Bake http://www.cabbageislandclambakes.com/clambakes.htm

You basically take a boat out to Cabbage Island and have the clam bake there!

For hotels, check out Spruce Point Inn – it’s gorgeous!

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