Winter Weekend Wedding in Maine… Suggestions?

posted 5 years ago in Maine
Post # 3
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Yay, another SkiEsta bride!! Congrats on your engagement! I’m getting married there in June 🙂 

We went through the same struggles you just mentioned. I feel the same exact way you do about asking for the house guests to pay (a fraction of) the cost of their room. They’d be paying  for a hotel normally, right?!  I, too, received the same response from the couple of people (close friends) that I mentioned it to.. So, we just decided to suck it up and expanded our budget to include the full cost of the house. The majority of fur guests live about 5 hours away, and most people actually staying at the house are bridal party, parents, grandparents, etc and are likely spending money on more than just the gas and the gift. We just had to rethink a few things and cut costs in other places, but it’s worth it knowing that everyone is happy and we don’t have to go around asking for money. 

As for the hotel, we did some research and it made the most sense to book everything through the Jordan Grand Resort Hotel. They gave us a good group rate and have been really great to work with. Another plus about them is that you can book a trolley to transport guests to the house. The house has very limited parking. And this way, you also don’t have to worry about anyone driving after too many glasses of champagne! This hotel has great customer service and has been very accommodating. 

Hope this helps in your planning, and if you have any questions or need any advice let me know! Good luck 🙂

Post # 4
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Oh, and we didn’t pay for the hotel rooms, but they just created a room block for us reserving rooms at discounted rates (no cost to us).

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I got married in Maine last August. My husband is not religious, so picking an officiant was interesting. Maine allows Maine Notarys to perform weddings, since the Justice of the Peace position doesn’t exist anymore (in Maine.) http://www.maine.gov/portal/family/marriage.html

We eventually decided to have a family friend perform the wedding. He does happen to be ordained, but it was nice to know that a lawyer, judge or notary could have been chosen instead.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Hi All!  I am a SkiEsta Bride also!  We will be getting married October 13 and we are renting the house for the weekend.  We are paying for it and for the whole wedding, actually.  We are having a very small wedding (36 people max) so they can all stay at the house with us, although some are local and will go back and forth to their homes.

 

My dad is a Methodist minister, so he is performing the ceremony for us, but previous posters are correct…Notary Publics can marry people in the state of Maine.  A few of my friends are NPs so if my dad backs out (haha!) I have a backup plan.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@jds12481:  

Hi Jillian,

My caterer is the Good Food Store.  They are *awesome*: great food and great people the work with.  I’m getting my flowers from Pooh Corner Farm.  We aren’t having a DJ or band since we are not having dancing at the reception. (My Fiance uses a came and has some moderate to severe balance issues, so dancing is out for us). Instead, we will have games and activities.

 

How about you?

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@jds12481:  

First, the house was a WONDERFUL venue!  But I DO have some suggestions for things you will need to bring.  I’m compiling a list and I will post that a bit later.  For now, here is a shot of our wedding (taken by my niece from the balcony).

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@jds12481:  

Here’s my list of advice:

1) If you are planning on having 38 people stay at the house it would be a great idea to have them each bring a washcloth.  There are enough towels (especially if you use the pool towels) but there were not enough washcloths for our group. A few extra towels would not be out of place, either.

2) You will need to have extra paper towels and toilet paper.  There will be enough to get you started but you will most likely run out (we did) and need some more.

3) You will need to bring all toiletries.  There may be a few bathrooms with hand soap, but there won’t be many.  You’ll need soap, shampoo, conditioner, body wash etc.

4) You should bring sugar, tea, coffee, creamer, sugar substitutes.  Again, there MAY be some, but when we there there they did not have much.  No real sugar, no coffee, and a limited variety of tea. If you have something you really like, bring it.

5) There are blow up mattresses in the hall closet in the entryway.  (That’s also where the pack and play is). People using them may want to bring sleeping bags and/or blankets.

6)The plateware at the house is tan and burgundy.  We ended up renting plates from the Good Food Store. (White with silver rim).

7) The Good Food Store does NOT provide linens.  We ended up renting from One Stop Event Rentals. http://partyshopmaine.com/

8) Pooh Corner Farms will deliver the flowers.  They were great!  So was the Good Food Store.

9) My hair and makeup was done by Jessica from All That Jazz at (207) 369-9449.  She did a great job and I was very pleased with the results.

I can’t think of anything else right now, but if you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer them!

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@jds12481:  

You’re welcome!

Also, some trash bags would be helpful too, both the smaller white ones for lining trash bins and the BIG ones for the dumpster.

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