All weddings should be a gay event! Maine is a special state, lighthouses, lobster, long beautiful coastline, scenic lakes and mountains. Maine is also unique because the northeastern most state recognizes same-sex marriage. In fact, Maine voters legalized same sex marriage in 2012. The Maine state motto is "the way life should be" and perhaps that applies to equality of opportunity in marriage of lesbians, gays, and transgendered individuals. Same sex partners looking to officially tie the knot and be married will feel at home in Maine.
Maine is a beautiful place to marry the one you love. Of course some Maine communities are more gay friendly than others, and couples should consider these wedding venues first and foremost in their search for the perfect place to host their special wedding.
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Nonantum Resort l Kennebunkport
Established in 1883, this enchanting waterfront resort features elegantly appointed rooms, private baths, water view, heated pool and waterview award-winning dining at 95 Ocean. Dedicated to providing our guests with the highest quality service so that your wedding day is everything you dreamed it would be. Winner of TheKnot Best of Weddings and WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award 2015. Parties for up to 200 people. 95 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine 888-205 1555, 207 967-4050
Breakwater Inn & Spa l Waterfront Events
Waterfront Inn directly on the Kennebunk River where the river meets the ocean, offering an astounding setting for your special event to be remembered for years to come. The Breakwater team are experienced, professional event planners, able to assist in ensuring that all your needs are well catered to. Menus are customized to fit your event with choice of plated dinner service, stations, buffet or lobster clam bakes. Events can be hosted indoors in a Private waterfront restaurant or on the beautiful spacious lawn with tent events for up to 150 guests. 131 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine 207-967-5333
York Harbor Inn l York Harbor
Luxurious Historic Oceanfront Inn. Ballroom accommodates 175 for cocktail reception, 150 for dinner and dancing. Wedding ceremonies adjacent to the Inn in Hartley Mason Oceanfront Park. Many guest rooms with fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, decks and ocean vistas. 1637 and Ship’s Cellar Pub for post-reception gatherings! One hour from Boston. Wedding specials Jan-Apr. 480 York Street, York Harbor, Maine. 800-343-3869, 207-363-5119
Stage Neck Inn l York Harbor
The intimate oceanfront wedding. Guests will be raving for years about your afternoon wedding of up to 125 guest or evening wedding of up to 75 guests. Our grounds feature the beach, ocean, river and cliff walk merging in scenic splendor. Gourmet menus and service to match. Dawn Whittemore, wedding coordinator will ensure that your day goes smoothly. Extensive online wedding guide. 8 Stage Neck Road, York, Maine. 207-363-3850
Cliff House Maine | Ogunquit
Expert catering and wedding specialists ensure flawless, ethereal oceanfront weddings that are emblematic of coastal Maine and distinctive of the celebrants’ singular vision, bridging tradition and imagination. In the new Atlantic Ballroom, expansive panoramic windows reveal unobstructed views of the ocean, while enchanting fireplaces and fire pits bring warmth and gathering into the more intimate spaces. A variety of outdoor ceremony venues provide alternative options to tie the knot among spectacular settings. A variety of flexible spaces are available depending on the size and style of your gathering. 591 Shore Road, Cape Neddick, ME 207-361-1000
Village by the Sea l Wells
Celebrate one of life’s grandest events at Village By The Sea. Our lovely gazebo is a perfect spot to host your wedding. Up to 175 will enjoy a distinctive reception, complete with cocktail hour, passed hors d'oeuvres and dinner service. Let us make your wedding day a reality at a price your budget can afford. On the Maine Coast just 1.5 hours north of Boston between Kennebunkport and Ogunquit. 1373 Post Road,Wells, Maine. 800-444-8862, 207-646-1100
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Ogunquit and Kennebunkport, both beautiful waterfront towns, have strong gay communities, a vibrant art and music scene, and more tolerance of gay weddings than some. Similarly, the city of Portland, with 80,000 population, has a higher diversity and thriving downtown along the waterfront, and a very LGTB friendly climate. Not only do these great Maine towns offer plenty of hotels, waterfront restaurants and wedding facilities to host your big day, but there is plenty to do for your visiting wedding guest from shopping, museums, to boating excursions, and browsing boutiques and art galleries. Imagine how fun a weekend wedding in Maine will be for all your attendees - friends, family and wedding party alike!
Same sex couples can consider all kinds of wedding options in Maine. You can get married on the beach with just an intimate wedding gathering of close friends and family, or throw big bash at an oceanfront resort or in a beautifully restored barn in a country field with a live band and bbq.
You name it, Maine has the wedding venue from elegant candlelight reception halls to boot scooting barn dancing. Maine campgrounds and lake resorts provide a peaceful outdoor setting for a lovely wedding weekend. The beach is a great place for a lobster feast and clambake following a seaside ceremony in the sand performed by a justice of the peace.
No matter the season or setting, with Maine as your backdrop, your wedding will be a gay old time.