Unforgettable, one-of-a kind destination wedding experiences- the Maine Islands.
Whether you're eloping, hosting an intimate event or inviting a crowd, there is a Maine Island experience perfect for your wedding day. Rustic to comfortable, remote to centrally located, let's get into all the unique Maine island wedding venues to say "I-do"!
A few things to keep in mind when planning an Island Wedding in Maine:
- You'll need vendors who are experienced and understand the intricacies of island events. They're complex from a logistics point of view and every vendor should be ready for these challenges.
- Understand not only your transportation to and from the island but transportation once you're on the island. Some Islands have car ferries and some are foot traffic or golf cart only.
- Lodging and booking- many Maine Islands get booked up in the summer. You'll need to plan well in advance or pick a location that offers lodging on the mainland.
-Islands without venues don't have to be crossed off. If you're having a small event and your rental allows it, check out vbro and air b&b for some private locations!
Both my and my husband's families have strong connections to the Maine Islands and we've spent time on so many ... I'd love to tell you more about them.
Jump to Southern Maine
Dotting the coast as you drive towards Portland you'll find many small islands with coastal preserves. Not much infrastructure to speak of, but quiet hiking and a private place to share your elopement vows.
Once you reach Portland Harbor though the possibilities open up:
One of Southern Maine's most favourite islands, my family has been vacationing here for generations. It features several restaurants, wedding venues, close proximity to Portland, and regular, affordable ferry service year round.
A wedding on Peaks means a fun, Island experience without much hassle. All of Portland and beyond of sleeping accommodations, island rentals and easy transportation.
Another Casco Bay island steeped in fascinating history offering first class a first class dining experience and water view ceremony site!
Arrive via ferry, water taxi, or private boat to explore this off-the-beaten-path island treasure. Upon arrival visit the onsite store for to-go items to enjoy a picnic, or unwind for lunch or dinner at the restaurant with a cocktail or local craft beer. Getting here is a breeze and part of the fun. Whether you take a short ferry ride from Portland's Old Port District or come by private boat, it's a pleasure to glide across the sparkling waters of Casco Bay and take in the remarkable scenery that surrounds you. When you disembark at the ferry terminal or marina, you'll find it's only a few steps to the restaurant, where a warm welcome awaits.
Dreaming of a wedding that will showcase the incredible beauty of Maine and be a little adventurous? Look no further than Cow Island.
I've photographed a few weddings here and I always marvel at what a unique experience it is for guests.
Hire a schooner to sail around Portland Harbor where you can say your vows aboard or just enjoy a scenic cruise with cocktails. Or hire a ferry to bring your guests over from Sail Maine.
On the Island you'll find a rustic water side ceremony site, cocktail area with zip line, tented dining site and dance floor and spot for band.
Hire a planner for this type of event who can you help you coordinate the logistics of getting everything back and forth to the Island. Find Vendors familiar with the experience.
Request additional golf carts. Getting around the island for older folks and for you and your photographer is essential.
Located on the largest island in picturesque Casco Bay and easily accessible via ferry service from Portland and Yarmouth or by water taxi, Chebeague Island Inn offers the exciting escape of a destination wedding at a fraction of the effort for your guests. Our 21-room boutique hotel features serene and comfortable guest rooms where your guests can relax free from the distractions of TVs and phones. A 1920s era Great Room will be a comfortably stylish spot that will entice you and your wedding party to gather throughout the weekend. For your more active guests, our property is within walking distance of a 9-hole golf course, sandy beaches, free rental bikes, and tennis courts.
Harpswell & Bailey Island
Want to skip the boat? Bailey Island in Harpswell offers a drivable island experience. Another area I'm very fond of! ( I grew up summering in this area and lived here for a time, and we're often in the area visiting family!)
The makeup of the area is changing rapidly from a quiet fishing community to an area filled with stunning estates yet some of the most iconic views remain accessible. You'll find a few wedding venues here as well.
I'm particularly fond of this area as my husband and I lived here when we were first married and much of family is on the islands.
Steps from gorgeous mackerel cove, this quaint space is perfect for your intimate wedding/reception. You can even have a tented event on the lawn.
Beautiful mix of history and quaint New England. ( Photos from Bailey Island Google Listing)
Farmhouse style from top to bottom, this venue offers all the space you need for your larger event and oozes charm! ( Photos from Live Well Farm Website)
My own parents tied the knot here back in the 70s and it's still an awesome location. Overlooking the harbor and the Cribstone bridge and delicious food in a casual atmosphere. ( Photos from Cooks Lobster House)
One of Maine's historic Bed and Breakfasts right on the water offering plenty of space for your ceremony and reception tent plus 10 rooms for lodging out of town guests! ( Photos from Harpswell Inn Website)
Just a 1/4 mile from the shore this island is home to Hog Island Audubon Camp! Rustic accommodations and unique scenery make this a wonderful destination for your adventurous event! ( Photos from Hogg Island Website)
I'll admit I'm ridiculously excited about the prospects of photographing a wedding on Monhegan one of these days. It's a favourite destination of mine because it's like traveling back in time. It's so incredibly beautiful and not that difficult to access despite being a good distance from the main land.
Pictures don't do this place justice. With plenty of lodging and incredible scenery every where you look this is the perfect spot for you smaller event.
Situated on the island of North Haven in the Penobscot Bay of Maine, our charming venue resides on a diversified working farm that has become locally renowned for exceptional service and exquisite cuisine. Both ceremonies and receptions can be accommodated at this spacious venue with indoor and outdoor event areas offering views of the stunning natural landscape.
Nestled between the vegetable fields lies our specially-designed ceremony site with wooden benches and a birch arbor. Surrounded by rolling hills and dazzling views of the Goose Rock Lighthouse and neighboring islands, it is the perfect place to say ‘I Do’. After your walk down the aisle, the post-and-beam barn is the perfect place for your celebration reception with your nearest and dearest. Featuring high ceilings, wood furnishings, and long communal dining tables. This enchanting space radiates a feeling of rustic warmth and splendor. Full catering services are provided and our talented catering team will assist you in creating the perfect menu for a farm-to-table meal.
Mount Desert Island
Home to a number of gorgeous venues and elopement locations and of course, Acadia National Park, I take a deep dive into the venues and locations in another blog post.
The Cranberry Isles consist of five islands. Only two, Greater Cranberry and Little Cranberry are open to the public. Travel to these islands offer as many sights as the islands themselves. You can experience the unique feel of Island life and scenic solitude while Hiking and Biking these Atlantic treasures.
Overlook the water and enjoy the freshet seafood. Enjoy a scenic cruise- a prefect location for your mid-size wedding.
As a Maine Wedding Photographer specializing in weddings of under 150, intimate weddings, elopements, minamonies, and micro-weddings across the State of Maine, I'm here to document your wedding day in an unobtrusive, heartfelt way to maximize your ability to say present while capturing authentic, natural moments. Get in touch to discuss your plans!