Maine's Most Intimate, Small Wedding Venues

Updated: Jan 29


Imagine your favorite day. Those you love surround you with warmth, and the unforgettable feel of being home. The food that’s shared over big tables and the sound of conversations that tumble into laughter. A day of sea salt breezes and sun-warmed skin that dips into an evening of campfires and clambakes.

Our best memories are often the most simple—the act of being encircled by our favorite people in our favorite places. Why plan a wedding that’s any different?


If you're longing for an intimate wedding, elopement, micro-wedding or minimony in Maine, these are some my favourite venues perfect for your small Maine wedding. These venues offer an incredible mix of romantic atmosphere, scenic photo backdrops and delicious food for a truly one-of-a -kind event.


From the coziest spots to the best food, take a look!

Vesper Hill Children's Chapel- Rockport Maine


The Vesper Hill Children's Chapel is an outdoor chapel with formal gardens located between Rockport’s busy harbor and the fields of Aldermere Farms. Vesper Hill Children’s Chapel is a non-denominational outdoor chapel. The chapel can seat 50 people and is a breathtaking spot to say your vows. Quiet location yet close to the beauty of Camden for additional photo ops!


Quiet Venue

Close to Camden for Dining & Photos

Covered in case of rain


Earth at Hidden Pond, Kennebunkport Maine.

Every detail at hidden pond has been carefully planned and executed. Its a venue that takes your breath away; its entirely romantic without pretense. Imagine having a small gathering around the well worn wood table of the potter's shed or the artists shed. Perfection. Multiple private dining options for anywhere from 2-20 guests with additional outdoor tented and garden options. If the setting wasn't enough, wait until you taste the food. An incredible gourmet meal that will knock your socks off. This is the perfect venue if you want an evening you'll never forget.


  • Luxurious accommodations on-site.

  • Outdoor wooded wedding site

  • Indoor private dining

  • Beautiful photo backdrops everywhere you look

  • Romantic atmosphere




Arrowhead Estates- Cape Neddick, Maine

Close to the coast yet hidden away in a lovely wooded setting. Arrowhead caters to smaller sized weddings offering you beautifully landscaped grounds and delicious food.


  • Hosting Events from 5-200 (inside up to 30 guests)

  • Wedding suite

  • Speak easy style bar & lounge

  • Modern bathrooms

  • In house catering

  • In house bar full service

  • 4 Acre micro farm and perennial gardens

  • Heritage apple orchard

  • Flat lawn for variety of tents

  • Close to incredible waterfront locations for photos!



Viewpoint Hotel: York, Maine

If one of a kind views and luxury accommodations sound exactly like what you're looking for, then look no further than the stunning Viewpoint Hotel. Close to the boarder, this venue is easy to get to from neighbouring New England states. Enjoy a quiet ceremony overlooking the rocky coast and York's gorgeous Nubble Light on a private patio set away from all the hustle and bustle of the tourist spots. Opt for a candle-lit private meal at any number of nearby restaurants. These folk chose the 5-Star White Barn Inn for their meal.



Primo Restaurant: Rockland, Maine

Foodies, this one's for you! Another unforgettable private dining experience.

Close to the ocean and scenic photo spots yet privately tucked away on private land for a quiet, personalised experience. The food is delicious and widely acclaimed and the small wedding barn is perfect for an intimate evening!




Bailey Island Library: Bailey Island, Maine.

Bailey Island is an incredibly scenic spot loaded with history, new England charm, and lobster boats. This small venue is just adorable and overlooks the incredible mackerel cove- a perfect ceremony location. Nearby Giant Staircase for incredible photos on the rocky coastline.



King Hill Inn, South Paris Maine

The rolling quiet pasture setting at King Hill Inn in South Paris Maine is so picturesque. This historic property dates back to 1795 and features stunning gardens and forest along with four distinctive ceremony sites including a forest, tiny chapel, and apple tree location.




The Lodge on the Cove, Kennebunkport, Maine

Want a venue close to everything with a bit of pizzaz and color? Consider this unlikely venue. Small weddings are big deals at The Lodge on the Cove, nestled on a wooded cove in Kennebunkport. Say your “I do’s” on a knoll overlooking an ocean-fed tidal cove, surrounded by soft sea breezes. Dine cocktail- or banquet-style with friends and family in the lodge, poolside restaurant, bar or clubhouse, with water views. Whether you opt for passed hors d’oeuvres, stationary displays or a small lobster bake, your special day will receive special attention from the experienced staff. Make your intimate gathering a weekend affair: The hotel’s 30 rooms are spacious, some with cove views. There are lawn games, clubhouse movies, bonfires with s’mores and other activities. And it’s a short stroll to bustling Dock Square with its restaurants, boutiques and galleries




The Stonehouse Manor, Popham Beach Maine.

Stonehouse Manor is a Nationally Registered Historic Seacoast Cottage offering a unique ocean and country retreat in historic Popham Beach, Maine. Offering year-round serenity in a private, peaceful setting. Centrally located between Boston and Acadia National Park on the secluded shores of Silver Lake. Watch the seals in the Kennebec River and walk around the white sand beaches to the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean. Onsite lodging, sprawling grounds and close to the ocean and beaches for incredible portraits.




Hardy Farm, Fryeburg, Maine

This Maine wedding venue was originally established in 1750 in the picturesque White Mountains of Maine as a working farm. Hardy Farm remained in the same family for ten generations before becoming a wedding venue. Guests at Hardy Farm enjoy the beautiful rural New England setting with convenient proximity to North Conway, NH, and the Mt. Washington Valley, which provides countless outdoor activities year-round. Their combined properties can accommodate up to 32 people for an overnight or weekend stay. The property has all the amenities and features you need for your fairytale wedding including a rustic and elegant wedding barn, sailcloth tent, beautiful gardens, a woodland chapel and more. All the amenities of a large wedding for your intimate gathering.




The Artists Bridge In Bethel, Maine

The covered bridge in Bethel Maine is a wonderfully unique spot to hold your wedding. You can hold both the ceremony and reception under the bridge allowing for both an outdoor wedding even if the weather doesn't cooperate.


On a boat

Spend a few incredible hours aboard a ship in Camden Harbor before a quiet dinner at one of Camden's best restaurants! A leisurely day sure to delight all of your guests. Perfect as a destination wedding event.




The Bitter End, Wells Maine

Got a laid back, fun-loving crew who enjoys a delicious cocktail and a few laughs? Get married on the beach and then head to the Bitter End for a casual evening and fun atmosphere. New to Wells, this restaurant is already creating a lot of buzz around their delicious menu. They have a whimsical patio with bar that can accommodate 20-50 people including the use of the bar. The great part about this venue is the abundance of nearby lodging and activities for your guests.



The Porcupine Room at the Bar Harbor Inn

The Bar Harbor Inn is the perfect spot for your Downeast nuptuals.

Offering a gorgeous waterfront ceremony location, beautiful gardens and landscaping, and a quiet reception room with stunning views! Idea if you're hoping to keep a bit of a tradition and a luxurious feel for a small group!

Bring your photographer for a pre-wedding photoshoot in Acadia National Park just like Kari and Doug did.

See more: https://www.elizabethivyphotography.com/post/kari-doug-s-destination-wedding-in-bar-harbor






Maynards in Moosehead, Maine and Tomhegan of Moosehead, Maine

You get a two-fer here because I'm obsessed with Moosehead. It's one of my absolute favorite places in Maine. Both rustic venues offer options for small weddings that would be absolutely marvelous for a couple who loves the wildness.

Big Moose Inn, Millinocket, Maine


Love going 'upta camp? Want your wedding to be a real get-away so you can un-plug and get closer to nature? Take an adventure to Northern Maine and experience all the warmth, relaxation and beauty of visiting your favourite rustic Maine camp with plenty of room for the guests and on-site service! Several locations on the property to host your intimate wedding gathering, there is really no more picturesque venue in the state of Maine.






You've got the venue picked out, now onto the guest list:

How to cut your guest list in half: https://www.elizabethivyphotography.com/single-post/2018/11/16/How-cut-your-guest-list-in-half-without-hurt-feelings