Maine Event Planner Blog

sneak peek: emily & chad

more to come!

VENDORS:
Maine Wedding Planner: The Purple Orchid, Event Planning
Venue: Marianmade Farm
Catering: The Bread and Butter Catering Company
Photographer: Darling Photography
Cocktail Hour Performance / DJ: Isaiah Bennet Music
Ceremony Music: Occasional Brass & Strings 
Officiant: Stephanie Batterman
Florist: Emily Carter Floral Design
Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals
Hair / Makeup: Jessica Levesque, Elise Pierce
Transportation: Country Coach Charters 

sneak peek: lindsay + mike

more to come!

VENDORS:
Maine Wedding Planner: The Purple Orchid, Event Planning
Catering: Trillium
Florist: Michelle Peele
DJ: John Dolan
Ceremony Music: AJ Edwards
Rentals: One Stop
Transportation: Country Coach Charters
Photographer: Christina Bernales
Hair and Makeup: Bei Capelli
Videographer: Cody Wambolt
Venue: Marianmade Farm

sneak peek: jamie + alex

more to come!

VENDORS:
Maine Event Planner: The Purple Orchid, Event Planning
Venue: Inn at Ocean’s Edge
Catering: Trillium
Florist: Coco Design
Photographer: Theo Milo 
Hair / Makeup: Studio 90 on Fleet
Band: Encore 
Rentals: Wallace Event Rentals

maine wedding venues: going coastal

Maine has 3,478 miles of coastline with 3,166 off-shore islands <– the only two states the beat us out in coastline are Florida and Louisiana, that’s pretty impressive. There’s just something about the ocean that’s so magical, a view that never gets old. Let’s visit some coastal wedding venues that provide the quintessential Maine backdrop.

Samoset Resort
From their site: “Nestled on 230 oceanfront acres overlooking Penobscot Bay, the Samoset Resort offers a timeless setting for romantic Maine weddings.”

photo cred: Steven Fairfield / see more of Lindsay & Kevin’s wedding!

French’s Point
From their site: “Set on a peninsula overlooking the Penobscot Bay in Maine, French’s Point offers two year-round, oceanfront vacation rental homes available for weddings and milestone celebrations with beautifully landscaped grounds, a variety of gorgeous event spaces, and an incredible array of amenities affording our guests an unequivocal value with uncompromised privacy, in an unparalleled setting.”
photo cred: Chris Bennett Photography / see more of Natayla & Christian’s day!

Inn at Ocean’s Edge
From their site: “The Inn’s 15 acres of gardens, rolling lawns and woods, our unique infinity swimming pool, and dramatic ocean views, all come together to treat you and your wedding guests to a true Maine wedding.”

photo cred: emilieinc.com

Cliff House
From their site: “Offering panoramic ocean views, exceptional culinary selections, and more, Cliff House resort is an unrivaled setting for New England weddings. Inspiring indoor and outdoor venues—each of which feature remarkable sightlines of the southern coast of Maine—present a picturesque backdrop for luxurious & unforgettable receptions alike”

photo cred: Kim Chapman Photography

maine wedding venues: farms + barns

The first venue category we’re visiting is barns and farms — we’re big fans of the barn wedding here at Purple Orchid. Farms cover 1.35 million acres of land in Maine and provide the perfect backdrop for a wedding, farms and barns can be dressed up or down, really allowing the couple to bring their own style to life. Out are your typical thoughts of a barn – full of hay and homes to horses and sheep. In are thoughts of exposed beams, elegant light fixtures, views of rolling hills or pristine waterfront, and so much more. Below are just a few of Maine’s expansive barn venue offerings:

Marianmade Farm
From their site: “Nestled on the banks of the Sheepscot River near historic Wiscasset is Marianmade Farm. As a working lavender and flower farm, the setting brings a piece of Provence to mid-coast Maine.”

photo cred / view more of this beautiful wedding: Cait Bourgault Photography

Granite Ridge Estate & Barn
From their site: “Built on top of a mountain and surrounded by 200 private acres, the Granite Ridge Barn is a 3,500 square foot finely crafted timber frame barn featuring panoramic mountain views.”

photo cred: Kelly Carey Photography

The Barn on Walnut Hill
From their site: “…the custom-designed gardens and four green acres provide an enchanting setting for your celebration. The attached 19th-century barn and farmhouse have been painstakingly restored and renovated to capture the charm of time past while simultaneously offering modern amenities to facilitate flawless events.”

photo cred: Kerri Green

Josias River Farm
From their site: “Josias River Farm is a classic 250-year-old Maine farm situated on 20 scenic acres of forests, open fields, pastures and an apple orchard. Stone walls, rail fences and perennial beds surround our original antique cape and rustic New England barn in this relaxed country setting.”

photo cred / view more from Krissy + Melinda’s day: Alex Plus Betty

Hardy Farm
From their site: “After a complete renovation in 2013, the Links transformed Hardy Farm into a very special and unique venue for weddings and events offering an authentically historic feel, with a distinctly unique ambiance of contemporary yet rustic elegance.”

photo cred: Emilie, Inc. 

maine wedding venue week

It’s no secret that we love, love, love the state of Maine. Two of us have been lucky enough to call this place home from the start, and Meli has quickly adapted to the Maine lifestyle and now considers herself a Mainer. One of the reasons Maine is such a great place to get married is the venue options are endless – lakeside venues, coastal venues, private estates, summer camps, B&Bs, museums, barns, and farms! Throughout the past few years we have had the chance to travel to venues that fall in just about every one of these categories and we think we are so lucky to get to explore new venues each wedding season. Over the next week we’re going to take you through some of these categories and showcase real life venues and weddings to help you narrow down your venue options.

photo cred: Alexandra Roberts

inspiration: maine engagement picture locations

Another great way to explore the amazing views, landscape, lighthouses, rocky shorelines, and mountains in Maine is during your engagement pictures. Below are some fun options for you to explore!

inspiration: spring bouquets

This past week has been particularly grey. And full of rain. Hopefully these spring wedding bouquets will bring some brightness to your day.

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tips for making your wedding guest list

photo cred: Kerri Green

Time to start the guest list! You will spend a lot of time thinking about this — there’s no way around it. It can get a bit chaotic, especially if one or both sets of parents are helping plan and contribute financially. It’s important for you and your fiancé to be upfront with both families about your expectations in terms of invitees – give them guidelines and stick to them.

  • Use a collective document: the easiest way to do this is create a Google Doc that everyone has access to and divvy it up how you see fit – for example: a tab for the bride’s family, a tab for the groom’s family, a tab for friends [this can be broken down into the couple’s’ friends and family friends]. This later can become your living guest list document that houses everything from addresses to RSVPs.
  • The one-year rule: have you or your fiancé spent time with this person in the last year? Granted, if they live hundreds of miles away, or in a different country for that matter that may be tricky, think – have we had an in-depth meaningful conversation in the last year? Chances are if you haven’t done this in the past 1+ year, you won’t be in the next year.
  • Make rules and stick to them – deciding who gets a plus one, who gets the cut are just a few of the rules you may need to enforce. Ensure that all contributors know the rules and that everyone sticks to them, it could cause more drama down the line if there are exceptions being made for certain people.
  • Don’t let parents and in-laws wear you down: this can be a tricky one, especially when mom says you need to invite great aunt Linda who you haven’t seen since you were 5. If it comes down to budget constraints, be upfront and tell whoever is requesting that they are more than welcome to invite this person, but they will need to chip in for the overflow.
  • Your wedding day is about you and your fiancé, having your closest family and friends celebrate the union between the two of you, your new life you’re about to embark on – you want your attendees to have a vested interest in your life, your relationship, and your happiness. This is about the two of you, invite only those who are positive influences on your life and your relationship.

real talk with meli: After we got engaged and started thinking numbers – 120 popped into my head and sounded like a good number of people. In reality, I had no idea what 120 looked like – it wasn’t until after we started creating our list I got a sense of what certain numbers looked like in relation to our guests. Flash forward to today: we have way over that. 

crafting your wedding budget

photo cred: Alexandra Roberts

Crafting your wedding budget will at some point feel stressful and overwhelming, but it’s one of the first steps that needs to be done when planning your wedding. Whether you’re planning an intimate gathering or lavish celebration, you’ll need to figure out the following.

  • Figure out who is contributing to the day – talking money with your parents or future in-laws may not be the most comfortable or or easiest thing to do, but the sooner you get it done, the sooner you can move on to the rest of your planning. Gone are the days where the bride’s family foots the majority of the bill. After you figure out who is contributing, discuss with your partner how much the two of you are comfortable putting towards the wedding.
  • Prioritize spending – what is most important to you and your partner? Is it giving your guests the most epic meal of their life? A live band to keep the party going all night? Make a short list of priorities that are most important to the two of you, this way you know where you want to devote more of your budget as well as time researching and picking out what matters to you. Create a short list on your own and then come together with your partner to see what you both came up – this is a perfect time to compromise and work together on what matters most.
  • Cost considerations – if your dream is to have a 300-person black tie affair, you’re going to have a much higher budget than someone who plans an intimate 50-person backyard barbeque, and there’s nothing wrong with either of those routes! Things to consider that will have an impact on your costs: number of guests, food service – are you thinking a 4-course seated dinner or a food truck?, location / season / day of the week – off peak times will enable you to have more negotiating power with vendors.
  • Do some quick research – are you living in New York but planning a wedding in Maine? Do some research on wedding costs in the location you’re getting married, this will better help you be realistic with your numbers.

Real talk with Meli: My fiancé and I did created a list of ‘non-negotiables’: weekend long celebration, the food, and a live band. This helped us narrow down where we would want to allocate a higher percentage of our budget and what our priorities were.