Guide to NH Wedding Venues
NH Wedding Venues
New Hampshire wedding venues are highly sought after and often booked far in advance to make sure a couple's wedding date is secured. Spring and Fall are common busy times for NH weddings. New Hampshire is such a great place to get married for so many reasons. We have some great weather, some fantastic scenery, Fall foliage and some awesome wedding venues. And I bet there are some wedding venues on this list that you may not have thought of. Here is your guide to wedding venues in New Hampshire.
NH Waterfalls - Having your wedding at a NH waterfall is usually easily accessible and make awesome wedding venues because of the sounds of the cascading water and the beautiful backdrops for wedding photos. NH waterfalls are really natural wonders of beauty. Waterfalls provide a unique showcase of nature in the spring, provides relief from the summer heat, showcase the beauty of the foliage colors in the fall and showcase frozen crystal clear beauty in the winter. Beaver Brook Cascades in Woodstock is located on the summit of Mount Moosilauke. Diana’s Bath in Bartlett features a 20-foot plunging waterfall over granite rock. Bridal Veil Falls in Franconia features waterfalls with a 30-foot drop that resembles the veil of a bride.
Mountains - Love the mountains of NH? The Granite State is home to the famous White Mountains as well as the Presidential Mountain Range. Why not get married surrounded by the state’s breathtaking mountains? Loon Mountain in Lincoln offers an amphitheater that looks out over the White Mountains. The venue can seat up to 200 guests and provides some gorgeous scenery.
Ski Resorts - Are you the couple that hits the slope each and every weekend in the winter? If so, then a ski resort may be a good choice for your wedding venue. NH is really a skier’s paradise with numerous ski areas throughout the state. Many ski resorts offer Ski & Stay Packages in NH which you and your guests can take advantage of to stay for your wedding while having a great time skiing! Pats Peak Banquet Center in Henniker offers their Summit Ceremony Skyride Package where you can say your vows on the summit of Pats Peak. You can also choose to say your vows at the base of the mountain in one of the indoor or outdoor wedding facilities.
Horse and Carriage - A horse and carriage provides a magical element to any wedding. You can feel like Cinderella arriving at the ball. Charmingfare Farms in Candia features carriages that are drawn by a gorgeous black Percheron draft horse and coachman donned in lively attire. Farm by the River B&B in North Conway offers horse-drawn carriages for weddings.
NH Barns - Getting married in a rustic barn is ideal for those who want to incorporate history and rustic into their wedding. These venues are not only unique but also extremely picturesque. The Stonewall Farm in Keene is set on 120 acres. The barn can hold up to 150 guests and features a wooden spiral staircase and 30-foot tall stone fireplace.
NH's Most Romantic Bed & Breakfast Inns - The Granite State is filled with some of the most romantic B&B’s around! These facilities make great wedding venues because they are not only romantic but cozy as well. Most B&B here are close to area attractions, perfect for out-of-town wedding guests. The Bartlett Inn is located in the town of Bartlett. This inn offer a variety of wedding packages for couples who want a wedding venue that is romantic yet natural at the same time. The Bartlett Inn overlooks The White Mountains and is surrounded by tall pine trees. The Meadow Wind Bed & Breakfast is located in the heart of Hebron and provides a great setting for your wedding. For an outdoor setting, the Meadow Wind has close to two acres with views of the mountains, meadows and Hebron Center.
NH Restaurants - As a bride, you know that the way to your guest’s heart is via food. It is for this reason that restaurants in NH make the ideal wedding locale. It is a simple choice for those who want to experience all that weddings have to offer without all the details because everything you need from the food to tables and chairs are in one spot. The Mile Away Restaurant in Milford features an intimate, rustic atmosphere with large fireplace, antique wood paneling and room for up to 85 guests.
NH Apple Orchards - Apple orchards make the ideal setting for weddings, especially ones in the fall. Apple orchard venues provide a romantic setting with all that nature has to offer. Alyson’s Orchards is located in Walpole and features 4 areas for an outdoor wedding as well as an Event Center for an indoor wedding. The Event Center can hold up to 250 guests.
NH Farms - Farms provide the ideal wedding ceremony for those who want to experience a rustic-themed wedding. Curtis Farm in Wilton offers a huge 1746 colonial farm setting for your wedding. The farm features panoramic views of the Monadnock region. Toad Hill Farms in Franconia is set on 600 lush acres with spectacular views of the Presidential Mountain Range. Toad Hill is a working farm with bountiful gardens, rock walls and plush lawns.
Estates - Estates are a popular venue for weddings due to their beauty and history. The Cobb Hill Estates in Harrisville is a 750 acre estate that provide you with great views of three states: New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont.
NH Resorts - While many people think of expensive when they hear the word resort, this isn’t always the case. Steele Hill Resorts in Sanbornton overlooks the state’s lakes and mountains. The resort is set over 500 acres, featuring amazing panoramic views. Steele Hill Resort also offers NH Timeshares, so many timeshare owners have had generations of weddings at Steele Hill in NH.
NH Museums - Think above and beyond your typical art museum (although those are great museums to get married). NH features museums that are devoted to art, history, skiing, children, aviation, nature, snowmobiling, science, toys, farm life and telephones. Museum exhibits make the perfect backdrop for photos too. Museums create a unique setting that you and your guests will not soon forget. If you are an art lover, The Currier Museum of Art in Manchester provides an intimate wedding setting. It features great photo opportunities with the stunning central staircase.
Weddings at NH State Parks - NH State Parks are the state’s crown jewels and the ideal spot for a wedding. These parks often have beautiful backgrounds and views. Hampton Beach State Park, for instance, offers a private pavilion for up to 250 people, which overlooks Hampton Harbor. Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown offers two large pavilions with the Catamount Pond as a photo backdrop.
NH Botanical Garden Wedding - Getting married at a local botanical gardens is ideal for those who want to be married surrounded by lots of flowers. Most botanical gardens feature greenhouses, tree-lined paths, bright, colorful flowers and water fountains. One of the benefits of being married here is that you really don’t need many decorations. Fuller Gardens in North Hampton features lots of Japanese gardens, English perennial borders and colorful roses. Fells Historic Estate and Gardens in Newbury overlooks Lake Sunapee.
Boats - Who doesn’t love the water? Have you ever considered having your wedding at a boat venue? It would definitely be something your guests will not soon forget. Boat venues make the perfect background for wedding photos, with the ever-changing scenery. Sunapee Cruises has held numerous weddings on their boats, from casual to formal.
Theaters - Maybe you two love the theater or maybe the theater is where you two first met. Being on the stage is the perfect setting for a wedding. Some theaters feature amphitheaters so you can married outdoors if you so choose. Keep in mind, however, that theaters are usually pretty busy in the summer so you may want to consider a spring or fall wedding. The Newport Opera House in Newport was built in 1872 and then rebuilt in 1886, after it was destroyed by fire in 1885. They offer a large hall for weddings.
NH Zoos - Okay maybe NH doesn’t exactly have any zoos but if you are an animal lover, there are some great petting zoos in NH. The money that you pay these NH petting zoos for your wedding will go back into the farm and taking care of the animals, which is a great cause. Also, the backgrounds at these places are spectacular. Charmingfare Farms in Candia is a 180 acre setting filled with over 200 animals in 30 different species. They also offer sleigh rides.
Get Married on a Hot Air Balloon in NH - Imagine getting married in a hot air balloon, overlooking all the beauty that NH has to offer. Hot air balloons are perfect for couples who are adventurous. Most hot air balloon baskets only hold 5-12 people but many hot air balloon companies will rent out additional baskets. Basically, hot air balloons are mainly used for smaller, intimate weddings. Another thing to keep in mind is the weather. Hot air balloons will not launch in rainy, windy or stormy weather.
NH Caverns - When many folks hear the word caves or cavern, their first thoughts are adventurers with helmets donning headlamps and tons of bats flying around. However, this is not the scenery of NH’s caverns. Having your wedding in one of NH’s caverns is a cool and creative idea. It is ideal for those who are looking for something unique but also simple and rustic. Caverns definitely make an ideal wedding venue in the hot summer months since caverns are typically nice and cool. Devil’s Den in New Durham is home to the Devil’s Den Cave.
NH Wedding Chapels - Chapels are a great venue choice for those looking for a wedding that is small and intimate. If you don’t have a long guest list, having your wedding at a chapel can make everyone feel cozy without appearing too informal. Little Harbor Chapel in Portsmouth hosts up to 80 guests and is a non-denominational facility. The Brookline Chapel in Brookline is also non-denominational. It was built in 1943 and seats up to 160 guests.
Weddings at NH Wineries - Wineries have become a popular wedding venue in recent years. The reason for this is that they offer stunning scenery. Wineries are ideal for summer and fall weddings but most wineries have indoor facilities for winter weddings as well. Imagine saying your vows surrounded by acres of vines and fields. Flag Hill Winery in Lee features some beautiful landscaped areas. They offer outdoor weddings in their luxury 6,900 square foot tents or indoor weddings in the post and beam dining room, both overlooking the vineyards.
NH Country Club Wedding - Country clubs often feature some pretty luxurious facilities for both indoor and outdoor weddings. While it is true that many of these facilities are on the pricey side, getting married in a country club setting is something you and your guests will never forget. We are lucky to have several country clubs that have won awards for their weddings. For instance, the Atkinson Resort and Country Club in Atkinson received the 2015 Couple’s Choice Award from Wedding Wire as well as the 2014 Best of Wedding award from The Knot.
Wedding on a NH Beach - It is really tough to find a wedding venue that is more romantic or more scenic than at a NH beach. NH beaches provide tranquil ocean sounds and cool gentle breezes. Getting married on the beach at sunset is simply amazing, with the tide pools as a backdrop and the orange-red glow of the sunset. South Beach at Hampton State Park is situated at the state’s southernmost tip and features miles of sandy beaches, sea grass and sand dunes. The private pavilion at South Beach can hold up to 250 guests.
Private Islands Wedding - If you want to get married with the sand under your toes, the sun in your face and the breeze in your hair, think beach wedding but more private and more intimate. Consider getting married on your own private island. Private Island weddings gives you the feeling of being blissfully secluded. Middle Island is located in Wakefield on Lovell Lake. The island has stunning views of Moose Mountain. Belle Island is located in Portsmouth and is considered to be NH’s ultimate private wedding. It is set on 12 acres with 360 degree views of landscape surrounding the island.
NH Castles- Do you love the stories of Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel and Jasmine? Is your husband-to-be a real Prince Charming? If you answered yes, then a castle wedding should be a consideration for you. Castle weddings provide the perfect environment for your wedding day as well as the ideal backdrop for your wedding photos. Searles Castle in Windham features a courtyard that can accommodate up to 250 guests with a wooded backdrop. Imagine getting married in the courtyard of a fantasy land castle!
Covered Bridges - NH is filled with covered bridges of all kinds and they make ideal wedding venues. They are an outdoor setting, yet are covered in the case of inclement weather and provide shade from the hot summer sun. NH is well-known for its beautiful, historic covered bridges, reflecting the bridge’s artist, town they are located in as well as the era they are constructed. The Honeymoon Bridge in Jackson overlooks the Ellis River and makes a wonderful NH covered bridge wedding venue.
Sports Stadiums - If you and your soon-to-be spouse are big sports fans, don’t think you have to head to Boston if you want to get married at a sports stadium. If you are the couple that romance screams cheering fans, the smell of roasted peanuts and the spirit of friendly competition, a sports venue wedding may be in the cards for you. NH has some pretty cool sports venues. For instance, the Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, which is home to NH’s Fisher Cats and located in Manchester, offers various hospitality areas that are great for weddings. You can choose to rent out just the Sam Adams Bar and Grill for your wedding or you can go big and rent out the whole stadium for your wedding.
Historic Landmarks - Historic landmarks are the ideal wedding venue for those who are looking to add some culture and history into their wedding. These landmarks also make great wedding venues since it provides you and your guests with the opportunity to explore the state’s history. Governor John Langdon House in Portsmouth is a historic mansion that was built in 1784. Another great venue is Canterbury Shaker Village in Canterbury. This is listed as a national historic landmark and features 694 acres of ponds, gardens, forests and fields.
NH Amusement Parks - If you don’t want to get married in a traditional ceremony and are looking for something different, unique and fun, look no further than an amusement park. While our state doesn’t have the biggest parks in the world, NH still features some cool parks that make ideal wedding locales. The Granite State’s amusement parks feature some of the most spectacular natural surroundings. Story Land in Glen has a chapel onsite that has hosted numerous weddings. Story Land is like a storybook wedding complete with rides, games, shows and attractions.