12 Small Wedding Venues in Maine for a Quaint & Cozy Celebration

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Rachel Kashdan - The Knot Contributor.
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Rachel Kashdan
Rachel Kashdan - The Knot Contributor.
Rachel Kashdan
The Knot Contributor
  • Rachel is a freelance writer and contributor to The Knot.
  • Prior to working as a freelance writer, Rachel was a staff writer at Boston magazine covering home design and weddings.
  • Rachel has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University.
Updated Apr 19, 2024

No matter the size of your celebration, a Maine wedding is guaranteed to be an unforgettable time. But when you're booking a small wedding venue in Maine and celebrating with 50 or fewer guests, your day might just be all the more exceptional. Why? Because with a small guest list you'll have access to some truly out-of-the-box venues (like a private island or a sailboat, for instance) and way more one-on-one time with each of your guests. And since you're planning a small wedding in Maine, you can count on adding plenty of bucolic wedding barns and historical coastal inns to your must-visit-venues list. Plus, for city-chic couples there are plenty of small urban options in Portland that are dripping with cool-factor too.

Rí Rá in Portland, Maine

Small weddings on Portland's waterfront truly shine at Rí Rá Irish Pub & Restaurant, with ample natural light through large windows and several celebration settings to choose from. The Harbor Room, for instance, offers privacy, a working fireplace and views of the harbor for up to 45 guests. Plus, of course, the food–a perfect blend of traditional Irish fare and classic American dishes–can't be beat.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 150 guests

Whitehall in Camden, Maine

Host your nuptials at Whitehall, a boutique hotel that feels like a posh midcoast Maine summer house. The inn, which was first established in 1901, offers several spaces you can utilize for your big day including the main dining room which fits 72 guests and features a wall of windows looking out to the patio. Out on the patio you can hold your ceremony or enjoy cocktails under string lights beside the fire pit. Whitehall also has a smaller private dining room with a sunporch, which can accommodate up to 36. Or finally, for the ultimate summer home vibe you can rent out the entire hotel and utilize all of the inn's rooms with 110 of your closest pals.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 110 guests

Berry Manor Inn in Rockland, Maine

Experience the coziest wedding you can imagine at this luxury bed and breakfast in midcoast Maine. The Victorian home only books the most pint-sized weddings, so when it comes to small Maine celebrations they certainly know how to host 'em. In addition to its elopement package for just two, which includes a garden or parlor ceremony site plus lodging and breakfast, Berry Manor Inn also allows weddings of up to 22 guests. And for an extra something special: You can even book a horse and carriage ride as part of your day.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 22 guests

Terramor Outdoor Resort in Bar Harbor, Maine

Picture swapping vows under the stars with your nearest and dearest followed by dancing and cocktails around the campfire. Sound up your alley? That's what you can expect at Terramor Outdoor Resort in Bar Harbor. For your small Maine celebration your guests will be immersed in nature while staying in neighboring luxury glamping tents, enjoying the onsite pool and hot tub, and getting massages in the resort's spa tent. For groups larger than 30, Terramor allows full resort buyouts with sleeping accommodations for up to 225 guests.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 30 guests or 225 guests with full buyout

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The Press Hotel in Portland, Maine

Ultra-cool couples in search of a small, modern and chic Portland wedding venue look no further than The Press Hotel. The former home of the Portland Press Herald was transformed into a hip hideaway and event venue in 2015, and features several spaces that can be booked for your reception. There's the Art Gallery, which makes for an ideal cocktail hour location, the Editorial Room, which hosts up to 35 guests, and lastly, the Composing Room with its abundant natural light and room for up to 100. Other perks of the hotel: a sprawling penthouse suite for getting ready with rooftop access as well as local and sustainable fare from an in-house culinary team.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 100 guests

Wolf Cove Inn in Poland, Maine

Wolf Cove Inn is located in Maine's lakes region just north of Portland and situated on the shore of glittering Tripp Lake. Here you can host a lakefront ceremony with up to 12 loved ones looking on (or up to 40 with a full buyout) followed by a reception on the inn's porch. There you'll enjoy appetizers, drinks and cake while gazing out at the lake and surrounding gardens. The inn's intimate wedding packages also include a dedicated wedding planner, an officiant and more, plus the hotel has an outdoor sauna and offers in-room spa treatments.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 40 guests

Caswell Farm and Wedding Barn in Gray, Maine

Caswell Farm is a small, rustic barn venue with plenty of charm, and located just outside of Portland. The working produce farm offers several ceremony and reception sites to choose from, such as the stone patio within a flower garden or the tent out on the lawn. But for the smallest of celebrations the 19th-century barn will truly make your event shine in the coziest way. Make it official in front of the barn's white-washed door that's crawling with greenery, then head into the barn, which seats 50 or fewer and features a second-floor lounge, for dinner and dancing.

  • Guest Capacity: Barn: Up to 50 guests; Tented: Up to 250 guests

Fortland in Freeport, Maine

Fortland is an otherworldly escape located just a 10 minute boat ride from downtown Portland on House Island. The 16-acre camping and event venue sits on Fort Scammel, a Civil War site that's now decked out with yurts and tent cabins that sleep up to 23, with additional tent camping sites available for full buyouts. The unique venue offers numerous sites for your ceremony, such as a 1,500-square-foot dock with views of Portland, a 500-square-foot overlook deck and private beaches. For your reception, there's a large dining tent, or for a super intimate feel, host dinner in the cavernous, curving brick bastion within the 19th century fort.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 50 guests

Hardy Farm in Fryeburg Maine

Hardy Farm is guaranteed to bring New England charm to your Maine celebration. The 18th-century farm-turned-inn located in the White Mountains of Maine offers on-site accommodations for 32 and a stunning setting for weddings through all four seasons. Hold your ceremony in the Woodland Chapel, a beautiful, peaceful clearing in the woods, or out in the small seasonal flower garden. Receptions can take place under a tent on site, or for parties of up to 100 you can dine and dance the night away in the barn, where you'll find whitewashed walls, chandeliers and showstopping twin staircases.

  • Guest Capacity: Barn: 100; Tented: Up to 150

White Barn Inn in Kennebunk, Maine

Outside view of the charming White Barn Inn
Photo: Courtesy of White Barn Inn

This luxury getaway in Southern Maine is the perfect coastal-chic-meets-rustic setting for your small wedding–plus it offers award-winning seasonal and local fare. The White Barn Inn has two stellar event spaces for your wedding, which can also be combined, as well as an intimate wood and granite wine cellar which can host a dinner for 14. The Little Barn, a small, cozy space with wood paneled walls and a fireplace, can accommodate up to 40 for dinner. Meanwhile, the White Barn Inn Restaurant, a towering and elegant 150-year-old mean barn, can hold up to 60.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 100 guests

The 1812 Farm in Bristol, Maine

Front view of the property and lovely garden with bushes and florals
Photo: Courtesy of The 1812 Farm

The 1812 Farm, located on Maine's Pemaquid Peninsula, is the ideal small rustic venue. The centerpiece of the venue is the 18th century barn, which features high ceilings and chandeliers. Tie the knot out on the grounds in front of the white gazebo and then enjoy cocktail hour courtesy of the property's airstream bar. The historical barn seats up to 130 for receptions, but the farm also has a weekday intimate wedding package for parties of up to 30. That package includes full venue access as well as a grazing table from the on-site caterer.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 130 guests

Portland Schooner Co. in Portland, Maine

Dining area of Portland Schooner Co. featuring exposed red brick walls and dark wood features
Photo: Portland Schooner Co.

It doesn't get more memorable than this. Book a private sailboat charter through Portland Schooner Co. and say "I do" out on the serene waters of Casco Bay. The company maintains several historical Maine-built wooden schooners that you can choose from for your big day, with capacities ranging from six to 49 passengers. After your ceremony on the sea, head back to land and move over to Ballast, Portland Schooner Co.'s event space in Boothby Square in Old Port, which you can rent in addition to your ship for post-ceremony celebrations for up to 100 cocktail-style, or 50 seated.

  • Guest Capacity: Sailboats: Up to 49 guests; Ballast: Up to 100 guests

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