The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Village by the Sea in Wells, Maine is close to both Kennebunkport and Ogunquit, which means couples choosing this venue for their wedding events find the location convenient. There is space for outdoor ceremonies and indoor receptions that just can't be beat. Only one wedding at a time is booked at this all-suites hotel, so the bride and groom have the privacy and attention they are looking for on the most important day of their lives.
The Maine Ballroom. The ballroom welcomes a total of 200 of your closest friends and relatives. It features three walls full of windows for natural light and delightful views of the gazebo and surrounding gardens. Decorative lights are strung along the ceiling and there's a dance floor in center of the room for trying out the latest dance craze. Since the room is made up of neutral colors, couples can decorate the space to fit their own themes or color schemes. Also located within the space is a bar for drinks.
Maine Ballroom has been totally renovated in the last year.
Major highlights include:
- 3 New 9 x 10 foot wide Glass Windows and Doors on West side of Ballroom
- New 650 Foot Patio with Sprawling Pergola
- New French Doors opening up onto new Patio
- New Landscaping Lights
- New Plantings and Privacy Gate/Arbor
Wedding Ceremony Area with new Wedding Pergola. Have your ceremony outdoors in the picturesque gazebo. The bride enters the space through an arch and walks down the brick aisle on the arm of her escort. The happy couple stands in the doorway of the gazebo to recite their vows in front of up to 100 guests. The gazebo can be decorated with fresh flowers and the luscious green foliage serves as the backdrop for the pictures. Once the ceremony is over, friends and relatives need only take a few steps to reach the ballroom.
Spring 2017: Gazebo is being replaced with an all NEW Wedding Pergola
What You Should Know
There's no need to spend time searching for a caterer, as the culinary team at Village by the Sea is ready to impress. Your guests have access to a vegetable display and an imported cheese and fruit tray as soon as they arrive. A little later, the hors d'oeuvre are passed around. Choose from chicken pesto bruschetta on Cuban bread, potato pancakes with sour cream and mini cranberry meatballs. Once your guests have worked up their appetites for dinner, a traditional Maine baked haddock, imperial chicken or lobster macaroni and cheese is served. If you'd rather have a buffet, that can be arranged as well.
The bride and groom and their guests have access to the ceremony site for one hour with use of the ballroom for a total of five hours. The professional, on-site event coordinator is happy to assist with any special requests, advice on preferred vendors and setting up time with the culinary team to have your wedding cake designed. Cake-cutting services are complimentary and every reception package comes with the use of the facility's tables, white wooden chiavari chairs and white floor-length linens with matching napkins. If you prefer a white or cream overlay, that can added at no additional charge. The China, glasses and tableware are set up for you as well and plenty of coffee and tea is on hand for you and your guests.
Village by the Sea has its very own private room for the bride and the ladies of her bridal party to get ready. This extra perk saves time and keeps the wedding dress in pristine condition before the bride walks down the aisle to meet her groom. Since the resort is an all-suite hotel, the bride and groom and their out-of-town guests can secure lodging for the night of the wedding.
- Handicap accessible
- On-site parking
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Hot tub
- Fitness gym
- Basketball and bocce courts
- Game room
From the Vendor
Affordable Wedding Receptions Newly Renovated
Newly renovated beautiful Maine Ballroom. Affordable and exceptional wedding receptions with beautiful ceremony site. Full service resort near the ocean, perfect for destination weddings. In Wells, minutes from world famous Kennebunkport and picturesque Ogunquit. Suite lodging.
Amenities + Details
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$$ – Affordable
Food + Catering, Planning
will be going back!Reviewed on 10/07/2012 Jen J
Huge rooms, great location, beautiful views of the ocean.
Lovely WeddingReviewed on 8/16/2011 Jennifer L
Jennifer at Village by the Sea was very accommodating to all of our requests. We were very particular about organization, so we ended up making our own spreadsheet pre-wedding to keep track of everything we had talked about with Jennifer, which was very helpful in the end. She did a wonderful job the night of the wedding making sure everything was on track and beautiful! Great bang for your buck, and our guests LOVED the accommodations in the hotel rooms.
We had our wedding here Labor Day weekend and could not have asked for a more perfect Day! We chose this venue because everything was all in one location and the beach was nearby for some wonderful photos. Our guests loved the passed hor devours (we had mango chicken, steak skewers & meatballs) and were very impressed with our buffet dinner of prime rib and chicken saltimbocca so I highly recommend it over a plated dinner. The cake was made by "let them eat Cake" and turned out beautifully and was part of the package. Overall if you are looking for a beautiful venue without breaking the bank this is it!
Jill and April are amazing, this is the first and only venue we looked at. Our rooms were perfect since everyone was at least an hour away from home. The ballroom looked beautiful and the wait staff was top notch. My husband and I were married on 10/24, we had our ceremony in a church because we were worried about the weather. I really wanted pictures outside in the gazebo but was not sure if we would have enough light. Jill and April kept the gazebo lights on and hung flowers inside so we could get those pictures. I did not have to worry about a thing, Jill and April were on top of everything. We look forward to going back on our anniversary.
It's been three months since our wedding. We are still amazed at how well we were treated at VBTS. Jill and April were wonderful to work with. The accommodations were top notch for us and our wedding guests. The ceremony was everything we had hoped for and the reception was top notch. We highly recommend Village By The Sea!!!
Best Day of My Life!Reviewed on 10/13/2015 Mallory B
The wedding coordinators, Jill and April, and the rest of the staff, truly made our day special. I can't think you all enough! Starting from day 1, when we visited Village by the Sea for the first time, we fell in love with this venue. Not only were the people helpful and gracious, the ballroom, ceremony site, and condominium suites also exceeded our expectations. We visited 5 other venues prior to VBTS and they simply didn't compare when we were reviewing atmosphere, convenience and price! 17 days later and we are still getting calls, emails, and texts from our guests, who can't stop raving about what a great time they had. We know the day would have been special regardless, but Village by the Sea really went above and beyond and helped us create the magical day we'd been dreaming about. Thank you to all who played a role in making our wedding day the best day of our lives together (so far)! We will most definitely be returning for future overnight adventures! Regards, Ryan and Mallory Dunphy
Put on the perfect weddingReviewed on 9/11/2015 Michelle C
Village by the Sea (VBTS) was the first and only venue we looked at. As soon as we saw it we knew it was perfect! Not only was the venue great, but the planners, Jill and April were so easy to work with. They were both incredibly responsive to questions and helpful in making decisions. VBTS offers different packages that include 5 hours with the hall, apps, entrees and even the cake [Cake is provided by Let Them Eat Cake, I wrote a separate review]. We chose the Pearl package, not only was the food delicious but it was also more affordable than other places we had looked at online. The entire reception timeline was planned out perfectly from the introductions to the last call. It was the best night of my life and I am so thankful to Jill and April for helping make sure everything went smoothly. I hope you consider VBTS when looking to plan a wedding in Southern Maine.
Wonderful wedding venue!Reviewed on 12/17/2014 Stephanie d
We wanted a nice venue that wouldn't break the bank. I had looked at several places in Southern Maine, but was having a lot of issues with price at most of the coastal venues. Village By The Sea fit into our budget pretty comfortably, and we were very happy with it! The rooms for guests were amazing -- everyone raved about the accommodations. The food (food, champagne toast, cake, and cocktail hour snacks were included in the venue price) was very good -- actually much better on the wedding day than it was at our tasting! The cake -- included in the price but made by Let Them Eat Cake was absolutely amazing. I would eat that cake every day of my life if I could -- and it was beautifully made! Jill and April were extremely helpful in the months leading up to the wedding, working with me for decorating and other options. I must have contacted them no less than 5000 times with questions and ideas, and they were always gracious and helpful! They brought my vision to life with the decorations, and I was so happy to see the banquet hall on the day of -- it was exactly what I had envisioned, and it was perfect. They did the ceiling decorations that I had made, and then we did the rest of the decorating ourselves when we got there the day before -- they were very helpful throughout this entire process. On the weekend of the wedding, April and Jill were both around throughout the entire rehearsal and wedding, and they both helped in any way they could! Service was great and helped to make my day as the bride as easy as pie. The area for the bride and bridal party to get ready is very nice as well. The area for the outdoor ceremony concerned me at first, because it IS very close to the road. They did a lot of landscaping this year though, and are doing more for next summer, and it really looks gorgeous at this point. Even with the close proximity to the road, believe me when I told you that during the ceremony, you could not hear traffic at all, nor was the road distracting. Many people, including myself, forgot it was even there! I highly recommend Village By The Sea if you are looking for a wedding on a bit of a budget, but still want that beachy feel of Southern Coastal Maine.
Beautiful and AffordableReviewed on 9/23/2014 Shannon G
I first decided to look at Village by the Sea as our reception location because my best friend had her reception there several years ago, and they were fantastic. I must say, the service was still fantastic! I compared the pricing at Village by the Sea to other venues and options (ie. having a "backyard style") and their pricing was the best bang for your buck. The package we had included all of the food, the champagne toast, the cake, and two free nights for the bride and groom. The hotel manager and even coordinator were great to work with, and they assigned us our very own person for the day, who took care of our every need and want (often before we even had to ask). They also offer guest accommodations at a discounted rate, which was super helpful for our friends and family. I would definitely recommend Village by the Sea to other couples!
great place for a wedding receptionReviewed on 6/04/2012 leanne S
My day was perfect! We had a lot of out of town guests so it was great that they all could stay right there after the reception! Jennifer was a great day of coordinator as well!!
Absolutely wonderfulReviewed on 9/11/2011 Meredith P
Village by the Sea was the perfect place for our wedding. They have an on-site coordinator who did so much work for us, and made our big day go off without a hitch. The venue was beautiful, we got a beautiful wedding suite for the weekend, and our guests had a great time. Amazing food, helpful and professional staff, A+ overall.
Jennifer made our Wedding the PERFECT Day!Reviewed on 8/03/2011 Megan B
Jennifer was our wedding coordinator at Village By The Sea. What an amazing job she did!! I heard through the grapevine that she even ran out to McDonald's for one of the quest's because their little one didnt care for the food. She also let us do a last minute meal switch for my brother.....We cannot thank you enough for everything you did to make our wedding day a dream come true! The venue was breathtaking and the day flowed perfectly all thanks to you! Thank you so much Jennifer! OH! And the picture's are coming soon!! Michael and Megan