First of all, congratulations on your engagement! Now, doesn’t your once-in-a-lifetime event deserve a picture-perfect location? We think so! Whether you’re planning a big bash or an intimate affair with just your nearest and dearest, the Lakes Region of New Hampshire has a wealth of wedding venue options. The hardest part? Finding the perfect fit. We’re here to help you discover your options and find the Lakes Region venue that’s right for your “I do.”
Consideration 1: Wedding Size
First things first, how many guests are you going to invite? Most wedding venues have a maximum capacity and it can even vary based on the spaces within (or without) that you’re considering. Before you fall head-over-heels for a venue, you’ll need to make they can accommodate all of your guests.
#WeddingProTip: For an easy-breezy wedding day, ask if the wedding venue offers any smaller rooms for you and your wedding party to get ready.
Consideration 2: Time of Year
Deciding what time of year you want to get married is a must. Luckily for you, the Lakes Region of New Hampshire is gorgeous no matter the season! Some venues may only be open seasonally, or they may have a peak event season which can push up their pricing. While you may have always imagined a summer ceremony, picture yourself making your grand entrance by horse-drawn sleigh in the winter, or your first look portraits backed by stunning fall foliage. You can’t go wrong!
#WeddingProTip: Most venues offer reduced prices for mid-week weddings or those that fall in their off season. So, if you’re watching your budget, just ask!
Consideration 3: Outdoor or Indoor?
Before you start looking at venues, it’s important to consider whether you want your ceremony held indoors or outdoors. Some venues only offer indoor or outdoor options for ceremonies, so be sure to ask them what’s available before you schedule a tour. Seasonality matters here, too. For example, if you are looking at an outdoor venue, but planning on getting married in the winter, you don’t want your guests to get chilly! Many venues can keep things cozy with outdoor heaters, bonfires, and more.
#WeddingProTip: Ask any outdoor venue you’re considering what the weather is typically like when you’re planning to get married. While cold winters are definitely a concern, the hot summer sun can be just as uncomfortable for your guests! It’s best to ask early so you can plan ahead to ensure you can keep your friends and family comfortable.
Consideration 4: Services
What services do you want to be included in your venue? You may think that a day of coordinator, catering, and more are just a part of the deal. However, some venues do not offer services that are essential to your event. If you want someone to take care of the details, look for a venue with an in-house wedding planner. Coordinating catering at a venue can be trickier than you’d think, so choosing a venue that offers in-house catering may make things easier. However, most of these services do come with a price tag, so it’s a good idea to look at your budget and figure out where your dollars will work the hardest for you.
#WeddingProTip: The wedding industry is all about connections. Your prospective venues will have worked with scores of photographers, caterers, florists, and more! Even if your venue doesn’t include planning services, they will likely be more than happy to offer suggestions on vendors they’ve worked with who can make your dream wedding a reality.
Consideration 5: Scenery
New Hampshire’s landscapes are beautifully diverse. In the Lakes Region, you’ll find hundreds of beautiful lakes, including Squam Lake, Lake Winnipesaukee, Newfound Lakes, Lake Winnisquam, Lake Sunapee, and Ossipee Lake. Since the water offers such a stunning backdrop, there are many venues that offer stunning views. However, you may find yourself drawn to something more woodsy or mountainous. We have those, too! In fact, you could get married lakeside and hold your reception in the mountains. Dream big!
#WeddingProTip: When you’re touring venues, watch your feet. If your ceremony will be held on grass or sand, you’ll want to advise your female wedding guests to wear flats, wedges, or low heels. No one likes to get stuck!