Location, location, location! That's a common wedding planning phrase right? Well, even if it's mostly used for real estate, it applies to finding the perfect wedding venue too. Securing the wedding location is a huge and very important part of planning any wedding. This will be the backdrop for your vows,a gathering for your friends and family, and a place you and your future spouse will remember for the rest of your lives.
Maybe you live in the granite state now or maybe your spouse grew up there, but either way, you want your wedding venue to reflect the place you call home. New Hampshire has so much to offer as a state and even more so as a setting for the perfect New England wedding. With its beautiful landscapes, including the seacoast, mountains, and lakes,it's a wonder we could even narrow this list down to six! Check out below our top six wedding venues you and your partner will be sure to love now and for the rest of your lives.
A true fairy tale destination come to life, this authentic English Tudor castle sits atop a 175-acre estate nestled in the New Hampshire woods of Windham. Get your wedding preparations started in the Master Bedroom Bridal Suite, followed by a breathtaking courtyard ceremony and a cocktail hour held inside or out on the courtyard offering you and your guests the perfect opportunity to wander and explore the Searles Castle and its grounds. The venue even provides a climate controlled Palladium-style Euro tent for your picturesque castle reception with double glass French doors, chandeliers and Chiavari chairs.
2. Wentworth by the Sea Country Club
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With Little Harbor and the Wentworth Marina behind you, the Wentworth by the Sea Country Club is a no-brainer for a picturesque waterfront view wedding. The country club can accommodate wedding receptions up to 250 people in their simple, neutral Sperry tent, perfect for an aesthetically pleasing outdoor ceremony and reception. The club is available to coordinate everything for you from the place cards to the menu (with your specifications of course), leaving you and your guests free to enjoy the clear, crisp ocean behind you as well as the golf-status green grass and wild New England flowers. Just minutes away from Downtown Portsmouth,this seacoast venue is a classic for couples who love all things nautical.
3. Castle in the Clouds
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With three locations, the Castle in the Clouds has more than enough options to keep everyone happy at either the Lucknow Estate, the Carriage House or the Winnipesaukee Room. This historic 1914 mansion, both rustic and luxurious, will make any bride feel like a princess - and with vintage trolleys to boot! The trolleys will take you and your guests to The Carriage House where you can enjoy cocktails and panoramic views. The Lucknow Mansion boasts 180 degree views of the lake, a century old pergola and a manicured oval lawn with flowers galore and a gilded age fountain. After the ceremony, there is the Winnipesaukee Room for you an up to 175 guests to celebrate and dance the night away.
4. Governor John Langdon House
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Located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the John Langdon House is considered one of the finest Georgian style homes in the country. History lovers and New Englanders alike will appreciate this storybook New Hampshire landmark, with its expansive lawn enclosed by trees and bordered by flowers. This peaceful pastoral setting hosts a 100-foot rose and grape arbor that leads to a small pavilion and an intimate and secluded garden. With a tent accommodating 150 of your family and friends, this idyllic outdoor venue offers plenty of space for dining and dancing and will be sure to inspire charming thoughts of simpler times.
5. Mount Sunapee
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For all of you true nature lovers, Mount Sunapee allows you and the love of your life to say "I do" up in the mountains. Host your ceremony up on the Summit or at their pond-side field stone patio and enjoy the amazing mountain top views. Should you choose to have a private ceremony, there is even a chairlift available to take you and your guests up the 2,743 feet high summit. After the ceremony, retreat to the Sunapee Lodge for a classic New England style wedding reception. With a spacious patio for cocktails, a mezzanine floor for dining, a downstairs dance floor for celebrating, and not to mention the 360 degree views, this wedding venue will truly make you feel on top of the world!
6. Mill Falls
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From the ceremony to the reception, Mill Falls has everything you need for the perfect Lake Winnipesaukee wedding. You have the choice between two different venues - Church Landing and Chase House - that will suit anyone's needs and preferences. Located directly on the shores of Meredith Bay, Church Landing can accommodate up to 230 guests in a banquet setting over a polished wooden dance floor. As it is situated right on the bay, there is also the option for an outdoor waterfront setting for the ceremony and/or cocktail reception. Across the street, there is the Chase House with their Flagship Ballroom and colorful gardens that provide a more intimate setting for you and up to 120 guests. Outside the ballroom is also a lush grass patio available for you to use for your ceremony, cocktail reception or even just a great place for photos!
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