At-Home Wedding Reception Planning Secrets

23Sentimental? Yes. Simple? Not always. Here’s what you may not know about planning a backyard wedding celebration.

When it comes to weddings, there really is no place like home. Maybe your parents have an amazing lakeside house, or Grandma has that perfect country cottage. But odds are your childhood homestead isn’t quite prepared for 150 wedding guests, 75 cars, 20 waiters, 15 tables, and 1 happy couple. Although it may be more work (and more expensive) than you anticipated, you won’t regret saying your vows in the place that means the most to you. It’s all about being prepared for what it takes to throw a wedding in your very own backyard.

You Need Room to Say “I do”

Does your setup have enough space for all your guests? If not, you’ll have to start trimming the list. Don’t mistake overcrowded for cozy. If you plan to use a combination of indoor and outdoor space, know that if the weather takes a turn for the worst, everyone will need to fit indoors. Will there be enough space in, say, the living room, to set up white folding chairs with a wide enough aisle? The general rule is six to ten square-feet of floor space per guest for row-seating. Read the rest of this entry »


Geri_and_Eric_1136By Isabel Hicks –


It’s the most wonderful time of the year – for a wedding! If everyone comes together at this time of year, so why not make the most of it and celebrate your nuptials, too? We love a Christmas wedding here at Wedding Ideas, so here are some of our favorite theme ideas to get you in the festive spirit… Follow the link for the complete story

Host Your New Hampshire Wedding at Wentworth Buy The Sea Country Club

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Surrounded by the coastal waters of Portsmouth, the historic Wentworth by the Sea Country Club offers a timeless backdrop for your New Hampshire wedding. You will enjoy a beauty and history that cannot be offered by any other private country club. With ocean views and natural landscaping surrounding the 18-hole championship golf course and the contemporary tennis and pool complex, Wentworth By The Sea Country Club is the perfect oasis from the stresses of everyday life. Just minutes from Portsmouth, NH, our private country club is the perfect location for seaside wedding ceremonies and tented receptions, or corporate golf outings and events.

Wentworth By The Sea Country Club has everything you need to make your fairy tale wedding a reality! Set in the picturesque New England town of Rye, New Hampshire with the beautiful backdrop of Little Harbor, Wentworth by The Sea Country Club is about 5 minutes from historic Downtown Portsmouth.  We offer a breathtaking and convenient locale for you and your guests to enjoy.

With dozens of restaurants, shops, and art galleries all within walking distance of three hotels, Portsmouth is the perfect place for your guests to stay and make a mini-vacation out of your destination wedding weekend.  From shopping at the outlets in Kittery to exploring Strawberry Banke and Prescott Park, the attractions and history are endless. The New Hampshire Seacoast is the premier New England Destination for your wedding!

Check out this wedding recently hels at the Wentworth by the Sea. Thank you Lexi for sharing your photographs you have an amazing eye.


Arnold Wedding Event in Kennebunkport

Arnold Wedding1Once again we teamed up with Kate Martin from and pulled off another private wedding event in beautiful Kennebunkport Maine. We love working with Kate and thank her for the kind words. Check out our website for outher Maine events and start planning your private tented event

Hi there,

Just a quick note to let you know that your whole team was awesome for both the set up and breakdown at the Arnold wedding this past weekend. It really was a fabulous set up! I know your guys were challenged by the inconvenient lack of parking and the being patient for others to get out of their way and I really do appreciate the awesome attitude they had. Jason is fantastic and you musty clone him for me!!! Plus the guys came over Saturday right on time to help get sides up if needed!


Stunning wedding for sure and I cannot wait to see photos! The 9 1/2’ sides were totally worth the $$$!!!





Kate Martin, Owner & Creative DirectorArnold Wedding Arnold Wedding2

Griffin Wedding Event

IMG_1316Ogunquit a summer resort whose name means “beautiful place by the sea” is a regular location for our outdoor tented events. Once the part of Wells Maine the sleepy seaside town sports a population of 892 people. An extremely popular summertime retreat in southern Maine because of it’s central location to York and Wells Maine alone with the seaside city of  Portsmouth New Hampshire. We were honored to be a part of the private wedding event for the Griffin family. Working with Beautiful Days Events in Maine we setup on of our elegant  46X125 Sperry Tents on the Strata engineered floor.  The caterer was Kitchen Chicks in Cape Neddick, ME. Supplying a banquet that was fit for a King and Queen.

We had to setup the floor and supports so we could traverse a large sloping hill and keep everything level and structurally safe for the celebration that would occur on top of our floor! All went perfect and another successful event is in the books. Visit our website for more Maine outdoor tented weddings.


Weddings At The Barn On Flanagan Farm

Barn At Flanagan Farm FlanaganFarm inside barn flanagans_table_duckfat_0002_240The Barn at Flanagan Farm, a sublimely refined late 19th century Maine barn and farmhouse, provides an exceptional event space and gracious accommodations on one property.  Previously owned by Gwendolyn Flanagan (1916-2008), the sixty-six acre farmstead was purchased in 2011 by Gail Landry, who granted a conservation easement on the land to Maine Farmland Trust, thereby committing to keeping the property a Forever Farm. Located twenty minutes south of Portland in Buxton, MaineThe Barn at Flanagan Farm seamlessly merges rusticity and sophistication. Hosting at The Barn will make your event—whether large, small, or somewhere in-between—a truly remarkable experience.

We supply the elegant sailcloth wedding tents that , depending on event size,  can reach 46’x 125′ in size. Over looking  sixty-six estate-like acres, you will find a six-acre cleared pasture for dinner and cocktail tents, room for play, pear and apple trees, all white flowering plants, a blue-stone patio and private woodland sanctuary that can accommodate 200 guests.

To inquire about availability and rates*, contact:
Gail Landry, Proprietor
668 Narragansett Trail


The Barn On Walnut Hill

The Barn On Walnut HillbarnLocated at 655 Walnut Hill Road in North Yarmouth Maine The Barn on Walnut hill sits on four estate-like acres 20 minutes north of Portland.  The Barn on Walnut Hill is a rare venue that incorporates an exceptional event space and gracious accommodations on one property.

The post and beam barn, built in 1887 and meticulously restored in 2009 to preserve the original structure’s authentic charm, offers 1,750 square feet of entertaining space.  Wrought-iron chandeliers and dragonfly-etched sconces radiate a warm elegance throughout. The former chicken coop, fully open to the barn, is home to The Bar on Walnut Hill, which is fashioned from reclaimed barn wood.  Cozy up to a vintage tractor-seat barstool to order a favorite draught—of your choosing—on tap. Read the rest of this entry »

The Knall Private Wedding Event

Gnall 3What a wonderful location to install one of our 46′ round Sperry Tents with a Strata Engineered floor.  The location was a private home in Biddeford, ME. Sandwiched between Old Orchard Beach and Kenneybunkport Maine, Bidderford is a sleepy ocean front community with it’s northern boarder on the Saco river. This offers all types of water front beauty from Ocean views, river locations and small river lakes making it a very desirable location for suburbanites living in Seacoast Maine.

The installation was very challenging as you can see in the picture we installed a floor and tent on the side of the hill and center stage for a magnificent water view. We created a space that many event guest thought the tent actually sat on a preexisting deck! Check out our website to see more Wedding tent events and start planning your outdoor event today!

What a great event it was and a special thanks to the caterer Aurora Provisions in Portland. We all know what is a successful event without good food, right?  Read the rest of this entry »

Wedding Day At Newagen Seaside Inn Boothbay, Maine

Newagen, BoothbayOne of our favorite places to for a tented outdoor wedding  Maine event is at Newagen Seaside InnBoothbay Harbor Maine. Located at 60 Cape Newagen road in Southport. Newagen Seaside Inn offers stunning ocean side wedding and reception views.  Many say that the Boothbay Harbor region is the quintessential coastal Maine village. Downeast Magazine named it #2 on their list of the 10 prettiest villages in Maine. For generations travelers have made the journey from Portland, Boston, New York and beyond for adventure, refreshment and to explore the delightful history of our region. The area has a rich heritage of fishing, shipbuilding and hospitality. As a location for your destination wedding you could take advantage of the recreational activities Newagen has to offer:

• Rowing Our rowboats are always jostling at the dock, eager to be taken out to sea.

• Tennis Bring your rackets and see how the sea air strengthens your serve. Our two hardcourt tennis courts are always available to guests. Read the rest of this entry »

Wedding Events At Pierce Farm On Witch Hill, Topsfield

Diamond Island Portland Maine4As the article in Boxford wicked local begins (See the complete article here). A refuge for a victim of the 17th century Salem witch trials. A country seat for Salem ship owner Benjamin Crowninshield. A 500 hundred-acre gentleman’s retreat for Thomas Wentworth Peirce in the 19th century. A family residence in the 20th century. And now 116 Boston Street in Topsfield will be, in the words of new owner Sean T. Ward, “a place that lots of people can share. It shouldn’t be a place that no one sees. I want Topsfield and Essex County to be aware of this property and use it.” Sean Ward and business partner Michael Gutman co-owners of Syllogistic Management Solutions, LLC, bought the property from the Cheever family in March 2014 with the plan to turn it into a unique spot for conventions, software training sessions, musical events, family reunions, parties and eventually – weddings. Read the rest of this entry »