Last week I helped a couple who wanted to quickly get married. The husband in this case was a veteran and he and his now-wife have two small children. She decided to join the Air Force and was leaving in a matter of days. Among all the other tasks to be done before she left was to get married. They called looking for the easiest and quickest way to make this happen. My suggestion? Meet me at the town office.
They arrived a few minutes early, filed their marriage intentions form, and we went into a conference room near the back of the building. The ceremony was performed in under one minute, the license was filled out and immediately filed. They waited a few minutes for the clerk to give them their certified copy and the deal was done. Total time from their arrival at the town office to their departure with their marriage license in-hand? About 30 minutes.
Marriages usually happen out of want, but from time to time they happen out of want AND necessity. When the latter is the case, Affirmations can always be counted on to make things uncomplicated.
For those who are planning a more elaborate event, be sure to get your officiant booked soon. February is the month in which officiant’s summer weekends are filled up quickly.
Couples often ask for recommendations on Maine wedding venues, so I’ve started to put together a list of my personal favorites. Each venue listed here offers something unique or unforgettable.
Agora Grand Event Center (formerly St. Patrick’s Church) – Lewiston, Maine
Agora Grand is one of Maine’ newest full service wedding venues. Unique to this location is the ability for couples to marry in a stunning church setting without the requirement of holding a religious based ceremony. From a reception hall on site featuring 55 foot ceilings, to a tower honeymoon suite and hotel, Agora Grand offers some pretty amazing options for couples planning a mid to large sized wedding. There truly are no words to adequately describe this location, so please view their website at www.agoragrand.com. You may also contact Agora Grand’s owner, Andrew Knight, by phone at (571) 505-2916 or by Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Maple Hill Farm Bed & Breakfast Inn and Conference Center – Hallowell, Maine
It isn’t just the 130 acres of woods and fields (with trails for walking, snowshoeing or cross country skiing) or the tastefully appointed guest rooms, or even the covered porch which make this location stand out. My favorite feature here is the llamas. Yes, llamas. Michelle and Jory married here in September under the two beautiful maples trees and although the llamas didn’t stick around for the ceremony, they did show up for photos afterwards. Have a look here: http://www.suzannesimmonsphotography.com/blog/fall-wedding-maple-hill-farm-inn-hallowell-maine. You can contact the innkeepers of this award winning and environmentally friendly venue by calling 1-800-622-2708.
The Inn at Sunrise Point – Camden/Lincolnville, Maine
What makes this place special enough to make the “Best of Where to Elope 2016″ list? Maybe the choice to marry amongst the flowers of the incredible gardens, or beneath the trees at the ocean’s edge. There is certainly no shortage of amazing backdrops for your wedding photos. The Inn at Sunrise Point accommodates only the smallest of weddings; elopements and ceremonies with no more than 6 attendants. The grounds and buildings here are incredible and the staff is wonderfully helpful. But what stands out the most is the peacefulness and the quiet. Visit the inn’s website at www.sunrisepoint.com or reach out by phone at (207) 236-7716.
June: Entirely booked. No availability for weekend or weekday weddings.
July: Entirely booked. No availability for weekend or weekday weddings.
August: All weekends are booked. Some weekdays are available.
September: All weekends are booked. Some weekdays are available.
October: Entirely booked. No availability for weekend of weekday weddings.
November: There is current availability for most weekends and weekdays.
December: There is current availability for most weekends and weekdays.