From mountains to lakes, forest and farmland, New Hampshire offers plenty of beautiful backdrops for weddings throughout the year. “New Hampshire offers a wide variety of places to get married, whether at one of our luxurious grand hotels or a cozy B&B overlooking a crystal lake, or even ‘up, up and away’ in a hot air balloon above the state’s pristine scenery or in the great outdoors of a state park,” says Lori Harnois, director of the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development. “New Hampshire provides a stunning backdrop for weddings of all sizes. And since each distinct season brings its own assortment of experiences, many venues offer special seasonal wedding packages to further enhance your special day.”
In addition to having plenty of beautiful locations to be married, the state offers endless activities for your guests to enjoy on a getaway weekend. In fall and winter, enjoy a brewery tour, and sips of locally crafted beer. Stop by Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, White Birch Brewing in Hooksett, and Tuckerman Brewing Company in Conway. In September, take part in a winery tour, taste-test cheese at Landaff Creamery and snack on sweets at Winnipesaukee Chocolates, Stella’s Fine Chocolates, and Van Otis Chocolates. Maple sugar is one of New Hampshire’s most famous exports, and at the end of March the syrup runs freely. Head to the woods with an expert to experience the first tapping of the trees. In addition to its scenic and varied landscapes, the state is often chosen as a nuptial site because the bride and/or groom have wonderful memories of participating in these types of activities.
“New Hampshire has it all: history, lakes, beach, mountains, and countryside,” says Melanie Voros of Blissful Beginnings. “Many couples choose to plan their weddings at a place where they have wonderful childhood memories and for so many people, New Hampshire is where their family has been vacationing for years. The Lakes Region is wonderful and the Wolfeboro Inn overlooks Lake Winnepesaukee, guests can be treated to a rehearsal dinner on the Winnie Belle or a dinner cruise on the MS Mount Washington. Historic Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough offers unparalleled views in the entire state.”
Voros adds that, “one of the most romantic towns in New Hampshire is Jackson. From the quaint covered bridge into town (popular for wedding photos), to the charming Wentworth Hotel, and Nestlenook Resort, which is great for intimate winter weddings, there is a spot for everyone. Nestlenook even offers ice skating and sleigh rides, the perfect way for a bride to make her arrival in snowy weather. Jackson is an amazing town to share with family and friends from all over the country.” Take photos in warmer weather against the state’s various waterfalls and in front of snow-capped mountains in the winter. Whether you choose to be wed by land, air, or sea in New Hampshire, you and your guests will be sure to enjoy a memorable weekend in this beautiful state.
Written by Jessica Laniewski
Published in Southern New England Wedding Destination 2013 edition.
FOR THE VOWS
From sea to garden view, these venues offer a picturesque place to get married:
10 Willow Ave., North Hampton
SEACOAST SCIENCE CENTER
570 Ocean Blvd., Rye
OMNI MOUNT WASHINGTON HOTEL
310 Mount Washington Hotel Rd., Bretton Woods
MILL FALLS AT THE LAKE
312 Daniel Webster Hwy., Meredith
THE BEDFORD VILLAGE INN
2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford
Say “Welcome” “Thank you!” or “Just Because!” with these New Hampshire goods.
White Mountain Kettle Corn
Sweet and salty, just what your guests are looking for after a long night of dancing. 23 Lone Pine Rd., Henniker; 603-428-7676:
L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates
We can’t get enough of the chocolate mice with silk “tails.” Perfect for favors. 47 Main St., Walpole; 603-756-2882:
Parker’s Maple Barn
A trip to New Hampshire isn’t complete without maple candy from this popular spot. Add it to your guests’ welcome bags. 1316 Brookline Rd., Mason; 603-878-2308.
Present your most helpful family members and friends with a bottle of this popular New Hampshire-made wine. 702 High St., Candia; 603-867-9751.
Alpine Angels Goat’s Milk Soap
A fun, handcrafted token to give to the bridesmaids that will remind them of the state.
293 Pullman Rd., Mason; 603-878-1241.
The New Hampshire Honey Bee
Owners John and Alison Solomonides bottle up homemade jam and creamed honey, perfect for favors or welcome bags.138A Alstead Hill Rd., Gilsum; 603-354-8019.
Conner Bottling Works: Squamscot Old-Fashioned Beverages
Enjoy 26 flavors of soda from New Hampshire’s last independent bottler. 120 Exeter Rd., Newfields; 603-772-3376.