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Experience everything the Granite State has to offer from mountains, ocean, lakes and city amenities... all in the same day! There's so much to discover in this small state as you plan your New Hampshire wedding.
Manchester-the largest city in New Hampshire-is a former mill town, but has grown into a big city with plenty of cultural and historical interest. The Currier Museum of Art, a nationally recognized museum, features art from European and American artists, as well as tours of the Zimmerman House-the only Frank Lloyd Wright building open to the public. The Currier Museum is also a popular venue for New Hampshire weddings. Another popular wedding venue in Manchester is the Executive Court Banquet Facility. This venue provides 6800 feet of space to customize your wedding vision, along with lovely gardens, water features, and gazebos.
In Whitefield, the Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa is nestled into the White Mountains. This resort is beloved by New Hampshire natives and tourists alike, and is the ideal venue for your New Hampshire wedding. Offering both ballrooms and outdoor garden venues, Mountain View Grand has everything you need for a memorable wedding experience.
Portsmouth-a picturesque town on the coast-sits on the Piscataqua River separating New Hampshire from Maine. Portsmouth declares itself the country's third oldest city, and its historical culture is fascinating. The Strawbery Banke Museum, a waterfront museum covering over three centuries of local history, provides historical gardens, homes, exhibits and more. The museum is available for weddings and offers a variety of spaces for your New Hampshire wedding. The Portsmouth Harbor Events Center is another favorite venue for its style and options for customizing your wedding in New Hampshire. If coastal elegance is your style, Portsmouth Harbor Events Center is the place for you.
New Hampshire experiences the beauty of all four seasons, with a particularly extravagant autumn show. Summers are warm, without being too hot, while winters are snowy, without becoming glacial. Because the seasons are so beautiful here, outdoor weddings are common. Take advantage of your surroundings and play off New Hampshire's natural beauty. A winter wedding can play on the skier's term for a sunny, snowy day: A bluebird day. Incorporate bright blues and whites into your wedding décor, and hide tiny bluebirds throughout. If you're not afraid of the cold, plan to hold your ceremony outdoors, and then retire inside for a warm, cozy reception. A spring wedding can celebrate a New Hampshire spring staple: Lilacs. Incorporate lilacs in your bouquets and centerpieces, and allow the colors to inspire your décor, with shades of purple and lavender playing off bright green accents.
Like much of coastal New England, seafood and maple syrup are found just about everywhere in New Hampshire. You'll find lobster and clams here, but with its many lakes, New Hampshire fish is fresh and delicious. Go for local trout, haddock, or yellowtail. Only Granite State natives know what American Chop Suey and Steak Bombs are, but you'll find these comfort foods around the state. You can incorporate any of these foods-and more-into your wedding menu with the help of a New Hampshire wedding catering company. Once you have your menu squared away, you can plan to get the party started! A New Hampshire DJ will know how to get your guests out of their chairs and onto the dance floor.
The cost of a wedding in New Hampshire is only slightly higher than the national average, coming in at $33,780. However, there is no income tax or sales tax in New Hampshire, which can really help keep costs down. If you're coming from out of town, make all your purchases in New Hampshire to help save money. Travel in New Hampshire is relatively easy, as this state is a small one. Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is your best bet within New Hampshire, while Boston's Logan Airport is just 50 miles away as well. New Hampshire is accessible by Amtrak, and several bus lines are available as well. However, if at all possible, traveling by car is the way to go. You can see the beautiful landscape of New Hampshire as you travel its scenic roads.
A marriage license in New Hampshire will cost you $45 in cash. You'll need a government issued ID as well as your Social Security number and, if you're younger than 25, a birth certificate. You don't need to be a resident of New Hampshire to get your license here and there is no waiting period. Once issued, your marriage license is valid for 90 days.