One of the benefits of getting married in the Granite State is the proximity to the Atlantic Ocean coastline. If hosting your nuptials near the water at the top of your must-have list, you might start by checking out Portsmouth, New Hampshire wedding venues. Turns out there are a variety of wedding venues on the New Hampshire Seacoast, whether you’re hoping for a classic and convenient resort, an elegant country club, or a modern restaurant. You’ll not only have the benefit of some truly spectacular photo ops with the water as your backdrop, your guests will also enjoy exploring this scenic area.
Check out these Portsmouth, New Hampshire wedding venues (and some nearby) for a truly spectacular Seacoast celebration.
Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel
For the ultimate destination wedding, this Portsmouth, NH wedding venue and hotel offers some truly lovely event spaces as well as plenty of accommodations for your out-of-town guests. The largest venue, the Grand Ballroom, can host weddings of up to 250 guests, while the Harbor’s Edge Room and the Prescott Room can accommodate smaller events. You’ll love the views of the Piscataqua River, the customizable wedding menus, and the hotel’s central location in downtown Portsmouth. You can host all of your wedding events, including your rehearsal dinner and post-wedding brunch, at the hotel for the ultimate in convenience.
Wentworth by the Sea
Located minutes from Portsmouth in New Castle, this wedding venue on the New Hampshire Seacoast offers outdoor and indoor settings for your big day. Host your ceremony on the outdoor lawn, complete with gazebo, followed by a reception inside one of three ballrooms. The grand Wentworth Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 250 guests, the historic Grand Ballroom (first built in the 1870s), which can host events of up to 144 guests, and the Garden Ballroom, which can host weddings of up to 80 guests during the spring and summer months and offers views of the bay and the resort’s colorful gardens. This Couples’ Choice Award-winning venue has a variety of wedding packages to choose from, and your guests can stay onsite for a fun-filled wedding weekend on the water.
The Surf Room
If you’re looking for a Portsmouth, NH wedding venue that can accommodate a more intimate event, check out this unique banquet space on Bow Street in downtown Portsmouth. The modern Surf Room can host weddings of up to 90 guests, and features 180-degree views of the harbor from its private deck. You’ll love the unique décor, particularly the lighted blue columns for an under-the-sea vibe. This Couples’ Choice Award-winning venue is known for its menu featuring fresh seafood (hello, sushi!), and it’s also an ideal spot for rehearsal dinners and other pre-wedding events.
Portsmouth Harbor Events Center
This Portsmouth, NH wedding venue and banquet hall exudes classic coastal charm—and with 4,600 square feet of flexible event space, you can customize the venue to create the ultimate Seacoast event. Intimate indoor ceremonies for up to 125 guests can be hosted here, as can receptions for up to 250. There are a variety of wedding packages and menus to choose from, for couples of every budget and style. This venue wins raves for the delicious food and accommodating staff, plus the proximity to several popular hotels, ideal for out-of-town guests.
Strawbery Banke Museum
Couples dreaming of an outdoor garden wedding should definitely check out this historic Portsmouth, NH wedding venue, conveniently located right in downtown. There are several gardens to choose from here for ceremonies and receptions, with the largest and most popular being the Puddle Dock, which can host tented events of over 1,000 guests. There are also indoor spaces for more intimate events. Your guests will love exploring the historic buildings and lush gardens on the property.
There are so many reasons to love restaurant weddings, and this Portsmouth eatery, featuring creative international cuisine, is one of our favorites. The colonial-style building with its exposed post-and-beam architecture exudes New England charm, and you’ll love the variety of spaces. Couples can rent the entire restaurant, which seats 120 guests, or portions of the space, from the upstairs mezzanine to the outdoor Palm Court patio. There’s also an outdoor garden, ideal for ceremonies. The chef will work with you to create the customized menu of your dreams, and this is also an ideal spot for rehearsal dinners.
Langdon House Gardens
Whether you’re a history buff or just love classic New England architecture, this Portsmouth, NH wedding venue is a truly lovely and charming space for your special event. The garden ceremony venue is quite magical, with a 100-foot rose-and-grape arbor leading to a secluded pavilion. Tented receptions are held on the expansive grounds, with a capacity of 150. Weddings are held here between June and October, and the space is an easy walk from many of downtown Portsmouth’s attractions and accommodations.
Located right on the water, this Portsmouth restaurant features two function rooms that are ideal for smaller weddings and rehearsal dinners of up to 60 guests. The East Lounge and the West Room boast some of the best panoramic views of the water, as well as nautical-inspired décor. For larger events, you can rent out the entire restaurant, which can hold up to 350 guests. Couples rave about the delicious food, creative cocktails, and helpful staff.
Seacoast Science Center
This wedding venue on the New Hampshire Seacoast is located just south of Portsmouth in Rye—and it features one of our favorite ceremony sites, with the rocky coastline and the ocean as the spectacular backdrop. After saying “I do,” you and your guests can enjoy a tented reception on the science center’s spacious property in Odiorne Point State Park, which can accommodate up to 225 guests. Outdoor events can be held here from May through mid-October, and there are also indoor event spaces for year-round weddings and events. This Couples’ Choice Award-winning venue offers views of four different lighthouses, the Piscataqua River, and more.
Portsmouth Country Club
Host your special day at one of the top Seacoast wedding venues in NH. Country club weddings are particularly ideal because of the beautiful scenery and the convenient, all-inclusive packages. The outdoor hillside is a popular ceremony site overlooking the golf course and the Great Bay, and your guests can enjoy cocktails on the patio. The reception has a classic New England feel, and can seat up to 150 guests. There are a variety of packages to choose from, whether you’re interested in a plated or buffet meal.
Ashworth by the Sea
While New Hampshire might not be known as a hotspot for beach weddings, they are totally possible at this historic wedding venue on the New Hampshire Seacoast. Located in Hampton, you can exchange vows with your toes in the sand, on the hotel’s rooftop deck, or inside one of the well-appointed ballrooms. The reception spaces combine classic and modern décor, and can host weddings and celebrations of up to 350 guests. Your loved ones will adore the convenience of staying on premises, and all that Hampton Beach has to offer. Plus, this is an all-inclusive venue, meaning your planning process is sure to be a breeze!