Sure, there are lots of barns, ballrooms, and country clubs in the Granite State, but what if you’re looking for a more unique wedding venue in New Hampshire? Turns out there are lots of interesting, out-of-the-box spaces where you can host your big day, from museums to castles, summer camps to industrial spaces. Just determine the size and style of your wedding, and then start venue hunting.
Check out these unique wedding venues in NH to plan the celebration of a lifetime.
Currier Museum of Art
For artsy couples planning a more intimate wedding, this famed Manchester museum is an ideal location. Host your ceremony in the Italian Renaissance-inspired Historic Court, where you’ll make your grand entrance down a majestic marble staircase. Receptions are typically held in the Winter Garden, which features Italian mosaics and an incredible mural by artist Sol LeWitt. Your guests will enjoy perusing the museum’s other galleries during your celebration, as well. The Currier Museum of Art can accommodate up to 120 guests for sit-down events.
The Margate on Winnipesaukee
One of the benefits of hosting your wedding in New Hampshire is the abundance of waterfront wedding venues, and this Laconia event space is truly unique. At The Margate on Winnipesaukee, you can enjoy your ceremony inside the Lakeside Pavilion, a clear, beachfront tent located steps away from the majestic lake. Then, host your reception in one of two well-appointed ballrooms. The waterside photo ops are amazing, and you can even enjoy late-night fireworks, a campfire, or even a pool party post-reception. At the Margate, there’s room for even the largest of weddings, with a capacity of 1,000 guests, and in-house catering is provided.
The Gardens at Uncanoonuc Mountain
We love how this unique wedding venue in NH combines a lush garden space with incredible mountain scenery. Open from May through October, you’ll find 15 acres of impeccably manicured gardens, along with several spaces for weddings and events. Host your ceremony in the woodsy pine grove or the formal rose garden, and take photos in the colorful field of flowers. Then, enjoy a reception for up to 150 guests in a Sperry sailcloth tent on premises, or a smaller event of up to 45 guests inside the historic cottage. This Goffstown venue exudes New England charm and is the ultimate space for a Secret Garden-themed event.
Flag Hill Distillery & Winery
While New Hamsphire is on the opposite coast from Napa, it still has a vibrant winery scene. And if you and your future spouse are lovers of both wine and spirits, you’ll adore this winery and distillery as your unique wedding venue in NH. Host your ceremony and reception fully outdoors or tented (the capacity is 300 guests), while enjoying the lovely scenery. We particularly love the ceremony space, featuring a classic white pergola. Smaller events of up to 80 guests may be hosted inside the winery. This Couples’ Choice Award-winning venue in Lee is all-inclusive, offering in-house catering and rentals to make your planning process smooth and easy.
Searles Castle at Windham
Ever dreamed of getting married Meghan Markle-style? At this unique wedding venue in NH, it’s entirely possible. Located in Windham, this 175-acre estate features a historic castle where you can exchange vows inside the charming courtyard and celebrate with up to 250 guests inside the Palladium-style tent. This Couples’ Choice Award-winning venue is all-inclusive, and provides several wedding packages for your style and budget. You and your guests will certainly feel like royalty at your Searles Castle wedding.
Enfield Shaker Museum
History buffs will love this unique wedding venue in NH, which features several spaces where you can host your big day. Ceremonies may be held in the classic Mary Keane Chapel, with its marble and stained glass. Then, host your reception in the Great Stone Dwelling or The Stone Mill, complete with granite walls and high ceilings. You and your nearest and dearest can also stay in the 20 overnight rooms on premises, built in the simple Shaker style, making for a true destination wedding weekend. The Enfield Shaker Museum can host weddings of up to 125 guests.
If you and your partner love camping, why not share your passion with your guests? Host your wedding at the Cardigan Lodge, a 1,200-acre reservation owned by the Appalachian Mountain Club, located just two hours outside of Boston. Ceremonies are held in the woods surrounded by stately trees, while receptions are held in the rustic lodge. You can rent out the entire lodge for the weekend, up to 62 guests can sleep inside the lodge and additional camping is available for 75 of your more adventurous guests. You and your guests will love being surrounded by nature on your big day, and will enjoy hiking the trails and swimming in the pond when not celebrating your nuptials.
Seacoast Science Center
Whether you’re a science nerd or just want to celebrate your big day near the ocean, the Seacoast Science Center in Rye is an ideal unique wedding venue in NH. Located in Odiorne Point State Park, the science center features a truly stunning ceremony site with the rocky coastline and the ocean as your backdrop. Receptions can be held inside for weddings of up to 70 guests, or, for weddings of up to 200 guests, inside the function tent, available from May through October. This Couples’ Choice Award-winning venue truly has some of the most amazing oceanfront photo ops we’ve seen—your photographer will surely be thrilled!
Tupelo Music Hall
Couples with a flair for the dramatic will definitely want to check out this Derry music venue, which is available to rent for weddings and events. Smaller events, like bridal showers and rehearsal dinners, can be held in the Gathering Room or the Lobby, while the three-level main performing arts space can accommodate larger events of up to 700 guests. In-house catering is available, as well.
Warehouse-style industrial venues are few and far between in New Hampshire, but this historic Laconia venue is ideal for couples looking for that on-trend, edgy vibe. Belknap Mill was once home to the older hosiery factory in New England, and features exposed brick and ductwork for a unique, historic feel. Couples can host their ceremonies in the gazebo at nearby Rotary Riverside Park overlooking the Winnipesaukee River, followed by a reception inside the Mill. There’s space for up to 120 guests here.
Sandy Island Family Camp
If you’re hoping for a casual and fun wedding weekend, why not host your event at a summer camp? Located in Mirror Lake, this family camp is available to rent in May June, September, and October for weddings. You and your guests can take over the entire island camp, arriving by ferry boat, and sleeping in one of 43 cabins onsite—the camp itself has a capacity of about 200 guests. There’s an on-site chef to handle all of your catering needs, and your guests can spend the weekend kayaking, hiking, or even playing dodgeball.