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Old 09-23-2012, 04:56 PM   #1
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Any and all suggestions welcome...

Winnipesaukee-area wedding. Lakefront optional. Bring on the ideas, please.

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Old 09-23-2012, 05:12 PM   #2
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Have you checked out The Castle in the Clouds? Beautiful up there, and the Carriage House would be an interesting location for the reception.
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:00 PM   #3
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A little unusual, but we do host weddings, spring and fall, with limited dates available, at Sandy Island Camp. We just had the third one of this year, this past weekend. Options vary, but often the majority of the guests come on island on Friday, and spend the weekend, with additional boat shuttles for those who are just coming for the wedding day. Our chapel looks out over the Broads, with a nice sunset view, or our lodge can also be used.

I can give you the contact info for our director, in a PM, if you'd like. She also can talk with you about the option at our Todaro center at the North Woods/Pleasant Valley camp in Tuftonboro.
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:59 PM   #4
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A little unusual, but we do host weddings, spring and fall, with limited dates available, at Sandy Island Camp. We just had the third one of this year, this past weekend. Options vary, but often the majority of the guests come on island on Friday, and spend the weekend, with additional boat shuttles for those who are just coming for the wedding day. Our chapel looks out over the Broads, with a nice sunset view, or our lodge can also be used.

I can give you the contact info for our director, in a PM, if you'd like. She also can talk with you about the option at our Todaro center at the North Woods/Pleasant Valley camp in Tuftonboro.
I never even got the courtesy of a call or email back when I wanted to rent the big sandy this year...
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:17 PM   #5
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went to one at castle in the clouds last Friday, was great, but food, which is catered by Hart's and they are exclusive for the Castle, was a not the greatest
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Depending on when it's going to be, how about the Swallow Boat House @ Windward Harbor, Moultonborough. Beautiful for a summer wedding.
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We had a fundraiser at the Lodge at Gunstock Mountain this weekend. They were wonderful to work with.
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I have been to a couple weddings at the Margate they seem to do a good job.
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I thought I remembered reading here about someplace that might be a bit "rustic?"
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:59 AM   #10
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If the wedding is going to be while the M/V Mount Washington is in service, I suggest a boat wedding. I talked to them a few years ago, and it was all very reasonable...
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Old 09-24-2012, 11:08 AM   #11
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We had our wedding at the Margate in the Mariah room. The Mariah room is beautiful, with ceiling to floor glass overlooking the lake and a huge fireplace. They use Curt's Catering which is top notch. It was the best day of my life.

The Mariah Room on our our wedding day.

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I thought I remembered reading here about someplace that might be a bit "rustic?"
I think it is Oliver's Lodge on Meredith Neck. It's a great location for a wedding, receptions, etc. The lodge is a bit rustic with a fantastic view over the water toward Red Hill.

They have a kitchen, you can have the food catered or cooked on the premises. There is overnight lodging for guests.

I had a class reunion there, Alec Ray catered and L.A. East played a mean set of 60's and 70's. We were waterskiing off the beach, and what happened at the boathouse stayed at the boathouse!
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I think it is Oliver's Lodge on Meredith Neck. It's a great location for a wedding, receptions, etc. The lodge is a bit rustic with a fantastic view over the water toward Red Hill.

They have a kitchen, you can have the food catered or cooked on the premises. There is overnight lodging for guests.

I had a class reunion there, Alec Ray catered and L.A. East played a mean set of 60's and 70's. We were waterskiing off the beach, and what happened at the boathouse stayed at the boathouse!
THIS is what I was hoping to hear. Thank you!
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I am in the wedding business and I have been to MANY locations around the lakes. Brass Heart Inn is beautiful.
The person I would contact is Amy Piper of www.signatureeventsnh.com/ She has access to beautiful lake front homes that are used for weddings and other events..she does amazing work!
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THIS is what I was hoping to hear. Thank you!
Hi Wakeboard Mom,
This is Mrs Chef Brown, Jeff & I were married at Olivers Lodge & catered the event ourselves with the help of some "foodie friends" We do offer catering at the Deli & would love to speak with you if you are interested. We offer more than a deli spread, Chef Jeff is a fine dining chef & we can work with you on a custom menu!
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Someone was getting married at the gazebo in the town park in Wolfeboro on Friday PM... It looked like they had the Winnipesaukee Belle lined up for their reception. I bet that was a chilly cruise.
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Hi Wakeboard Mom,
This is Mrs Chef Brown, Jeff & I were married at Olivers Lodge & catered the event ourselves with the help of some "foodie friends" We do offer catering at the Deli & would love to speak with you if you are interested. We offer more than a deli spread, Chef Jeff is a fine dining chef & we can work with you on a custom menu!
Thank you! I'm not planning this wedding...I have friends who are investigating options and I couldn't remember the name of Olivers Lodge. This is good information that I will be sure to pass along! : )
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I agree with the suggestion to contact Amy Piper at Signature Events. She pulled together a wedding for my son and daughter-in-law in July of this year. Her attention to detail and her contact with vendors is worth every penny of her fee.
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We've attended a wedding at The Inn at Mill Falls. Beautiful!
They accommodated the light rain well with a large outdoor tent, the evening reception was indoors.
http://millfalls.com/conferences_events/index.htm

We've also watched a wedding while visiting The Castle in the Clouds.
They don't close the Castle, but do restrict the inner lawn to wedding guests.
You'll have an audience (no issues this day, we all quietly watched)...and spectacular views!
http://www.castleintheclouds.org/

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Old 09-26-2012, 02:14 PM   #20
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My daughter was married by the captain on the bow of the Mount Washington. Reception inside with a cake & dinner. Lovely!
I also went to one at the Wolfeboro Inn at the gazebo. Reception inside, also very nice. Of course, both were in the nice weather, but I'll bet a fall wedding at the inn would be nice.
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Old 09-26-2012, 02:40 PM   #21
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My daughter was married at Church Landing in Meredith. It was spectacular, and I have nothing but praise for the wedding coordination team.
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Meredith Falls Is beautiful for weddings although depending on your budget may be expensive. Opechee inn and spa is very pretty too.
Also the farms in the area often rent out for functions. something different.

When I got married a few years back we did a small wedding outside ceremony at The Arch Park in Northfield NH beautiful view, and its free you just need to reserve the park and pay a small security deposit but as long as you dont leave anything behind they refund it and we rented a small function hall at the vfw for the reception and had a local restaurant cater. we did our own cakes and decorations. My family is very crafty like that. It was great for our budget and size, and getting it together quickly.
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:44 PM   #23
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I attended a wedding there once. They have a convention hall next to a large gazebo overlooking The Broads. Plenty of parking and they allow outside catering.

The old Gunstock ski lodge is another nice setting. I originally plan on a mountain top wedding with a reception at the lodge. Guests would be staying at the Alberg Inn which was open at the time.

My ideal wedding will be on water skis at Oliver's Lodge. I would have Scott Ouellete cater and 'Phil and The Blanks' as the band. I will also have some sheep from the farm grazing the lawn!

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Any catering by Curt's of Gilford is fantastic.
Scott from O's is also great, as well as Common Man.
I think at Gunstock Ski Lodge, you are limited to the in-house food, but I was guest several times; it's great.
Phil is a great wedding & event band.
Church Landing staff and facility is great.
Lots places have totally different environs from each other.
Summit of Gunstock Mountain is an option. The ship in season!
Communicate with photographer Hawkins in Meredith; he's been to many places. Good Luck.
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The Margate has become very popular as they have an outside tent , church overlooking Paugus Bay as well as the inside reception hall and they have even setup tents for an outside reception tent.

Lake Opechee Inn and Spa does ceremonies right on lake opechee as well as they have an onsite reception hall. The O Steak and Seafood is there as well as the food there is fantastic.

Our niece is planning a wedding up the lake currently and she is having a tough time with her final selection.

Any wedding on the lake with Family and Friends is bound to be a great event
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Its not Winnipesaukee but you could just do the wedding part on Church Island on Squam Lake. Its a pretty neat place and books out far in advance.I have been to the island many times and I thinks its beautiful.
http://www.churchisland.org/wedding-...formation.html
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Steele Hill in Sanbornton was where Argie and I got married twelve years ago. Our first choice was Castle in the Clouds, but just the rental of the hall was a nice four digit number. We paid for our wedding ourselves - and didn't incur any debt from it.

Steele Hill gave us a great location with a wonderful view of the lakes, and yet was very accessible for all our guests. We got a nice discount for booking a Sunday wedding and the Event Services coordinators took excellent care of us, even though we had a small budget. The food was also very good. I've recommended to many people.
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Check out LAKE KNOLL FARM in Alton. They have an event planner on site.
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My son and daughter-in-law were married at Church Landing, and it could not have been more spectacular. Professional, attentive, excellent service and food, and a beautiful location.
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Hello. This is Paul from Phil 'n the Blanks.

Thank you forum members for the kind words and recommendation as a wedding and event band. Here's my my music facebook page if you'd like to learn more about my music:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/paulwarnickmusic

Best of luck with your event planning!
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Pardon the gratuitous plug for my wife's business. (Our 28th wedding anniversary is today). Links to most of the above venues can be found on Lakes Region Bride Magazine's website under "New Hampshire Bridal Links".

http://www.lakesregionbride.com/nh_w...dal_links.html

We married 28 years ago today at the church in Alexandria with our reception across the street at the town hall. We may have spent $700 total!
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