A Pocket Guide: Types of Wedding Venues

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One of the first items on your wedding to-do list should be deciding where you want to host your big day. What do you envision your backdrop to be? Is there a certain feel or aesthetic that you’re looking for? There are many different types of wedding venues to choose from, so it’s important to do your research thoroughly before making your decision! We’ve put together a helpful guide to explain the nuances of each venue type.


Hotels are often elegant and timeless – not to mention practical. Hotel staff are pros at putting on large events, so they will be able to ensure your day runs seamlessly. Plus, what’s more convenient than providing accommodations for your guests at the same location of your wedding? You will most likely find predetermined wedding packages at hotels, which takes a lot of the stress out of the planning process. That said, if you’re a couple who wants a more unique or customized wedding, this may not be the best option for you.

Historic Barns

If getting married in a beautiful, rustic setting is your dream aesthetic, there is no better wedding venue than a historic barn! At The 1812 Farm, our antique Maine barn was restored to provide an elegant, warm space for the picture-perfect rustic wedding. Built in the early 18th century, our barn retains many of the original colonial architectural details – decorative moldings, wide pine floors, high ceilings, and preserved wooden beams make for an unforgettable wedding experience.


Waterfront wedding venues are spectacular – whether you’re overlooking a lake, river or the ocean, a water view is hard to beat! With a background like that, your pictures will come out beautifully and decorating will be a breeze. As with all outdoor weddings, it’s important to keep in mind that weather can play a big factor in your day. Having a backup location nearby never hurts!

Country or Golf Clubs

Country clubs or even golf clubs can serve as a great option for your wedding venue because they typically offer both indoor and outdoor spaces so you don’t have to worry about the weather! Clubs will generally make it easy for you to host your wedding by offering on-site catering, rentals, access to golf carts and other details that ensure your day is stress-free. Plus, the perfectly manicured grounds make a lovely backdrop for your photos!


For a more intimate environment, restaurants can make an excellent option for your wedding reception. Some restaurants offer private event rooms, while others may require you to rent the entire restaurant for the evening of your wedding event. This is one of the types of wedding venues that are generally best for a smaller guest list!

Tip: Love the idea of a restaurant venue but have too many guests to accommodate? Host your rehearsal dinner at your favorite restaurant and get the best of both worlds!


The ambiance of a garden wedding is hard to match, especially when it’s in full bloom – not only is it visually appealing, but the smell of the flowers wafting around you can be truly magical. When combined with a green, rolling lawn for your guests to mingle, a garden wedding makes for a beautiful spring, summer, or fall wedding. Just be sure to have a plan in case of inclement weather!

Contact The 1812 Farm

Our historic barn at The 1812 Farm in Bristol, Maine is an elegant backdrop for your wedding! Combine the barn’s soaring ceilings, glittering chandeliers, and rustic details with a picturesque lawn and garden – it’s truly the perfect venue for your big day. Work with our experienced team to bring the barn wedding of your dreams to life!

To learn more about our venue, please contact us at The 1812 Farm today.