The port city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire is full of unique, elegant, and beautiful venues for couples to choose from to host their wedding celebration. Most of these venues can be easily customized to meet the needs and budget for a variety of different themes and styles of weddings. Venues range from beautiful hotels, gardens, and historic buildings to country clubs, waterfront views, and restaurants serving an array of delicious cuisine. The city is well equipped with venues that are able to accommodate weddings of all sizes, from intimate family gatherings to elaborate, grand celebrations.
The Elks Lodge in Portsmouth, New Hampshire allows people to host their wedding celebration, banquets, fundraisers, bridal showers, parties, corporate events, and other social events in the waterfront dining room that provides plenty of space for events. Guests can enjoy the access to the dock, the sundeck which overlooks the scenic Sagamore Creek, or the beautifully landscaped waterfront lawn. The Elks Lodge provides full catering services, including a wide variety of menu options and full bartending services. There is also ample space available for a dance floor and a D.J. or band, as well as plenty of parking.
500 Jones Ave, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Phone: 603-436-9606
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The Exeter Inn is a historic wedding venue that is elegant, yet somewhat unexpected, as well as classic with a touch of contemporary style. The venue has been well designed with ample amount of space for weddings with up to one hundred of the couple’s family and closest friends. Built back in the 1930’s the boutique inn features a Georgian facade as a beautiful backdrop for weddings, as well as the natural greenery surrounding the courtyard. Couples can also choose to have a grand entrance into the Exeter Inn’s great hall with original paned windows and expansive archways.
90 Front St, Exeter, NH 03833, Phone: 603-772-5901
3.Governor John Langdon House
© Governor John Langdon House
The Governor John Langdon House is one of the country’s finest examples of a Georgian residence and is open today for hosting weddings and other events between the months of June and October. Enclosed by hedges and shaded by trees, the spacious lawn provides an ideal garden setting for outdoor weddings with its perennial flower border. The grape and rose arbor leads to the secluded garden and small pavilion. The Governor John Langdon House also offers a tent for weddings, with enough space to accommodate up to 150 guests for a seated dinner wedding reception and dancing.
143 Pleasant St, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Phone: 617-994-6671
4.Isles of Shoals Steamship Company
The Isles of Shoals Steamship Company offers one of Portsmouth’s premiere and most unique venues for wedding receptions with its M/V Thomas Laighton. The gorgeous replica of a Victorian Steamship boasts an open-air sundeck with stellar views, a sweeping staircase, and a waiting staff and steamship crew that strives to cater to every need of couples and their guests. The ship provides one of the best settings New England offers with the spectacular sunsets and ocean breezes, creating a truly romantic setting for weddings. Couples can let the venue take care of all the details or work with their caterers.
315 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Phone: 603-399-6406
© Jarvis Center
The Jarvis Center is an affordable and elegant full-service event facility in the city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Located behind the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, the venue is able to host wedding receptions and other events with up to three hundred and twenty-five guests. The large function hall includes a full commercial kitchen that is great for catering service to use, as well as a very spacious dance floor, supposedly one of the largest dance floors in New England. Along with an open-vendor policy, the Jarvis Center also features good lighting, a sound system, and high ceilings.
40 Andrew Jarvis Dr, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Phone: 603-436-2943
The LaBelle Winery provides a beautiful venue for unforgettable wedding celebrations in Portsmouth. The venue helps host memorable special occasions through its beautiful grounds, custom furnishings, excellent service, stunning facility, in-house catering services, and more. The beautiful facility offers amazing views that act as a complement to every season, as well as award-winning wines that are made and bottled at the winery. The cuisine served at the LaBelle Winery for wedding receptions and other events is locally sourced and farm-to-table. In addition to ceremony and reception sites, the venue also includes a private and charming Bridal Suite.
104 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Phone: 603-319-8035
© Martingale Wharf
The Martingale Wharf offers two private rooms for rental that can accommodate anywhere between ten and sixty guests for events ranging from a sit-down dinner wedding reception ro casual cocktail-style gatherings. Both of these spaces provide one of the best views in the city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, while guests enjoy innovative cocktails and creative local cuisine. The East Lounge can host up to 60 people and features a private bar, comfortable couches, a waterfront rail, and floor-to-ceiling windows. The West Room can fit up to 50 guests and offers river views through floor-to-ceiling windows that open up to fresh ocean air.
99 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Phone: 603-431-0901
8.Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden
© Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden
The Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden has been a national historic landmark and a public museum since the year 1912. The venue features furnished historically authentic interiors and elegant gardens that are able to be rented out for events. The garden is truly a lovely setting for any outdoor garden wedding ceremony, reception, or party. The Moffatt-Ladd Garden has an axis path measuring 300 feet that is flanked by the formal gardens that lead from the house and across four terraces. Steps lead up to the venue’s upper flower beds. The house is able to host weddings with up to fifty seated guests.
154 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Phone: 603-430-7968
Mombo is a unique space for weddings and all other kinds of events in the city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Situated across the way from Prescott Park and located on Strawberry Banke museum grounds, this colonial-style venue features private and semi-private dining areas, an open kitchen, and exposed post and beams. Mombo serves internationally inspired and creative cuisine. Couples who wish to hold their wedding reception at the venue can rent out the whole building and enjoy a personalized menu to match their vision for their special day, alongside personalized service to make sure everything runs smoothly.
66 Marcy St, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Phone: 603-433-2340
10.One Hundred Club
The One Hundred Club is one of the premier private clubs in the New England region and provides five-star service and hospitality in a venue surrounded by spectacular views of downtown historic Portsmouth. At the top of the city, the One Hundred Club is a social city and private dining club, however, it can also be reserved for events. The River Room serves as a good choice for a grand wedding reception with its outdoor decks, romantic lighting, and large windows. For more intimate celebrations, couples can choose The Founder’s Lounge, or the Rooftop Terrace for outdoor wedding ceremonies.
100 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Phone: 603-766-4100
11.Portsmouth Country Club
© Portsmouth Country Club
The Portsmouth Country Club designs events and menus that suit many different needs, whether the event is a wedding, rehearsal dinner, holiday party, cocktail party, or corporate event. Meals are able to be served buffet style, served to the table, or a combination of the two. The culinary staff are able to prepare dinners that range from cook-out outside on the club’s patio to formal and elegant seated dinners. The amazing sunsets along the Great Bay and the stunning golf course serve as a gorgeous backdrop for weddings and other special occasions. The Portsmouth Country Club also boasts a convenient location.
80 Country Club Ln, Greenland, NH 03840, Phone: 603-436-9791
12.Portsmouth Gas Light Co.
© Portsmouth Gas Light Co.
The Portsmouth Gas Light Co. is also referred to as the Top Gathering Place in Portsmouth. This multi-venue establishment dedicates itself to offering a unique wedding experiences for couples with manner of budgets for their wedding. The space at the Portsmouth Gas Light Co. for private events is at the Third Floor Night Club, which boasts a vaulted ceiling, brick walls, high-top seating, beautiful hardwood, and great views of the downtown area of Portsmouth. As for food, the venue specializes in wood-fired fare, such as wood-fired grilled seafood and meats and pizzas cooked in a brick oven.
64 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Phone: 603-430-9122
13.Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center
© Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center
The Portsmouth Harbor Events and Conference Center is one of Portsmouth’s elegant wedding venues. The versatile event space and classic coastal vibes help create an ideal backdrop for wedding celebrations. The look of the event venue can easily be customized to match the taste and style of couples, offering an entirely personalized wedding experience. The Portsmouth Harbor Events and Conference Center offers more than 4,500 square feet of space for weddings and is able to comfortably host events with as many as 250 guests. Basic services like setup, chairs, tables, linens, and clean up are included.
100 Deer St, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Phone: 603-422-6114
14.Rivermill at Dover Landing
© Rivermill at Dover Landing
The Rivermill at Dover Landing offers complete flexibility when it comes to weddings, allowing couples to choose their own theme, decor, and floor plan, as well as boasting an open-vendor policy, which lets couples bring in their own decorators, florists, caterers, and more. With arched tall windows providing river views, brick-and-beam architecture of the 1800’s, lofty ceilings, and the historic clock tower, Rivermill is a distinctive enough venue on its own, or couples can use the blank canvas to design their own wedding masterpiece. Both the ceremony and wedding reception can be held at the Rivermill at Dover Landing.
2 Washington St, Dover, NH 03820, Phone: 603-343-2192
15.Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel
© Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel
The Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel in the city of Portsmouth is a full-service wedding and event venue that is staffed with experienced event planning professionals that assist couples with the entire process of wedding planning. The Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel is an all-inclusive event venue that is able to host a variety of different weddings, ranging from small and intimate gatherings to large and grand affairs, as well as many different themes and styles. The hotel is able to accommodate weddings with as many as 350 of the couple’s closest friends and family, with specially priced guest rooms available.
250 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Phone: 603-431-2300
16.The Music Hall
The Music Hall offers two distinct venues to choose from for weddings and other special events in the middle of downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire.. The Historic Theater is a stunningly renovated theater from the Victorian era, while the Loft is more intimate and modern. The tastefully unique and non-traditional 895-seat theater is the oldest of its kind in the state, featuring an elaborately detailed dome, horseshoe balcony, and original hardwood flooring. The Loft offers the same amenities in a more contemporary setting and is able to accommodate events with as many as 124 guests with cabaret-style tables and seating.
28 Chestnut St, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Phone: 603-436-2400
17.The Thompson Inn
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The Thompson Inn and Cyderhouse is a picturesque wedding venue and historic home located along the Lamprey River. Situated just outside of Portsmouth, New Hampshire in the town of Durham, this elegant venue offer stunning views and lush grounds surrounded by farmland. There are several different spaces available for wedding photos and an outdoor wedding ceremony. Wedding with between 100 and 150 guests can be accommodated at The Thompson Inn and Cyderhouse for rustic elegant wedding celebration and the on-site chef creates menus for rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions using local seafood and farm-fresh meats and produce.
90 Bennett Rd, Durham, NH 03824, Phone: 603-988-1399
18.The Victoria Inn Bed & Breakfast and Pavilion
© The Victoria Inn Bed & Breakfast and Pavilion
The Victoria Inn Bed & Breakfast and Pavilion is situated only around half of a mile from the ocean and is a green, lush oasis surrounded by flowers, colorful plants, and rose bushes. The fully covered Pavilion is located behind the inn and includes a covered bar. The charming Gazebo is also included in event rentals for wedding ceremonies. Up to 150 people can be accommodated for events in the Pavilion, with space for both the ceremony and the reception. The common area of the Victorian Inn can also be used for indoor weddings with up to 70 guests.
430 High St, Hampton, NH 03842, Phone: 603-929-1437
19.Three Chimneys Inn & Frost Sawyer Tavern
The Three Chimneys Inn and Frost Sawyer Tavern offers space for rehearsal dinners, weddings, holiday parties, anniversary parties, and many other special occasions and events. Anywhere between ten and two hundred guests can be accommodated at the venue with personalized event coordination and an experienced staff making sure everything runs smoothly and the wedding is meaningful and memorable. Couples can choose hors d’oeuvres and cocktails or a small, casual gathering outdoors on the terrace or sit down to an elegant dinner in one of the beautifully-appointed private rooms. The grounds also include two well landscaped gardens for outdoor ceremonies and photos.
17 Newmarket Rd, Durham, NH 03824, Phone: 603-868-7800
© Tuscan Kitchen
The Tuscan Kitchen boasts an experienced hospitality team and well-appointed spaces for events to host weddings, corporate events, family gatherings, and other social events. The venue is designed to provide intimate event spaces for celebrating and entertaining guests, along with a tasteful and beautiful setting, artisan cuisine, and exceptional service. The chef at the Tuscan Kitchen creates custom menus according to the needs of guests, taste, and budget. With the event rooms and private dining rooms, the venue can host weddings with up to 220 of the couple’s family and closest friends, with event spaces including state-of-the-art technology.
581 Lafayette Rd, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Phone: 603-570-3600
21.Wentworth by the Sea Country Club
The Wentworth by the Sea Country Club is an ideal wedding venue for couples wanting to tie the knot by the ocean. The waters is crisp and clear and sailcloth tent looks like the sails of a tall ship set against the blue ocean. Flowers, native plantings, and vivid green grass help complete the gorgeous seaside vista. Wedding ceremonies and receptions can take place outdoors on the seaside lawn, offering a stunning backdrop for guests and photos, with tents available if necessary. The excellent service and delicious food complete the wedding package at the Wentworth by the Sea Country Club.
60 Wentworth Rd, Rye, NH 03870, Phone: 603-433-3050
22.Wentworth by the Sea, A Marriott Hotel & Spa
© Wentworth by the Sea, A Marriott Hotel & Spa
Wentworth by the Sea, A Marriott Hotel and Spa is considered to be a magical place for wedding ceremonies, receptions, and other special events in the city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Consisting of approximately ten thousand square feet of elegant space for events, the hotel is ideal for couples wanting a large wedding thanks to its capacity to host weddings with up to five hundred guests for a seated dinner reception. The Garden Ballroom and the Grand Ballroom are elegantly appointed, designed well for stylish, grand wedding celebrations.
Situated on New Castle Island, Wentworth by the Sea is great for exploring the seacoast.
588 Wentworth Rd, New Castle, NH 03854, Phone: 603-422-7322
23.York Golf and Tennis Club
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The York Golf and Tennis Club provides plenty of space for corporate events, club lunches, wedding receptions, and other special events and occasions with up to two hundred guests between the months of May and October. Located a short distance from Portsmouth in York, Maine, the York Golf and Tennis Club features turn-of-the-century elegance combined with amazing views of the nearby York River. The spacious ballroom includes a large stone fireplace for a bit of a cozy, yet elegant atmosphere. The York Golf and Tennis Club also offers plenty of parking, full-service catering, and dedicated event staff and coordinator.
62 Organug Rd, York, ME 03909, Phone: 207-363-0130
23 Best Wedding Venues in Portsmouth, NH
- Elks Lodge, Photo: nastasenko/stock.adobe.com
- Exeter Inn, Photo: Gordana Sermek/stock.adobe.com
- Governor John Langdon House, Photo: Governor John Langdon House
- Isles of Shoals Steamship Company, Photo: lisovoy/stock.adobe.com
- Jarvis Center, Photo: Jarvis Center
- LaBelle Winery, Photo: hreniuca/stock.adobe.com
- Martingale Wharf, Photo: Martingale Wharf
- Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden, Photo: Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden
- Mombo, Photo: demy89/stock.adobe.com
- One Hundred Club, Photo: hreniuca/stock.adobe.com
- Portsmouth Country Club, Photo: Portsmouth Country Club
- Portsmouth Gas Light Co., Photo: Portsmouth Gas Light Co.
- Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center, Photo: Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center
- Rivermill at Dover Landing, Photo: Rivermill at Dover Landing
- Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel, Photo: Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel
- The Music Hall, Photo: alice_photo/stock.adobe.com
- The Thompson Inn, Photo: The Thompson Inn
- The Victoria Inn Bed & Breakfast and Pavilion, Photo: The Victoria Inn Bed & Breakfast and Pavilion
- Three Chimneys Inn & Frost Sawyer Tavern, Photo: n_balitskaya/stock.adobe.com
- Tuscan Kitchen, Photo: Tuscan Kitchen
- Wentworth by the Sea Country Club, Photo: elitravo/stock.adobe.com
- Wentworth by the Sea, A Marriott Hotel & Spa, Photo: Wentworth by the Sea, A Marriott Hotel & Spa
- York Golf and Tennis Club, Photo: York Golf and Tennis Club
- Cover Photo: Anina Lonte/stock.adobe.com