wells national estuarine research reserve

Spectacular. Romantic. Unforgettable.

Maine’s premier wedding destination

Treasure memories of a very special wedding. Consider southern Maine’s coastal gem, the Wells Reserve at Laudholm. Make a little history of your own on a property listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Other Rentals: To hold other functions at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm, please visit our Facilities page.

Choose the best for your wedding event:

  • When you reserve the Wells Reserve at Laudholm for a Saturday wedding, it’s yours from 1 pm to sunset on Friday and then Saturday morning through 3 pm Sunday. Get the decorating done Friday, celebrate all day Saturday, and return for a Sunday wedding party brunch. No need for multiple locations!
  • Your fees help preserve and protect the Wells Reserve.
  • Enjoy a variety of unique settings — The expansive lawns of historic Laudholm Farm, an auditorium with plenty of catering workspace and a full kitchen, one of southern Maine’s most beautifully restored barns.
  • Plenty of convenient parking and accessibility.
  • Flexibility in choosing your support services.
  • Tranquil setting.
  • A world of photography options.

This is your special day. Make sure it’s one you will treasure for a lifetime.


Weddings are typically scheduled between May and October. Available dates (updated September 16, 2015):
Weekends remaining for 2015: October 17, 24, 31.
Weekends remaining for 2016: July 9, 16, 23; August 13, 27; September 3; October 1, 8, 15, 22.
Weekends remaining for 2017: May 6, 13, 20, 27; June 3, 17; July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; August 5, 12, 19, 26; September 2, 16, 23; October 7, 14, 21, 28.

Frequent Questions

Can we tour the site ahead of time?

Cover of the Winter 2014 issue of Seacoast Weddings magazine, with Geneve Hoffman photograph taken at the Wells Reserve.The Wells Reserve at Laudholm is open every day from 7 am to sunset, so you may visit at your convenience to gain an appreciation for what the site offers. Some indoor facilities, however, are not usually open to the public. If you would like a full tour of available facilities, please make advance arrangements with our wedding office at 207-646-4521 ext 151. In general, we recommend Mondays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays from 11 am to 3 pm or Fridays from 9 am to noon, but will strive to accommodate you at other available times by appointment.

When is the best time for weddings at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm?

Weddings are best suited for the months of May to October.

What spaces are available?

Our historic barn, auditorium, and kitchen are reserved for your activities. Public restrooms are available. The grounds are also open. When cleaning up, you may use our dumpsters.

How long is the rental period?

Friday 1 pm to sunset and Saturday morning through Sunday at 3 pm.

How many people can we invite? How many people does the barn hold?

The maximum number of guests is 250. The barn can comfortably seat 130 to 150.

What is the site rental fee?

For fees, please call 207-646-4521 ext 151.

Are tents permitted?

Yes, tents are allowed in designated areas. If it takes more than the standard set-up time (4-8 hrs), there will be an additional $200 daily impact fee. Our preferred tent provider is Marshall Tent & Event Rental.

Is there back up power?

The barn has back-up lighting should there be a power failure.

What is the size of the barn and auditorium?

The rear of the barn is 31’ x 32’6”, the center aisle is 11 ft wide, and the front of the barn is 31’ x 26’6”. The auditorium dimensions are 33’ x 35’.

Are there guest accommodations?


Can we cook on open flames or have fire pits?

We do not allow open flames or fire pits. Cookers must be contained and located in a designated area behind the barn and near the kitchen access door.

Can we spray for mosquitoes?

You may use an all-organic spray. Treatment is at your own expense. Please call for more information.

Are beach weddings permitted?

The Wells Reserve manages Laudholm Beach, but it is a public beach. We do not promote beach ceremonies, but they are permissible for very small and intimate gatherings in front of the boardwalk steps.

Is the property on the waterfront?

Water is visible from the Laudholm campus, but it is about a 20-minute walk down to the beach.

What is available for on-site transportation?

Due to insurance liability, we do not offer golf carts or other vehicles for private use. However, you may rent golf carts at your own expense for transporting small groups to the beach for photos or to help chauffeur guests with disabilities.

Is alcohol permitted?

Yes. A licensed State of Maine bartender or catering company must carry proof of their liquor license. Otherwise you must obtain Host Liquor Liability Insurance for the duration of your event.

How do we reserve a date?

A contract will be sent to you for signatures. A refundable security deposit and portion of the rental fee is due when remitting your contract. The remaining fees are due 6 months prior to your event. Payment MUST be received in the form of a cashier’s check, money order, or credit card payment. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Are there any other restrictions I might need to know in advance?

Smoking is restricted to the parking lot ONLY. No pets. No candles in the barn. No sparklers or fireworks. No floating sky lanterns. Please call if you are unsure whether something you are planning is appropriate for our site.

Can the fee be considered a tax deduction?

No. Because you are obtaining the use of the site in return for your payment, it is not a deductible expense.

I have another question not covered here.

Please call 207-646-4521 ext 151.

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The Wells Reserve at Laudholm is the perfect place for capturing memorable wedding images.

This is your special day. Make sure it's one you will treasure for a lifetime.

The gazebo alight.

Questions? Call 207-646-4521 ext 151.

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