- This is a historic place in a great town. I've done quite a few weddings here both inside and outside in the garden courtyard. There are two that stand out in my mind. The first was indoors on an April night. It was a second marriage for both, and both had children. I helped them to put together a delightful ceremony that featured a children's unity candle. The second was outdoors on a summer's evening. It was the brother of a Bride who I had married a few years before. Very pleasant wedding that went off without a hitch... except for the music for the recessional. For some reason, it wouldn't play. We waited until the "DJ" (a friend of the Groom) figured it out, and then the couple marched triumphantly down the aisle. All's well that ends well!
•Green Gate Campground
- Married a couple on the lawn in front of the main office recently. I hadn't been to this place since the 90's when I DJed an event there. At the time, this venue hosted events like weddings but, at some point, they stopped doing that, so this isn't currently a site you can use for your ceremony unless you're staying at the campground. My understanding is though, that the new owners would like to use the banquet hall as a site for events again in the not too distant future so, if you have a wedding coming up, you might want to check with the owners to see if you can have your's there.
•McDonnell Conservation Area
- Beautiful little spot on the banks of the Exeter River. I perform weddings at the trailhead next to the parking lot. Conveniently, there is a little bench located there in case a couple of your guests need to be sitting for the ceremony. Really, this is a place more suited to elopements than larger gatherings. In fact, I'd say if you have more than 15 guests, you might want to look for a different spot. I included the FaceBook page because there is no official website yet. Because it is so close to home, rather than the ordinary fee for an outdoor ceremony where I come to you, I charge the reduced fee of a ceremony where you come to me.
Pics: McDonnell Conservation Area
•Swasey Park Bandstand Gazebo - Did a wedding here in January. Wonderful site with a view of the Squamscott River, and shelter from the elements if needed. In the winter I think you can do an elopement or a wedding with a handful of guests without notifying the town, but in summer I would call to make arrangements. Pics: Swasey Park Bandstand Gazebo
•The Word Barn
- Nice little place for a wedding. They also hold concerts, poetry readings and other events there. Performed an October wedding here recently in a small room that could probably fit 35 or 40 or so guests. Rustic and kind of cool. Check it out if you're looking to get married in the Exeter area. Pictures: The Word Barn
Here are links to the town clerk and information on obtaining your marriage license in Exeter...