John S. Scuto

NH Justice of the Peace
Wedding Officiant/Celebrant
Interfaith & Non-Denominational Marriage Minister

Portsmouth, NH Wedding Venues

To the right, you can see one of our favorite places to perform weddings -
South Church in Portsmouth.

Here are some other great wedding venues in the city:

Ale House Inn - Performed a small (Bride & Groom and two guests) wedding here in December for the first time. This is a nice venue, but not really built for larger weddings. I believe you must be staying there to have access to the small room where I performed the wedding but, if you're visiting Portsmouth to elope in the winter, consider this place. It's located next to the Seacoast Rep, and parking is available in the church parking lot across the street.

Cisco Brewers - This is the former Redhook Brewery. I performed my first ceremony outside at the Redhook on a Columbus Day Weekend a few years ago. I'll always remember the first one here because it featured the lead singer of the 60's group "The Drifters" who sang "This Magic Moment" to the bride and groom immediately after her father gave her away, and before the ceremony started. I gave Cisco a call to see if they still host weddings, and the person I spoke with said they do, so this continues to be an option for your wedding ceremony.

Governor John Langdon House Gardens - Performed a wedding here with a community affirmation with close to 200 guests (all the guests shout "we do!" when asked a series of questions). I'm guessing all of Portsmouth heard that affirmation!

•Harborwalk Park - This is a great place for an elopement or a wedding with just a few guests. I was introduced to this place by a lovely couple whose elopment I performed on an early October afternoon. It's essentially a pier close to the base of the Memorial Bridge that extends out into the Piscataqua River and provides a fine view of the harbor. There's also lighting there, and benches for any guests who might want to take a seat for your ceremony. 

{Looking for a place to elope? Check out some of JP John's favorite elopement spots!}

Isle Of Shoals Steamship Company - Did a wedding here on the boat on a beautiful evening in August recently. This is certainly a cool and unique place for a wedding ceremony! The staff was very helpful.

John Paul Jones House - Great historical site for a wedding ceremony. Did one here on a very hot day in July. Luckily, it was inside where it was much cooler! The above link goes to the Historical Society where you can get more info. Here are some pictures of the property: John Paul Jones House

Library Restaurant - Did a small ceremony here at Christmas time that featured a unity candle. The holiday decorations were beautiful, and it was a wonderful ceremony.

Little Harbor Chapel - This is my favorite chapel to perform ceremonies in New Hampshire.

Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden - Performed a wedding here on Memorial Day Weekend. There are at least a few different spots for a ceremony in their garden. Highly recommended if you're looking for a beautiful and historic place to get married.

Mombo - Performed my first wedding here on a very stormy late afternoon in December. When I first arrived at the restaurant the power was out, and the couple feared they would be getting married in the dark! But, luckily, the lights came back on about five minutes after I showed - ah, the power of a Marriage Celebrant!;) This is a great place for a ceremony with a maximum guest list of 120. The venue was beautifully dressed up for the occasion and my couple had the entire restaurant to themselves, choosing to be married in the upstairs mezzanine, while having their reception in the downstairs area. And, indeed, you can rent out the entire restaurant or just the upstairs area. There's also a brick patio, should you choose to be married outdoors. Another option is to get married outside at Prescott Park, and then walk over to the Mombo for your reception. Images here: Mombo Restaurant

Pierce Island - Yes, this is the dog park - or at least part of it is - in Portsmouth. Still, it's a great place to be married! I performed a brief wedding here for a couple and a few family members on a weekday in August and it was delightful. They chose one of the overlooks for the ceremony itself, and then went into town for dinner. If you don't mind the occasional canine wedding crasher, there are a few places to tie the knot here including the overlooks and a couple of beaches. My thought would be that it is suitable for a wedding with just a few guests. UPDATE: Pierce Island has closed as the city upgrades its wastewater treatment plant. But keep the faith wedding & dog lovers - it is slated to reopen in 2020!

Portsmouth Country Club - Beautiful grounds. Very accommodating and organized staff. I've performed many weddings here and they always go smoothly. I was reminiscing recently and, if memory serves me correctly, realized that I don't think I've ever had a rain-out at a wedding at the Country Club. That's remarkable for the amount of weddings I've done there. So, if you have an outdoor wedding coming up and you don't want it rained-out, have your ceremony here, and have me do the officiating! ;)

Portsmouth Elks Lodge - Fantastic site on Sagamore Creek. The dining room is situated so that your guests will have a great view of the water as they dine. The wedding site is down so the link goes directly to the lodge where you can get more info. 

Portsmouth Gas Light Company - Performed a wedding ceremony here that featured a Beer Ceremony. The Bride and Groom each poured a beer of their choice into a center mug and each then took a sip of the mixture. Ceremonies here can be held in the Night Club on the third floor. There is a stage on which the ceremony can take place. It's a nice location for a more informal type of ceremony.

Prescott Park - If I had to pick a favorite spot in Portsmouth to do small outdoor weddings it would probably be Prescott Park, in the "Formal Garden". The Formal Garden features flowers and a fountain. When Dorothy Frances Gurney said "one is nearer to God in a garden that anywhere else on earth" she may have been thinking about the Formal Garden at Prescott Park!

Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel - The Portsmouth Sheraton is an elegant yet fun place to have your wedding ceremony. There are at least a couple of rooms available, and the coordination is always great. I always enjoy the ceremonies I perform there. Here are some images... Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel

The Envio at the ACHotel Portsmouth- The new location for the staff of the Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center where I used to do about one wedding a year. I haven't done a wedding at The Envio yet so I can't speak to the physical facility, but the staff were always very organized and accommodating. 

The Hotel Portsmouth - The Hotel Portsmouth on Court Street is a really nice venue for a small ceremony. Did a wedding there a few days before Christmas and the room provided for the ceremony was elegant and nicely decorated for the season. There are four smaller rooms that will hold from 6 to 33 people. My couple was pleased with the accommodations.

Here are links to the town clerk and information on obtaining your marriage license in Portsmouth...
Portsmouth City Clerk
Portsmouth Marriage License Information

The fee for a marriage ceremony performed in Portsmouth, New Hampshire is $125 for a Lite Secular Ceremony or Lite Spiritual Ceremony, $155 for a Classic Secular Ceremony or Classic Spiritual Ceremony with Custom Vows, and $195 for a Theme Ceremony with Custom Vows. Justice of the Peace attendance at wedding rehearsals in Portsmouth is $65. (Please Note: Fees may vary with a limited number of specific vendors due to contractual agreements - call for details)

Please Contact Me if you have questions, if you'd like to set up a free consultation, or if you'd like me to perform your Portsmouth wedding ceremony.