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Mariner's Church Banquet Center

Portland , ME
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368 Fore Street
Portland, ME 04101 US (map)

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207-774-7016

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Right in Portland's historic Old Port District, the Mariner's Church provides a unique location along with the convenience of everything you'll need. With an in house chef and an onsite... Read more
Right in Portland's historic Old Port District, the Mariner's Church provides a unique location along with the convenience of everything you'll need. With an in house chef and an onsite kitchen it can accommodate a wide variety of menu selections along with special dietary restrictions. The Mariner's Church can seat 220 guests and hold 440 standing for any type of holiday, birthday, or personal party. With no minimums on food or drink you really can have the wedding of your dreams. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Priest: "How many people are you expecting?"
Me: "We both have huge Catholic families -- we're inviting over 200."
Priest: "You know, the folks at the Mariner's Center really do a nice job. I've been there for a number of large receptions. It's right in the Old Port."
Me: "Oh that's so great to hear -- we've already booked with them!"

Our reception at the Mariner's Center was fabulous. I comparison shopped. It is the best in So. Maine for a big indoor wedding.

The formal plated dinner was excellent and brought up efficiently as possible -- no one left hungry.

The space is incredibly versatile, as the photos on the Facebook page and home page will show you.

The price was right -- for 176 guests, full formal plated dinner (because the groom was anti-buffet), and a drink ticket redeemable for one drink (wine, beer, well or soda) in lieu of a party favor for all guests, the bill did not exceed $9,000. That price does not include cake or decorations, but does include service and linens. There were no sneaky fees (cake cutting fees, bottle opening fees, etc.). They were very transparent about costs.

Sarah Campbell, the banquet manager is really sharp and gave me great advice about planning and vendors. Devin the assistant manager also a great job managing the day, bustling my gown, bringing us snacks while we waited in the Billiard's Room before being announced, etc.

Few venues in the area have the abundance of natural light that the Mariner's Center offers (not even some pricey ones). Add some candles and your photos will be great -- you can't fake good light and those photos are your memory of the day! You'll want to look gorgeous!

I could not have been happier with my wedding day. Thank you, Mariner's Center!
Priest: "How many people are you expecting?"
Me: "We both have huge Catholic families -- we're inviting over 200." Read more...
Priest: "How many people are you expecting?"
Me: "We both have huge Catholic families -- we're inviting over 200."
Priest: "You know, the folks at the Mariner's Center really do a nice job. I've been there for a number of large receptions. It's right in the Old Port."
Me: "Oh that's so great to hear -- we've already booked with them!"

Our reception at the Mariner's Center was fabulous. I comparison shopped. It is the best in So. Maine for a big indoor wedding.

The formal plated dinner was excellent and brought up efficiently as possible -- no one left hungry.

The space is incredibly versatile, as the photos on the Facebook page and home page will show you.

The price was right -- for 176 guests, full formal plated dinner (because the groom was anti-buffet), and a drink ticket redeemable for one drink (wine, beer, well or soda) in lieu of a party favor for all guests, the bill did not exceed $9,000. That price does not include cake or decorations, but does include service and linens. There were no sneaky fees (cake cutting fees, bottle opening fees, etc.). They were very transparent about costs.

Sarah Campbell, the banquet manager is really sharp and gave me great advice about planning and vendors. Devin the assistant manager also a great job managing the day, bustling my gown, bringing us snacks while we waited in the Billiard's Room before being announced, etc.

Few venues in the area have the abundance of natural light that the Mariner's Center offers (not even some pricey ones). Add some candles and your photos will be great -- you can't fake good light and those photos are your memory of the day! You'll want to look gorgeous!

I could not have been happier with my wedding day. Thank you, Mariner's Center! Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
11/28/2015
4.6/5.0
Sarah was amazing to work with. The space was perfect and the big bay windows let in so much natural light. We originally only needed the space for our reception but my wedding venue fell through 11 days before my wedding day. Mariners Church was a Godsend. They accommodated the wedding ceremony AND reception and were so incredibly helpful and calming (clearly I was freaking out). They made wonderful suggestions and our big day was perfect!! We wouldn't have changed a thing!!
Sarah was amazing to work with. The space was perfect and the big bay windows let in so much natural light. We originally Read more...
Sarah was amazing to work with. The space was perfect and the big bay windows let in so much natural light. We originally only needed the space for our reception but my wedding venue fell through 11 days before my wedding day. Mariners Church was a Godsend. They accommodated the wedding ceremony AND reception and were so incredibly helpful and calming (clearly I was freaking out). They made wonderful suggestions and our big day was perfect!! We wouldn't have changed a thing!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
When searching for the perfect venue in Portland, we stumbled upon Mariner's Church Banquet Center by chance and were definitely not disappointed with our choice! From the initial phone call and meeting to the tasting and wedding day itself, Sarah was absolutely amazing to work with! Short of screwing anything into the walls, the venue really lets you make it your own and offers amazing suggestions for local vendors. Sarah was available every step of the way, including last minute damage control when I was freaking out about something :) We held our ceremony upstairs in the banquet center, moved into the pool hall for our cocktail hour while the upstairs was reset, then returned to the banquet center for our reception. Our guests (almost all out-of-state) appreciated not having to travel to different locations, and it allowed us to spend more time with them. The food was also delicious and it was convenient not to have to book a caterer too. Prices there were extremely reasonable and allowed us to stay right on budget. I would HIGHLY recommend Mariner's Church as a venue for your whole wedding day!
When searching for the perfect venue in Portland, we stumbled upon Mariner's Church Banquet Center by chance and were Read more...
When searching for the perfect venue in Portland, we stumbled upon Mariner's Church Banquet Center by chance and were definitely not disappointed with our choice! From the initial phone call and meeting to the tasting and wedding day itself, Sarah was absolutely amazing to work with! Short of screwing anything into the walls, the venue really lets you make it your own and offers amazing suggestions for local vendors. Sarah was available every step of the way, including last minute damage control when I was freaking out about something :) We held our ceremony upstairs in the banquet center, moved into the pool hall for our cocktail hour while the upstairs was reset, then returned to the banquet center for our reception. Our guests (almost all out-of-state) appreciated not having to travel to different locations, and it allowed us to spend more time with them. The food was also delicious and it was convenient not to have to book a caterer too. Prices there were extremely reasonable and allowed us to stay right on budget. I would HIGHLY recommend Mariner's Church as a venue for your whole wedding day! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.6/5.0
Sarah was AMAZING on the day of my wedding!!! Not only did she take care of me (met us at the limo, carried my things, got my flip flops before I could even get the words "I need to get my flip flops" out of my mouth, made sure we ATE, etc. etc.), but she also took great care of the guests (made sure everyone knew when to eat, and that they could go up multiple times since it was a heavy app/buffet). Sarah is SO on top of things, and she and her staff run like a well-oiled machine!
Sarah can be somewhat difficult to get a hold of, but keep on her and be patient. She's worth it! Also, Sarah is super laid back. Sounds great unless you are an absolute stress case like me - Sarah sees the big picture, while I wanted to iron out little details (I'd never planned a wedding before, so I could have used a little bit more detailed direction with the reception planning). That being said, Sarah is very accommodating (she let us come in the day before to set up!!), and was super helpful with helping me plan the menu. A word of advice - if you are doing a heavy app reception, ask Sarah to use dinner plates, not little appetizer plates. I didn't foresee this, so I didn't think to ask.
The venue itself is beautiful and super affordable! I'm know I'm forgetting stuff, but I would definitely recommend Sarah and Mariner's Church Banquet Center!!!! Thank you Sarah!!
Sarah was AMAZING on the day of my wedding!!! Not only did she take care of me (met us at the limo, carried my things, got Read more...
Sarah was AMAZING on the day of my wedding!!! Not only did she take care of me (met us at the limo, carried my things, got my flip flops before I could even get the words "I need to get my flip flops" out of my mouth, made sure we ATE, etc. etc.), but she also took great care of the guests (made sure everyone knew when to eat, and that they could go up multiple times since it was a heavy app/buffet). Sarah is SO on top of things, and she and her staff run like a well-oiled machine!
Sarah can be somewhat difficult to get a hold of, but keep on her and be patient. She's worth it! Also, Sarah is super laid back. Sounds great unless you are an absolute stress case like me - Sarah sees the big picture, while I wanted to iron out little details (I'd never planned a wedding before, so I could have used a little bit more detailed direction with the reception planning). That being said, Sarah is very accommodating (she let us come in the day before to set up!!), and was super helpful with helping me plan the menu. A word of advice - if you are doing a heavy app reception, ask Sarah to use dinner plates, not little appetizer plates. I didn't foresee this, so I didn't think to ask.
The venue itself is beautiful and super affordable! I'm know I'm forgetting stuff, but I would definitely recommend Sarah and Mariner's Church Banquet Center!!!! Thank you Sarah!! Read less
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Stacey
Wedding:
9/6/2014
4.2/5.0
Had my wedding at Mariners on 9/6/14. I adore Sarah, she provided me with some amazing vendor options and allowed us to decorate however we wanted. The hall is gorgeous with tall ceilings. The price for set up, take down, hall rental , and linens is really good. Sarah is extremely busy so you have to email and call a few times to get a response but I didn't mind. We did get complaints about the food being cold after the wedding, and my husband was upset that we paid for lobster&shrimp linguine and received bowtie pasta, but we did run late due to weather. Had an amazing time and would recommend this venue.
Had my wedding at Mariners on 9/6/14. I adore Sarah, she provided me with some amazing vendor options and allowed us to Read more...
Had my wedding at Mariners on 9/6/14. I adore Sarah, she provided me with some amazing vendor options and allowed us to decorate however we wanted. The hall is gorgeous with tall ceilings. The price for set up, take down, hall rental , and linens is really good. Sarah is extremely busy so you have to email and call a few times to get a response but I didn't mind. We did get complaints about the food being cold after the wedding, and my husband was upset that we paid for lobster&shrimp linguine and received bowtie pasta, but we did run late due to weather. Had an amazing time and would recommend this venue. Read less
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Amelia
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
With the high ceilings and large dance floor, I loved Mariner's Church from the first time I saw it. Even though we first looked at it a year or so before our wedding, Sarah was very patient and flexible with us through the entire process! The food was great and the entire team was professional and friendly. Sarah was incredible and our wedding day wouldn't have been as perfect as it was without her!
With the high ceilings and large dance floor, I loved Mariner's Church from the first time I saw it. Even though we first Read more...
With the high ceilings and large dance floor, I loved Mariner's Church from the first time I saw it. Even though we first looked at it a year or so before our wedding, Sarah was very patient and flexible with us through the entire process! The food was great and the entire team was professional and friendly. Sarah was incredible and our wedding day wouldn't have been as perfect as it was without her! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Absolutely a 5 out of 5. Sarah and her team are incredibly professional, responsive to my needs as a bride, and a great value. The food was delicious, and we received several compliments from our guests on the food. The chef was even able to incorporate some of my own recipes into our hor devours!
I was also pleasantly surprised at Sarah and her team setting up the room for us. We were able to get in that morning to put up a lot of the wall / window decorations, but her team took care of the rest - and it turned out great.
She was even able to help us and the couple the night before work together to share cost on chairs. We had priced out our own chairs, but the couple the night before used these gorgeous silver chiavari chairs, and we had picked simple white chairs. Due to the logistics and when the pick-up was scheduled, we split the cost and ended up "upgrading" our chairs while the couple the night before got a discount!
We did have a small issue with our guitarist blowing a fuse and taking out our lighting, but Sarah was able to call the lighting designer and work to resolve the issue prior to our entrance. We had a wonderful time, and many of our guests said it was one of the best weddings they had attended!
Absolutely a 5 out of 5. Sarah and her team are incredibly professional, responsive to my needs as a bride, and a great Read more...
Absolutely a 5 out of 5. Sarah and her team are incredibly professional, responsive to my needs as a bride, and a great value. The food was delicious, and we received several compliments from our guests on the food. The chef was even able to incorporate some of my own recipes into our hor devours!
I was also pleasantly surprised at Sarah and her team setting up the room for us. We were able to get in that morning to put up a lot of the wall / window decorations, but her team took care of the rest - and it turned out great.
She was even able to help us and the couple the night before work together to share cost on chairs. We had priced out our own chairs, but the couple the night before used these gorgeous silver chiavari chairs, and we had picked simple white chairs. Due to the logistics and when the pick-up was scheduled, we split the cost and ended up "upgrading" our chairs while the couple the night before got a discount!
We did have a small issue with our guitarist blowing a fuse and taking out our lighting, but Sarah was able to call the lighting designer and work to resolve the issue prior to our entrance. We had a wonderful time, and many of our guests said it was one of the best weddings they had attended! Read less
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Nikki
Wedding:
9/7/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I recently got married at Mariner's Church. We couldn't have asked for a more amazing place to have our reception! Sarah was incredibly helpful and flexible and always willing to give us ideas to make our reception exactly how we imagined it. Our reception was perfect and Sarah helped make that possible! We would definitely recommend Sarah and Mariner's Church!
My husband and I recently got married at Mariner's Church. We couldn't have asked for a more amazing place to have our Read more...
My husband and I recently got married at Mariner's Church. We couldn't have asked for a more amazing place to have our reception! Sarah was incredibly helpful and flexible and always willing to give us ideas to make our reception exactly how we imagined it. Our reception was perfect and Sarah helped make that possible! We would definitely recommend Sarah and Mariner's Church! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
6/21/2013
4.8/5.0
My wife and I were so glad we chose Mariner's church banquet center. It is a beautiful space right in the heart of the old port. Everyone from Sarah the contact for the center to the chef and other staff were so friendly and helpful. I would recommend this place a thousand times over. Great venue and great price!
My wife and I were so glad we chose Mariner's church banquet center. It is a beautiful space right in the heart of the old Read more...
My wife and I were so glad we chose Mariner's church banquet center. It is a beautiful space right in the heart of the old port. Everyone from Sarah the contact for the center to the chef and other staff were so friendly and helpful. I would recommend this place a thousand times over. Great venue and great price! Read less
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Alyssa
Wedding:
5/25/2013
4.9/5.0
We recently had our wedding at the Mariner's Church back in May. My now husband and I cannot express how happy we are with how our magical night turned out with the help of the wonderful Sarah. She was extremely professional, caring, flexible, and always ready with helpful tips and tricks to make the wedding exactly what we wanted. Sarah even made the unexpected need of having to move the ceremony into the hall, because of rain, an incredibly smooth and almost stress free transition. Thank you so much to Sarah and all of the wonderful staff at Mariner's Church Banquet Hall for making my dreams of the perfect wedding I had always dreamt of come true!!
We recently had our wedding at the Mariner's Church back in May. My now husband and I cannot express how happy we are with Read more...
We recently had our wedding at the Mariner's Church back in May. My now husband and I cannot express how happy we are with how our magical night turned out with the help of the wonderful Sarah. She was extremely professional, caring, flexible, and always ready with helpful tips and tricks to make the wedding exactly what we wanted. Sarah even made the unexpected need of having to move the ceremony into the hall, because of rain, an incredibly smooth and almost stress free transition. Thank you so much to Sarah and all of the wonderful staff at Mariner's Church Banquet Hall for making my dreams of the perfect wedding I had always dreamt of come true!! Read less
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