The 411 on the wedding, Portsmouth and what not. Whats the deal?
Where to hang? What is fun? Cool...
Okay, what do I need to know?
We’re getting married on September 15, 2018 at the Governor John Langdon House in Portsmouth, NH. The ceremony begins at 3:00 p.m., and the ceremony and reception are all on site.
While we love kids, our venue capacity won't permit us to welcome little ones for the evening, so we'll be having an adults-only ceremony and reception. We're happy to work with you for accommodations — please reach out to us if you have questions or would like assistance with childcare arrangements.
What do I wear?
If you’re a guy? Suit, no tie, or button down and slacks.
If you’re a lady and are constantly brought down by the nebulous dressing expectations of the patriarchy? Aim for a cocktail/daytime semiformal vibe. The whole wedding will be outdoors, so please be conscious of the forecast — New Hampshire is beautiful (and colorful!) in September, but can get a bit chilly later at night. Since we’ll be outside in a grassy area, we recommend wedges or flats — or just being prepared to take your shoes off.
Where should I stay?
We’ve reserved a block of rooms at the Port Inn Portsmouth ($179/night), which is about a 5-minute drive from downtown. The block will close on August 3, and rooms tend to book rather quickly during the fall, so we do recommend that you book early. You can book online at this link or by calling 603-436-4378 and referencing the Reid/Bisognano wedding. To see more of the hotel, start here.
We've also booked a small block of rooms at The Hotel Portsmouth ($269/night) downtown within walking distance of the waterfront. To book in the block, please call the hotel directly at 603-433-1200 and reference the Reid/Bisognano wedding. There is a 2-night minimum for this hotel.
Please note that fall is a very busy time in New England, so we recommend you book early! A few alternate options:
The Sailmaker's House, a brand new Inn literally around the corner from the venue, with a walkable trip downtown but a bit of a quieter atmosphere.
The Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside in the heart of downtown with views of the harbor and the Piscataqua River
The Ale House Inn, a sister property to the Hotel Portsmouth right on the waterfront.
The Hilton Garden Inn Portsmouth right downtown within walking distance of restaurants, bars, and activities
- The Holiday Inn Portsmouth just a few miles from downtown.
How do I get to Portsmouth?
Portsmouth does not have its own airport, but there are lots of options to get into town. If you’re flying, we recommend flying into Boston (BOS) or Manchester (MHT), or alternately Portland (PWM). Portsmouth is about 45-60 minutes from all of those destinations, so if you’re planning to fly, we recommend you buddy up and rent a car with some family or friends to drive out!
What else is going on for the weekend?
Lots! Check out our weekend activities page to learn more.
What should I do in Portsmouth once I’m there? You know, besides watch you get married.
Good news: we’ve got activities for friends and family of all ages. For those of you who’ve never been to New England, we recommend checking out Strawbery Banke, a historical site in downtown Portsmouth that recreates 17th-century colonial America. If shopping is your thing, take a drive just across the harbor to the Kittery Outlets in Maine, or just stroll around downtown Portsmouth. If you want a beach, take a drive down to Rye or Hampton.
There’s something for everyone — check it out:
- Stoneface Brewing Company, just down the street in Newington
- The taproom at Great Rhythm Brewery
- Pease Golf Course for those who want to golf
- The Gundalow Company: public and private sailing on the Piscataqua
- Granite State Whale Watch down the road in Rye, NH
- Plus a huge assortment of historical sites, shopping, restaurants, and outdoor activities.
None of those strike your fancy? No problem. We’ll set you up with a canvass on Saturday so you can knock some doors before you see us say “I do.”