My daughter is planning to get married next year (2013) and she wanted a small ceremony at an Inn or Cottage in northern New England.
We searched online for the smaller places to get an idea of locations and which ones are familiar with holding weddings. Most places would rent out an area of the Inn for the wedding and reception but other guests would still be staying there at the same time.
The time of year will make a big difference if you plan to marry in New England with Fall being the busiest time. In fact it may be impossible to find an affordable location for a small wedding during that time of year.
My daughter wanted, and found, a place that was small enough to rent for two days (staying within her budget) with guests staying overnight for two nights. Everyone, approximately 20 people, will be there for the rehearsal dinner, wedding and reception and leave by Sunday morning. The place will be all ours for that entire weekend.
(Photo: Front lawn of the Manor on Golden Pond)