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Planning a Vermont Wedding: 

Local Tools for Vermont Brides to Be 

By Warren Ayer

While there are seemingly more web-based wedding portals every year, they vary widely in their usefulness for a state like Vermont.  Even though Vermont ranks high as a venue for "destination weddings" some of the best resources for planning Vermont weddings are "home-grown."

Vermont Bride Magazine
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Vermont-based All-in-one Sites

These sites offer tools, vendor listings, inspiration and more, creating a one-stop shop for Vermont brides.

1.  Vermont Bride Magazine:  The most complete Vermont Weddings planner available to future brides in Vermont. For 18 years, brides have relied on Vermont Bride Magazine to assist in the numerous details associated with planning their perfect wedding. 

2.  Vermont Association of Wedding Professionals: Breathtaking scenery. Quaint towns with cozy inns. World renowned chefs. Exquisite resorts with pampering spas. All nestled amidst the beauty of the Green Mountains and the sparkling shores of Lake Champlain. Whether exchanging vows in a field of wild flowers, traveling down a country lane in a horse-drawn sleigh on freshly fallen snow, or dancing by candlelight in a 19th century barn, the Vermont Association of Wedding Professionals helps couples, no matter where they live in the country, plan every step of their Vermont wedding.    

Vermont Venues   

Some of the Vermont wedding venues (many of which we have had the privilege of photographing weddings) that also have web-based resources are:   (note that the WED link associated with any venue will take you to a sample wedding photographed by Ayer Photography that had some part or all of their wedding activities at that venue)     

1.  Abbey:   (Enosburg Falls, VT)  Located on the banks of the beautiful Mississiquoi River in the heart of Franklin County, our breathtaking views, attention to detail, and proud tradition to excellence make The Abbey the ideal spot for your wedding celebration.  WED-1        

2.  Arlington Inn:   (Arlington, VT)   The Arlington Inn, nestled in the center of Arlington, is a unique and special bed and breakfast country inn that brings you back to a time of elegance and style.  Furnished in beautiful antiques, the Inn offers a full service dining room.  Its elegant Victorian furnishings and fine wood details of maple, cherry, and walnut that grace the ceilings, mantle and floors help to make this a great venue for a romantic wedding.               

3.  Barn at Boyden Farm:   (Cambridge, VT)  Imagine standing surrounded by the beauty of the Lamoille River valley, hand in hand with the most important person in your life.  Your vows are heard by your family and friends in the open-air post and beam pavillion.  The barn itself was built in the early 1800's and features hand hewn post and beam with 30' cathedral ceilings, a 4000 square foot open floor plan, railed seating areas, antique oak tables and a great dance floor.  Whether your party is for 20 of 200, this will be an event to cherish.         

4.  Basin Harbor Club & Resort:  (Vergennes, VT)  Imagine exchanging vows in front of friends and family surrounded by the splendor of Lake Champlain. Imagine dancing before the moonlit Adirondacks. There is no other place as lovely as Basin Harbor for your Vermont weddingWED-1     WED-2              

5.  Brandon Inn:   (Brandon, VT)   The Brandon Inn traces its history back more than 200 years to 1786 when Jacob Simonds opened a small one story tavern on the Brandon Village Green.  Today, the inn retains all the old world elegance and charm of its early days, while offering a remarkably personable and cozy atmosphere that makes weddings there very very special.  Constructed in the Dutch Colonial style of marble, brick, and wood, the Inn has a spaciousness that is unique throughout New England.      

6.  Burlington Country Club:   (Burlington, VT)   Built in 1924, the Burlington Country Club is a private club featuring one of Vermont's premier 18 hole golfing venues.  Its ballroom, grillroom, patio and grounds offer panoramic views of Vermont's Green Mountains making the Club a well-known choice for weddings.         

7.  Burlington Hilton Hotel:   (Burlington, VT)  Overlooking Lake Champlain, the Hilton Burlington is the centerpiece of Burlington's acclaimed "waterfront renaissance."  They provide levels of service and amenities for which Hilton has become the gold standard worldwide.  With 16.000 square feet of flexible event space, well-appointed guest rooms, custom-designed food and beverage menus, what better way to begin your journey of a lifetime together.                 

8.  Canadian Club of Barre:  (Barre, VT)  The club sits on approximately 50 acres of land.  There is a main building, horseshoe pits, barbecue pit, and a gazebo.  The club is renowned for its excellent meals and facilities for holding wedding receptions, anniversary parties, community events, annual meetings and dinners of various private and public organizations.       

9.  Capitol Plaza Hotel:   (Montpelier, VT)  No matter what your budget may be, your wedding day at the Capitol Plaza Hotel will be all that you desire.  They offer packages ranging from simple dinners to elaborate feasts fit for royalty.  Their ballroom is the epitome of elegance.  Their experienced staff can help you plan each intimate detail of your wedding celebration.   WED        

10.  Catamount Country Club:   (Williston, VT)  With great panoramic views that include Camel's Hump, their newly rennovated banquet facility can accommodate up to 200 guests.  From their spectacular garden to a menu by their award-winning chef, Catamount's flexibility and experience guarantees you an elegant and beautiful wedding.         WED     WED       

11.  Country Club of Vermont:  (Waterbury Center, VT)  A great spot surrounded by views of Camel's Hump and the rolling hills of a beautiful golf course.  Located just five minutes off of Interstate 89, they offer superb dining, an outdoor porch with a pristine view of Camel's Hump and two stone patios.     WED               

12.  Craftsbury Pavilion:  (Craftsbury, VT)  Located on a hill top in rustic Craftsbury, this is a great place to host your wedding reception.    WED       

13.  D.A.R. State Park:   (Addison, VT)   Host your wedding ceremony or reception in a Vermont State Park.  Vermont's lush landscapes and romantic views make the perfect backdrop for your celebration, naturally enhancing the beauty of your special day.      WED           

14.  Doubletree by Hilton - Burlington:   When it comes to making your wedding special, Doubletree is committed to making every moment memorable. Beginning with your bridal luncheon, or an elegant rehearsal dinner, their planners will help you create a wedding that is luxurious, personalized or totally unique.     WED-1    

The Ponds at Bolton Valley by Ayer Photography
The Ponds at Bolton Valley Resort

15.  Eagle's Club at Milton:   (Milton, VT)   A wonderful reception facility only minutes from Milton's riverside recreation park.      WED       

16.  ECHO at Leahy Center:   (Burlington waterfront, VT)    With their lakefront location, Adirondack views, three floors of sparkling aquariums, and elegant indoor and outdoor spaces for wedding ceremonies and receptions, you will find ECHO to be one of the most unique locations in Vermont.          

17.  Echo Lake Inn:  (Ludlow (Tyson), VT)  The Inn was built in 1840 as a Victorian summer hotel and remains one of the few authentic Vermont country inns operating year round.  Its heritage includes frequent visits from President Calvin Coolidge, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and many other historic figures.  Today it is an Okemo bed and breakfast inn located in Vermont's beautiful central lakes region.  Noted for its excellent food and attention to every detail, it is the ideal location for your Vermont wedding.        WED  

18.  Edson Hill Manor:   (Stowe, VT)   With over 35 weddings each summer, Edson Hill Manor is one of the most sought after locations in Stowe.  Situated on 50 acres it offers expansive views of the Worchester  Range.  Edson Hill Manor can accommodate weddings for as many as 300 guests and is known for its horse drawn surrey and a wine cellar that has repeatedly won the presdigious Wine Spectators award.   WED          

19.  Equinox Resort & Spa:   (Manchester Village, VT)   There is no better location than Vermont's  own Equinox.  The Equinox offers the ideal romantic setting, with idyllic outdoor gardens nestled in the shadow of the beautiful Green Mountains.  Say "I do" during a grand country affair, a themed event, or an intimate personal celebration.  Their stately indoor and outdoor venues can accommodate more than 200 guests in an awe-inspiring setting.  With 18,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, your choices for the wedding of your dreams are practically unlimited.            

20.  Essex Resort & Spa:  (Essex, VT)    As the Burlington area's only AAA Four-Diamond hotel, The Essex is a true destination, offering a full-service Spa and Fitness Center, cooking classes, and an award winning restaurant.  The Essex is the premier choice for the perfect Vermont wedding destination for dozens of happy couples tying the knot each year.  The Essex offers you an experience unlike any other resort in New England.    WED            

21.  Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard & Winery:  (Berlin, VT)   Covering 14 acres of land, our vineyard is comprised of seven varieties of grapes that are known to provide the best quality fruit in the challenging Vermont climate. We produced our first wine in 2006 and are continually fine-tuning our approaches to farming and fermentation in order to produce the highest quality, award-winning wines.  The vineyard makes a unique wedding venue.    WED                  

22.  Golden Eagle Resort:   (Stowe, VT)   The Golden Eagle Resort is Stowe's perfect spot for your small and intimate wedding ceremony or reception.  It is located on over 60 acres in a beautiful park-like setting with perennial gardens, ponds, and a covered bridge.        

23.  Grand Isle Lake House:   (Grand Isle, VT)  On the shores of Lake Champlain, the Lake House is an exquisite venue for your wedding.  Reminiscent of another era, the Lake House is a jewel in Lake Champlain's crown, offering an unparalleled lakeshore setting for weddings and receptions in an historic venue.  WED          

24.  Green Mountain Inn:  (Stowe, VT)   The Inn is ideally located in the heart of classic Stowe Village within walking distance to the Stowe Community Church.  Welcoming guests since 1833 the Inn has helped "make history" for countless generations of families.  They have 107 unique guest rooms, luxury suites and village townhouses - making it the perfect venue for your weekend wedding celebration.  WED           

25.  Hampton Inn:  (Colchester, VT) Weddings and receptions at the Hampton Inn ar personal, happy, memorable and beautiful.  They can handle celebrations for up to 250 guests.      WED-1     |     WED-2     |     WED-3    |     WED-4            

26.  Holiday Inn at Burlington:  (South Burlington, VT)  A great spot for wedding receptions for up to 130 people.  Contact (802) 419-6218.         

Grand Isle Lake House by Ayer Photography
Grand Isle Lake House

27.  Jeudevine Falls Event Center:   (Hardwick, VT)   For your fairy tale wedding "Get married in heaven."  With its large lighted waterfalls, Jeudevine Falls Event Center is the affordable solution to an outdoor wedding at one of Vermont's best and most spectacular accessible waterfalls.          WED       

28.  Kill Kare State Park:  (Saint Albans Bay & Burton Island, VT)  Kill Kare State Park is named for Kill Kare, a summer camp for boys, which operated on this site for some fifty years through the mid-1900s. Located on the southwestern tip of St. Albans Point, a three-mile peninsula which defines St. Albans Bay, Kill Kare is surrounded on three sides by the sparkling water of Lake Champlain.  It makes a perfect setting for a relaxed less formal wedding.    WED                     

29.  Kingsland Bay State Park:   (Ferrisburgh, VT)   Host your wedding ceremony or reception in a Vermont State Park.  Vermont's lush landscapes and romantic views make the perfect backdrop for your celebration, naturally enhancing the beauty of your special day.         

30.  Lilac Inn:   (Brandon, VT)    The perfect place for your romantic Vermont destination dream wedding - this completely renovated 1909 mansion and extensive gardens, a designated Green Hotel in the State of Vermont, has hosted over 400 wedding receptions ranging in size from 2 to 250 people.       

31.  Main Street Grill (NECI):    (Montpelier, VT)   A production lab for New England Culinary Institute, every meal is a culinary delight.  Their menus reflect the best that Vermont's farmers and America's next generation of young chefs offer.  Perfect for intimate weddings or receptions up to about 40 people.        

32.  Middlebury Inn:   (Middlebury, VT)   Imagine gathering with family and friends in a picture-perfect Vermont inn to celebrate your most special occasion.  Whether your wedding will be traditional, formal, intimate, or grand scale, this historic inn has set the stage for memorable weddings since 1827.         

33.  Montgomery House Inn:   (Montgomery Village, VT)  Located a short drive or bike ride from Jay Peak Resort, the Montgomery House has been a haven for travelers since 1803.  With a breathtaking view of Hazen's Notch and great meals, it is a great location for small intimate weddings (up to about 30).      

34.  Moose Meadow Lodge:    (Waterbury, VT)  Vermont's only luxury log home B&B, the unique Adirondack-style architecture and decor, the spectacular views, secluded natural surroundings, and Vermont hospitality will make your wedding truly special.  They specialize in intimate weddings for 2 to 30.        

35.  Mountain Top Inn & Resort:   (Chittenden, VT)   "A little piece of heaven,"  the inn is Vermont's classic four-season resort, located just 11 miles from Killington.  Majestically set on 350 acres with sweeping views of a mountain lake and the Green Mountain National Forest, it is the ideal spot for a Vermont wedding.       

Northern Lights by Ayer Photography
Northern Lights on Lake Champlain

36.  Northern Lights:   (Lake Champlain, Bulington, VT)  The Northern Lights, named for the breathtaking displays of Aurora Borealis that is sometimes seen shimmering over Lake Champlain after sunset, is a 115-foot cruise boat built in 2002 with the traditional lines and layout of 19th and early 20th century lake steamboats.  Finished throughout in rich mahogany, it is a beautiful setting for a summer wedding on the lake.       WED         

37.  Old Brick Church:   (Williston, VT)  Home to the Williston Historical Society, this lovingly restored church is also available for weddings.      WED       

38.  Old Lantern:  (Charlotte, VT)   Discover the charm of this rebuilt 1800's barn.  With the largest laminated maple dance floor in Vermont, the Old Lantern has seen hundreds of beautiful wedding receptions.  It has a capacity of 350 people, a full commercial kitchen, a chef-owner, and five beautifully landscaped acres.          WED-1     |     WED-2     |     WED-3     

39.  Old Round Church:   (Richmond, VT)  Built between 1812 and 1814 it has served as a place of worship for five protestant Christian denominations as well as being used for a variety of town meetings.  The Richmond Historical Society was formed in 1973 to save the church and was eventually reopened in 1981 and received National Historic Landmark destination in 1996.  It may be rented for weddings from May through October.      WED       

40.  Ponds at Bolton Valley Resort:   (Bolton Valley, VT)  Featuring breathtaking panoramic views, an extraordinary deck overlooking the spring-fed pond, and the elegance of a great room, your guests will enjoy the spectacular display of nature that surrounds them.  Seating for up to 250 people the Ponds is a romantic setting for both ceremonies and receptions.     WED-1     |     WED-2     |     WED-3       

41.  Red Clover Inn:  (Mendon, VT)   A hidden gem among Killington country inns and restaurants.  This beautifully restored 1840s Vermont hill farm inn combines upscale Vermont country inn lodging, exceptional food, and a decidedly unstuffy truly friendly engaging atmosphere.  This is a sister property of the award winning Tyler Place Family Resort.       

42.  Roland's Place - 1796 House Inn & Restaurant:  (New Haven, VT)  A wonderful B&B for weddings of 100 to 200 people.  The 35x80-foot deck offers views of the Adirondack and Green Mountains while the grounds are naturally landscaped for the perfect wedding.         

43.  Rutland Country Club:   (Rutland, VT)  An 18-hole semi-private golf course with full dining facilities.  It features beautiful rolling hills, streams and mountain views.    WED       

44.  Saint John's Club:  (Burlington, VT)  Located on the shores of beautiful Lake Champlain, Saint John's Club is the perfect venue for your wedding reception.   WED-1           

45.  Sheraton Burlington:  Your dream wedding begins at Sheraton Burlington Hotel where they offer an enchanted setting and exemplary service for creating memories that will last a lifetime. Enjoy the beautiful pre-function area, perfect for cocktails, before entering the ballroom for your reception—our Emerald Ballroom, featuring the largest dance floor in Burlington. For smaller events, the Diamond Ballroom can accommodate up to 200 guests, offering a more intimate space. Let the culinary experts at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel plan the perfect menu for your big day.  From stress-free planning to a seamless celebration day, they invite you to let them make your dreams come true. WED-1     |     WED-2                    

46.  Shore Acres Inn:  (North Hero, VT)   The dream-like lake views sprinkled with tiny islands and finished off by powerful mountain horizons, are quietly enhanced by peaceful surroundings.  With a superb service added to the mix, Shore Acres offers a perfect backdrop for your wedding.     WED       

47.  Spirit of Ethan Allen III:  (Lake Champlain, Burlington, VT)  The Spirit of Ethan Allen III offers 3 private reception decks designed to showcase your casual, elegant, or formal reception.  Seating 75 to over 400 guests on a four hour cruise on beautiful Lake Champlain surrounded by out-of-this-world views.  WED-1     |     WED-2       

48.  Sheldon Casino:  (Sheldon, VT)   The "perfect setting" for your ceremony, reception, bridal shower, or rehearsal dinner.  Indoor and outdoor facilities and no event is too big or too small.  They have full service catering - done in the Vermont tradition.           

49.  Sleepy Hollow Inn & Round Barn:  (Huntington, VT)  Sleepy Hollow is the perfect place to have your dream barn wedding in Vermont.  Sleepy Hollow's Round Barn features a beautiful view of Camel's Hump from the large reception area.  With its high ceilings and wood crafted interior, your family will be awed by your wedding location.  Have your wedding ceremony by the pond, cocktails under the pavilion and dance the night away in the 17 sided Round Barn.  WED-1           

50.  Stables & Inn at Pigeon Hill Farm:   (East Berkshire, VT)   Situated on 15 acres in the hamlet of East Berkshire, Vermont, this victorian inn and rural setting offer everything to create the wedding of your dreams.  Their extensive gardens are planted in an English country style and feature over fifty lilac varieties and countless perennials.    WED     WED-2       

51.  Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa:  (Stowe, VT)   The wedding circle at the Stoweflake, surrounded by a profusion of colorful flower beds and the peaceful, meditative labyrinth are special spots for vows to be made or renewed. Inside, the sun-filled Atrium is ideal for receptions or family reunions, and the regal Pinnacle Ballroom can graciously accommodate up to 400 guests. Discover why the Stoweflake is considered the wedding venue of choice in Stowe.            

52.  Stowehof Inn:   (Stowe, VT)   The Stowehof Inn offers the perfect setting for your romantic wedding.  For weddings from 2 to 250 guests, the Stowehof Inn offers breathtaking views of Mt. Mansfield and the surrounding mountains, delectable menus and ambiance galore.  Both indoor and outdoor ceremonies and receptions are available to make your wedding an event to remember.     WED       

53.  Stowe Inn:   (Stowe, VT)   For those looking to celebrate in an environment that captures the essence of quintessential Vermont, the Stowe Inn and Tavern remains unrivaled for a Stowe wedding.    WED       

54.  Stowe Mountain Lodge:  (Stowe, VT)   Having opened in June 2008, the Lodge sets a new standard of luxury and aesthetics for the East Coast's most magnificent resort.  Built in the new "Vermont Alpine" style, the Lodge offers a truly luxurious setting, while still paying respect ot the Vermont traditions of utilizing local artisan products and embracing the tranquility of nature.  With its remarkable mountain landscapes of Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak, it is ideal for romantic weddings.       WED                         

55.  Stowe Mountain Resort:   (Stowe, VT)   Stowe Mountain Resort is a place that is known the world over for its incredible skiing terrain; its natural beauty; its hospitality and charm; its location in the quintessential, charming town of Stowe, Vermont.  It's no wonder that so many people are drawn to this beautiful sanctuary.  It's no wonder that it is one of the most popular locations for weddings in the country.      WED        

56. Sunset Ballroom:   (South Burlington, VT)   The Sunset Ballroom offers one of the finest views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains - and as the "Sunset Ballroom" name suggests, great sunsets.  In addition to a beautiful ballroom, they can also offer you the convenience of "one stop shopping" for nearly all of your reception needs.      WED-1     |     WED-2    |     WED-3     |     WED-4      |     WED-5            

57.   Trapp Family Lodge:  (Stowe, VT)  Situated on 2,400 acres overlooking the classic New England village of Stowe, the Trapp Family Lodge is the perfect setting for your sound-of-music wedding.   WED-1           

58.  Vermont Inn:  (Killington, VT)   Six acres of grounds with amazing gardens and mountain views make an ideal setting for a Vermont Country wedding in a traditional farmhouse setting.             

59.  Waybury Inn:  (East Middlebury, VT)  Middlebury's most famous inn has offered comfortable lodging and unpretentious fine dining since 1810.  The Inn has a reputation as an unparalleled wedding site with exceptional guest hospitality.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it was the home of the Bob Newhart show, and a favorite dinner spot for Robert Frost.           

60.  Webster Barn at Sterling Meadows:  (Hyde Park, VT)  A restored farmhouse and barn with stained glass windows provide a unique country setting for a Vermont country wedding.  WED           

61.  Wilburton Inn:  (Manchester Village, VT)  Manchester's 23 acre grand Victorian Inn with breathtaking views, renowned fine dining and gracious hospitality.  Elegant Vermont country weddings are their specialty.        

62.  Woodstok Inn & Resort:  (Woodstock, VT)  Our wedding and banquet facilities provide quaint ambiance with up-to-date services and indulgent amenities. From our elegant Woodstock Ballroom to our rustic ski lodge, we can accommodate any wedding and reception you can imagine. Whether you are looking for a room with wide windows overlooking our beautiful lawn or a dreamy tent draped in white, we can create your ideal venue.                 

63.  Ye Olde England Inne:  (Stowe, VT) Styled in the English Tudor tradtition, the Inne occupies a commanding position in the beautiful Stowe resort.  Award winning wedding accomodations for up to 140 guests including the famous Boathouse Deck.        

 

Woodstock Inn by Ayer Photography
Woodstock Inn & Resort

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