Mad River Barn is a full-service wedding venue located in Waitsfield, Vermont. This venue is surrounded by mountains, meadows, gardens, and streams, making it a stunning destination for weekend weddings. Mad River Barn hosts just one wedding each week, allowing for truly intimate weddings.
Facilities and Capacity
Mad River Barn offers three event spaces, which can accommodate up to 199 guests. The Pavilion, with its post-and-beam construction, is the primary venue for wedding receptions. It is available during the spring, summer, and fall seasons. Used for hosting rehearsal dinners, the Dining Room offers an unforgettable dining experience. The Pub and Game Room is suitable for smaller gatherings and late-night after-wedding parties.
Mad River Barn hosts ceremonies, receptions, bridal showers, engagement parties, and rehearsal dinners. Their services include:
Mad River Barn provides in-house catering services, offering couples tasting opportunities to decide on their menu. Their serving styles include buffet, dessert, servers, cocktail reception, hors d'oeuvres, and plated. Couples can choose to bring in a cake from an outside vendor. Mad River Barn's menus incorporate local, America, and Italian cuisine styles. They also consider special dietary requirements such as:
Aside from the event spaces, Mad River Barn also offers outdoor activities that couples and their guests can enjoy, like hiking the long trail, swimming at the Warren Falls, or visiting the Farmer's Market.
Recommended by 99% of couples
Nicole · Married on 08/22/2015
You know your wedding was one for the books when your friends and family are still talking about it 9 months later! My husband and I and our families could not have had a better experience working with Andrew and Heather at the Mad River Barn.Sent on 06/10/2016
in our venue search we were looking for a location that would allow our guests to experience what we love about Vermont (mountains, rivers, farmers markets, fresh air) while also being comfortable. We also wanted our wedding to be a weekend experience since most were from our of town.
Our wedding was held on the back lawn with close to 200 guests. We were able to set up games in the lawn for the weekend and utilize their huge fire pit! Heather and Andrew worked with us to secure everything from our tent, caterer, restrooms and they worked well with all our vendors which made our wedding day stress free. They were amazingly accommodating and helpful. Any question or request that came up they went above and beyond to make it happen.
Our ceremony was held out in the back lawn as well, the mountain backdrop is GORGEOUS and was easily my favorite part of the wedding. What's a wedding without the perfect ceremony spot?
Another great part of our wedding at the MRB was the ability to rent out all the rooms for the weekend and have a central location for all our guests to gather. We had dinner there nightly, including our rehearsal dinner. Their food is delicious and focuses on local and in season meals, which was important to me. The bar has all the Vermont favorite beer and wine that you come to VT for! It was easy to host our large group for the whole weekend.
Heather and Andrew and the whole MRB staff really makes you feel like a part of their family, our friends and family have even said similar, and they were only guests! It truly is a magical place. I couldn't have imagined a better experience. I highly recommend you consider having your wedding at MRB.
Kelly burgart · Getting married on 06/27/2020
Exactly what you want for an authentic VT wedding
I called MRB and talked to Heather (one of the owners) and quickly scheduled a visit for the next day. The venue is absolutely amazing and the people behind it, even better. There is impeccable attention to detail and a genuine feeling of "we would be excited to have your wedding here" rather than the "you would be lucky to get married here" feeling I had at other venues. Heather said "it's like summer camp for adults"...that is exactly what we want our weekend to be like! I can't wait to continue to work with the MRB team to plan our wedding.Sent on 03/16/2019
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Kelsey · Married on 06/09/2018
After visiting Mad River Barn (the first venue we saw), we didn’t even bother going elsewhere.Sent on 06/22/2018
It’s not an understatement to say that MRB really has it all. To us, we had it all:
- Intimate outdoor ceremony surrounded by lush Vermont greenery
- Reception fully equipped with lawn games, a Ben&Jerry’s ice cream sundae bar, s’mores fire pit, Photo Booth, and a rowdy (the good kind) dance floor
- Lodging on site for about 40 guests (our wedding party, parents, parents, grandparents, cousins and some friends were all able to stay right on site)
- Pub for an after party— allowed us to keep the party going until 2 AM
From the guest rooms to the pavilion, the venue is perfect in all it’s entirety. From the breakfast buffet (available on weekends for guests) to our wedding reception meals, the food was delicious and never disappointed.
Everything was perfect but it was the people who made the biggest difference and had the largest impact on me - Mad River Barn is run by and staffed with an amazing group of people. All of the employees are attentive, good-humored and helpful. They went all around above and beyond to ensure that we, our families and our guests had an unforgettable weekend. The atmosphere at MRB is heavily dictated by the owners, Heather and Andrew, who are truly two of the nicest and coolest people we have ever had the pleasure of meeting, working with and spending time with. Heather and Andrew were an absolute joy to work with from day one and truly made the supposedly stressful planning process a complete breeze for us.
When we look back on our wedding day and remember it, eventually the little details like what we ate and what music was playing will fizzle out - but one thing is for sure, we will never forget where we spent it and who we spent it with and that very much includes Heather, Andrew and the amazing staff at Mad River Barn.