Southern Vermont Arts Center is a breathtaking wedding venue located in Manchester, Vermont. This museum has fostered an environment of creativity and artistic freedom, and they strive to carry this ambiance through its event spaces. Whether it is used for your engagement party, wedding shower, ceremony, or reception, this location is an inviting place to gather your loved ones.
Facilities and Capacity
With its four distinct event spaces, Southern Vermont Arts Center can accommodate up to 350 of your friends and family. Yester House Galleries contains ten art showrooms in a historic home, featuring wooden floors and plenty of natural light. This space can host up to 300 of your esteemed guests for a cocktail party and 100 for a seated dinner. For a contemporary setting, you may host up to 200 attendants in the Wilson Museum and Galleries boasting a bright ambiance and modern architecture. The Arkell Pavilion features large, wooden walls that can be opened to reveal the venue’s outdoor celebration space. For a more intimate gathering, the Hay Madeira Education Center contains two studios where you may host 20 loved ones for an evening of painting.
The devoted staff at this museum are committed to helping you create a wedding that matches your personal vision and style. They hope that you and your loved ones will enjoy being immersed in the surrounding art pieces they’ve curated. This location can provide ample parking for you and your guests, chairs for your celebration, and clean up services at the end of the party.
Although first established in 1952, this museum has deep artistic roots dating back to 1922. The first exhibition of the Southern Vermont Artists was held by five local artists, eventually known as The Dorset Painters. Since their incorporation in 1933, the Southern Vermont Artists have been comprised of visionaries such as Norman Rockwell, Luigi Lucioni, Grandma Moses, and Ogden Pleissner. Now, this center remains as a community space where artists can come together to share their creations and learn from each other.
3 Reviews for Southern Vermont Arts Center
Recommended by 100% of couples
KG1005 · Married on 10/05/2019
Wonderful October wedding!
We somewhat accidentally stumbled upon SVAC as a venue, but we are thankful we did as we are so pleased with how everything turned out. We had our October reception at SVAC (ceremony in a church), but took advantage of the connected properties of the Barrows House and Dorset Inn. Working with Colleen Palmer and all of the Church St Hospitality Group was a joy. Colleen worked with us closely to craft exactly the wedding we wanted- the food, the bar, the decor. It was also very helpful that Colleen knew so many of our other vendors- everything went off without a hitch. The chef, JJ, was very receptive to any requests we had, such as tweaking a sauce, or a special order appetizer. He even personally delivered the meals to the bride and groom during the reception, which was a nice touch. Our guests have not stopped raving about how SVAC was such a great venue. Everyone enjoyed strolling the galleries during the cocktail hour, and taking photos outside in the beautiful setting which nicely displays the gorgeous fall foliage. We strongly recommend that you also make use of the Barrows House. A good portion of our guests stayed there and we had a welcome dinner there on Friday night. Colleen also organized the welcome dinner and thus was really able to capture our vision for how we wanted our guests to enjoy their time in Vermont- harvest buffet of local food, fire pits and s'mores for the kids. All around, we highly recommend SVAC for a wedding venue.Sent on 11/17/2019
User5430640 · 2+ years ago
The Southern Vermont Arts Center is a beautiful location for a Welcome Party (or Rehearsal Party or Wedding/Reception). We had our daughter's Welcome Party there and it was GREAT. The staff at the SVAC are extremely helpful in assisting with vendors and then working with the vendors. We chose all area vendors (Bistro Henry for the food, Celebration Rentals for the tables/chairs, Nancy Bishop Florist for the flowers). They all know each other and worked together to make the event specular. Since it was a destination for us, having them work their magic together helped so so much. The SVAC is a small arts center with outside art sculpture and trails around their property and out to the sculpture. We had 21 children at all weeding events and the inside/outside venue of the SVAC was perfect for children/parents/grandparents. The $1800 fee is for the site, with $300 being a damage fee to be refunded if no damage; the other vendors charged their own separate amounts which were all good/fair prices for excellent services. We had a great time and believe our guests did too. We all would highly recommend the SVAC for all types of events. They are a pleasure to work with, especially considering the distance and stress of wedding planning.Sent on 09/12/2015
User5424635 · 2+ years ago
What a beautiful evening! The room settings were so beautiful against the backdrop of the art on the walls - it looked like an exclusive party with the doors open to the back lawn facing a beautiful mountain setting.Sent on 09/10/2015