Plan A Scenic Vermont Wedding
Vermont is beautiful year round, and its small-town charm brings visitors back again and again. Plan your Vermont wedding among all the beauty and hospitality the Green Mountain State has to offer.
Popular Vermont Wedding Venues and Destinations
There are so many quaint towns in Vermont with incredible venues that you may find it's hard to choose just one. Explore the state to find the locale that suits you for your Vermont wedding.
Burlington, Vermont's largest city, is still quite small by most standards. Though it's home to a university, three colleges, a vibrant art community, museums, and the ECHO Leahy Center at Lake Champlain, Burlington still has that old-world charm that makes it feel like a small town. In addition to its nationally recognized aquarium and science center, ECHO also hosts environmentally friendly weddings. For couples interested in green weddings, this venue is top notch. You and your guests receive exclusive access to the entire ECHO campus during your wedding, which allows for guests to enjoy the sparkling aquariums and natural beauty of Lake Champlain.
Montpelier - Vermont's state capital and the smallest capital in the country-is home to the largest urban historic district in the state. The 150-year-old state house-beautifully preserved and restored-shines in the center of the district. The arts are important here, and there are many museums and galleries around the city. You can explore the historic district, visit one of Vermont's many sugar houses where maple syrup is made, or explore nature around the Winooski River. If you want to enjoy the beauty of Montpelier, consider a wedding at Fairmont Farm, just outside the city. This working farm offers a 100-acre sprawling meadow for your wedding with 360-degree views of the surrounding landscape.
Woodstock, nestled in the Green Mountains, is a stunning town on the banks of the Ottauquechee River. Its beautiful architecture and historical ties have made it a tourist destination for decades, and folks continue to flock here to ski, golf, hike, and enjoy the scenery. Woodstock is also a popular wedding locale, and Woodstock Inn and Resort is consistently named as one of the best Vermont wedding venues in the area. Woodstock Inn and Resort offers several picturesque indoor and outdoor locations for an unforgettable Vermont wedding.
Wedding Décor and Weather
Vermont has a humid continental climate and enjoys all four seasons, with much to offer in winter, spring, summer, and fall. Spring and winter bring chilly temperatures perfect for world-class skiing conditions and harvesting maple syrup. Summer brings endless outdoor activities and warm weather, while fall brings brisk temperatures and incredible autumn foliage. Commemorate Vermont's celebrated fall leaves with an autumn wedding that incorporates them right into the décor. Weave changing leaves in with flowers for centerpieces and bouquets, and use yellow, orange, and red as your wedding colors. For a spring wedding, take advantage of local blooms like lilac. Use these fragrant flowers in floral arrangements around your venue, and use purples and pale lavenders as your wedding colors.
Food and Music
It's nearly impossible to talk about Vermont without thinking of maple syrup, and you'll find maple is a near obsession around here. You can find local maple treats all around Vermont like maple creemees, maple chocolate, and the do-it-yourself sugar on snow. Maple can also be used to glaze meats or create cocktails, and you'll find it used in everything here. Vermonters are also well known for their cheese, and with over 45 cheesemakers in the state, there's no shortage of varieties. A Vermont wedding caterer can help you work these Vermont specialties, and more, into your wedding menu. You'll also want to plan for the right music to keep you and guests moving throughout your Vermont wedding. A Vermont wedding band can customize their set list to match your tastes with the venue.
The best way to travel through this gorgeous state is by road. You can watch the landscape passing by as you travel scenic roads through mountains, valleys, forests, and farmland. Vermont is filled with charming small towns, so take your time as you drive through. The ten designated byways in Vermont are anywhere from 14 miles long to over 500, so there are endless ways to explore this stunning countryside.
Vermont Marriage License
A marriage license in Vermont will cost you $45. Bring your birth certificate and a government-issued ID to the clerk in the town in which you live. Nonresidents may obtain a marriage license from any town clerk in the state. There is no waiting period once the marriage license is issued and it will remain valid for 60 days.