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Jessica G. · Married on 08/28/2020
The bride here! My wedding was August 28th, 2020. I can not say enough amazing things not only about this venue but everyone involved with it. This year has been a rough one and trying to navigate how to plan a wedding and how to keep everyone safe was hard but with Carmine and Sheila (Hildene wedding coordinators) it was an amazing experience. They bent over backwards for myself and my family. There is nothing I could throw at them that they couldn't handle.
The venue: go and see it. Schedule time and ask for a tour from Carmine. I can guarantee once you step foot on the grounds there is no other place you would want to have a wedding. Especially during this pandemic it is so important to have plenty of room and have events outside, the Hildene checks all of these boxes. The gardens are meticulously kept and beyond fantastic. The tent is open on all sides and is HUGE.
The team at the Hildene has everything covered, they have vendors that they work with exclusively to make sure the quality is kept to a high standard. How many weddings do you go to that they take the food order at the table, cook it on site and have it be farm to table? The catering team (Pangea) and the florist (Lily of the Valley) are two of the most professional, easy going, and over the top amazing vendors I have ever worked with.
My wedding went off without a hitch. It was a beautiful day, we had many precautions but also had FUN. There is no place like the Hildene, I am so thankful for the team, especially Carmine and Sheila for making my dreams a reality.Sent on 09/16/2020
Karen A. · Married on 07/10/2021
Look no further than this venue and team!!
Hildene has a historic timelessness surrounded by beautiful heirloom gardens and gorgeous mountain views! The Hildene team of Carmine and Shelia along with Sarah True of True Events, thought of everything to create a seamless celebration, for over 200, for our son and his fiancé. It was breathtaking watching our son's bride and her father coming through the gardens with the elegant Hildene mansion as a backdrop to join our son under blue skies for their ceremony on the outlook. Following the ceremony were cocktails, congratulations and music in the gardens. Then we were welcomed into the gorgeous tent! Stunning tables, flower arrangements, candles and a very efficient and thoughtful staff awaited! A terrific band provided talent and energy for non-stop dancing! The venue, the flower arrangements by Lily of the Valley, the delicious catering by Pangea prompted many to say it was the most beautiful wedding they had ever attended. Although covid had unfortunately forced the rescheduling of their wedding from the previous year, there was never any doubt Hildene would be worth the wait..It definitely was worth the wait..it was everything we could have hoped for, and more!Sent on 07/17/2021
Coll · Married on 06/19/2021
The team at Hildene can only be described as top-notch. I'd describe the service they provided as a true partnership and "white glove" - over a lengthy 1.5 year engagement / interaction period, all the way from venue exploration to day-of assistance - all while navigating the uncertainty of a global pandemic.Sent on 07/17/2021
Christine S. · Married on 06/04/2021
Amazing Venue - Magical Night
The Hildene was spectacular. Couldn't ask for a better venue. It was beautiful - Sheila, Carmine and staff were super flexible and easy going. Everything worked out really well and they do a great job working with the other vendors and managing the day!
ChristineSent on 06/11/2021
Andrea · Married on 02/08/2021
The Perfect Small Wedding/Elopement
Amazing Amazing Team! My husband and I got married with a small group of seventeen people. Sheila and Carmine were beyond helpful every step of the way, and we feel so lucky! After our larger wedding was cancelled because of Covid, we decided to do a smaller wedding/"elopment" with our immediate families, and had only a few weeks to put it together. Despite the small size of our party, there were still a lot of moving parts that Sheila helped with significantly. She was always following up with us to see how things were going with planning/vendors/etc. Everything went smoothly from beginning to finish. It was the most beautiful day and we cannot wait to go back and visit.Sent on 09/19/2020
Mark R. · Married on 01/10/2020
Amazing Service...Even to visiting vendors!!!
Exceptional Hospitality!!!!Sent on 10/17/2019
While the grounds and view of the foliage in the mountains is absolutely spectacular, the real gem about Hildene Estate is the Top Notch hospitality that I experienced there.
As a wedding vendor, we know that the we are not the main focus of the day and have come to expect all of the attention, care and even smiles to be reserved for our newlyweds and their guests when working with wedding venues and day-of coordinators. This was not the case when I showed up at Hildene Estate. From the parking attendant who smiled and told me where I could load-in the band's equipment to having a warm green room for the band to relax in during break times, every single need that we had was met with grace and we are so happy to have had such an amazing experience.
While I can't remember everyone's name there that assisted us and this day so memorable for us, be on the lookout for Carmine, Nick, Julie, Parker and Bess....and if for some reason they're not around I am certain that you will be in the best of hands with whoever you will work with there!!!
King Of Hearts Band
Matthew S. · Married on 12/10/2019
Absolutely Perfect Weekend
My wife and I were married the second weekend of October, and it was absolutely a perfect weekend. Aside from getting completely lucky on the weather, everything went not only as planned, but wound up being more beautiful and well done than we thought was going to happen. There wasn't a complaint or a suggestion from the 140+ guests as to Hildene - even the most jaded/wealthy were bowled over by the grounds, the house, and the reception. The tent was more beautiful than any "solid" venue I've been in, and the grounds were exactly what the day called for. Sheila and Carmine were very easy to work with, and a few "complications" with dates at the beginning of the process were ironed out quickly and with no fuss. We found them easy to work with, attentive, and on top of all of the details. They have an exclusive catering arrangement with a local restaurant, Pangaea, which had us a little concerned at first, but their cooking and service at the reception was quite frankly as perfect as one could hope for. There wasn't a detail missed! If you're looking for a Vermont semi-outdoors wedding, this is a top-tier, A+ choice.Sent on 10/28/2019
Maggie · Married on 10/05/2019
The most beautiful venue with the best team
I can't say enough nice things about the Hildene and their amazing team! Carmine and Sheila were so helpful to us throughout the wedding planning process - from answering questions on event insurance to helping us pick our food and drinks for the reception. They are experts at executing weddings and as a result our entire day went so smoothly. The home itself is beautiful and the gardens are impeccably kept - you couldn't ask for a better view for a ceremony/cocktail hour. All the vendors Carmine and Sheila recommended were professional and a joy to work with too. The Hildene is already a special spot for my husband's family since his cousin got married there and his grandparents celebrated their 50th anniversary there but Carmine/Sheila and their team made it even more special for us!Sent on 10/22/2019
Ian O. · Married on 09/06/2019
Incredible Venue backed by an amazing team
Can't say enough about the Hildene as a venue but also Sheila and Carmine as a team to help us prepare and guide us through our wedding day. The views during our ceremony and cocktail hour were why we picked the Hildene as our dream venue, and it was such a great experience to share with our friends and family (all of which are from out of town). Beyond that, however, Sheila and Carmine made sure that our big day went off without a hitch and addressed any needs we brought to their attention. They are a joy to work with and we couldn't recommend them enough!Sent on 10/03/2019
Perry P. · Married on 08/17/2019
Hildene was the first and only wedding venue we looked at, it was pure perfection!
Absolutely amazing! The property is STUNNING, Carmine and Sheila are incredible, and Pangea and Lily of the Valley (catering and florist) are amazing. It seriously is the best team and it was such a pleasure to work with everyone. Hildene was the first and only wedding venue we looked at, it was pure perfection!Sent on 09/05/2019
Lauren · Married on 07/27/2019
Hildene is amazing!
My husband and I got married this past July at Hildene and it was the best decision we have ever made! Hildene is one of the most beautiful wedding venues - the gardens and views are breathtaking and the Hildene event staff are amazing!! From the first conversation to our wedding day - Carmine and Sheila were outstanding! They answered all of our questions and made us feel like the king and queen on our wedding day! Both Carmine and Sheila are so friendly, warm and welcoming and made us feel like family. I was a little worried about the logistics and the tent, but the entire Hildene team was on it 100 percent and worked with our coordinator to bring our wedding vision to life! After the wedding, our guests are still raving about what a beautiful venue Hildene is - is really is a special place!!If you are questioning booking Hildene for your wedding - dont - just book now!Sent on 02/26/2020
Sheila M. · Married on 07/20/2019
A magical place for a wedding!!
I am anxious to express my appreciation and gratitude to the staff at Hildene for making my daughter Ashley’s wedding in July a monumental and memorable triumph. Specifically, Carmine Cole (Director of Wedding and Private Functions) and his assistant Sheila Burks, were the architects of an event that managed to exceed even our lofty expectations; no mean feat, given that we have spent our Summers in Manchester all our lives, were well aware of Hildene’s reputation for excellence in staging weddings, and had formed a conception for how the day would unfold that was vivid and richly detailed. Observing and experiencing the process by which Carmine and Sheila brought Ashley’s vision to fruition would literally have to have been seen to be believed.Sent on 11/02/2019
The professionalism and efficiency that Carmen and Sheila demonstrated throughout, moreover, never came at the expense of their considerable patience and charm. No one planning the most important day of her life could do better than Hildene.
I seriously miss them both after the year of working with them, because besides their first rate attention to detail, they are so much fun to be with.I can’t say enough about the beauty of Hildene and the beauty of being able to work with Carmine and Sheila.
Jim T. · Married on 07/13/2019
My oldest daughter fell in love with the house and gardens at the Hildene. She and her husband are outdoor people who love everything about Vermont so it made sense to consider this Hildene Lincoln Family Home and its majestic splendor. I came into the relationship with measured expectations but Carmine, Sheila and the Catering staff exceeded them at every level. Can’t say enough about this beautiful Home of hospitality and can honestly say you won’t be disappointed if you agree to have Hildene to host your wedding event.Sent on 10/30/2019
Olivia · Married on 07/13/2019
Hildene was the perfect choice
I would absolutely recommend the Hildene to anyone thinking about having their wedding there. It only took one visit to the gardens for me to know that I had found my venue--and I wasn't even engaged at the time! When it came time for my husband and I to book a venue, I already knew that the Hildene was our spot, and even though he had never been there before, my husband saw how excited I was about the place and we booked it right away. We could not have had a better wedding planning experience than we did with Sheila, Carmine, Nick and Pangea, Peggy and Lily of the Valley, and the whole Hildene team. It was the most magical weekend that we will always remember.Sent on 10/31/2019
Rebecca · Married on 07/04/2019
fairy tale wedding
My husband and I got married at the Hildene in July and it was a a literal dream. It was more then we could have ever imagined. Everyone told us the venue was the best they had ever been too - the green mountains in the background, breathtaking gardens, tent, setting, everything was perfect. The setting really speaks for itself and you need little decorations for ceremony and tent. We met the Hildene's wedding coordinator Carmine in December - 18 months before we got married at the Hildene and we immediately knew that was where we were going to get married. Not only was the venue amazing in December (so we knew it would be even better in the summer) but Carmine was so helpful from the beginning, recommending vendors, providing advice on decorations he liked, suggesting timelines etc. and the day before the wedding he met us to take the decorations we had brought and set them up exactly how we imagined - even the morning of he met us to take some extra decorations to the tent for us. The Hildene and their team were perfect - you will have zero regrets choosing the Hildene as your wedding venue.Sent on 07/16/2019
Allie · Married on 06/29/2019
WITHOUT A DOUBT, the best wedding decision we made was Hildene!
Where to begin- I worked for Hildene as a member of their waitstaff in college. Years later, I came back to the venue with my fiance and our families. From the moment we drove up the driveway, Hildene was the answer to all of our hopes and dreams. The largest reason Hildene was an easy decision for us was the level of confidence I had in the venues execution and to me, that is the most important factor. I remembered the detail and professionalism that went into every wedding I had worked so many years ago and it stuck with me all this time. Today, Carmine greets all his guests with a genuine smile and warm welcome each and every time. Truthfully, we began greeting Carmine with hugs every visit and my Mother and Grandmother still talk about everything he did to be of assistance in all capacities. Carmine went ABOVE and BEYOND to meet every need we requested from escorting my Grandmother in a wheelchair throughout our rehearsal walk through and the big day itself, answering all texts and emails promptly and with the utmost level of customer service. As a previous server for years, there is no comparable quality to top notch customer service across the board. Every single question or situation we asked of his team was well thought out and organized and even provided us with opportunities to improve our wedding in ways we had not considered. Carmine and his assistant, Shiela attended all floral meetings, was cc'd on all vendor requests and this provided our families with the confidence Hildene truly was no rookie, quite truthfully the opposite; they are wedding experts. Their suggestions and guidance from everything from cocktail table layouts, the flow of our ceremony, floral arrangements, escorting guests to dinner, managing our timeline and working with our photographer and videographer was seamless start to finish. There are not enough words of praise or gratitude we can express for Carmine and his team at Hildene. Our wedding was the most breathtaking sight myself and ALL of our guests had ever seen. We still cannot stop receiving reviews from our guests that span coast to coast about everything from the tent, to the level of service, the views, the gardens and the fluidity of our special day. The best decision we ever made was visiting Hildene years later and deciding that was the spot we must have our wedding. Do yourself a favor- meet Carmine and take in the venue for yourself. I promise you will not regret it. Thank you for everything Carmine and Hildene, we love you!!Sent on 07/24/2019
Julie · Married on 06/01/2019
Beyond my wildest dreams
A picture perfect venue! Carmine, Sheila and their team went above and beyond to make sure we had the perfect wedding. Not only is the team incredibly responsive, but they're proactive and had answers to questions I didn't even know I had. Their preferred vendor list and exclusive vendor relationships with Lily of the Valley Florist and Pangaea Catering made planning a breeze (Both of which exceeded my greatest expectations). Carmine is so familiar with all the vendors he became their point person for the day and took any and all stress off my plate. I briefly panicked during the (last minute) after party that I had forgotten to have the buses stick around to bring everyone home, but despite the wedding being long over and it being well past midnight, Carmine immediately picked up my call and remedied the situation within minutes. I showed up to Hildene on Friday for the rehearsal with a car full of favors and miscellaneous details and returned again on Saturday for the wedding to see my entire vision perfectly realized with no detail left to chance. Our guests were in awe of the mountain views and beautiful gardens and were eager to take a look inside the historic home. And the seasonally permanent tent offers a beautiful blank slate to make your own while also offering a real brick floor and beautifully maintained restrooms. It was the best of all worlds! I was going for "Vermont Elegance" and that's exactly what Hildene achieved. Throughout the night and the days following there were resounding exclamations of "Best wedding ever!" and Carmine and his team along with this breathtaking venue made it all possible!Sent on 06/05/2019
Megan C. · Married on 05/26/2019
An Extraordinary Venue and an Exceptional Team
It’s obvious to everyone that Hildene is a gorgeous and immaculately maintained property. However, what truly makes Hildene the perfect place for a wedding is its private functions team of Carmine Cole and Sheila Burks. Carmine and Sheila are wedding planning veterans who made the planning process a breeze. They are incredibly detail-oriented, responsive, and personable, which made my husband and I feel confident every step of the way, from the day we signed our wedding contract until the last song played at our reception. Hildene’s exclusive vendor relationships with Pangaea Fine Dining and Lily of the Valley Florist took a lot of stress out of the vendor selection process, and we couldn’t have been happier with our food and our flowers. Hildene’s list of recommended vendors was also incredibly helpful, and it made many of our other important selections seem nearly effortless. My husband and I could go on forever singing Hildene’s praises, but all you need to know is that if you choose Hildene for your wedding, you’re in great hands and you won’t regret it!Sent on 06/24/2019
Heather · Married on 10/06/2018
Hildene is a BREATHTAKING, incredible venue. When we first stepped foot at Hildene during our search for venues, it didn't take much for us to make a decision because it is a beautiful location and the venue itself is really well kept and preserved. The grounds are so beautiful, you don't even need many flowers for the ceremony. Also, the view overlooking the green mountains was incredible, especially in the fall. The tent is large, heated, and looks luxurious - it has a good base for custom lighting and decor.Sent on 10/14/2018
Carmine and Sheila, the new event team at Hildene, are possibly some of the nicest people we have ever met. Not only are they kind but they are flexible, and willing to work with whatever we asked of them. They were organized and worked excellently with our coordinators from Inspired Occasions. They were excellent at working with all of the vendors and everything went so smoothly without any issues. I can't imagine a better place and team for our wedding!!
Christina · Married on 09/28/2018
We could not have found a more beautiful and perfect venue! We just had our wedding at Hildene on September 28th, 2018 and it was truly magical. The garden, surrounding views and of course the history of Hildene makes this venue one of a kind. The staff were friendly & professional. Carmine, our wedding director, went above and beyond to help make this day the best possible. Throughout the whole wedding planning process, he was incredibly responsive, helpful & professional in every way and it was such a joy working with him! - Nina & AJSent on 10/07/2018
Chris · Married on 09/01/2018
Hildene - The Family Lincoln Family Home is an amazing historical venue with the best view of the Green Mountains. In addition, the staff at Hildene is very accommodating, creative and detailed. Our wedding was beautiful and seamless.
Sent on 10/04/2018
Casey · Married on 08/25/2018
Our wedding at Hildene was magical. From beginning to end, we felt supported by the event staff. We initially worked with Nicole and about a month before the wedding date were introduces to Sheila and Carmine, two of the most hard working, accommodating people I have ever met. They offered so much reassurance and guidance and pulled off what was a flawless wedding day. The Hildene grounds are breathtaking and a remarkable place to bring guests to showcase the breathtaking beauty of Southern VT. Throughout the day we had guests approaching us in awe saying over and over “this is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been”. Still 2 weeks later, we are getting feedback that “that was the most beautiful wedding we have ever been to”. Hildene as a location was exquisite, but moreover, Sheila, Carmine and their staff were a dream team that made the day so positive, easy, and special. I cannot give them enough stars.
(Photos posted are by the very talented Ben Hudson Photopgraphy)Sent on 09/11/2018
Chris · Married on 10/14/2017
Nicole (and the Hildene team) was incredible to work with both before our wedding and throughout the ceremony and reception. Her ideas and knowledge help give us options to consider as we made choices along the way. And when the day arrived, Nicole was ever-present, yet invisible. She was a steady hand guiding our entire day and we were very fortunate to have her.Sent on 11/20/2017
Emily · Married on 10/07/2017
Nicole and her team at Hildene were an absolute pleasure to work with. She went above and beyond at every opportunity to make sure that the wedding planning process was smooth and enjoyable for myself, my fiance, and our families. Her staff members were helpful and polite and, because of this team's hard work and skillful planning, we were able to enjoy every second of our wedding weekend stress-free. Working with Nicole is like having a close friend help make your wedding day perfect. Our exceptional experience is a huge part of why Hildene will forever be a special place for us and our families. Thank you Nicole!Sent on 12/08/2017
Blair · Married on 09/29/2017
Nicole at the Hildene was an absolute gem to work with. She made everything as easy as possible for us and kept us on schedule throughout the entire process. "Day of" management was equally as amazing, enhancing and adding to the whole experience. Nicole and Hildene can make your dream come true!Sent on 12/03/2017