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8 Vermont Wedding Venues on Lake Champlain for the Ultimate Waterfront Event

Planning a nautical-themed wedding or just dream of exchanging vows with the water as your backdrop? Check out these Vermont wedding venues on Lake Champlain.

grand isle lake house

grand isle lake house

The Green Mountain State is well-known for its scenic, mountainous landscape, but many forget that Vermont is one of the states that borders majestic Lake Champlain. A wedding on the water is possible there, as there are numerous Vermont wedding venues on Lake Champlain. Whether you’re looking for a classic ballroom, modern space, or even a boat, there are numerous waterside venues to choose from, where you can experience that nautical vibe and take some pretty amazing photos, as well!

Check out a few of our favorite Vermont wedding venues on Lake Champlain.   

echo leahy center for lake champlain

ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain

Offering the perfect setting for a waterside wedding, this Burlington, VT wedding venue is both eco-friendly and stylish. This museum includes an outdoor terrace with mountain and water views for ceremonies, and the modern building itself for receptions—including multiple floors, aquariums for your guests to enjoy, and in-house catering specializing in farm-to-table cuisine. This Vermont wedding venue can accommodate up to 1,000 guests for even the largest of weddings and events.

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grand isle lake house

Grand Isle Lake House

Located on 55 acres of property, including 2,500 square feet of shoreline, this Vermont wedding venue on Lake Champlain is ideal for a romantic, nautical-inspired event. Ceremonies are held outdoors, with the water as a serene backdrop. And for your reception, host a tented reception on the grounds with space for up to 250 guests or, for smaller events, enjoy dinner on the porch, with dancing inside the dining room. There’s on-site catering featuring a variety of menu options. For the ultimate destination wedding, there are 13 guest rooms so your nearest and dearest can stay the weekend.

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basin harbor

Basin Harbor

This Vermont wedding venue on Lake Champlain is located in Vergennes, just south of Burlington. This Couples’ Choice Award-winning venue is set on 700 acres of land, and features breathtaking views of the Adirondack Mountains. There are several ceremony spaces to choose from, including the Lodge Lawn with its jaw-dropping views, the charming Orchard Garden, or the traditional Wedding Arch. For receptions, host your event in a tent on the expansive lawn, on the North Dock just steps away from the water, or inside the Ranger Room or Ardelia’s restaurant. Basin Harbor can accommodate weddings of up to 300 guests, and there are also numerous guest rooms and cottages where your loved ones can stay. There’s even a boat onsite that can accommodate weddings on the lake of up to 48 guests.

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champlain room

Champlain Room and Terrace

For couples looking for a more modern space for their big day, this Burlington, VT wedding venue (conveniently located near the airport!) is ideal. The unique tented rooftop terrace, with its views of the lake and the Adirondack Mountains, is ideal for ceremonies, followed by a reception in the Champlain Room itself. This all-inclusive venue has numerous catering packages to choose from, plus there’s room for up to 250 guests.

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spirit of ethan allen

Spirit of Ethan Allen

If getting married near Lake Champlain isn’t enough, how about getting married on the majestic lake? It’s totally possible on the Spirit of Ethan Allen, a ship wedding venue that’s docked in Burlington and cruises around the lake for a unique experience. The ship can accommodate up to 363 guests and has three climate-controlled decks where your loved ones can enjoy dinner, dancing, and some pretty incredible views. The Spirit of Ethan Allen offers in-house catering, and a variety of wedding packages to fit any style or budget.

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ferry watch inn

Ferry Watch Inn

Barn weddings are particular popular in the Green Mountain State but this intimate Vermont wedding venue also features amazing views of Lake Champlain. Host your ceremony steps away from the water, and your wedding celebration inside the post-and-beam barn, which was first built in the 1700s and restored in 2009. The Ferry Watch Inn is located on a peninsula in Grand Isle, making it the ideal spot for spectacular wedding portraits with the sunset as your backdrop. The inn can host weddings of up to 150 guests.

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sunset ballroom

Sunset Ballroom & Waterfront Catering Group

This full-service special event space in South Burlington is located on the rooftop of the Comfort Suites hotel, making it not only a stylish venue for a wedding in Vermont, but one that’s super-convenient for out-of-town guests. Ceremonies are held on the outdoor terrace with views of the lake, and receptions inside the unique ballroom, which features a vaulted ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows. There’s space for up to 300 guests, and the venue provides catering so your planning process is sure to be stress-free. Couples rave about the food, as well as the accommodating staff here.

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coach barn

Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms

This Vermont wedding venue on the shores of Lake Champlain is located on a 1,400 acre working farm and forest. Exchange vows on the lawn with the lake and mountains as your backdrop, and dine and dance either in a tent in the courtyard or inside the brick barn itself. There’s an on-site wedding planner to help you coordinate your big day, stress-free. There’s space for up to 250 guests, and there are also 24 guest rooms, as well as cottages and a guest house where you and your loved ones can stay. Weddings are held here in the warmer months, between late May and mid-September.

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