Destination Weddings in Vermont
A destination wedding doesn't have to be abroad. A destination wedding location is simply a place where all of your guests can stay overnight and where all of the necessary accommodations are provided so that no one has to go anywhere! With that in mind, why not consider inviting your guests to a wedding weekend in Vermont?
Pick a place you love in a place you love. A lot of my clients have gone to college in or near Vermont and want to get married in a place with that nostalgia factor. My Middlebury alumni have chosen to get married at the Middlebury Inn or the Basin Harbor club. Dartmouth alumni love Quechee for a wedding weekend. UVM and Champlain College alumni feel connected to Stowe. When you invite your friends from college to this kind of destination wedding, it becomes not only a reunion of people, but a reunion of locale.
The same goes for if you want to get married in a place you vacationed as a kid or a town in which your family had a second home. Everyone will love going back and reminiscing and it’s always exciting to make new memories in a place that is already meaningful to you. You can plan activities that are reminiscent of things that you did there with your family when you were younger.
If you’re from Vermont, think about your hometown as a destination. Bonus: if you still have some family or friends in the area that aren’t big on traveling, but would love to be a part of your special day, they will be much more likely to attend than if you had chosen a destination wedding that requires a flight itinerary.
If you want your guests to bond (and you want to bond with them), traveling and seeing people in a different place than they’re used to is ideal for this. People aren’t so far away from home that they would be out of their comfort zone, but just they’re just far enough that they can have new and different experiences during your wedding weekend.
The ideal venue has activities on site, different places to stay based on guests’ budgets, an on-site wedding coordinator, meals that are planned in advance, and communal places for you to hang out with your guests. Ski resorts are ideal for Vermont wedding weekends because they fit all of these criteria.
Some of my favorite locations for a Vermont wedding weekend include: The Mountain Top Inn, The Quechee Resort, Lake Placid Lodge, Basin Harbor Club, Killington Mountain Resort, Stowe Mountain Resort, and The Equinox Resort.
Vermont is a great place for a destination wedding because there are so many different activities you and your guests can do based on what time of year you’re getting married. Fall is obviously great for foliage and Vermont’s trees really are more colorful than anywhere else in New England. In the winter there’s snowshoeing, skiing, and other activities to keep you alternately out in the snow and getting warmed up inside. When it gets warmer, there are plenty of opportunities for boating, waterskiing, and paddle-boating on the lakes.
The best part of any destination wedding is twofold: Your wedding is a vacation. You get to leave stress behind and have a fun weekend in a place where everything is taken care of for you. As a result, you get to spend quality time with your guests before, during, and after your wedding instead of trying to spend time with each person at your reception like you would on a typical wedding day.
If quality time is really important to you, then so is your wedding weekend timeline. Getting married on a Friday allows you to spend lots of time with your guests after the wedding is over. You don’t have to worry about anyone partying too hard the night before the wedding to enjoy it and you will have your pick of vendors. This also allows your guests the freedom to choose whether to spend one or two nights at the resort and would be ideal for guests that are trying to save money, but still really want to see you get married.