Vermont is cozy, quaint, and cost-effective, all of which make it absolutely perfect for a destination wedding. Between the cozy chalets, converted barns, picturesque church steeples, and hundreds of well-kept farm lands gated by covered bridges, Vermont is a wonderful wedding option for those who desire a country wedding away from the big city. A short trip from most anywhere, especially for those located within the large metropolitan area of NYC-Albany-Montreal-Boston, Vermont is New-England's gem for destination wedding weekend getaways.
Reason #1: It's Easy to Get Hitched in Vermont
As relaxed as you should be before the big day, the marriage requirements in Vermont will only help you kick-back even further. There are no residency requirements. You don't have to withstand a waiting period. And you can get married at any location you choose. All you need is a valid driver's license, passport, and/or birth certificate.
In fact, the requirements here are so lax that if you want your best friend or your crazy Uncle Joe to be the officiant, Vermont has the Act 148 Temporary Officiant Program. You simply pay $100 and register the name of the officiant you have chosen. And if you're looking for equality, Vermont was the 4th state in the Union to legalize gay marriage. If this is a concern of yours, you won't find a place that is more accommodating than The Green Mountain State.
Reason #2: Vermont Has an Eclectic Range of Wedding Venues
Whether you are wanting to wed in spring, summer, winter, or fall, Vermont is known for offering a wide range of gorgeous options for each. For spring, consider The Ponds at Bolton Valley. A rustic lodge with a massive river rock fireplace and exposed wood beams, this venue is situated atop a glassy pond surrounded by panoramic views of rolling hills and budding trees.
For summer, why not exchange vows near a babbling creek on the Mad River? Despite the name, there is nothing crazy about wanting to wed in Waitsfield, Vermont. The Farm on Mad River is a collection of cozy outbuildings, barns, and a main farmhouse perched upon its own peninsula.
For fall and winter it doesn't get any prettier than Mountain Top Inn and Resort. With an outdoor space that is ablaze in the fall and beautifully asleep in the winter, the sprawling mountain top views of its ceremony site can either be enshrouded by a well-heated tent in the winter or can lend itself to an al fresco affair underneath a jeweled sky and falling leaves in the fall. This resort also offers a horse-drawn sleigh for newlyweds to make their romantic dash into a winter wonderland.
Reason #3: Entertaining Out-of-Town Guests in Vermont is Easy
Whether your guests are antique junkies, foodies, the downhill skiing type, or like to relax in a beautiful lodge lobby, there really isn't any activity that can't be found here. With an accumulation of 400 lakes and ponds, Vermont is perfect for a guys' fishing day or a fun picnic. No matter what you can dream up - outdoor or indoor activities - you can find it here. Guests will be absolutely convinced to join you on your destination wedding the moment they see Vermont on the RSVP.
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