Best of 2023: Vermont Wedding Venues

Ready to go on an adventure? Today we’re traversing across the state to highlight Vermont’s most captivating wedding venues! In our small but mighty state, you’ll find everything from serene lakeside settings to majestic mountain retreats, ensuring a perfect spot for every couple’s “I do.” Get ready to discover the venue where your love story will take center stage!

But the excitement doesn’t end there! After you’ve seen our picks, it’s over to you to vote for your favorite in our Readers Choice Award below. 

ECHO

Echo, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain is such a special venue! Located in Burlington, not only does it have sweeping views of beautiful Lake Champlain, but it is also a museum (which couples and their guests have full access to), making it the perfect spot for an all-ages event.
 
 

The Essex Resort & Spa

The Essex Resort & Spa provides a stunning backdrop for your wedding along with deluxe accommodations and fun adventures your guests will never forget! (Like a late night jumpt into the resort’s pool!)
 
 

The Mansfield Barn

The Mansfield Barn is a beautifully renovated 150-year-old barn with unique charm and modern amenities. For couples looking for a rustic location that is still easily accessible to bigger towns like Burlington or Stowe, this venue is in the perfect location!
 
Photo: Portrait Gallery

The Inn at Grace Farm

The Inn at Grace Farm is located in Fairfax, Vermont and is the perfect setting for a private celebration! From the moment you arrive and settle into your accommodations, the property becomes your private estate to enjoy with loved ones all weekend long. It also has on-site accommodations for up to 32 guests.
 
Photo: Coryn Kiefer Photography
Florals: Tipsy Tulip Designs

Sugarbush Resort

Sugarbush Resort  is a picturesque wedding venue set in Vermont’s majestic Mad River Valley. The Resort offers several options for gathering spaces, onsite accommodations and activities no matter the season. We also love the iconic “just married” chair lift!
 
Photo 1: Birke Photography

Mountain Top Resort

Mountain Top Resort is simply stunning no matter the forecast, as shown by the video of an indoor ceremony and photo of an outdoor ceremony here! Located in idyllic Chittenden, Vermont guests will be left feeling like they visited a postcard.
 
Photo: Cassi Claire Photography

Grand Isle Lake House

Grand Isle Lake House has views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains, onsite accommodations and more, making this wedding venue is a relaxing, lakeside oasis! This venue truly shines in the spring, summer and fall!
 
Photo: The Light and Color
 

The Barn at Boyden Farm

The Barn at Boyden Farm is a historic wedding venue nestled along the Lamoille River Valley, complete with a charming hayloft event barn, post & beam ceremony site and an outdoor patio area overlooking 54 acres. It’s a true slice of Vermont living!
 
Photo: Jessica Lyn Photography

Equinox Resort

No matter which of the Resort’s ceremony and reception venues you choose, The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa is a romantic, sophisticated backdrop for your celebration. It’s the perfect balance between historic charm and modern amenities, located in Manchester.

Photo: Coryn Keifer Photography

Inn at Mountain View Farm

Tucked away in the beautiful North East Kingdom, The Inn at Mountain View Farm is the perfect place to celebrate the adventure of a lifetime! Couples enjoy access to the 440 acre historic farm estate, the lovingly restored barn, and access to the acclaimed Kingdom Trails.

Photo: EmberPhoto

Grafton Inn

Known for its timeless village setting and beautiful surrounding mountains, The Grafton Inn is a top choice for couples dreaming of a romantic, storybook-like Vermont wedding venue. With several dreamy event spaces and elegant dining options, it’s the perfect place to start your happily ever after.

Photo: Courtney Cania

Weatherhead Hollow

Weatherhead Hollow is a romantic wedding venue located in Guilford, perfect for a serene wedding weekend. Creative couples have the opportunity to bring their vision to life utilizing the venue’s 10,000 square foot barn, guest cottages and rolling mountain views.

Photo: Anne Taylor Photography

Sterling Ridge Resort

Sterling Ridge Resort is a unique log cabin resort nestled in the mountains of Jeffersonville. With two, beautiful outdoor ceremony spots, on-site cabin lodging, and spectacular views across the property, guests enjoy a full weekend-long Vermont experience!

Photo 1: Isora Lithgow Creations

Photo 2: Ben Hudson Photography

Soule House & Carriage Barn

The Soule House and Carriage Barn, located in Fairfield, is an intimate, rustic wedding venue filled with charm. Couples enjoy exclusive weekend access to the barn and spacious grounds, to add their own personal touch. There’s also a home so the wedding party can stay conveniently stay on site. 

Photo Credit: Sincerely Liz Photography
Flowers: Narrow Path 

Topnotch Resort

Topnotch Resort is a premier wedding venue that blends the gracious charm of a ski lodge with the luxurious amenities of a world-class resort. Located in Stowe, the Resort specializes in tented weddings. On site lodging is available for guests, as are a variety of activities, adding to the fun.

Photo: Danielle Allendorf

Wilburton Inn

The Wilburton Inn is majestic, historic estate. The mansion is the centerpiece for a full weekend celebration with an outdoor ceremony on the grand lawn and receptions on the romantic Vermont Marble Pavilion Tent. Onsite lodging is available with many amenities. 

Photo: GarrenTee Photography

Maquam Barn & Winery

Distinguished by its magnificent barn and working winery, Maquam is a one of a kind Vermont wedding venue. Guests enjoy sweeping mountain views from every aspect of the wedding day, from ceremony to a final cheers on the covered patio. 

Photo: Colette Kulig Photography

Trapp Family Lodge

Nestled in the picturesque town of Stowe, Vermont, Trapp Family Lodge takes inspiration from the von Trapp family’s Austrian roots and offers luxurious lodging and stunning vistas that are perfect for your special day!

Photo: Jenna Brisson Photography

Readers Choice Awards

Now that you’ve seen our picks for the best Vermont wedding venues in 2023, it’s time for you to vote! We’ll share your top picks for each category at the end of the month.

 

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Best of 2023: Wedding Style

Today, we’re diving into a category that’s all about self-expression and personal flair: Wedding Style! It’s not just about the dress or the suit; it’s the full ensemble of attire, hair, makeup, and the overarching vision that brings a wedding to life. 

From sweeping trains boho chic boots, this category celebrates the unique choices that make a wedding genuinely reflective of the couple’s personality and love story. It’s where fashion meets passion!

Prepare to be inspired by the creativity and personal touch each couple brought to their big day.

But the excitement doesn’t end there! After you’ve seen our picks, it’s over to you to vote for your favorite in our Readers Choice Award below. 

Dazzling Duo

This bride wowed us with her dual looks. The first: golden and glowing, with traditional Indian jewelry and dress. The second: casual elegance with loose locks and a stunning off the shoulder gown. 
 
Makeup Artist: Hopcraft Collective
Photo: Liz Andolina Photography
 
 

A Vision in a Veil 

A sweeping veil paired with stunning sleeves adorned with intricate lace creates a harmonious blend of contemporary and classic. It’s absolutely gorgeous! 
 
Photo: Sarah Surette Photography

Lovely on the Lake

Envisioning an Italian getaway at Lake Como, this bride brought her dream to Vermont’s shores! Her classic sweetheart dress with a dramatic train is the perfect look for this elegant lakeside wedding.
 
Photo: Amanda Young 

A Sunny Start

Adorable, custom pearl sunnies added a playful touch to this bride’s look and became a memorable prop, circulating among guests to create a fun TikTok!
 

Cool & Chic

With a seafoam green suit for him, a gorgeous low-back dress for her, and a vintage car serving as a backdrop, this couple’s style is effortlessly cool.
 

Radiant & Romantic

This bride’s natural beauty shines through with a refined updo and glowing makeup. It’s simple and stunning; perfect for a Vermont wedding day!
 
Photo: Idena Beach Photography

Hey Shortie

Rocking a short satin dress with a dramatic bow and matching bowed heels, this bride’s outfit is playful, chic and oh-so-fun!
 

Tips Up

This fun ski lapel pin added a whimsical touch to the groom’s outfit. It’s a perfect nod to the overall theme for this winter wedding.
 

Dragon Dance Delight

This couple wanted to incorporate traditional Chinese elements in their wedding, including this enchanting Chinese dragon dance performed by some of their talented guests.
 
Videographer: Todd Stoilov
 

Boho Beauty

From macrame dream catchers to the colorful bouquet; the off-the-shoulder lace gown to the a white cowboy hat and boots, this couple’s boho style is goals.
 

Flannel Forever

Does anything say “Vermont style” quite like flannel? These brides rocked matching Vermont Flannel shirts while getting ready for their wedding morning. 
 
Photo: Andy Madea Photography
 

Elegant and Classic

This couple is the picture of elegance. From the luxurious white floral ceremony arch to their classic black and white attire, the overall effect is elegance at its finest. 

Photo: Jackie Fox
 

Adventurous Sole

Perfect for this trail-blazing couple, these hiking boots and socks are the ultimate under-the-dress accessory for the ultimate adventure!
 

Rainbow of Love

A vibrant rainbow of bridesmaids dresses add to the celebratory nature of this vibrant wedding.
 
 
 

Party Pizzazz

Sequins, feathers, hats, and all – this couple is dressed to the nines and ready to revel on the dance floor!

Photo: Ben Hudson Photography

Readers Choice Awards

Now that you’ve seen our picks for the best Vermont wedding style in 2023, it’s time for you to vote! We’ll share your top picks for each category at the end of the month.

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Best of 2023: Wedding Flowers

As we look back on 2023, we’re taking a moment to reflect on the stunning array of wedding flowers that decorated Vermont’s weddings last year. From elegant bouquets to lush displays, we saw an incredible variety of floral artistry. In this special feature, we’re excited to showcase some of our favorite blossoms and bouquets from this year!

But the excitement doesn’t end there! After you’ve seen our picks, it’s over to you to vote for your favorite in our Readers Choice Award below. 

Purple Passion

This enchanting purple-hued bouquet by M’s Wedding Flowers truly mesmerized us. The assortment of blooms, each selected with care, and the coordinating lavender ribbon weave together a bohemian dream. Its diverse florals and organically modern shape bring a fun vibe, unified by an elegant monochromatic scheme.

 
Photo: Sarah Peet Photography

Bright Archway

Tipsy Tulip Designs brought to life this vibrant, citrus-inspired ceremony display for Sara Judith Events‘s wedding design. Set against the rolling Green Mountains, this stunning archway and its accompanying flowers offer a burst of bright color, creating a modern yet timeless spectacle for that special ‘I do’ moment.
 
Photo: Jenna Brisson 

Classic White

Michael Tallman Photography captures the essence of Vermont tradition with this all-white bouquet set against a charming covered bridge. Crafted and sustainably grown by Flower Power VT, each blossom in this classic arrangement speaks volumes of elegance, purity, and the timeless beauty of love.
 
Photo: Michael Tallman Photography

Golden Hour

A Clover and One Bee presents a display and bouquet that warms our hearts. Combining deep crimson, lush green, and pristine white, these bold hues stand out, especially with the hint of gold accents. This arrangement is the epitome of elegance, warmth, and beauty, reflecting the magical moment of golden hour.
 
Photo: Sand and Stone Film Collaborative

A Welcoming Display

Anaphora Flowers crafts a welcome sign and table bud vases that exude charm and warmth. The vibrant flower box accenting the welcome sign invites guests into the celebration, while the bud vases along the reception tables demonstrate how small blooms can make an impactful, grand statement. Together, they create a bold, sweet setting that’s simply irresistible.

Readers Choice Awards

Now that you’ve seen our picks for the best wedding florals in 2023, it’s time for you to vote! We’ll share your top picks for each category at the end of the month.

Advice for Planning Your Own Vermont Wedding

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The Best Wedding Songs For Every Part of Your Day

Selecting the right music can make all the difference in creating the perfect atmosphere for your special day. There are a few things to keep in mind when selecting music for different parts of your wedding day. We asked Vermont wedding DJ Nick of 802 Events for his best tips to help you choose the best wedding songs for your ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and reception. Crank up their playlist and get ready to party!

Wedding Ceremony Music

Your wedding ceremony is the cornerstone of the celebration. As you and your partner exchange vows and make your commitment official, the music should reflect your love story and the importance of this moment.

When selecting music for your ceremony, consider choosing a mix of traditional and modern songs. 

“There are a lot of great instrumental versions of classic songs that feel more modern and still ceremonial,” says Nick. “We encourage couples to have fun with their selections and to pick songs that are meaningful to them. There is no ‘wrong’ choice!”

If you’re having a ceremony in a house of worship, such as a church, make sure to check with your officiant about any restrictions on the type of music you can play.

Related Reading: Modern Wedding Ceremony Readings 

Pre-Ceremony Wedding Music 

Pre-ceremony music is important for setting the mood. As guests take their seats, music can create an atmosphere that’s elegant, romantic, or downright party-tastic. Your choices will subtly give guests a clue of what’s to come for the ceremony and reception. 

Nick says this is a time when you can’t go wrong with acoustic or piano covers of popular or classical songs. They fade into the background, but are still upbeat, adding to the anticipation! I think this can also be a great conversation starter for guests (“Wait, is that Taylor Swift?”) as they mingle. (Pst – The Bridgerton soundtrack is another great resource for ideas!) 

Wedding Processional Songs

Your processional is a big moment in the wedding ceremony. Choosing a song that reflects you will add to the moment. A processional song is a great place for an instrumental cover of a song that’s meaningful to you and your partner. 

On a personal note, I walked down the aisle to an instrumental guitar cover of “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” which was the same song my mom walked down the aisle to. It added to a very special moment, and I still tear up when I hear it! I’ve also seen a bride walk down the aisle to an organ version of the Zelda theme song (she and her husband are big gamers). It was a fun nod to their shared passion, and still felt ceremonial because of the instrument choice. 

Wedding Processional Song Suggestions: 
  1. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Brooklyn Duo or Piano Guys
  2. Canon in D – Brooklyn Duo
  3. Thinking Out Loud – Brooklyn Duo
  4. I Get To Love You – Ruelle
  5. A Thousand Years – Piano Guys
  6. Here Comes the Sun – Brooklyn Duo

Wedding Recessional Songs

Congrats – you’re officially married! This momentous and celebratory moment calls for music that’s equally exciting! Even if you choose traditional music for your processional, your recessional can be a fun place to mix in something more modern. 

Wedding Recessional Song Suggestions: 
  1. Signed Sealed Delivered – Stevie Wonder (an acoustic or string cover of this is fabulous as well!)
  2. You Are The Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
  3. This Will Be (an Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole
  4. Lovely Day – Bill Withers
  5. Best Day of My Life – American Authors
  6. Sky Full of Stars – Piano Guys

Hit Play on The Playlist

Wedding Cocktail Hour Music

After your ceremony, it’s onto the party! Cocktail hour is a time for your guests to mingle, so the music should be upbeat and lively, but not too loud or distracting. “Don’t worry and stress about trying to pick specific songs or artists,” says Nick. Pick a few artists or songs as inspiration for the direction you’d like, and let your DJ handle the rest.” 

Consider choosing a mix of upbeat jazz or French lounge music, or light rock, folk, or mo’town. These choices will add to the atmosphere without taking away from the conversations. 

Wedding Dinner Music 

Similar to cocktail hour, the music during dinner should enhance the atmosphere but fade into the background. Nick suggests continuing with a similar vibe from cocktail hour, but perhaps a bit slower or more faded. Again, this is a time when you can give your DJ some clues and then relax and let their expertise take over! 

The Best Wedding Songs for Your Reception 

Ready to really get the party started? If you’re like me and my friends, the dance floor is the highlight of the night, and Nick has tips for getting your guests out there – and staying there all night long!

First, talk with your DJ about the kinds of music you want to hear. “The music doesn’t have to be a typical playlist of Top 40s if that’s not what you want!” says Nick. “We work with couples to make sure the playlists are reflective of their tastes.” 

Secondly, give your DJ an idea of what your guest list looks like so they can tailor the playlist to your crew. “Since there are often guests of all ages, we like to cater the song list to appeal to many generations,” explains Nick. This usually involves sprinkling in some more “classic” dance songs, especially toward the beginning of the reception.

You can also work with your DJ to create a “do not play” list if there are songs or genres you specifically want to exclude. (For example, some couples do not want any “group” songs like the Macarena or Cotton-Eyed Joe.) 

And what about requests from guests? “We always make sure that couples are okay with us taking requests,” says Nick. “Sometimes guests can come up to us and let us know, and other times it’s easier to communicate via a request sheet. We let guests know that we will do our best to play their requests, but we can’t guarantee it…This is especially helpful when people request songs that are on the couple’s ‘Do Not Play’ List! Ultimately, we want to make sure our couples are happy with the music!”

The Best Wedding Songs – Reception Hits: 
  1. Runaround Sue (Nick suggests this is great for the beginning of the night) – Dion DiMucci and The Belmonts
  2. Staying Alive or You Should Be Dancing – Bee Gees
  3. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers
  4. I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
  5. Yeah! – Usher
  6. Mr. Brightside – The Killer
  7. We Found Love – Rihanna, Calvin Harris 
  8. You Makes My Dreams – Hall and Oates
  9. Starships – Nikki Minaj (the last five are especially popular toward the end of the night, says Nick)

First Dance Songs

When choosing your first dance song, many couples choose a specific song or artist that has meaning to them. (Perhaps it’s “your song” or the first concert you went to together, etc.) If you don’t have a specific song in mind, Nick suggests narrowing in on a genre that you both like, and sampling some songs from there. (He’s also happy to make suggestions!) 

One tip: be sure to read through the lyrics and ensure the song is wedding-appropriate! And know that your first dance doesn’t have to be the full length of a song; you can work with your DJ to find a good place to fade it out if you’re done! 

First Dance Song Suggestions: 
  1. Crazy Love – Van Morrison
  2. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
  3. All of Me – John Legend
  4. Nothing Can Change This Love – Sam Cooke
  5. At Last – Etta James

Traditional Parent Dances: Father Daughter Dance Songs & Mother Son Dance Songs

Many couples choose to honor their parents through a dedicated dance (ex. Mother/Son, Father/Daughter dance). This can be a very special moment! Similar to your first dance, please note that you don’t have to play the full song if you don’t feel comfortable being the center of attention for that long. Another option is to do one combined parent dance where each partner dances with their parent. That’s what we did at my wedding, and it was nice to have a special moment without it taking up too much time away from the reception. (We danced to “In My Life” by the Beatles) 

The Best Wedding Songs For Parent Dances: 
  1. I Hope You Dance – Leann Womack
  2. Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  3. My Wish – Rascal Flatts 
  4. Father and Daughter – Paul Simon 
  5. Daughters – John Mayer
  6. Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle

Last Dance Songs

Real talk: I don’t think couples think about this moment enough! It’s common to give a lot of thought to your first song, but how you close the night can also be a core memory. “Think about what you want the vibe of the last song to be: Do you want it to be an upbeat song that everyone can sing to? Something dancy? A slow song?” says Nick. Can’t choose? “We’ve had a few couples choose to do a last group song for everyone to enjoy, and then have a final, private last dance.” 

The Best Wedding Songs for Your Last Dance:
  1. When Love Takes Over – David Guetta, Kelly Rowland
  2. Last Dance – Donna Summer
  3.  (I’ve Had) the Time of My Life – Bill Medley, Jennifer Warner
  4. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
  5. Dancing in the Moonlight – Toploader 

Finding the Best Vermont Wedding DJ For You

Your DJ is a critical part of your wedding experience! Not only are they in charge of getting the party going, they are integral to keeping the reception on schedule. “Your DJ helps with your grand entrance, toasts, and special announcements throughout the night,” explains Nick. Therefore, it’s key you like their personality and emcee approach.  

Nick suggests asking potential DJ’s about their approach to emcee duties and music and explaining what’s important to you to see how you fit. You want a wedding DJ who is not only receptive to your ideas and understands your vision for the evening, but who you can trust to deliver on that so you can relax and celebrate!

Thanks, Nick! If you’re looking for your Vermont wedding DJ, learn more about 802 Events in the vendor guide. 

Unique Wedding Dessert Ideas to Make Your Special Day Extra Sweet

Wedding desserts are one of the most exciting parts of any wedding reception. They offer a sweet ending to a beautiful celebration and are a great way to show off your personality. If you’re looking for some fun and creative wedding dessert ideas, then pull up a chair (and maybe grab a snack) because we’ve rounded up  totally drool-worthy and unique wedding dessert ideas that will make your special day even more memorable.

Cronin Cakes & Sweets

A Show Stopping Cake

Nothing says “wow” like a big, beautiful wedding cake. Whether you go for a classic or edgy style, keeping the spotlight on a single show-stopping cake can make a big impact. As Jessica of Cronin Cakes & Sweets  says, “I love the idea of showcasing a large, tiered cake with ice cream!” (We concur – yum!)

Whether your style is classic or edgy (check out that black cake by Blue House Bakeshop) spotlighting a single show-stopping cake is a stunning choice!

Cronin Cakes & Sweets
Cronin Cakes & Sweets
Friday Harvest Bakery & Goods
Blue House Bakeshop
The Goose Chase Cake Design
Blue House Bakeshop

Dessert Displays & Towers

If you’re looking for variety, dessert displays and towers are a great way to go. From towers of cream puff or macarons (loving that ombré design by Friday Harvest Bakery & Goods!) to dessert tables with cupcakes in various flavors, there are endless options to satisfy your guests’ sweet tooth. Plus, these displays make for some seriously Instagram-worthy photos.

Friday Harvest Bakery & Goods
Friday Harvest Bakery & Goods
Cronin Cakes & Sweets
Sweet VT Treats
Blue House Bakeshop

Thematic Dessert Displays

Your dessert table is a great place to really play with your theme and have fun with it! Dessert is inherently fun – why not really go for it with a theme that lights you up? 

Check out these whimsical nature-inspired displays by The Goose Chase Cake Designs, featuring meringue mushrooms, butterflies, and other thematic details. “My advice to couples is think about items they love and incorporate them into your cake,” says baker, Sarah. “I like to think of a cake as a blank canvas and sugar as a sculpting medium, which means the sky’s the limit as to what we can do!”

The Goose Chase Cake Design
The Goose Chase Cake Design

Donut Walls

Who doesn’t love donuts? Donut walls are a unique and trendy way to serve dessert at your wedding. You can choose from a variety of flavors and toppings, and your guests can help themselves to as many as they want. Donut walls make for a great Instagram-worthy photo-op, and they’re sure to be a hit with both kids and adults.

Blue House Bakeshop

Ice Cream (Or a Full Blown Sundae Bar!)

An ice cream sundae bar is a classic dessert that will never go out of style. This is especially a popular option for steamy summer weddings! Whether you bring in an ice cream truck to scoop and serve (a fun interactive event!) or set up a sundae bar, guests will be delighted to cool off with a sweet treat. 

Sisters of Anarchy Ice Cream offers a delicious farm-to-spoon taste of Vermont with their premium ice creams. “We either grow or source all of our ingredients from our own berry farm or other VT farm partners – it’s a true taste of Vermont!” They offer both scoops and make-your-own sundae bars with homemade sauces, cookies, and seasonal fresh berries. “The sundae bar is truly experiential and wedding guests have raved about it. Even if you are planning to have a cake, ice cream is the perfect complement!”  

Sisters of Anarchy
Photo Credit: Sisters of Anarchy
Sisters of Anarchy

Personalized Sugar Cookies

Cookies are the perfect grab and go sweet treat (as you make your way back to the dance floor or catch up with friends). Plus, when they’re as beautiful as the creations by Sweet VT Treats, they double as favors and decorations! I think decorated sugar cookies are a fun way to have a more personalized dessert item at your wedding,” says baker, Karli. “There are endless amounts of designs to choose from: some popular options being a simple Vermont shape, the newlywed’s name, and their wedding date. Some other popular designs that people are ordering this year are: college alma mater logos, photos of pets, or personal wedding logos.” 

Sweet VT Treats
Sweet VT Treats

Finding a Vermont Wedding Baker to Bring Your Unique Wedding Dessert Ideas to Life

Is your mouth watering yet?! There are so many creative and unique wedding dessert ideas that your Vermont wedding baker can help create. You can pick one or combine a few to create a dessert spread that your guests will love. Get creative and have fun with your dessert choices to add a sweet element to your already sweet day! 

A Magical Fall Wedding at the Wilburton Inn

Kristen and Ryan celebrated the start of their new life together with a beautiful Vermont fall wedding at the historic Wilburton Inn. Located in Manchester, Vermont,  this 30-acre estate provided the perfect backdrop for their special day, with the grand mansion serving as the centerpiece. Guests were able to take in the picturesque, peak fall foliage (while basking in 68 degree weather!) and enjoyed an outdoor ceremony on the grand lawn and cocktail hour at the patio bar.

Peak Foliage For This Fall Wedding at The Wilburton Inn

Kristen shared that the inspiration for the couple’s big day was: intimate, fun, and no stress. And that thanks to the Wilburton staff, “there wasn’t an inkling of stress all weekend.” With many guests traveling from all over the Tri-state area to Vermont, having accommodations for up to 100 guests on site was a huge plus. It streamlined the weekend and allowed their loved ones to celebrate alongside the newlyweds all weekend long.

The couple got engaged in Burlington, Vermont, so they knew they wanted their special day to take place somewhere in the Green Mountain State and be filled with sweeping mountain views. They also dreamed of beautiful foliage so that their friends and families could experience an authentic New England fall wedding – and boy did they luck out! Their wedding was one of the peak foliage days of the season, creating a stunning backdrop for photos.

Catch all the beautiful details from Kristen and Ryan’s wedding below!

(Ps – does the picture of Kristen and her girls look familiar? It was part of our Best of 2022 Champagne Pop moments!)

Vendors:

Venue & Catering: The Wilburton Inn, Flowers: Nancy Bishop Floral, Make Up Artist: Amy Nicholas Makeup, Hair: Amanda Shepard Hair, Dress: Maggie Sottero Designs, Photographer: Laura Swoyer Photography

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Unique Wedding Floral Ideas with Anaphora Flowers

We all know that flowers are a key element in creating a beautiful and romantic atmosphere that sets the tone for your big day. But what if you want to really take things up a notch? Adriane of Anaphora Flowers is sharing unique wedding floral ideas that will add an element of surprise and elegance to your wedding day, and that will leave your guests in awe. Whether you’re looking for classic, romantic blooms or more modern and edgy options, Adriane’s ideas will inspire you to use florals to reflect your style and personality. Let’s dive in!

Unique Wedding Ceremony Floral Arches

Floral arches are classic, and they instantly add a focal point to your ceremony site. A twist on this timeless trend are ground or freestanding arches. These are particularly great options if your site doesn’t have an arch built in, or if you want to showcase the landscape behind you. As a bonus, these installations can be moved after your ceremony to add color to your reception. (Think: around a sweetheart table, stage or DJ booth, or a sitting area)

Floral Accessories

“We love creating flower crowns or headbands for brides or the little ones!” says Adriane. If a crown doesn’t fit your look, a floral pick could add interest to your hair.

Looking for something unique and boho chic? A floral anklet is an unexpected, lovely accessory! “They’re especially appropriate if you are having a beach or field wedding,” says Adraine.

Floral accessories can also be a fun way to switch up your look for the reception without having to manage a full outfit change! 

A Floral Collar for Your Dog

As beautiful as a floral crown can be for you, a floral collars can be equally cute for your pet.In addition to a collar, Adriane’s team creates floral leashes to round out the look. 

Can’t bring your dog to your wedding? This is a fun addition to your engagement shoot with your pup!

Stunning Hanging Chandeliers

If you want a statement piece for your wedding, consider a hanging floral chandelier. These installations can be simple with greenery, or lush with colorful flowers. Adriane recommends spacing them over your dance floor, or putting one large one over the sweetheart table (or wherever you want to draw attention). 

Adding Drama to Stairwell Railings

To really make an impact with flowers, consider areas that are often used but often overlooked, such as stairwell railings and lofts. Your stairwell may be used for a photo opp for a grand entrance, for instance, and a floral installation can transform a simple space into a stunning backdrop for portraits. Another example is tent poles; with a little extra love these can become part of the decor instead of taking away from it. These little touches will leave a lasting impression! 

Welcoming Place Settings

Adding some greenery or flowers to your place settings is a great way to add interest to your tables and make each person feel special. It’s the little details that count, and by adding a these little touches, you can create a stunning table setting that will welcome your guests to their spot and leave them in awe. Whether you go for a more minimalist look with just a sprig of greenery or add a full bloom to each setting, there’s no doubt that flowers and greenery can elevate the look of your tables to the next level. 

Boats, Bikes & Unique Installations 

The possibilities for incorporating florals into your wedding are endless! With a little creativity, you can create show-stopping installations that will leave your guests in awe.

Adriane suggests starting with something that’s meaningful to you or representative of your hobbies, such as a vintage bike or canoe. These pieces can be transformed into a gorgeous focal point of your reception decor, making for stunning, memorable portraits. (Not only that, but if you’re planning an elopement or engagement shoot, adding these unique installations will take your photos up an extra notch!)

So go ahead and think outside the box when it comes to your wedding decor and florals! These pieces will be instant conversation-starters for your guests and leave a lasting impression! 

Why Unique Wedding Floral Ideas Matter

By incorporating unique and luxurious floral ideas, you can elevate the beauty of your wedding day to the next level. The possibilities for floral design are truly endless; so finding a talented floral partner, like Anaphora, that understands your vision and creativity is important! The most important thing is to choose the flowers that reflect your unique style and personality so you can create a celebration that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. 

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How to Respond When A Couple Says Your Prices are Too High

It can be tough to hear a potential client say that your rates are too high. Even as a seasoned pro, these objections can feel like a blow to your confidence and leave you wondering how to respond. That’s why it’s helpful to have a plan for how to respond when a couple says your prices are too high. 

Below, I’m sharing a script you can build from when you encounter these sales objectives to respond with both kindness and firmness. 

Kris Lenox Photography

A New Mindset on Sales Objectives

Before we dive into the template, I wanted to take a quick moment to share how I personally handle this feedback in my business. There have been lots and lots of “no’s” along my entrepreneurial journey, and I try to intentionally treat these as moments of growth.

We are not meant to serve everyone. So instead of looking at the “no” as a bad thing, I take it as an opportunity to remind myself of who I want to be as a business and who I want to serve; I remember that this “no” allows me to stay open and better serve more dreamy, aligned clients.

Kris Lenox Photography
Kris Lenox Photography

A Step by Step Guide on How to Respond When A Couple Says Your Prices are Too High

Here is a three part template you can use when responding to an inquiry on pricing. Each part reinforces your professionalism and will hopefully leave the couple with a good impression of you, whether or not they decide to move forward! 

1. Acknowledge the couple’s concern

Let them know that you understand that wedding planning can be expensive, and that you appreciate them taking the time to consider your services. 

This may sound like…

 “Thank you for considering our services for your upcoming wedding! I understand that planning a wedding can be expensive, and I appreciate your honesty.”

2. Explain your value

This is where you get to highlight what makes you unique and what your couples can expect from you. Ex. Your attention to detail; years of experience; a highly personalized approach, etc. 

This may sound like…

 “At [Company Name], we pride ourselves on providing a personalized approach to each wedding that is tailored to your unique needs and vision. Our years of experience in the industry have allowed us to cultivate relationships with the best vendors and venues in the area. For a wedding like this our rate is [xx] to maintain the level of service that our couples deserve and have come to expect from our team.”

3. Offer alternatives or refer to another professional 

For example, imagine a couple reaches out to you totally smitten with your desserts after trying them at a friend’s wedding. They dream of a huge dessert display, but their budget is more in line with a simple cake. Their date is open, the location is close by, and you genuinely like them and want to take on the job. Great! Suggest a cake only package. This shows you’re willing to offer solutions that meet their needs. 

This may sound like…

 “I’d be happy to discuss alternative options that may work better for your budget. For example, we could offer a [smaller package/service] at [x rate]. I’d love to work with you to create something that fits your vision!”

Alternatively, you may decide this couple just isn’t the right fit for you. Rather than try to accommodate them, use it as an opportunity to pass along business and raise up others! Refer the couple to another business whose prices may be better aligned. (Ex. “I’d love to refer you to my colleague, [name]. They’re amazing, and may be a great fit for your wedding!”)

If you don’t know someone specifically, you can always refer them to the Vendor Guide. (“I’m honored you asked us to be a part of your special day! While I won’t be able to accommodate your request, I would recommend checking out my colleagues in the Vermont Weddings Vendor Guide. Best of luck with your wedding planning!”)

Objections Are Opportunities for Growth

By acknowledging their concern, explaining your value, and offering alternatives, you can respond to a potential client who says your prices are too high with grace and confidence. And, by flipping the script and seeing these moments as opportunities to recommit to your values, you’ll be even more ready for the next, most aligned inquiry!

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“I’m a Wedding Photographer, and Here are Four Things I Wish Couples Did During Their Wedding Ceremony” from Moho Photo

I’m sure that since announcing you’re planning a wedding, you’ve been given a lot of advice – both sought after and unsolicited. (Hopefully most of which is kind and helpful.) While every wedding is unique in its own way, after working in the industry, you begin to collect some tried and true pieces of wisdom that applies nearly universally. 

Recently Vermont wedding photographer Moriah of MoHo Photos shared some of her best advice for couples getting married. I loved her perspective and wanted to share her suggestions and my reactions. 

“While I’m all about capturing those candid wedding moments as they unfold,” says Moriah, “there are just some things that if I could tweak jussst a little bit, not only would the images be that much more powerful to look back on, but they would foster your connection to each other and your ability to be present that much more meaningful.”

You may read through this list and decide none of these are for you – and that’s okay! We hope that at the very least these suggestions inspire you to consider the details that matter most to you. 

Hold Hands During Your Ceremony

Moriah: Anytime I’m going through images picking my favorites to edit and deliver, I always react strongest to images where people are connecting. One of the best ways I see connection happening is through physical touch. My biggest suggestion is as soon as your ceremony begins, hold your partner’s hands.

(My Take: YES! I actually included this as one of my top wedding hot takes. If you think you may forget in the moment, maybe ask your officiant to subtly clue you both to hold hands or move closer together.)

Don’t Let Guests Use Their Phones During Your Wedding

Moriah: This is probably my most controversial opinion, but I stand by it. Knowing that I don’t have to dodge cellphones getting in the way of my shot makes my job that much easier, and you’re doing your guests by upping their ability to be really present.

One recent trend I’ve seen and absolutely love is giving guests a moment to take photos of their own. You can do this by having your officiant give your guests 15-30 seconds to get up and get the shot they like right as your ceremony begins. By doing this intentionally, not only are you giving guests their moment to grab their own shots, you’re making a pretty memorable moment out of it. It’s a win-win situation!

(My Take: I totally agree with unplugged ceremonies, but think it’s so hard to manage. If a phone-free ceremony is important to you, I suggest having your officiant say something at the beginning of the ceremony, including a note in your program, and maybe also including a small sign.

I do like the idea of including an intentional moment for guests to capture photos, but I’d prefer doing this at the end of the ceremony; this could also give you an extra minute to collect yourself before heading back down the aisle!)

Have your Officiant Step Out of the Way for Your First Kiss

Moriah: This small effort makes a world of difference. Nothing makes a first kiss more weird than having someone intently staring directly behind your two heads. Another option I’ve seen is having your officiant stand in front of your guests. That way when you’re looking at your officiant, you can also see your guests, and gives me your photographer a more interesting angle for documenting the two of you as well as your guests.

(My Take: YES! Talk with them about this ahead of time so they know it’s important to you.) 

Pause While Walking Down the Aisle

Moriah: This one is purely preference, but I love the unique perspective you get of you and your guests when you take a pause halfway down the aisle. You can do anything here from exchanging another smooch, celebrate with your guests, or do a little dance! Whatever you choose, take your time coming up the aisle and take it all in, you’ll be glad you did.

(My take: YES! Let this come naturally, but I loveeeee these shots – we even included a “just married” category in our Best of 2022 series!) 

While there may be a lot of advice and suggestions thrown your way, it’s ultimately up to you to decide what matters most on your special day! Moriah’s suggestions offer a fresh perspective on ways to enhance the experience, and if nothing else we hope these tips inspire you to consider what matters most to you. Ultimately, focus on your priorities as a couple, and everything else will fall into place! 

Looking for More Wedding Advice?

Check out our Ultimate Wedding Planning Guide. It’s like sitting down to chat with your big sister, wedding insiders, and your most organized friends – all rolled into one easy guide! 

Must Haves for Small Business Owners

Wouldn’t it be fun if we showered our entrepreneurial friends like we do when our loved ones get married or have babies? During this party you could get all the advice needed to start things off on the right foot, and a few essential things. (Plus, we’d rock out to a killer playlist like this together.) Here are a few must haves for small business owners would top my new business registry! 

stock image of woman sitting on bed with laptop and coffee

The Classic: Several Notebooks & Pens

Yep, even as an online business owner I am still 100% committed to having a paper notebook at all times. These are small enough to throw in my bag on the go. (Plus they’re cheap enough so I don’t stress if my toddler takes one to decorate with markers and stickers to “work like mama”.)
 

The WFH Indulgence: A Nespresso Maker

Dang if this hasn’t turned me into a coffee snob. I still love working from a coffee shop on occasion, but the Nespresso has made my morning coffee feel SO much more indulgent. I wish I had treated myself to this machine when I first started working from home! 
 

The Small Business Must Have Email App: FloDesk

Hands down it’s the easiest software to use for making beautiful emails. It’s always one of my top recommendations. (Save 50% off your first year with my link)
 

The Gotta Have It Social Media Scheduler: Later

If you’ve been on a call with me lately (pun intended), you have heard me sing the praises of this social media scheduling tool. I recommended it waaaay before I ever had an affiliate code, because it truly is a game changer in how I plan my Instagram. 
 

The Easy Check Out Tool: Thrivecart

This tool makes it super easy to build simple check out pages. I mainly use it for digital downloads (ex. Welcome Guide Template) and our Gift Guide membership. It doesn’t have all the features of Honeybook (which is what I currently use for membership), but it’s a great, simple tool. (I also appreciate that it’s a one time fee for lifetime access!)
 

The Best – Free – Online Organizer: Asana

I loveeee this project management tool! I have been using the free version for years, and have helped other business owners set their own up. It’s the best!
 

The Zoom Call Essential: A Ring Light

It’s nothing too fancy, but this little device does help me look a bit less like Casper the ghost on these dreamy winter mornings! 
 

What Are Your Small Business Must Haves?

What would be on your new business registry?! I’d love to hear your go-to tools, devices and WFH indulgences – shoot me a DM on Instagram to let me know what I need to check out! 

Winter Date Ideas You’ll Love

As the temperatures drop and the snow starts to fall, there’s no better time to cuddle up and spend some quality time with your special someone. But let’s face it, planning a unique date night can get a little challenging after a while. So, if you’re looking to switch things up and need some inspiration, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve compiled a list of unique winter date ideas that are sure to bring some warmth to your hearts. From cozy indoor activities to adventurous outdoor experiences, we’ve got you covered. Grab a hot cocoa and let’s dive into some creative winter date ideas!

unique engagement photo ideas for Vermont couples
Jenna Brisson

Indoor Winter Date Ideas

We know; it’s cold. Here are some fun ideas for staying warm inside with your sweetie!

Learn How to Cook Something New Together

Novelty is one of the key ingredients to a satisfying relationship, so weaving in new recipes into your date night is a fun – and delicious – way keep the spark alive!

Dreaming of an Italian honeymoon? Learn how to make ravioli! Looking for something sweet? Whip up homemade chocolate lava cakes! There are countless tutorials on YouTube to walk you through the cooking processes step by step. 

Take Dance Lessons

This date could be especially helpful if you are preparing for a first dance! Look to see if a local studio is offering any in person classes for couples or private lessons. If not, you may be able to find an online class via AirBnb Experiences or another similar service! 

Turn Your Living Room into an Exclusive Dive Bar

I think this theme works even better if you have a basement or other den, but any room could do! Order takeout or stock up on some frozen treats from the grocery store (think: mozzarella sticks, waffle fries, and chicken nuggets). Grab some beers, and turn on the 80’s music or country tunes!

Depending on your space, you could add games like ping pong, darts, or shuffleboard. Or, bust out a classic board game or deck of cards, or pop on a video game you can both play for an arcade feel!

Jess Rene Photos
Jess Rene

Host a Spa Night

Turn down the lights and break out lots of candles to set a tranquil mood. Start with a relaxing couples’ yoga class (look one up on Youtube) and then get to pampering! Think: face masks, massages, and a steamy shower or bath.

Jess Rene Photos

Try a TikTok Couples Challenge

There seems to be a new trendy “challenge” on TikTok (and Instagram) every few months. You may already have one in mind, or you can Google to find a few that look fun to try. (Whether or not you post your result is up to you – the point is just to try and have fun.) We think this could be a really fun date night for a couple looking to be goofy and take the edge off! 

Set up a Themed Tasting

Grab a selection of pumpkin beers, local cheeses, fruity candies – whatever you both love – and try them all! You could set up a blind taste test, or simply savor and sample them all. Either way, you’ll fun exploring your taste buds and maybe even find a few new favorite treats!

Play the Newlywed Game

Even if you’re married, playing a game like this can be a fun way to reveal new depths of your partner! Watch this reel for a few of our favorite questions to ask when playing this game at a bachelorette party. To play with your partner, just ask each other the same questions, write your answers down (no cheating) and reveal each one. Put a friendly wager on the game to up the competitive spirit! 

Looking for more options? Try a card game version of Truth or Dare, like this one from Earth and Salt, or the Healthier Together conversation starter deck.

Outdoor Winter Date Ideas

Winter offers unique recreation that’s only available in the snow! Skiing and snowboarding are obvious choices (night skiing can be especially fun!) but ice skating is another classic winter date idea that never gets old. Many cities have outdoor skating rinks and some even offer a romantic glow with twinkling lights!

Snowshoeing is another great winter activity that allows you to explore the outdoors and enjoy the snowy scenery. 

Finally, you can’t beat the nostalgia of sledding! Grab a tube and race down the hill snuggled up together.

Hallie Jade Pictures
Couple kissing on the ice rink after surprise proposal in Stowe Vermont
Madison Anne Studio

Share Your Winter Date Ideas

We hope these date ideas help heat up your date nights! If you have a favorite date night idea, we’d love to hear about it! Send us a message on Instagram!

Unique Vermont Elopement Ideas

Are you planning an elopement and looking for the perfect destination? Look no further than Vermont. With both gorgeous scenery and charming small towns to explore, Vermont is the perfect spot for your romantic getaway. Plus, we’re sharing some unique elopement ideas to help make your Vermont elopement even more special!

Allison Macy Photography

Hike a Mountain

They don’t call it the Green Mountain state for nothing! Hiking is a favorite pastime for many locals and visitors, and a mountain top elopement ceremony is a fun way to start your married life with some epic photos! 

Work with your photographer for their best recommendations on trails to match your abilities and vision. There are plenty of peaks to choose from, from easy strolls to vigorous climbs! A few popular trails include Stowe Pinnacle, Camel’s Hump, Mount Philo, Bingham Falls, Moss Glen Falls, Red Rocks Park Loop, Mount Elmore, Quechee Gorge, and of course the you could hop on part of the Long Trail. 

No matter where you go, we recommend bringing layers (the weather and the temperatures can vary greatly from base to summit) and wearing hiking boots or sneakers. 

Kate Seymour Photography
Jenna Brisson Photography

Get Hitched at a Sugar Shack

There’s nothing quite like the taste of real VT maple syrup, so why not tap and bottle some of your own to celebrate your sweetest day? Sugaring season typically runs from late February to early April.

Exploring an authentic Vermont sugar shack is a fun activity to add into your winter elopement weekend, no matter where you decide to tie the knot.  

Kate Seymour Photography
Kate Seymour Photography

Take the Plunge in a Swimming Hole

One of the coolest parts of living in VT is exploring the state’s swimming holes in the summer months. They’re such a unique part of the landscape and offer a truly stunning backdrop for an elopement ceremony! 

We highly recommend working with your photographer to find a day and time that will be less crowded – some of the most popular swimming holes can get busy in the hot months! A weekday, or early morning may give you a more secluded, romantic feel. 

Stephanie Wood Photography
A photo of a couple's elopement ceremony at Warren Falls, Vermont
Swell & Stone Photography

Hit the Slopes

Skiers and snowboarders alike will enjoy a winter saying “I do” atop one of the many breathtaking mountains in Vermont! And how about a friendly race down the slopes after? 

Couple holding skis after elopement ceremony on the summit of Killington Mountain in Vermont
Juniper Studios
Juniper Studios

Exchange Vows on a Boat Cruise

Vermont’s picturesque lakes are a beautiful backdrop for an elopement ceremony! Book a private charter and set sail for your ceremony. (We’d be remiss if we didn’t note that Lake Champlain is particularly stunning at sunset!)

Couple sitting on boat on wedding day at sunset on Lake Champlain in Vermont
Kelsey Converse Photography
Owls Iris Photography

Host a Mini Car Camping Reception

Bring the party wherever you go with a car camping elopement ceremony and reception! This is a great option for couples who may want to explore several locations during their elopement. 

Flip down the tailgate and set up an intimate picnic for two!

car camping elopement wedding at Spruce peak
Madison Anne Studio
Kate Seymour Photography

More Elopement Ideas for You

We hope these elopement ideas inspire your own intimate celebration in Vermont! If you’re looking for even more inspiration, check out our elopement blog for advice and real elopement ceremonies from across the state.   

Don’t forget to visit the vendor guide to find your dream elopement team!

The Lowdown on Wedding Welcome Bags

Wedding welcome bags are a fun way to greet your guests and thank them for traveling to celebrate your special day! These gifts showcase your personalities, give guests a taste of what’s to come, and can provide helpful items to help guests make the most of their stay. 

To help inspire your own gifting, we sat down with Tracy Stolese, owner of Shelburne Gift Company. Her team specializes in working with couples, wedding planners, and venue managers to create memorable welcome wedding bags. After packing countless gifts, Tracy knows wedding welcome bags like no one else, and is kindly sharing some of her best tips to inspire you!

Read on for her advice, and, if you decide to outsource this gifting task, reach out to Shelburne Gift Company for help.

Who Receives a Wedding Welcome Gift?

The etiquette around who receives a wedding welcome gift can vary: Is it just for out of town guests? Does your wedding party get one? Does each family get one gift or does each individual receive one?

“In terms of who gets a gift, this actually seems to vary widely by couple…we see it in every way you’ve described!” says Tracy.

To start, think about your distribution plan. If the welcome gifts will be given out at the hotel(s), then we’d suggest you plan gifts for any guests staying at the hotel, but not those who are staying in their own accommodations. Sometimes, wedding welcome bags are given out at the venue itself (functioning more like a wedding favor). In this case, we’d suggest planning for gifts for every attendee. 

“As far the wedding party, they are often included in the welcome bag count,” says Tracy. “But that is not a hard-and-fast rule, especially if they’re receiving something different/more extravagant.”

Tracy notes that it’s common for her team to create two versions: a small version for a single attendee or couple, and a larger version with multiples of certain items for families. 
 

Wedding Favors vs. Welcome Bags – Which is Better?

While both kinds of gifts show your appreciation, your wedding budget may call for you to choose one or the other. 
 
Wedding favors can be a great option if they add to your reception decor (ex. potted succulents on each table setting). Wedding favors are also great if they’re adding to your reception entertainment, such as live cotton candy spinning or portrait sketching (both of which can be found in our Gift Guide!). If most of your guests are local, and thus not staying in hotels, a favor would be easier to distribute. 
 
On the other hand, it’s not uncommon for wedding favors to be forgotten at the end of the night, which can lead to waste. “I think a welcome gift upon arrival at the hotel is more likely to be remembered and enjoyed,” says Tracy. Wedding welcome gifts are a great option if you have a lot of out of town guests, or if you have a full weekend of activities and want something that guests can enjoy throughout your festivities. 

Three Elements to Great Wedding Welcome Bags

When creating your welcome bags, we suggest hitting three main categories: food, information and useful items, and personal touches. Including something from each category will create a great gift. 

Snacks & Beverages

Stock up your guests with your favorite snack foods to fuel their fun. A good rule of thumb is to include something sweet, something salty/savory, and something to drink. (Check out our Gift Guide for yummy local options to include!)

Information & Useful Items

Including useful items in your welcome bags can make them feel practical and thoughtful. Consider packing things like an itinerary, transportation details, suggestions for local attractions, bandaids, travel pain relievers, or individual electrolyte packets.

Incorporating Personal Touches

Maybe you’re famous for your chocolate chip cookies, or everyone knows your partner loves a brand of seltzer – include those unique touches!

You can also make this gift personal to your wedding by incorporating your wedding theme. For example, pack a mini sunscreen or novelty sunglasses for a lakeside summer wedding, or hand warmers for your après ski winter ceremony.

Tips to DIY Your Wedding Welcome Bags

Tackling your own wedding welcome bags is a big project. Tracy is kindly sharing her tips below to make the process easier, but don’t forget that her team is able to handle this for you if you decide to outsource the task!

Order Your Supplies Early: Give yourself plenty of time when ordering items for your welcome gifts. This is even more important if you are including custom items.

Double Check Your Orders: Open your boxes and count your items as soon as you receive them. Sometimes shipments come up short or include damaged items. 

Ask friends to pitch in: If you’ll have a significant number of gifts, save time and energy by making space for “assembly line” table, and call in your friends and family to help.

Plan Your Transportation:We know from experience just how many bags and boxes of varying sizes fit in the back of vehicle – and it can be a surprise when it’s fewer than you had planned!” laughs Tracy. So, be sure you have plenty of room to transport all of your gifts. (Or enlist those friends with extra vehicle space.) It’s also helpful to have clean blankets to keep things pristine during delivery.

Plan for Distribution: Would you like them to be waiting at the reception area for the guests to pick up on arrival? Or perhaps you’d like them to be delivered to their rooms individually? “A lot of the time, we’ll deliver the gifts to the hotel(s), and then the hotel will either deliver them in advance to the guests’ rooms or hand them out to the guests upon arrival,” says Tracy. “And, it’s worth noting that sometimes hotels will charge fees to deliver to rooms.” Think through how you want guests to get their gifts so you can work with your team to plan accordingly. 

Start Crafting Your Own Wedding Welcome Bags 

Now that you’ve seen how to create your own wedding welcome bags, you may be feeling inspired to DIY – or excited to connect with Shelburne Gift Company to manage this gifting task for you! Either way, find ideas for amazing Vermont products to include in our Gift Guide.

Bookmark These Mountain Wedding Ideas

When you think of Vermont, it’s quite possible one of the first images that comes to mind is racing down snowy slopes at a ski resort, or hiking up a ridge to catch a stunning sunset. Exploring the mountains is a favorite pastime in Vermont, and one that many couples choose to incorporate into their wedding. We’re sharing our favorite ideas for a Vermont mountain wedding so you can include this passion into your celebration!

Ellen Sargent Photography

Choose a Mountain Wedding Venue

If you want a mountain wedding, it’s only natural to choose a venue in the mountains! There are many beautiful venues in Vermont that sit on top of mountains or take advantage of the views. However, mountain weather is unpredictable, so finding a venue that offers both indoor and outdoor spaces is paramount. This allows you to take advantage of the gorgeous mountain views, and provides you a safe space to gather if the weather takes a turn.  

One venue that checks all the boxes is Sugarbush Resort, a four-season luxury mountain Vermont wedding destination. Located in Vermont’s picturesque Mad River Valley, the resort specializes in offering guests a full mountain wedding weekend experience.

The most popular ceremony location at Sugarbush is perfect for a true mountain wedding experience: their Mountain Meadow ceremony site. It provides an expansive backdrop of the Green Mountains accessible by private use of the chairlift. “I like to remind couples how unique it is to incorporate the chairlift into their ceremony!” says Abigail Harkins, Wedding Sales Manager at Sugarbush Resort. “Not only is it an interactive part of the day, but it’s also an incredibly memorable experience for guests. There have been several times when we’ve had bears and other wildlife hanging out on trails under the lift which is such a cool way for guests to experience Vermont and the mountains.”

In case you have concerns about accessibility with guests getting in and out of a chairlift, Abigail assures couples that “it is surprisingly easy for guests to load and unload the chairlift without snow and we make sure to stop the lift if a guest is clearly nervous. This gives that guest the chance to get situated and us the opportunity to help them feel more comfortable. If there is a guest with limited mobility, we send their walker or wheelchair up the lift prior to loading that guest, so that it is waiting for them at the top!” 

Jenna Brisson Photography
Seas Mtns Co
Jenna Brisson Photography

Embrace a Cozy Color Palette for your Mountain Wedding

A ski mountain-themed wedding is all about warmth and coziness, so embrace a color palette that reflects that! Think: earthy tones like brown, beige, and green, as well as rich, warm colors like burgundy, gold, and navy. These colors will compliment the mountain vistas no matter the season. Let them inspire your flowers, bridesmaid dresses, and décor. 

Serve Mountain-Inspired Food and Drinks

When it comes to food and drinks, consider serving options that are inspired by the mountain environment. For example, serve up late night nachos or waffles (like you’d get at lodge cafeteria) or set up a hot chocolate bar! Too hot for hot cocoa? What about a signature chocolate martini inspired by frozen hot chocolate or a s’mores bar? These foods and drinks give the feel of a mountain retreat, no matter the season. 

Melissa Lynn
Juniper Studios
Barrie Fisher
Juniper Studios

Include Ski-Inspired Details

To really drive home the mountain theme, include ski-inspired, or mountain-inspired details in your wedding décor. Here are a few of our favorite ideas: 

Your Guest Book
“We’ve seen couples turn old pairs of skis into a guest book that they could later hang on their wall,” says Abigail. “I’ve also seen customized skis with the date and location of the wedding, also used as a guest book.” 

Your Seating Chart

Use trail maps as a seating chart or name your tables after your favorite trails! 

Family Photo Display

“We’ve also had couples collect old season passes from family members and turn that into some type of display at the wedding,” says Abigail. If your family has taken a lot of mountain family vacations, you could include photos from those vacations as well. 

The Cake

Ask your baker about incorporating mountain or ski details on your wedding cake. Think: a mountain scenery painted with icing on the sides of the cake, or a chair lift cake topper! 

Andy Madea

With a little creativity and attention to detail, you can create a wedding that truly captures the spirit of the mountains!

Thank you to Sugarbush Resort for contributing to this story. You can learn more about Sugarbush Resort in the vendor guide.

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Our Wedding Gift Guide is Live

It’s here: the ultimate collection of Vermont-made gifts perfect for any occasion – from weddings to housewarmings to just because! We’ve curated gift ideas for everyone on your list in our Vermont gift guide. And, every single gift supports a local VT business. 

On a personal note, it’s been such a fun experience to connect with well known brands and discover new businesses. One thing is clear: Vermont is full of talent. We’ve already gifted things from the guide (and bought a few for ourselves…) and we’re confident the guide will help you do the same. 

bride opening gift on wedding morning
Kelsey Regan Photography
Juniper Studios

What’s in our Vermont gift guide?

Gift ideas for everyone on your list – all from local, Vermont businesses. Many of the featured businesses identify with at least one of the following: women-owned; minority owned; eco-conscious; certified-organic; family-owned. 

We’ve organized the gifts by the most common recipients: couples getting married, wedding party gifts, favors, parents, kids/babies, and pets or other occasions (ex. anniversaries, housewarmings, etc.).  Of course, you can mix and match these ideas to best fit your crew, but we hope our selections will help get you started! 

There are a variety of styles and price points represented. 

How can you shop for these Vermont made gifts?

Click to a category that appeals to you and start browsing! Each gift has a “shop” link to take you directly to the businesses’ website. Please note that Vermont Weddings cannot guarantee inventory or availability; contact each maker directly if you have questions.

Also, take note – some businesses have generously provided Vermont Weddings readers an exclusive discount! Be sure to use those codes to save.

If you’re using this guide to build your own Vermont registry, we recommend using a site like Zola, so you can add gifts from any local business. (Use our free gift tracker to keep track of all of those gifts!)

Shelburne Gift Company

Why does shopping local matter?

Have you seen the meme about when you buy from a small business owner, an actual person does a happy dance? That’s true! When you buy from a local business, your neighbors (the people behind that business) benefit! Small businesses make up a large, important part of the Vermont economy and choosing to buy from them is a tangible way you can help our community.

Isn’t buying from small businesses more expensive?

Not necessarily. Yes, some of the gifts included in the gift guide are splurge-worthy gifts, because they are handcrafted or one-of-a-kind heirlooms.

However, buying local isn’t always more expensive, especially when you consider the quality. And – there’s the double bonus of the real impact supporting a small business. 

We included a range of price points in the guide to fit most budgets.

Juniper Studios
GarrenTee Photography

How do I join the Vermont gift guide?

We’ll be adding to the guide throughout the year, so if you want to nominate a Vermont business (including your own) please contact us for details!

Thanks for supporting our gift guide!

This is our second year putting out a gift guide and we’re so thankful to each of you who supported it – through listing your businesses, shopping the guide, and sharing it with friends!

We are so excited to help with your shopping needs and connect you with these talented makers! I’d love to hear what you scoop up first!

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Best of 2022: Readers Choice Awards

For the past few weeks, we’ve been highlighting a few of the incredible Vermont weddings from 2022 in our annual Best of Vermont Weddings series. New this year, we asked you, our devoted readers, to vote for your favorites in our first ever Readers Choice Awards. Today we’re sharing your favorites as we wrap up this series and get excited for 2023!

Thousands of you voted for your favorites – and the polls were very close – and we’re excited to celebrate these winners! 

Best of Cakes & Drinks: Wildflower Wonder 

This pressed flower cake by Blue House Bakeshop, which matches the bride’s dress, took the cake as your top pick.

Photographer: Rodeo & Co

Best of Style: Black and White Beauties

These brides’ style was stunning and you agreed! The classic white gown, the killer black beaded jumpsuit, the wildly lush bouquets by M’s Wedding Flowers … it’s absolutely gorgeous! 

Photo: Colette Kulig Photography

Best of First Looks: All Grown Up (Readers Choice Award)

This dad was brought to tears when he sees his daughter for the first time on her wedding day, and honestly, so am I watching this clip!

Film: Beyond Bliss Films

Best of Ceremony Details: Pretty in Pink 

You loved this beautiful ceremony at the Inn at Weathersfield! From the bold pink floral aisle decor, matching ceremony arch, and coordinated petal drop as they walked back down the aisle as newlyweds – it’s unforgettable! 

Photo: GarrenTee Photography

Best of Florals: Falling in Love

You swooned for these orange and corals fall bouquets by Fleur Du Nord Farm. They perfectly pop against the dark green bridesmaid dresses and are the sweetest nod to the beautiful Vermont foliage at Sterling Ridge Resort.
 

Best of Venues: Sterling Ridge

Sterling Ridge Resort, a log cabin resort hidden in the mountains, provides a unique, private space for couples to celebrate with loved ones for an entire wedding weekend. You crowned this spot your top pick this year!
 

Best of Dogs: On the Run 

Cheddar the dog was thrilled to be included in his parent’s big day. His “my-humans-just-got-married” excitement caught your hearts!
 
 

Best of Reception Details (Tie!): Chopped 

This couple included a friendly axe throwing competition for their Mansfield Barn wedding reception, and it slashed through the competition to the top! 

Photo: Juniper Studios

Best of Reception Details (Tie!): Ring Ring

This champagne welcome that Sara Judith Events helped design, deserves a cheers of its own! 

Photo: Adam Michaels 

Best of Elopements & Microweddings: Boho Beautiful

You loved this couple’s microwedding at Sugarbush Resort, with so many beautiful boho details!
 
Photo: Rae Ann Photo LLC
 
 

Best of Champagne Pops: Smoke & Spray

You loved this unique take on the famous champagne pop photo!

Photo: GarrenTee Photography

Best of Just Married: The Aisle Kiss

This couple was so excited to be married, they barely made it to the end of the aisle before stealing another kiss! In turn, they stole your hearts!
 

That’s a Wrap on Best of Vermont Weddings 2022

Thank you to everyone who voted in our Readers Choice Awards! And a huge congratulations to every featured member in our Best of Vermont Weddings series! 2022 was an amazing year, and we can’t wait to celebrate along with you all in 2023!

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Best of 2022: Just Married Moments

Can you believe this is our final installment in our Best of 2022 series?! It’s been an amazing year, and we can’t think of a better way to wrap things up than a look at one of our favorite parts of any wedding: those precious just married moments. 

Editorial Picks for Just Married Moments

The emotions of being pronounced newlywed is unparalleled, and while many of these features could fit under several categories, we think this important moment deserves to be celebrated in it’s own right! Check out our editorial picks for the best just married moments of the year, and see who you picked for your favorite in our Readers Choice Awards below!

Smiles & Sunshine

Everything about this moment at Sterling Ridge Resort is bright and sunny: the weather, the traditional Bengali wedding attire, the sunflower wedding arch by Flower Power VT, and of course, the couple’s beaming smiles.
 
Photo: Elizabeth Rogers Photography 

Cruisin’ Together

These two outfitted their old military style jeep with a “just married” sign, and took off for a drive together after the ceremony. You can feel that just married excitement in this clip!

Film: EightZero2 Productions

 

Party Parade

Following their ceremony at Inn at Weathersfield, this couple led their guests in a parade to their reception! This is such a fun way to get the party started!

Photo: GarrenTee Photography

Sunset Dip

This photo is all romance! The couple stole away for some evening portraits, and the groom practically swept his bride off her feet! Won’t lie, we’re swooning a bit.

Photo: Love Wins Photography

The Flip

This couple walked into their Mansfield Barn ready to start the party with a very impressive flip and a shot! Talk about a memorable, fun entrance! We can only imagine how fun the rest of the night must have been!

Lifted High

One of the most iconic moments at a Sugarbush Resort is the “Just Married” private chairlift ride after your ceremony! It’s an amazing opportunity to soak in the day privately with your partner, and get some killer photos!

Photo: Oliver Parini Photography

The Aisle Kiss (Readers Choice Winner)

This couple was so excited to be married, they barely made it to the end of the aisle before stealing another kiss! Too sweet!
 

Sparkling First Dance

NJOY Weddings & Events planned this stunning Indian wedding celebration, which featured one of the most epic first dances we’ve ever seen! Sparklers and smoke surround the elegant couple, but they only have eyes for each other…this just married moment is straight out of a movie! 
 
Photo: Virdee Films

Arriving in Style

This couple arrived to their Farmhouse Flowers VT in style on a motorcycle complete with streamers! We love this fun, unique entrance! 

 
 

Wildly in Love

I love the expressions on their faces following their Wild Sugar Homestead ceremony! You can just feel their “oh my gosh, we did it!” excitement. Such a beautiful moment of pure joy.

Photo: Hallie Jade Pictures

 
 

Romance in the River

This couple stole away for a private moment during their Lareau Farm Inn wedding to explore the area together. It’s a great reminder to take a few minutes on your wedding day with just your partner to check in, soak it in, and steal a kiss!
 
 

Confetti Blast

This post-ceremony confetti blast at ECHO is one of the most epic we’ve ever seen! The colors, the applause, the passionate embrace…we’re giddy just looking at it! 

Photo: Sam Simons

Streaming Love

This couple ran through a tunnel of streamers after their ceremony, resulting in some huge smile and amazing photos! This is a great, unique alternative to a flower toss!
 

A Cheeky Farewell

The bride’s makeup, courtesy of Jennifer Perellie, was the only thing left on for this late night, naked pond dive! It’s a cheeky, very fun, and (we’re guessing) refreshing way to end a wedding night and celebrate the start of the next chapter!
 
Photo: Carl Heyerdahl
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Best of 2022: Champagne Pop Photos

If you’ve been following along on Instagram this year, you know this to be true: champagne pop photos had a moment in 2022. These fun photos were the must have engagement and wedding shot of the year! Below is our editorial picks featuring our favorite champagne pop photos to celebrate the year of popping bottles!

Check them out and see who you’re toasting as your favorite in our Readers Choice Awards below.

Bright & Bubbly

Is there any combo more fun than confetti and champagne?! This bridal squad is ready to get the party started at the Wilburton Inn.
 
Photo: Swoyer Photography

Fall Foliage & Fizz

The entire wedding party lined up to cheer on the couple as they popped a bottle, and the spray is epic! The bridal bouquets by Fleur Du Nord Farm and rolling mountains at Sterling Ridge Resort served as the perfect backdrop for this fun moment.

Smoke & Spray (Readers Choice Awards Winner)

This couple’s backlit portrait is one of the most unique I have seen! I love the mix of the groom’s cigar smoke as the bride pops a bottle – definitely a fun, unique take on this photo opp! 

Photo: GarrenTee Photography

Champagne Showers

Is that rain? Snow? No, it’s an epic champagne pop! In addition to this amazing spray, I love the wedding party’s enthusiasm! 
 

A Sparkling Send Off

This adventurous bride took matters into her own hands! The couple had planned a sparkler exit, and on a whim, she grabbed a bottle and showered the crowd! It was a welcome surprise on this hot summer night!

Wedding Film: Beyond Bliss Films

 

The Private Toast

Noted: add “private forest toast” to your wedding itinerary. This couple shared an intimate cheers as newlyweds, and it’s a great reminder to take a moment alone to soak everything in during your big day!

Photo: Photos by Kintz

Cheers O’Clock

Sarah Judith Events helped this bride and groom plan every detail of their elegant wedding day, including this amazing champagne pop moment!
 
Photo: Adam Michaels Photography

Bubbling with Excitement

Nothing says ‘congrats’ like a little bubbly! I love this wedding morning champagne toast at Lake Bomoseen Lodge with the bridal party, complete with silver streamers and matching robes.
 
Photo: Lindsey Vann Photography

Champagne Kisses

Champagne always makes for a fun photo prop, but this couple took it to the next level for their engagement shoot by jumping in the lake with a bottle! Priceless!
 
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Best of 2022: Vermont Elopements & Microweddings

For couples who want to celebrate on their own terms, Vermont elopements are an excellent option. While we swoon for weddings of all sizes, elopements and microweddings offer couples a few unique benefits that we go giddy over (rounded up here for your consideration).

Our Editorial Picks for Vermont Elopements and Microweddings

It’s truly impossible to choose a “best” in this category, but we rounded up a few of our favorite, intimate celebrations from the year. Check out our editorial picks for the best Vermont elopements and mciroweddings of 2022, and check out your favorite in our Readers Choice Awards below!

Serenity on Champlain

This couple’s elopement at Shelburne Farms features the scenic shores of Lake Champlain…can you picture a more dreamy, serene backdrop? The landscape adds to the romantic feeling that these two lovebirds are the only ones in the world.

Photo: Allison Macy Photography

Autumn Elegance

This couple’s microwedding at a private residence in Stowe was nothing short of a romance novel. Think: sweeping mountain views, an emotional first look, thoughtful vows…and tight knit families to witness it all. Dreamy!
 
Wedding Film: Beyond Bliss Films

Lakeside Love

This couple got married in front of their family and closest friends on the dock at the bride’s family lake house, with her brother officiating. What an amazing memory to add to an already beloved family home!
 

Vows with a View

This stylish couple traveled all the way from Texas to elope in Vermont with their dog! They were down for exploring and the result is stunning: swimming holes and lush forest trees make for an amazing, uniquely Vermont backdrop for their portraits.

Photo: Kate Seymour Photography

A-Frame Amazing

This micro-wedding held at Sterling Ridge Resort‘s iconic A Frame home is quintessential Vermont! It feels both cozy (we love the use of the porch for the ceremony) and elegant (the ceremony decor is perfectly boho-chic). In a word: A-mazing.

Photo: Markella Kyprios Photography

Romantic Retreat

This couple prioritized quality time together for their wedding celebration, so an elopement was a natural choice! They planned an intentional, romantic summer elopement at Twin Farms followed by an intimate dinner and wine tasting. How romantic!
 

The Family Embrace

Try looking at this photo without completely melting into a puddle! After the couple tied the knot, the newly blended family of six shared this sweet hug as they celebrated their next chapter together. 

Photo: Blooming Photo Company

The Surprise Wedding

What’s better than an engagement party? A surprise wedding! This adventurous couple successfully pulled off a surprise microwedding for their closest loved ones. this is such a fun, unique celebration!

Photo: Photos by Kintz

Colorful Celebration

This couple planned a stunning. colorful elopement celebration. Vermont’s mountains set a scenic backdrop for their beautiful vow exchange. This couple did an amazing job of honoring important family traditions and celebrating on their own terms – inspiration for weddings of all sizes!

Photo: Isora Lithgow Creations

Al Fresco Dinner Party

This outdoor dinner party is one we’d love to attend! The table set under the trees adorned with twinkle lights, the bride serving up champagne, the table ready with loved ones… it’s casually elegant, and oh-so-fun.

Photo: Hannah Photography

Falling in Love

The couple knew they wanted to get married on the shores of Lake Champlain this past October, and their team brought their dream to life. Weddings by Janet Dunn oversaw their early morning elopement ceremony on a very private section of lake in Shelburne. The calm blue waters and the changing foliage make for a lovely backdrop for their special moment. 
 

Cold Hands, Warm Hearts

This couple braved single digit temps for their winter elopement! Their winter fashion is 10/10 (peep the bride’s tights and boots!) and the blizzard backdrop is lends a romantic, snowglobe quality to their portraits.
 
Photo: Juniper Studios

Feeling the Spark

This couple stole away for a quiet moment under the twinkling lights during their intimate celebration. With a little help of the shutter speed, the couple’s magical moment looks even more fairytale-esque!
 
Photo: Margaret Michael Photography
 
 

Boho Beautiful (Readers Choice Awards Winner)

This couple’s microwedding at Sugarbush Resort featured a stunning macrame backdrop for their ceremony, lush pampas grass details, and a gorgeous moody color palette that perfectly matched the natural autumnal landscape. So many beautiful boho details for this intimate celebration!
 
Photo: Rae Ann Photo LLC

On Top of the World

We imagine this couple’s portrait by is what floating amongst the clouds would feel like! This couple eloped on top of Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s tallest peak, and took some lovely, epic portraits! (Just look at that dress sweep!)
 
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Best of 2022: Reception Details

Pour yourself a beverage and settling in for some incredible inspiration! These couples included beautiful, inspiring, and downright fun reception details for their 2022 Vermont weddings. (You’ll want to steal these ideas for your Pinterest board for sure.)

Below are the editorial picks the best reception details; give them a look and scroll to see your (two!) favorites in our Readers Choice Awards below!

The Sit Down Stunner

We would love to pull up a seat and admire this tablescape Jaclyn Watson Events helped design for this stunning Topnotch Resort wedding. It’s full of color, depth and gorgeous details.

Photo: Rodeo & Co

The Love Language

This is one of the cutest, most unique dinner menus I’ve seen! The cheeky message “Food is our Love Language” adds a fun element on this elegant tablescape at Farm Road Estate.

Photo: Jenna Brisson Photography

Chopped (Readers Choice Awards Winner)

Want to give your guests a unique experience? How about an axe-throwing competition?! That’s exactly what this couple did for their Mansfield Barn wedding! 

Photo: Juniper Studios

Ring Ring (Readers Choice Awards Winner)

This couple greeted their guests will an interactive drink wall; guests rang one of the bells and a server’s gloved hand popped through a frame with a personal glass of bubbly! This is such a fun twist on a champagne welcome that Sara Judith Events helped to bring to life.

Photo: Adam Michaels 

The Foodies

This couple had a delicious, farm to table BBQ dinner for their Silhouette Hill reception, and even got involved themselves! Yum!

Photo: Sasha Israel

Bouncing for Joy

The matching heart sunglasses … the white bounce house… everything about this reception screams FUN! A bounce house is an unexpected, fun reception addition that will be enjoyed by guests of all ages!

Photo: Jess Rene Photos

Leave a Message

In lieu of a tradition guestbook, this couple opted for a voicemail guestbook. This is such a fun interactive idea for guests, and allows you to capture personal audio from your loved ones!

Photo: Hannah Photography

Love You Stowe Much

This punny neon sign is just one of the many thoughtful details from this Stowe wedding planned by NJOY Weddings & Events. This would be such a fun detail to take pictures with during the reception, and to decorate with at home post-wedding bliss! 

Photo: Amy Bennett Photography

Marvelous Mushrooms

This couple played off the natural beauty of Lareau Farm Inn with these unique handmade mushroom table details, wild flowers, and mismatched vases. The overall effect is earthy, boho and beautiful!

Photo: Madison Anne Studio

Botanical Beauty

This seating chart by Blossoming Bough is truly stunning! We love the mix of botanical prints, wildflowers, antique library trays, and seed favors. Absolutely gorgeous!

Photo: Abigail Grey Photography

Under the Lights

We would love to be on outdoor dance floor at Lake Bomoseen Lodge, and by the looks of it, so did the guests! Destinations Found helped create a dreamy dance oasis under the trees with a canopy of lights for this lovely reception.

Photo: Sixpence Studios 

Love Won

This couple included a bold, rainbow colored Love Wins sign for their wedding reception, which made for a perfect, super fun photo backdrop! Based on their smiles, we think it’s clear: love has won these two over!

Photo: GarrenTee Photography

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Best of 2022: Wedding Dogs

Your wedding is a time to celebrate with those you love – including your pets! We love dogs at weddings, and hope these moments inspire you to include your pup in your big day.

(Related reading: How to Include Your Dog at Your Wedding)

Keep reading below for our editor’s picks for Best of 2022, and see who you voted for as your favorite in our Readers Choice Awards! 

Cutest Cork Thief

This little pup quite literally stole the show during the couple’s engagement shoot! We’ve never seen a cuter thief than this one.
 
 
 

Furever in Love

A beautiful, sunny day at the very dog-friendly Phineas Swann Inn & Spa makes for a perfect wedding, and this canine duo approves! 

The Party Animal

Check out that smile on this dog, lounging at its owners feet while they share a cheers at their wedding bar. It’s clear that this party pooch is ready to stir up some fun!

Photo: Blooming Photo Company

The Loyal Companion 

This whimsical wedding at Wild Sugar Homestead included a sweet companion walking the bride down the aisle, making one of the biggest moments of the day even more memorable!
 

On the Run (Readers Choice Awards)

Cheddar the dog was thrilled to be included in his parent’s big day. His “my-humans-just-got-married” excitement is contagious! 
 

Petal Pup

This sweet pup came dressed in style to match the bride and groom! Decorated dog collars and leashes are always in style, and this pup beautifully rocked one.
 

Rolling in Love

This Dog of Honor could hardly contain their excitement that their humans were getting married, and began rolling around (with a huge smile!) during the start of the wedding ceremony. Pure happiness!
 

The First Love

Our bonds with our dogs run deep! This bride took a moment to acknowledge their special relationship on her wedding day, complete with a “I loved her first” sign and an adorable tutu that matches her bridal bouquet.
 

At Attention

This attentive pooch cracks me up! The little paw propped up on the table? The ears cocked forward listening to a speech? Absolutely priceless! 
 

Suited Up

Further proof that everyone looks great in a tux! This dapper dog matched the groom (who wore a McNeil & Reedy tux) during this wedding at the Grafton Inn.
 
Photo by: Mountain Hearts Photography
 
 

All Dressed Up

This pup’s green velvet dress is too cute! Equal parts elegant and excited, this special guest was picture-ready for her owner’s winter wedding.
 
 

Puppy Kisses

Nothing beats a sweet kiss from your pup, especially when it’s after your beautiful ceremony at Sugarbush Resort!
 
Photo: Morgan Provost