Put us on speed dial for inspiration & advice for your Vermont wedding

 

Vermont Weddings is designed to support & celebrate you as you plan your dream wedding.

How can we help?

While we’d love to pour you a glass of bubbly and help you handcraft your seating chart, or be there on the day to bustle your dress and double check your teeth for lipstick stains… the internet does have some limitations. 

However, we will act as your go-to source for real life inspiration, big sisterly advice, and encouragement as you plan your VT wedding. Think of us as your virtual maid of honor:  we’re for you.

Plan your wedding

Just Engaged

Find engagement photography inspiration

Find Your Team

Check out our curated vendor guide to find your venue and wedding pros

Wedding Planning

From inspiring real life weddings to advice, you can read it all on the blog

Gift Guide

Shop our handpicked gift ideas for everyone on your list (or yourself!)

FAQs

The details you need to know to get married in VT (legally)

If you’re newly engaged

First – congratulations! Finding your person is a huge deal, and marriage is an amazing milestone to celebrate. 

Browse our engagement blog for inspiration for your engagement photo shoot and advice. (Pst – We know every couple is different, but for what it’s worth, we think an engagement shoot is a great way to get comfortable in front of the camera together before your wedding.)

Planning a wedding can feel like a full time job (for these awesome planners, it is!) but we know it’s likely not your full time job. That’s why we have several ways for you easily stay up to date on the latest from Vermont Weddings:

💌 Occasional email newsletters: the latest trends, updates and stories delivered to your inbox

📸 Instagram: a daily dose of inspiration

📌 Pinterest: get inspiration from our collection of ideas

💬 Our private Facebook group: a community of thousands of couples planning weddings in Vermont to ask questions and get recommendations

The Vermont vendor guide

You found your partner, now let us play matchmaker and help you find the perfect venue and team to bring your Vermont wedding dreams to life! 

Find Your Wedding Venue

Whether you’re from here or planning a destination wedding, you’ll quickly discover that Vermont has an impressive list of wedding venues! From quintessential barns to elegant estates, quaint inns to unique spaces, there’s truly something for everyone here. 

Meet Your Wedding Team

Choosing vendors who align with your vision is one of the most important parts of planning your wedding. That’s why we’ve curated our directory of trusted Vermont wedding professionals for you to explore. 

3 Tips for Selecting Your Team:

1. Keep a list of vendors you want to reach out to (Download our free vendor tracker)

2. Book your one-a-day vendors first. Vendors who can only serve one wedding a day (ex. videographer, DJ) typically book out the furthest.

3. You’re going to spend a lot of time with some of these vendors, so be sure you like both their work and personality! Check out our interviews with our members to get to know them a bit more.

The wedding blog

One of our favorite resources available to you is our blog.

You can explore real Vermont weddings featuring professionals from our vendor guide, and find lots of inspiration for your own celebration. (Looking for a major hit of inspo right this minute? Check out our Best of Vermont Weddings series.)  

You’ll also find our best tips on hot topics like how to include your dog in your wedding and writing the perfect thank you note

The Ultimate Wedding Planning Guide

Does wedding planning feel overwhelming at times? Wish you could sit down with a panel of industry insiders and past couples to pick their brains? Us too, which is why we created this two part guide.

Part one is a beautiful PDF with advice on topics you care about, like building a guest list, styling your bridal party, and creating a wedding day timeline. We’re spilling our best tips and insights throughout the guide – the things we learned along the way, what we wish we had known, and advice from our community of readers and vendors. 

Part two is our fully customizable Google spreadsheets so you can quickly and easily get – and stay – organized. 

This is truly the guide we wish we had when we started wedding planning! 

The Ultimate Wedding Planning Guide by Vermont Weddings

What couples are saying about the planning guide

The  Gift Guide

Over 100 curated gift ideas for everyone on your list – all from local, Vermont businesses.

We handpicked suggestions for couples getting married, bridesmaid gift ideas, groomsmen gift ideas, gift ideas for parents of the couple, and unique wedding favor ideas. It’s truly a celebration of Vermont!

What couples are saying about the gift guide

Consider me your virtual bridesmaid

Wondering who the girl behind the screen is?

I’m Tricia, and I celebrated my own Vermont wedding in 2018. I planned and DIYed a LOT of my wedding, and for the most part, I really enjoyed it. I’ve always loved events, and I’ve even done some event planning professionally. But – if I’m being totally honest – I was surprised how stressful wedding planning was. When it was all over, I was exhausted, and I knew I didn’t want any of my friends to have to feel the same way when they got married. 

My goal is for Vermont Weddings to be a resource that helps you plan your wedding with a little more ease so you can enjoy the process – and your big day – even more. 

A few quick facts about me:

1️⃣  I’m “Mama” to a spirited toddler, a snuggly dog, and six chickens 

2️⃣  I’ll never turn down a glass of bubbles (seltzer & champagne for ever)

3️⃣  We honeymooned in Portugal and dream of going back someday (happy to send my itinerary your way!)

4️⃣  Call me a Vermonter, but I really do think coffee tastes better sweetened with maple syrup (bonus points if you tap your own trees…which we do!)

Frequently Asked Questions about Getting Married in Vermont

Source: Adapted from Vermont Dept. of Health

Two people who are each at least 18 years old can obtain a civil marriage in Vermont. If you are at least 16, but under 18, you will need the written consent of a parent or guardian to obtain a marriage license. There is an affidavit on the back of the marriage license that can be used for this purpose. By Vermont law, no one under the age of 16 may marry in Vermont. 

Anyone under guardianship cannot marry without the guardian’s written consent. Vermont also does not allow marriage between most close relatives. You cannot marry a parent, grandparent, sister, brother, child, grandchild, niece, nephew, aunt or uncle. You cannot marry if either of you is currently married to someone else, or if either of you is joined in a civil union to someone else. The law requires that both parties be of sound mind. 

Vermont marriage licenses are issued by Vermont town clerks and cost $60. If both parties are Vermont residents, you may go to the town clerk in either of your towns of residence. If just one of you resides in a Vermont town, you must buy the license in that town. If neither party is a Vermont resident, you may get the license from any town clerk in the state. The license is valid for 60 days from the date it is issued. During that time an authorized person must perform your wedding ceremony — otherwise, the license is void. There is no waiting period in Vermont from when you get your marriage license to when you can get married. 

Besides basic information about yourselves (names, towns of residence, places and dates of birth), you must also provide your parents’ names, including your mothers’ birth (maiden) names, and their places of birth. Certified copies of your birth certificates can supply most of this information. You will also be asked to provide the number of previous marriages and civil unions, and how and when they ended. This information is confidential and does not become part of the marriage certificate. Vermont law requires that both parties sign the application certifying the accuracy of the information you provided. The town clerk will review the application to confirm that the information provided does not indicate that you are prohibited from marrying in Vermont and that both of you have signed the application. The town clerk will then issue a license if at least one of you has signed the license in front of the clerk. 

If your husband, wife or civil union partner has died, you are free to marry. The clerk will ask the date your spouse or civil union partner died. If you are divorced, you may remarry after the date on which your previous marriage or civil union was legally dissolved. If you are partners in an existing civil union, you are free to marry one another.

No. A marriage license cannot be issued through the mail, and you cannot be married by proxy.

With a valid Vermont license, you can be married anywhere in Vermont. Here are some recommended venues.

A Supreme Court justice, a superior court judge, a district judge, a judge of probate, an assistant judge, a justice of the peace or an ordained or licensed member of the clergy residing in Vermont can perform your wedding ceremony. A clergy person residing in an adjoining state or country can marry you if his or her church, temple, mosque, or other religious organization lies wholly or partly in Vermont. A clergy member residing in some other state or in Canada can marry you if he or she first obtains a special authorization from the probate court in the district where the marriage will take place. In addition, any person who is over the age of 18 may register with the Secretary of State to become a temporary officiant to a marriage. Visit the Secretary of State’s website to learn more or register.

Vermont law does not require witnesses, but, if you are planning a religious ceremony, check to see if the religion’s tenets require witnesses.

Here are some recommended officiants.

By law, you both must sign the license and deliver the license to the person who will conduct your wedding ceremony before the marriage can be performed. After the ceremony, the person who performs the ceremony (officiant) will complete the sections concerning the date, place and officiant information, and sign your license. At that point, the license becomes a marriage certificate. The officiant must return the certificate to the town clerk’s office where it was issued within 10 days after the wedding, so that your marriage can be officially registered. If the officiant has registered with the Secretary of State as a temporary officiant, a copy of the certificate of authorization issued by the Secretary of State should be attached to the signed certificate and returned to the clerk’s office.

At the time you buy your marriage license, you can arrange with the town clerk to mail you a certified copy of your certificate as soon as your marriage has been recorded. The cost is $10 for the certified copy along with the $60 for the license purchase ($10 + $60 = $70). Or, two weeks or more after the ceremony, you can request, in person or in writing, additional copies from the town clerk’s office where you bought your license for the same $10 fee. Or, six or more weeks after your ceremony, you may request, in person or in writing, a certified copy from the Vermont Department of Health, Vital Records Office for $10. In either case, you will receive a copy of the original certificate, embossed with the town or state seal, signed and dated by the appropriate official.

Yes! The marriage equality act, effective September 1, 2009 allows same-sex couples to marry in Vermont.

We hope our vendor guide, blog, and Ultimate Planning Guide help you in your planning. Our email newsletters, Instagram, and Pinterest are also sources of inspiration and advice. If you’re looking for personalized support, please check out these wedding planners.