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5 UNUSUAL VERMONT WEDDING VENUES

There’s so much choice for couples when it comes to choosing a wedding venue. Whether you want a large or small wedding the options out there can send any bride and groom into a frenzy. You can spend every weekend visiting potential locations that all become one big blur after a while.

So why not look for a venue that stands out from the crowd? After all, it will be a day you and your guests won't forget!  We take a look at five options in Vermont that offer something special for a wedding day.

The mountain backdrop

Vermont is perfect for a wedding surrounded by mountains and nature. Add to that the crisp white snow of winter and you have a winter wedding wonderland! The Green Mountains are the perfect backdrop for wedding photos and there are lots of venues with breathtaking views on offer. The Mountain Top Inn & Resort has 350 acres surrounded by majestic mountains. Get married in a traditional Vermont barn, which has to be the perfect setting for a rustic wedding. Or there are plenty of lakeside options, but they're not so perfect during the colder months. In winter why not take a sleigh ride together and you'll have the ultimate romantic wedding photos. 

By the lake 

Few weddings are as romantic as those with a lakeside setting, and the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center offers something a little bit special. Exchange vows with a breathtaking backdrop on the upper deck, then get close to the 70 live species in the three tiers, or eat outside with a view of Lake Champlain. Not only will your wedding be memorable it will be green too! The building is heated and cooled with geothermal energy as well as with solar panels on the roof, providing renewable energy. The center also works with vendors who have committed to using green practices, so you win and the planet wins too!

Rock the boat

If you haven't got your sea legs then you might think twice about getting on a boat, but a lake cruise offers couples much calmer waters. For a watery wedding, sail away with your guests on the Spirit of Ethan Allen as you say your vows. Cruise Lake Champlain, the largest freshwater lake in the United States, on this 363-passenger ship that hosts sunset and afternoon weddings. Enjoy a cruise on the river and enjoy the surroundings of mountains and a waterfront view of Burlington,
 Vermont.

Down on the farm

Built in 1891 by the Daniel Skinner family, the Skinner barn is a wedding venue with a bit of history. As well as the rustic building, it offers the chance for wedding photos with a backdrop of the Northfield Ridge to the east and the mountains that host the Sugarbush and Mad River Glen ski areas to the west.  The space, which was originally designed for hay storage, is now used as a wedding venue where guests can enjoy cocktails and appetizers by the gently babbling Clay Brook. Open between May and October, the Mad River Valley is the perfect place for a Vermont wedding.

Day among the vines

You don’t have to travel to get married at a vineyard and enjoy a day among the vines. There are some hidden options in some very surprising places. The Shelburne Vineyard is a venue with a commitment to sustainability. Their farming practices and environmental ethic mean you can go green during your wedding, but they also are proud to be active responsible members of the community. Try some wine in the tasting rooms by the cherry wood bar while admiring copper fixtures. Stroll the grounds while sipping on delicious locally made wine. Add to that the breathtaking scenery - what's not to love about this place! 

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