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I live in northern VT and am trying to find an inexpensive outdoor/barn venue for our wedding and reception (we’ll have about 80-90 guests).
Someone on here (creativeplannertobee) very kindly suggested the state park system, and I’m looking into that. But I think I need more suggestions, in case I’ve overlooked something.
We really can’t spend much more than $3000-$3500 on a venue (and that would be with shelter/tent, bathrooms, and furniture included).
Any suggestions? This is hard!!!
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@Creiddylad: What about Shelburne Farms? I always loved it there – not sure how affordable though. If you’re looking for REALLY rustic, try Camp Abnecki (not sure if I spelled that correctly…) Most of my friends that are from there usually have their weddings in a family member’s backyard.
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@jasonkatie2014: Thank you! I didn’t expect anyone to reply to this, since I don’t think many Bees are familiar with Vermont. 🙂
I’ve liked the idea of Shelburne Farms for a long time (since before being engaged!), but sadly their site fee would blow our entire budget as it stands now. I’ll look up Camp Abenaki though!
Post # 5
We got married at the West Monitor Barn in Richmond (not sure if that is North enough for you!) on a Friday, so our site fee was $3000. They have tables and chairs (though we rented white ones, theirs are black plastic, but I’m sure you could make them work). Their fee for a Saturday would be over your budget, but if you were willing to do a Friday wedding then this might work for you.
Some pics because I can’t help but share!
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Lol, I don’t live in Vermont, but I love the State and visit often…
Not that surprising that Shelburne Farm would be expensive, afterall it has a “storied” past being a previous Vanderbilt property (and it seems that ALL their US historical properties are expensive to use for Weddings)
You might want to try the stuff that Mr TTR & I did when we were looking to plan a Destination Wedding… just use GOOGLE to see if you can find any websites that have info… try – Getting Married in Vermont – OR – Vermont Weddings – for example
Vermont State Parks have a Wedding Page = http://www.vtstateparks.com/htm/weddings.htm
I am sure that you’ll find something that suits, as Vermont does have such amazing scenery and a good assortment of Parks, Lodges, Country Inns, Historic Barns & Properties, Wineries etc.
Hope this helps (some)
To @MmeVT: Wow, GORGEOUS Venue. Vermont at its best for sure.
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@Creiddylad: ahhh worth a shot. It’s so pretty.
Richmond is super close to the burlington area! that barn @MmeVT: posted looks totally gorgeous!
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@MmeVT: Oooh, thanks! I’d thought of that place briefly, but someone on here mentioned that it is very expensive so I sort of threw out the idea without much thought. Having our wedding on a weekend day is preferable, but not essential. It is a REALLY beautiful place and Richmond is the next town over from where I grew up– if we went with the West Monitor Barn my parents would be happy since they secretly or not so secretly want our wedding to be near thei home/where I grew up (they’re a bit traditional that way). Anyway, do you know how much they charge for Sunday? And are there any apple trees on the grounds? The one thing that’s really important to me personally about where we get married is that it have apple trees, preferably in bloom– that’s like the only wedding thing I’ve known I wanted from the time I was little, actually.
@This Time Round: Thanks for your thoughts! I have started doing that googling thing. It really is overwhelming trying to find a venue! So many places I’ve inquired at are beyond what we can afford or don’t open at all until Memorial Day weekend, which is too late for apple blossoms here (my one childhood dream about my wedding was to be married under a blooming apple tree). We’ll find something eventually. . . .
Post # 9
LOVE the idea of being married beneath an Apple Tree in bloom…
BUT that is going to be difficult to plan for (beyond finding a place that has a tree) as the trees come in bud / flower dependent upon the weather…
And once in flower they don’t tend to last that way very long.
I don’t know about Vermont specifically … but here in Eastern Ontario that “window” can be anywhere within say a 3 week span and happens not that long after we get our Tulips in bloom
Lol, I may have a black thumb (Mr TTR is the gardener) but I do have an eye for what I like…
Things tend to go… Tulips – Lilacs – Apple Blossoms – Peonies
Often despite being in the Mountains, Vermont being south of us tends to go thru Spring earlier than us by a week or two … which means the Apple Blossoms could be happening mid-May vs Late May.
Something to think about / research ??
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@Creiddylad: As of last year, it was $3500 for a Sunday. But I don’t believe they have any apple trees. Good luck with your search, it sounds like @creativeplannertobee’s suggestion might be a good one!
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@creativeplannertobee: Nice! Thank you! My mother had actually mentioned an inn/farm/orchard in Bristol to me recently, so I imagine this is it (she didn’t say what it was called). It sounds great, but it does look like there are other houses quite nearby fomr the photos. I’ll at least send them an inquiry and if it’s affordable we could go have a look!
@This Time Round: I have actually thought about apple bloom dates a rather ridiculous amount. 🙂 The University of Vermont has a research orchard, and they record the different stages of bud and bloom on their trees and have that info on their website for anyone to find– and it goes back many, many years. I spent about an hour one day carefully looking that over!! I am definitely aware of how ephemeral the blossoms are– but the middle weekend of May, in the northern third/quarter of VT, tends to be when they are at their best. 🙂 If they were budding, that would be good too. One thing I love about VT is that any semi-cultivated area you go to, including the lawn at a rustic state park, will have apple trees- luckily for me!
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@MmeVT: Thank you! This year it’s $5500 for Saturday; I don’t know how that compares to their Saturday rates when you were there. It’s sad about no apple trees though. 🙁 If I really can’t find anywhere else, I’ll still consider it but no apple trees isn’t great. . . since there are so many places that have them.
Post # 14
the barn venues I looked at ranged from $5000 – $7500, sorry I can’t be much help! But yay vermont!
Post # 15
I have found that the more open minded I am to dates the better deals I am finding. I am in the procces of venue searching myself, so far I have only seen ones local to muself (rutland county) but if you are willing to search across vermont you may find alot of options. I checked out Mountain Top Inn in chittenden expecting it to be far out of my budget, but found that thier off season rates are actually quite reasonable. November1st – december 24th is 2500 for friday or saturday (saturday you are required to book the entire inn) and sunday the fee is waived. December 24th- april 31st 2500 for friday, 5000 for saturday (again same requirement) and waived on sundays expect for holidays those are same as saturday.
I am also planning to check out jay peak, they have a barn, and tent options.. According to the info they sent me it’s only 1800 to rent the tent I can’t remember about the barm though.
Post # 15
Creiddylad: I would love to hear where you decided on…trying to plan an affordable wedding in VT (my home state) from accross the country.. tough stuff!