Your Vermont Country Wedding
The Perfect Vermont Country Wedding
We hope that you'll consider a destination event at this remarkable facility. Mountain Meadows Lodge has been hosting country weddings for over 30 years - we have an ideal setting for your family and friends to join with you in a truly memorable celebration. The beauty of this lakeside setting, the variety of onsite activities, our responsive staff and excellent food will all add to the
experience of coming together as a group and celebrating your momentous occasion.
"...the necessary ingredients for a wedding day that stops time..."
The couples that come to Mountain Meadows for weddings are looking for the following features:
- exclusive use of the property for an extended time
- casual atmosphere
- on-site lodging
- menu flexibility
- scenic beauty
- family-friendly atmosphere
We'd love to hear your ideas! Please feel free to visit or call and share your plans with us. We'd also be happy to show you around... and if you would like to plan an overnight visit we're happy to extend half-price lodging!
Below is an overall listing of amenities that we offer as part of a typical destination wedding event.
We'd be happy to discuss how we can customize your event to your particular needs and tastes.
Please send us an email with an inquiry! To do so, please use this quick and easy form: contact form
Site Rental (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday *)
- Exclusive use of the property (lodge and farmhouse and 6.5 acres) for all activities; amenities include hot-tub, sauna, pool, game room, lake swimming, fishing, kayaking, boating, volleyball, badminton, horseshoes, hiking, cross-country skiing and other winter sports, numerous sit-and-visit areas including fireplace room, great room, music room, TV room, free-roaming gentle farm animals, children’s activities
- 24/7 attention from Anne & Bill and lodge staff to coordinate all event arrangements and guests needs
- Wedding consultation: planning and execution of
your event, contingency planning, itinerary consultation, help with invites, room bookings, and communicating with your destination guests
- Assistance with florists, musicians, photographers, officiators if needed as well as coordination with local vendors for other purchases or bookings
- Coordination of rental equipment if needed: tent, linen, dinnerware, lighting
- Receipt, storage and cutting of wedding cake
- Receipt, storage and distribution of flowers
- Full-service on-site catering
- Bartending with “row-boat” bar
- Fruit and cheese platter upon arrival and refreshments throughout the event in the dining room
- Marshmallow roast (s’mores) and campfire at the lake with luminaries and torches
- Hike (walk) to waterfalls
- Farm animal feedings
- Use of lodge sports equipment (kayaks, canoe, snow-shoes, sleds, lawn games, and the like)
*hourly and daily rentals for functions, other durations and weekday bookings are also available; call for details.
Rehearsal Dinner ideas
- BBQ chicken, ribs, sausage or a combination
- Hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill with all the fixin's
- Roast your own hotdog on a stick at the campfire
- ‘Pasta bar’ (a variety of pastas, meats, sauces and toppings; guests build their own pasta dinner)
- Build your own salad
- Mexican (make your own tacos, quesadillas, etc.)
- Picnic on the grounds
- Homemade pizza or make-your-own-pizza or pizza pick-up/delivery
- Catered meal
Reception Dinner ideas
- Stationary appetizers (example: our signature fruit-and-cheese board)
- Pass-around appetizers
- Green Salad(s)
- Starch and vegetable
- Breads and butter
- Wedding cake cutting with coffee & tea
We will work with you to determine the type of bar arrangement you would like to offer for your guests’ responsible enjoyment. We have a full bar service for inside and outside events.
Some ideas, a list of wines and beers are on the pricing page
- 17 rooms at Mountain Meadows; 21 rooms at The GreenBrier Inn (short distance away)
- Accommodations for about 120 overnight guests and we'll help with arrangements at neighboring inns for "overflow guests"
- In most cases, the Fireplace Suite with jacuzzi hot-tub is complementary to the newly married couple on their wedding night.
- Uniform room rate for all rooms; rates include breakfast with extensive breakfast buffet
Rental of Equipment
Your tent, tables, chairs, dance floor, linens, china, etc. will be arranged for and rented from various Vermont companies by Mountain Meadows Lodge. Anne and Bill will make all the necessary arrangements for your event.
All the other details
Everything you need is nearby: marriage license, officiant, photographers, florists, hair and make-up, favors, baby-sitting, music, wedding cake, shuttle services, churches, etc. Use the links above or give us a call for help.
We'll help you plan for additional meals such as lunches and breakfasts for non-lodge guests.
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Country Wedding Ideas
A fire performer?We hired Kerry for our daughter Jessica's wedding
last summer and he performs at all our Family Fun Weekends. He is superb!
Kerry can do a variety of performances that are catered to your event. The show can either be improvised or choreographed.
A horse-drawn sleigh or wagon ride might be a really neat addition to your event.
To create truly spectacular look and feel to a tented wedding reception,
there are load of ideas at Celebration Rentals. Lighting options, tableware, linens, tent liners, pole sleeves,
chandeliers - we'll do it all for you.
If you're in the mind-set to keep things informal for your wedding reception,
feel free to consider a cocktail-style reception. While the food and dress can be as elegant as you like, with this arrangement, there's no set dinner time where everyone sits to eat at the same time - think mingling and visiting.
This arrangment can really lend an casual feel to the reception part of the weekend.
And speaking of casual, events at Mountain Meadows Lodge can be elegant and formal or have a bar-b-que theme.
If you want a "family back-yard" feel to your event, talk with Anne and Bill and Dave about these types of arrangements. Consider a clam-bake or a pig roast!
One bride last season had been collecting dinner plates since she got engaged. The dinner plates were a really
cool collection of vintage china, all different patterns, all different colors. She used these (augmented by a few from us) for the wedding reception meal - the table settings were so interesting and unique - everyone was talking about them!
Events at Mountain Meadows Lodge can be kick-back quiet "do nothing" weekends, endless partying weekends...
or you can choose to coordinate a few group activities. Here are some ideas:
We'll do our best to make you and your guests to feel like family here and we encourage you to add any personal touches
that you think will make your guests feel welcome and looked-after.
- Dawn & Steve planned a scavenger hunt as part of their Wedding Weekend. They prepared scavenger hunt forms that invited their guests to:
Sink a schwagball bucket; Take a hike to a waterfall; Get your picture taken with Alice; Blow the conch shell; Catch a fish in Kent Pond;
Play a tune on the piano;
Feed an ungulate;
Win a game of foosball;
High five a ring bearer;
Skip a rock. 3 bounce minimum.
The completed scavenger hunts were collected in a box at in the Mountain Meadows Lodge dining room and the winners were
announced at the Brunch on Sunday. The winners had their choice of Mountain Meadows Lodge T-shirts,
sweatshirts, and Alice Mugs courtesy of the bride and groom.!
- Jennifer and Walker in planning their wedding needed a way to get their extended family members to know each other since many of them had never met - and they wanted the group to become familiar with the grounds and all the fun things to do. They needed an "ice-breaker" and so they planned a scavenger hunt around the Mountain Meadows Lodge property. The scavenger hunt was a combination of gathering tidbits of information on family members, their photographs, and searching the grounds for hidden treasures.
- Many groups plan a picnic lunch to the waterfalls. You can set off from the lodge on foot and Mountain Meadows Lodge will pack your lunches and meet you near the falls with sandwiches, fruit, drinks and home-made cookies! After exploring the falls and splashing around a bit, head back to Mountain Meadows on the Appalachian Trail; A fantastic Vermont Green Mountain outing.
- In warmer weather: kayak races, ultimate Frisbee, whiffleball, orienteering, a swimming race to the island, disc golf, are all great activities for the sports-minded folks.
- Jill and Kenny had a whole wedding week at Mountain Meadows Lodge. The challenge was to find a way to design at least a couple of activities that the smallest kids, teens, young adults and on up to the grandparents could enjoy and participate in with equal enthusiasm. They planned golf outings, picnics, mountain biking, campfires, star-gazing and the like, but the most memorable part of that weekend for us here at Mountain Meadows was the way they spent each evening: They arranged the tables in the dining room into one large "boardroom" set-up so that all 42 guests could sit and see each other and they played "LEFT-RIGHT-CENTER". It's a simple dice game, fun to play and fun to watch and no one is really out 'til the very last minute - you have to stay at the game table to see if your turn comes up again - because it will! The groom sponsored everyone with three dollars at the beginning of the game - and some teens went home with some serious cash! What fun!
- In winter, think about jumping on a trail right at our front door for a cross-country ski outing or a snow-shoe excursion. A 10-minute drive away is down-hill skiing at Killington and Pico mountains.
- For rainy weather or for indoor folks, it seems there's always a big jigsaw puzzle going in the great room. Think about a scrabble tournament or a chess ladder - and there's plenty of fun in the game room: video games, pool, ping-pong, foosball, and darts.
- Jaime & Ben opted for picnic tables and outdoor lighting rather than the traditional outdoor wedding tent. The benches from the picnic tables become the
seating for the outdoor ceremony overlooking the lake.
- Tracy created customized door knob hangers for all the rooms at Mountain Meadows Lodge. Each had guests names in colorful lettering (and on the back, the customary "do not disturb".
- Matt made a fake newspaper using the local Mountain Times front page. Instead of carrying the local news, it carried all the news and details of the wedding weekend including background, history and photos of the couple.
- Rebecca and Matt created a big colorful signpost (remember the one in the TV show M.A.S.H?) with
directional aroows point to "lake" "wedding ceremony", "reception", "waterfalls", "bbq" and the like. There are shots of it
- Dawn and Steve placed a few baskets around the lodge and in the public restrooms filled with necessities and personal items.
The items included:
Kleenex, and a small
sewing kit. The items were all arranged in a baskets, wrapped in a bow and tagged with With Love, From Dawn and Steve
- Jude's Dad made a sandwich-board/placard/chalk-board that stood about 4 feet high on the lawn. He used it to
announce the times of events and all the going's on for the weekend by printing in big colorful letters times and details.
- Jude's Mom made a giant cookie/cake "family tree". Here's how it worked: Two giant tree halves were on a table in the lodge dining room. One cake (half a tree) for the
groom and the other half for the bride. During the Friday evening event, you walked up to the table and drew your face on a vanilla wafer using colored
cake decorating tubes. Then you placed the cookie on one of the branches of the tree on the bride's side or the groom's side, and you wrote (squirted?) your name
near your face. Then, after dinner when all the branches were full, Leslie gave a presentation and then the two halves of the family-tree-cake were joined together symbolizing the coming together of the two sides into a new family. Pretty cool!
[By the way" no one could bring themselves to eat the cake since it was so cool just to look at.]
Destination Wedding in Vermont
A wedding in Vermont is unlike any other wedding in the world. Walking down the street in even the larger cities makes you feel like you are stepping back in time. In addition to antique stores, community-owned restaurants and shops offering locally produced arts and crafts, you can easily find everything you need for a wedding. Whether you plan the big event well in advance or arrange with not much time to spare, the state has everything you need.
Planning in advance gives you the option of saving money on your wedding. Some of the top venues in the state, including Mountain Meadows Lodge, have wedding packages available. Not only do you get a venue, but you also get the care and attention of the on-site staff. The staff coordinates rooms for your guests, ensures that every detail is taken care of and arranges for florists, delivery of wedding items and even the food.
The best destination wedding packages should include food. You might want finger sandwiches and small appetizers or choose a sit-down dinner with multiple courses. Most Vermont venues offer on-site catering. If you live outside of the state, arrive at the venue a few days before your wedding and work with the caterers, picking the right foods for your event. Mountain Meadows Lodge even offers a marshmallow roast for you and your guests.
Depending on when you and your guests arrive, you might opt for a rehearsal dinner. A rehearsal dinner occurs the night before the wedding, directly after your rehearsal. During the rehearsal itself, you learn where everyone stands and what happens during the ceremony. A lighter rehearsal dinner lets your wedding party relax before the ceremony. Opt for a picnic on the grounds, a down-home barbeque, or even a clambake on the beach.
Vermont has gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains. Use those views to your advantage by hosting your ceremony outside, weather permitting. Most locations include a back-up plan, moving the ceremony inside in case of rain or snow. The image of you and your spouse against the mountain backdrop is both moving and breathtaking.
If you love skiing and snow-related activities, plan your wedding during the winter months. Treat your guests to outdoor sports including skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling. You can even ski down the aisle instead of walking or arrive at the ceremony in a horse-drawn carriage. For the best options, Groupon deals is your one-stop location for deals on destination weddings. Book your wedding venue, plane tickets and more by using the great coupons and discounts available to shoppers. Make your guests excited about traveling to Vermont for your ceremony.
(Staff writers, rebeccaellisgreene.com, Fall 2011)