Vermont Elopement Packages
Thinking about planning an elopement in Vermont? Vermont is a state in the New England region of the northeastern US, which often gets overlooked as an elopement destination. After browsing through this guide, you’ll end up adding this place to your own list of best places to elope. Planning a Vermont elopement will allow you to have a picturesque location that is more off the beaten path compared to others. There’s so much that goes into a Vermont wedding. We’re here to break down everything you need to know when planning your adventure near some of the most gorgeous elopement views you will see.
Are you ready to elope in Vermont? This is a long resource, so feel free to use the links below to jump to the section you’re most interested in.
- Elopement Vendors For Your Vermont Elopement
- Where to Elope in Vermont
- When to Elope in Vermont
- Permits and Leave no Trace in Vermont
- Wedding License in Vermont
- Best Places to Stay Near Vermont
Elopement Vendors For Your Vermont Elopement
Looking for an all-inclusive elopement package in Vermont? The first thing you’ll want to plan for is teaming up with an experienced elopement vendor in the area. Finding a vendor who specializes in Vermont elopement adventures is the perfect way to make sure you have the best experience and respect the lands you’re eloping on.
Teaming up with an experienced vendor in the area also allows you to follow Leave No Trace (LNT) for that specific area. Working with someone who the area will be the perfect resource and guide when it comes to what you should be aware of during your adventure. They are also great when it comes to suggesting more remote elopement and portrait areas not many people know about!
Check out our featured elopement vendors who specialize in Vermont elopements below. Remember to ask what they include in their elopement packages! A lot of vendors include location scouting, adventure timelines, and more.
Ashley Green Photography
Hayes & Baker Photography
Outdoor Chronicles Photography
Adventure and Vows
Traveling photographer for the adventurous, bold, and fun! Defying traditions and crushing expectations, one couple at a time.
Emma Thurgood – New England Elopements
New England photographer, videographer, and planner for the bespoke elopement of your dreams.
Where to Elope in Vermont
Vermont may not be the first elopement destination you think of, but you’ll wish you did think about it first! There are gorgeous places to elope in Vermont, perfect for all types of elopement adventures. From mountains, waterfalls, lakes, forests, oceans, and so much more. Here are some of our favorite spots to explore:
The tallest mountain in Green Mountain State is the gorgeous Mt. Mansfield. This elopement destination is good for a lot of couples because there are multiple ways of getting to the top. You can opt to pay for a Gondola Skyride or take the Auto Toll Road, both of which take you pretty close to the top. If you’re an experienced hiker, then you can explore a hiking trail that takes you to the top. There are hikes that range from 3 miles to 8 miles, roundtrip. If you are hiking though, please be aware some trails close from April to late May when the snow melts, which is considered Vermont’s mud season.
Lake Champlain is a body of freshwater that runs all the way to Canada! From Vermont’s side of the lake, you can appreciate gorgeous views of the Adirondacks Mountains in New York. In parallel, you can see the Green Mountains and Mt. Mansfield from the New York side! If you’re thinking about planning a lake elopement here, then you’ll have a good amount of VRBOS, resorts, and other rental properties to choose from. This is also a good option for couples who want to have a multi-day adventure.
Smugglers Notch State Park
Near the Stowe area (which is a gorgeous town in Vermont to elope) you’ll find Smugglers Notch State Park. There are a good number of hiking trails here, all leading up to epic views with mountains.
Emerland Lake State Park
Emerland Lake State Park is located in Southern Vermont, and you’ll see crystal clear waters here and a lot of water activities. You can rent kayaks and canoes right on the beach after exploring the trails and before a romantic picnic.
Haystack Mountain is a gorgeous spot to elope with views of mountains and Haystack Pond. This is a 5-mile out and back trail near Wilmington, Vermont, and is moderately challenging. Plan for about 3 hours of hiking.
The second highest peak in the Green Mountains is Killington Peak. If you are planning a winter elopement in Vermont and looking for something adventurous, then Killington Mountain is a good option. On the peak, you’ll find the largest ski and snowboard resort in eastern North America.
Moss Glen Falls
Moss Glen Falls is a beautiful location to explore. Actually…any waterfall in Vermont is a whimsical choice. Moss Glen Falls is a short and scenic hike. Another bonus is it’s super close to Stowe, which is one of our fave towns to stay in during your elopement in Vermont.
In the North End of Burlington, Vermont, you’ll find Leddy Beach. This sandy beach overlooks a grassy picnic area with some grills and picnic tables, making it a pretty sweet spot for a micro wedding in Vermont. The beach itself is relatively quiet and there is no lifeguard coverage here.
When to Elope in Vermont
Vermont is gorgeous year-round, so that makes picking an elopement date here a breeze, right? While couples do elope here during all 4 seasons, there are some things you should keep in mind.
Much like New Hampshire (and most places in New England), we do have a special spot for Fall elopements here. Seriously, the fall foliage is out of this world here. It’s also comfortable during the day to do more adventurous activities and cooler at night.
Winter elopements in Vermont are COLD and should come with a good amount of preparation. The wind can make it feel even colder. If you do decide to have a winter elopement in Vermont, you’re in for a winter wonderland with amazing mountain and forest views. Not to mention there is little to no people around you!
Spring is beautiful as well, but the weather can be a bit of a gamble. Also, mud is a pretty big one during this time, meaning you may encounter some trail closures. Summer is the busiest and warmest month to visit Vermont. However, you can still experience cooler weather up in the mountains. Summer is also a good time to plan for your adventure if you want to incorporate water activities.
Permits and Leave no Trace in Vermont
Vermont does have some locations that currently do not require permits to elope at, BUT you should always double-check with the respected park before running off and saying “I do”.
Leave no Trace (LNT) is incredibly important here, so please read carefully and double-check the park’s website for the most up-to-date information on permit changes and park closures/updates.
Wedding License in Vermont
If you’re looking to elope in Vermont, legally, it’s pretty simple! All you have to do is apply for a marriage license in any town in Vermont, pay $60 for your license, and use it within 60 days of it being issued.
Best Places to Stay Near Vermont
Looking for somewhere to stay during your Vermont adventure? Check out these locations:
Mountain Top Inn & Resort
Castle Hill Resort and Spa
Trapp Family Lodge
Not sure where to stay? Use the search bar to find the best spot to stay during your wedding day in Vermont!