Looking to have an outdoor wedding in Vermont? Not sure where to begin? Not to worry! As an established indoor-outdoor wedding venue in stunning northern Vermont, we understand that planning an outdoor wedding can be quite a daunting task. To help make this process a little easier, we’ve put together a list of benefits, FAQs, and other important factors to consider when choosing an outdoor wedding venue in Vermont.
Benefits of Having an Outdoor Wedding in Vermont
Wedding Venues with Mountain Views
Vermont’s natural skyline provides one-of-a-kind scenery and unrivaled beauty that adds something special to any occasion. It is highly recommended that you choose a Vermont wedding venue with mountain views, as these natural landscapes come together to create a romantic setting that cannot be replicated.
Beautiful Wedding Photos
Vermont offers couples the unique opportunity to take their wedding photos in a picture-perfect outdoor setting, surrounded by breathtaking mountain ranges, foliage, and colorful fields of wildflowers. Outdoor ceremonies create lasting memories and provide couples with naturally-lit wedding photos that will look gorgeous for years to come.
More Space for Guests
With an outdoor ceremony or reception, you’ll have much more room for your guests. Without the limitations of an indoor venue, like in many cities, outdoor weddings allow you to have higher guest limits while simultaneously feeling less cramped. Every aspect of an outdoor Vermont ceremony invites you, your guests, and even your photographer to spend time among the flowers, fields, and natural beauty of Vermont’s landscape.
Kid-Friendly Wedding Venue Options
Hosting an outdoor wedding is also a way to easily accommodate young family members and friends. With an outdoor space, they can move around freely in a safe environment without feeling trapped or constrained inside. To add an extra touch of fun to the day, consider choosing a venue that offers activities such as yard games like corn hole or ring toss for guests of all ages to enjoy.
What’s the Best Month to Have an Outdoor Wedding in Vermont?
Now that you’re officially sold on booking an outdoor wedding venue in Vermont, it’s time to start planning. Vermont has four distinct seasons, and each presents a unique and beautiful landscape for outdoor weddings. However, the months of September and October stand out as the best months to have an outdoor wedding in Vermont.
During these months, the foliage is at its peak with dazzling shades of orange, red and yellow mixed with evergreen trees all around. The days are often still comfortably balmy, while temperate nights bring welcome relief from high summer temperatures. September and October offer perfect weather conditions to host outdoor ceremonies in Vermont; couples will be able to enjoy their special day surrounded by unparalleled natural beauty that can only be found this time of year.
However, since early fall is one of the best times to have an outdoor wedding in Vermont, it is also one of the most popular. If you’re considering an outdoor wedding, be sure to book your venue sooner rather than later to avoid excessive competition.
How to Plan an Outdoor Wedding in Vermont
At this point, you may be excitedly envisioning your wedding day: you and your significant other standing before your family and friends ready to declare your love for one another, all while surrounded by the natural beauty of Vermont’s lush green mountains. However, there are still a few key factors to consider when planning your outdoor wedding.
Know What to Do if it Rains on Your Outdoor Wedding Reception
In the case of a rainy outdoor wedding, every outdoor ceremony should have an inclement weather plan. An easy solution to this problem is to look for indoor-outdoor wedding venues. On days that prevent you from celebrating your ceremony outdoors, a rustic wedding barn is a welcome retreat from the outdoor elements – and is much sturdier than a tent. Our property easily allows you to combine the picturesque outdoor natural setting at Boyden Farm with the ambiance of our rustic, historic hayloft barn interior space.
Inform Your Guests of Your Outdoor Wedding Plans
Whether you are having a short outdoor ceremony, extended cocktail hour or are planning to make the most of your venue’s beautiful outdoor area throughout your evening of festivities, it is important to let your guests know these details in advance. You can create a wedding website or include details in the invitation, particularly information about the outdoor ceremony; style of dress for the event such as formal, black tie, or casual; as well as specific shoes to wear for walking around on the venue grounds and dancing the night away on the dance floor.
Know How to Keep Your Guests Comfortable at Your Outdoor Wedding
Perhaps one of the biggest challenges of any outdoor wedding is finding solutions to keep your guests comfortable through temperature changes. In the summertime, it’s exceedingly important that guests have the ability to cool off either in the shade or in an air conditioned space. Our property offers guests a reprieve from the sun beneath our outdoor post and beam ceremony pavilion, as well as a break from the heat within our air conditioned rustic barn.
However, if you are familiar with Vermont’s ever changing weather, even the summer evenings can be rather chilly. To keep guests comfortable throughout the reception, make use of our rustic barn’s heating system during speeches, toasts and dinner. Once you all move to the dance floor, the party continues until the very last song of the evening.
Find Local Vendors with Outdoor Wedding Experience
While searching for wedding vendors, try to look for those with outdoor wedding experience. While anyone can have a successful event indoors, outside weddings tend to have their own unique elements that must be carefully considered by vendors in advance. All of our preferred vendors, from local Vermont wedding caterers to wedding photographers, are experts when it comes to outdoor ceremonies – allowing you to focus on enjoying your special day.
Consider Your Outdoor Wedding Decoration Ideas
There is great flexibility when considering decorations or florals for an outdoor ceremony, cocktail hour, or any other parts of your occasion that will be outdoors. You can opt for simplicity and let the beauty of Vermont’s natural scenery be the focal point, or you can elevate the spaces provided at the venue with elegant decor. If you decide to add an outdoor wedding arch or additional outdoor decor, be certain to take into account any wind or weather for the design of these pieces. A benefit to using florals or decor at the ceremony site is that they can then be repurposed to enhance the rustic elegance of the venue for further enjoyment later on.
Book Your Outdoor Wedding Venue in Vermont
Surround yourself in nature and the authenticity of the Barn at Boyden Farm. The beauty found in the valley surrounding our Vermont country farm property reminds us of that in a painting: colorful, calming, peaceful and simply beautiful. To share such a special time outdoors in a setting such as this is incredible.
It would be our utmost honor to host your special day at our charming, historic venue. Bring yourselves and all your loved ones to the natural beauty of The Barn at Boyden Farm, nestled in the green mountains of Vermont. As always, we are here to assist you in creating the Vermont outdoor wedding you desire. Take a virtual tour of our property or contact us for more information.
“Nature shows us how to live, love and grow alongside each other.” – Angie Weiland-Crosby