How To Elope In Vermont

March 27, 2022

If you’ve ever wanted to know how to elope in Vermont, then this ultimate guide is for you! I used to live in Vermont and even after traveling to 40/50 of the US states, the beautiful Green Mountain State is still my number one pick. Famous for maple syrup, Cabot cheese, and the best fall foliage in the country, Vermont is a premium location for your elopement. You may choose to elope in a charming New England town or city like Burlington, Stowe, or Woodstock, VT. For those that want to have an adventure elopement taking in the beautiful scenery, Vermont has mountains, lakes, waterfalls, and even a few sandy beaches. Whether you want to elope in the summer sunshine amongst wildflowers, in the fall with bright red & orange leaves, or in the winter in a breathtaking snowy wonderland, Vermont is an amazing option for your wedding day.

WHERE IS VERMONT LOCATED?

Vermont is located in New England in the Northeast region of the United States and borders Canada to the north. In fact, Burlington Vermont is only 1 hour and 45 minutes from Montreal Canada.

HOW DO I GET TO VERMONT?

Vermont is easily accessible by car and is about 3 hours and 15 minutes from Boston, MA to Stowe, Vermont. If you’d like to travel to Vermont by the Amtrak train then it has a route covering Washington DC, New York City, Springfield CT, Essex Junction in Burlington VT, then St. Albans, VT.

If you are looking to travel by plane and fly to Vermont, the major airport is  Burlington International Airport and Northeast Kingdom International Airport. A smaller airport includes Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport if you plan on flying from Boston or the Cape to Vermont.

HOW DO YOU LEGALLY GET MARRIED IN VERMONT?

  1. You must submit an application for a license in the Vermont town/city where one of the parties lives (out-of-state couples can go to any town/city clerk).
  2. Pay the $60 fee and you will receive a marriage license from the clerk. By law, you both must sign the license and deliver the license to the person who will conduct your wedding ceremony before the marriage can be performed. 
  3. Have your marriage solemnized aka have a ceremony within 60 days of filing the application.
  4. The person who performs the ceremony (officiant) will complete the sections concerning the date, place and officiant information, and sign your license. At that point, the license becomes a marriage certificate. Once the ceremony has been performed, the officiant or JP has 10 days to send the license back to the city/town where it was issued.
  5. The city/ town clerk will then file the original and the couple can receive an official certificate of their marriage. If you want a certified copy of your marriage license, there is an additional fee of $10.

You do no need blood tests and there is no waiting period. Vermont is a very LGBTQ friendly state. You can find the information above plus more in-depth information at the website here.

DO WE NEED WITNESSES FOR OUR VERMONT MIRCO WEDDING?

Nope! Vermont law doesn’t require witnesses.

BEST TIME OF YEAR TO ELOPE IN VERMONT

Summer: If you want to have a summer elopement in Vermont then choose a date in June, July (Vermont’s warmest month), or August. Think boat rides on Lake Champlain, gorgeous mountain views, and ice-cream dates!

Fall: If you’d like to have an intimate wedding in Vermont in the fall then select a date in September, October, or early November. By far the prettiest season in Vermont, picture beautiful foliage, fall festivals, pick your own pumpkins, apple picking, and hard cider.

Winter: Picturing a winter elopement warming up with hot chocolate after snowshoeing, ice skating in Stowe, or skiing? Then pick a wedding date in late November, December, January (Vermont’s coldest month), or February.

Spring- Vermont spring (also known as mud season from March-May) is perfect for any elopements not in the mountains since the trails can be extremely muddy. Your best bet is choosing May since more flowers will be in bloom and the warmer temperatures will be starting!

WHEN TO ELOPE IN VERMONT: VERMONT AVERAGE WEATHER BY MONTH

The temperatures below cover Stowe, Vermont.

WHEN TO ELOPE IN VERMONT FOR A SNOWY WINTER ELOPEMENT

If you are looking to have a Vermont elopement emulating a winter wonderland, then the best months to elope are late November, December, January, and February. This way you can ensure having snow on the ground in the mountains!

BEST LUXURY ACCOMMODATIONS WHEN YOU ELOPE IN VERMONT

Finish off an epic wedding day in one of these cozy luxury accommodations in Vermont: Twin Farms, The Lodge at Spruce Peak in Stowe, The Essex in Essex Junction, VT, The Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Woodstock Inn, or the Inn at Shelburne Farms.

THE BEST PLACES TO ELOPE IN VERMONT

Vermont Mountain Elopement

From the mountain summits of the Green Mountain National Forest to those in the state forests like Mount Mansfield State Forest, I know the most popular Vermont spots extremely well from covering a whole section of Vermont in my Vermont State Parks internship and when I guided hiking trips for 3 years. When I work with couples, we chat about whether they want to hike or not and if so for how long and what level of difficulty. Depending on the time of year, sometimes you can easily access a summit by driving or a chair lift.

Vermont Waterfall Elopement

If you are looking to say your vows by a waterfall, Vermont’s got them too! There is Warren Falls, Moss Glen Falls, and Bingham Falls.

Vermont Lake Elopement

Although Vermont doesn’t have any ocean views, Vermont’s lakes provide spectacular waterfront backdrops. The all time favorites are Lake Champlain, Lake Willoughby, and Lake Dunmore.

Vermont Beach Elopement

Believe it or not, Vermont has a few beaches! If you want to stay very close to Burlington there is North Beach or my personal favorite Sand Beach at Sand Bar State Park.

Vermont City Elopement

If you want to rock your just married status in a city, then Burlington offers historic church street and easy access to the Lake Champlain Waterfront. If you’re looking for a smaller rustic city, near farmland, and covered bridges then you’ll love Woodstock, Vermont.

LOCAL VERMONT DESSERTS & DRINKS TO HAVE ON OUR WEDDING DAY

Cupcake fans will want My Little Cupcake

Cookie fans will want Vermont Cookie Love

Ice-cream fans head to Ben & Jerrys or get a Maple Creemee at a local stand or shop.(If you want to feel like a local, soft serve is called a creemee)

Crepe lovers should head to The Skinny Pancake

Wine lovers should head to Shelburne Vineyards

Cider Donut fanatics should go to the Cold Hollow Cider Mill

VERMONT ELOPEMENT PACKAGE

If you decide to book me as your Vermont elopement photographer here’s what you’re getting!

  • Personalized location suggestions + scouting
  • “How To Elope” Guidebook 101+ pages on everything you need to know and so many top tips
  • I will fill out & pay any special use permit (needed for national parks, national seashores,DCR)
  • Two Questionnaires: Location Planning & Activities to help us craft your dream day
  • Custom elopement timeline
  • 25 Page “How To Leave No Trace While Getting Married” Guide
  • Local Vendor Recommendations
  • High resolution fully edited digital files
  • Complimentary photoshop edits of distractions
  • I’ll bring the “champagne” bottle & cute umbrellas if it rains
  • Private online gallery with unlimited downloads to share with family and friends
  • Personal Print release
  • 3-5 Sneak Peak photos within 48 hours

Packages begin at 4 hours of coverage *TRAVEL INCLUDED* Starting at $4500

BOOK YOUR VERMONT ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER

I photograph beautiful Vermont elopements and intimate weddings Monday-Thursday year round with a max of 25 guests. Bonus weekdays have less crowds which means more privacy! I offer 4 hour, 8 hour, and Multi Day Vermont elopement packages to ensure the documentation of your wedding day from start to finish.

FUN FACTS ABOUT ME:

I LIVED IN VERMONT FOR 4 YEARS

I GUIDED HIKING TRIPS IN VERMONT FOR 3 YEARS SO WHEN I SAY I’VE HIKED A MAJORITY OF VERMONT I MEAN IT! I KEEP A LOG OF TRAIL NOTES FROM EASY, MODERATE, TO DIFFICULT.

I’M A TRUE VERMONT OUTDOOR ENTHUSIAST: I’VE HIKED THE TALLEST MOUNTAINS, ICE CLIMBED AT SMUGGS, SKIIED AT MT. SNOW, ROCK CLIMBED IN BOLTON, AND KAYAKED ON LAKE CHAMPLAIN

I USED TO BE THE PHOTO INTERN FOR VERMONT STATE PARKS

I’M A LEAVE NOT TRACE AWARE CERTIFIED PHOTOGRAPHER

I’M A WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER AND CPR CERTIFIED

I’VE PHOTOGRAPHED OVER 100+ WEDDINGS AND COMPLETED MADDIE MAE OF ADVENTURE INSTEAD’S ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT ACADEMY (SHE WAS THE FOUNDER OF ADVENTURE ELOPEMENTS SO I LEARNED FROM THE BEST)

PLEASE NOTE: In order to give my couples those dreamy photos with the best light I only photograph ceremonies and formal couple portraits during golden hour light- within 2 hours after sunrise or 2 hours before sunset.

So if you are looking to have an incredible day in the Green Mountain State with a custom timeline completely tailored to the activities you both love while getting those classic romantic photos then I would LOVE to be your Vermont elopement photographer. Fill out my contact form here to inquire about my availability!

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