Destination Ahead: A Weekend in Woodstock
If your heart is set on an autumn celebration, consider the picturesque village of Woodstock. “Couples hosting events in the fall experience the best of Vermont,” says Carrie MacMillan-Lane of Storied Events. Check out all seven weekend wedding itineraries and pick your favorite.
GATHERING SPOT: Book the loveliest of rehearsal dinners — complete with a covered bridge and riverside views — at the Simon Pearce flagship store in Quechee. While celebrating in the private dining room above the glass-blowing factory, surprise the wedding party with engraved picture frames or beer mugs. “They also have an incredible wedding registry,” MacMillan-Lane says.
MUST-HIRE VENDOR: “Simply elegant” is how MacMillan-Lane describes the bouquets and centerpieces by Ellen Snyder Floral Design. Consultations are offered in Synder’s home studio or on site.
LOCATION TO BOOK: As rural as it is refined, the Woodstock Inn?& Resort boasts a space for every kind of bride: an earth-tone ballroom, a rustic ski lodge, a bright garden terrace, and a private golf club. Be sure to book an appointment at the new 10,000-square-foot spa.
SEASONAL SCOOP: If your wedding falls on a busy weekend, MacMillan-Lane recommends the charming Shire Motel for extra accommodations.
GUEST EXCURSION: Spend a day exploring the cafés and shops of Woodstock village. Don’t miss F. H. Gillingham?&?Sons, one of Vermont’s oldest general stores, or the adorable Shiretown Books.