Same-sex marriage has been legal since 2009 but Vermont’s history of LGBT rights goes back to 1993 when it became the first state to create civil unions. Vermont is one of the least populous states in the country, meaning there are loads of wide open spaces for your country wedding.
Where to Stay: Stowe, Vermont is a great choice as a home-base for gay wedding planning in Vermont and you simply cannot beat the luxury of the Stowe Mountain Lodge which not only has stunning accommodations but beautiful wedding backdrops as well. If you are looking for an even more rural experience, check out the Moose Meadow Lodge, a gay-owned inn and wedding venue.
What to Do: Vermont is all about the outdoors! Hiking, canoeing and kayaking, skiing and snowshoeing are just some of the possibilities. Great farm-to-table dining can be found in restaurants throughout the state. And don’t forget to check out the tastings at Cabot Cheese and Ben and Jerry’s!
How to Get Married: Simply apply for a marriage license in a town in the county in which you’ll plan to marry in Vermont. There is no waiting period, no blood tests and there are no witnesses required. The fee is $20.
Our Picks for LGBT Photographers: Kelly from Closed Circle Photo knows everything about Vermont and takes beautiful shots. We also love the other Kelly, from Kelly Prizel Photography who shoots throughout New England.
Our Picks for an LGBT Florist: Wildflower Designs in Stowe does lovely work!
Our Picks for LGBT Officiants: Greg Trulson (also owner of Moose Meadow Lodge) is openly LGBT.
With some major exceptions, Vermont wedding vendors are very welcoming of same-sex couples so you should have a great experience no matter who you choose. Don't forget about us at 14 Stories if you get stuck and are looking for a hand with all of your gay wedding plans in Vermont!
(photo by Jeanette LeBlanc)