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Vermont Gay Weddings, Venues, Civil Unions

So, You Want To Get Married? Vermont is the place!
Vermont Civil UnionVermont has been a leader in the fight for gay and lesbian civil rights. In 2000, Vermont was the first state to pass a civil union law. In 2009, it became the fourth state to establish gay marriage and the first one to do it by legislative vote rather than having it decreed by judicial order.

Our marriage equality law went into effect September 1, 2009.

Guidelines for Getting Married (PDF File)

We'll make your ceremony perfect.
We'll make your special day truly memorable. Vermont has always been a great destination for adventurers, romantics, and anyone looking for fresh air and picturesque New England villages.

Whether you want an intimate and simple ceremony, or an extravagant event with several hundred of your closest friends, we provide all the services and products you'll need. The members of the Vermont Gay Tourism Association can help with every aspect from finding picturesque locations to working with caterers, florists, musicians and finding just the right officiant.

Vermont is Open Armed about Civil UnionWhat do we need to do?
The process is simple. You'll need to apply for a marriage license at a local Town Clerk's office, which you can do when you arrive here. You will fill out a simple, one page form with your name, address, parents' names, etc. If either of you have ever been married, be sure to bring a copy of your divorce decree. You will pay a $45 fee and get your wedding application. An additional fee of $10 may be charged by the Town Clerk, if you would like a certified copy for your records. After your ceremony, your officiant will sign the license and send it back to the Town Clerk who will then mail you a copy of the state marriage license certificate with Vermont state seal. It usually takes about a week or two to receive the certificate.

According to Vermont law, both of you must be at least 18 years of age. There is no waiting period, no blood tests, and no witnesses required. Your innkeeper, hotel concierge or resort wedding coordinator can help you with the process. Most people who come here are surprised at how easy the marriage license process is.

What if we already had a civil union in Vermont?
Your civil union stays in effect forever and if you want to keep it, you don't have to do anything. But if you would like to also have a marriage license, you have to go through the same process as someone who is getting married for the first time. Some couples choose to have both, because some states recognize civil unions while others only recognize civil marriage.

Vermont has the best things in life: Maple syrup, gourmet ice cream, award-winning cheeses, microbrews, wines, sauces and other specialty foods. Beautiful natural scenery, world-class restaurants, family attractions, shopping, entertainment, arts and culture.

Vermont: A Small State with a Big Heart.
We may be a small state, but we warmly welcome our LGBT friends and family. Since 2000, Vermont has been a champion for marriage equality. Let us help you create that memorable celebration. Contact any of our members and start planning your wedding.

For more information on getting married in Vermont, download the State's document:
click here to download pdf.

If you dream it, we'll make it a reality!

Vermont is the place to get married for gay and lesbians

This page lists the wedding professionals that can help you create a memorable event.  
Be sure to also check the Lodging page and Restaurants page to find more venues for your gay wedding.

Aunt Sadie's, Inc./Twin Oak Antiques

Aunt Sadie's, Inc./Twin Oak Antiques
108 S. Lunenburg Road, Lunenburg, VT 05906
Phone: 802-892-5267 Fax: 802-892-5269
Aunt Sadie's is one of the leading manufacturers of scented candles in the US. On the property is also our antique shop, Twin Oak Antiques, where visitors can purchase premium and seconds candles, a select group of Vermont-made gifts and country, camp, Adirondack and a general line of antiques.


Ben and Jerry's Ben & Jerry's Factory
1281 Waterbury-Stowe Rd, Waterbury, VT 05676
Phone: 802-882-1240 ext 2285; Toll Free: 1-866-BJTOURS
30-minute guided tour includes a company history movie, explanation/view of manufacturing area and ice cream sample. Manufacturing schedule varies. Closed Christmas, New Years and Thanksgiving; $4.00 Adults, $3.00 Seniors, Kids under 12 FREE. Full service scoop-ice cream cakes, catering. Gift shop packed full of all things Ben & Jerry's. Open year round.

Ben and Jerry's Catering Ben & Jerry's Catering
30 Community Drive, South Burlington, VT 05403
802-222-1665
Email: Colleen.Moore@benjerry.com

At Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Catering, we service events throughout northern Vermont ranging from 50 to 5,000 guests! We specialize in cups, cones and sundaes, but let us know if you have something else in mind! We have enough options to fit every budget and event type - corporate gatherings, weddings, appreciation events & more! From set up to clean up, our professional staff does it all so all you have to do is finalize the invite list!

Burke Area Chamber of Commerce Burke Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 347, East Burke, VT 05832
Phone: 802-626-4124
Located in the heart of Vermont's beautiful Northeast Kingdom, Burke is the perfect Vermont vacation spot for skiing, hiking, world class mountain biking, snowmobiling, cultural heritage, shopping and more, all waiting for you to explore. Recreation galore awaits the adventurous travelers who like to hit the trails. And for those who like a slower pace, take your own time making your own trail discovering all Burke has to offer. Whatever brings you here, you will experience our unparalleled four season destination!

Cultural Crossroads Cultural Crossroads
20 Mewadowcrest Lane, Barre VT 05641
Phone: 802-479-7040, Toll Free: 877-479-7040, Fax: 802-479-3442
Cultural Crossroads offer tailor-made honeymoons, and tours for your friends and families at your destination wedding in Vermont or abroad. Our tours have been honored in both Condé Nast and National Geographic Traveler Magazines. Our expertise, service and attention to detail mean you can relax and enjoy your time together.

David Garten Photography
4412 Main St., PO Box 210, Waitsfield, VT 05673
Phone: 802 496 5516 Fax: 802 329 2014  
Unobtrusive civil marriage photography in the documentary style by New
York Times published photojournalist. Images that are at once personal and classic.

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center

ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center
1 College Street, Burlington, VT 05401
Phone: 802-864-1848 or Toll Free:877-324-6386; Fax: 502-864-6832
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is a world-class aquarium located on the Burlington Waterfront overlooking Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains in northwestern Vermont. With over 6000 square feet of exhibit and programming space, as well as sparkling aquaria throughout the three floors, ECHO offers a unique place to hold any special occasion. We can accommodate both large and small parties. To schedule a tour contact Rachel Connor, rconnor@echovermont.org or call her at 802-864-1848, ext. 143.

Honora Winery & Vineyard

Honora Winery & Vineyard
PO Box 458, Jacksonville, Vermont 05342
Phone: 802-368-2233
A Napa-style vineyard and winery in the mountains of Southern Vermont. Producing a variety of wines from our own grown and imported grapes. Catering to special events & tour, customized experiences and winemaking packages along with 2 retail locations in Jacksonville and Manchester.

Gillian Randall Photography Gillian Randall Photography
68 Woodland Way, Charlotte, Vermont 05445
Phone: (802) 425-4242
GillianRandall@aol.com
Gillian brings a fresh, creative approach to each photography session and specializes in relaxed but elegant wedding photography with special emphasis on details of the day, the location and emotional interaction.

Greg Trulson, Officiant Justice of the Peace Greg Trulson, Officiant Justice of the Peace
607 Crossett Hill, Waterbury, Vermont 05676
Phone: 802-244-5378
gregtrulson(at)me.com
As a Justice of the Peace I work closely with each couple to create a truly personal and memorable ceremony. You will receive samples of ceremonies that I have written to help you start thinking about what should be included in a ceremony. I'll make sure you have the opportunity to provide any input you wish so when your ceremony has been created, the final result will be your personal ceremony. With your input we will develop all the elements from opening introductions to exchange of rings and vows, from poetry readings to expressions of blessings. We’ll leave out words you do not wish to have said and we will add any words or traditions you wish to include. Since 2001, I have had the privilege of officiating over 600 ceremonies throughout Vermont. I would be honored to serve as your officiant.

Taconic, a Kimpton Hotel

Kimpton Taconic Hotel
3835 Main Street
Manchester Village, VT 05254
Phone: 802.362.0147; Toll Free: 877.699.3331; Fax: 802.362.0165
Since our founding in San Francisco more than three decades ago, Kimpton Hotels has been a part of the LGBT community.

Kimpton Taconic Hotel is the newest upscale lodging option in Southern Vermont, located in the picturesque year-round destination of Manchester.

Kimpton Taconic is within an easy walk to boutiques, cafes, art galleries, and endless outdoor excursions in all four seasons.

Onsite restaurant, The Copper Grouse serves regionally-inspired cuisine.

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is the Premier National Hotel Partner of The Trevor Project, an outreach program for LGBT.


Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce

Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 173, Waitsfield, Vermont 05673
Phone: 802-496-3409; Toll Free: 800-828-4748
info@madrivervalley.com
In Vermont, a wedding just like you awaits. Amidst our natural beauty and rural ambiance, you'll find exceptional accommodations, splendid dining and a distinctive character that makes every wedding — in every season — uniquely memorable. Come see what our special corner of the world can do for your day. And your dream.


Michael's On The Hill

Michael's On The Hill
4182 Route 100 North, Waterbury Center, Vermont 05677
Phone: (802) 244-7476
mail@michaelsonthehill.com


NJOY Event Planning

NJOY Event Planning
PO Box 455, Stowe, VT 05672
Phone: 802-229-8665
NJOY wedding professionals boast 30+ years of designing, coordinating and producing unique weddings from backyard intimate, to rustic chic Vermont barns, to spectacular city flair. Each celebration reflects Nancy's background in design and theatre, and uncompromising attention to detail, working closely with gay friendly vendors to fulfill your every desire with a stress-free attitude.


Overtime Photography Overtime Photography
60 Sisco St, Westport, NY 12993
Phone: 518.412.2712 Fax: 518.636.1163
Add Fun Memories to Any Event! Our large capacity walk-in photo booth will entertain your guests and create cherished memories with unlimited photos during your event.

Shelburne Vineyards Shelburne Vineyards
6308 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, Vermont 05482
Phone: (802) 985-8222
galbert@shelburnevineyard.com

Sumptuous Syrups of Vermont LLC Sumptuous Syrups of Vermont LLC
2067 Bayley-Hazen Rd, East Hardwick, VT 05836
Email: linda@sumptuoussyrups.com
Vermont's Other Syrup

The Northern Star

The Northern Star
Newport City Dock, Newport Vermont 05855
Phone: 802-487-0234
The Northern Star reflects the handsome elegance a 1920's style plumb stem inland waterway steamer offering Scenic cruises, private charters, cocktail cruises, Sunday Brunch and much more all with the feel of your very own private yacht on beautiful Lake Memphremagog.


Vermont Backroad Tours Vermont Backroad Tours
2788 Route 7 South, Wallingford, Vermont 05773
Phone: 802-446-3131, Fax: 802-446-3175
Vermont Backroad Tours offers scenic tours of Vermont on our 5 and 14 passenger tour vehicles. We also provide with our 14 passenger party buses, wedding shuttles, brewery/winery tours or pub crawls for bachelor and bachelorette parties and custom tours of Vermont. Be comfortable and safe with Vermont Backroad Tours.

Vermont Tent Company
14 Berard Drive, S. Burlington, Vermont 05403
Phone: 802-863-6107  Toll Free: 800-696-6368
The Vermont Tent Company specializes in creating wedding celebrations 
to remember. Whether it's an intimate gathering for 20 or a grand gala for 200, your wedding will be in the hands of talented professionals. From elegant tents, tables & chairs to linens and china, our quality rental products will reflect your personal style.

Vermontology Guided Tours

Vermontology Guided Tours
P.O. Box 242, Gaysville, VT 05746
Phone: 802-417-1996
Vermontology Guided Tours offers vacation packages and day trips in all four seasons. Our Vermont tours explore the state by passenger van, holding a maximum of only 6 customers. Day tour packages are also available, including our most recent Brewery and Spirits Tour!

   
   

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