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Imagine exchanging vows beneath a rose-covered arbor overlooking a serene pond in the shadow of Mount Equinox. If that sounds heavenly, you'll love a wedding celebration at Equinox, A Luxury Collection Golf Resort & Spa in Manchester, Vermont. This landmark resort spans over 200 years of American history and retains its vintage appeal, right down to the 285-foot white columned facade and breezy colonnade.
A favorite escape for presidents and other luminaries, the Equinox Resort abounds in charm and luxurious amenities designed to make your Vermont destination wedding a stress-free success. Create a flawless wedding day in these beautifully designed event spaces:
The Colonnade Ballroom. Its signature columns, arched ceilings and sparkling chandeliers create an elegant setting for a formal reception of up to 180 guests. Floor to ceiling windows add a sense of openness and light to highlight your wedding palette.
The Rockwell Ballroom. With breathtaking views of Mount Equinox, the opulent Rockwell Ballroom accommodates 200 guests and includes an airy patio for your casual cocktail reception.
The Pond Pavilion. This rustic enclosure at the foot of Mount Equinox offers panoramic views of Equinox Pond through banks of floor to ceiling windows. Soaring exposed beam ceilings and polished wood floors make this a delightful reception space for up to 120 guests.
The Celebration Barn. This charming outdoor venue may be available for your reception festivities. Located just a short walk from the Equinox Resort, the Celebration Barn is a popular choice for vintage weddings.
The 1811 House and Lawn. Available only during the temperate spring and summer months, this historic estate features romantic gardens and stunning views of the Green Mountains, a gorgeous site for your outdoor wedding. You'll need to reserve the entire 13-bedroom property for two nights if you choose this venue.
What You Should Know
Your Equinox wedding package includes dedicated services of a professional wedding planner to ensure everything goes smoothly. With the help of the resort's executive chef, you'll create a custom menu; enjoy a free tasting event before you decide. You have the option of a succulent buffet with carving stations and pasta a la minute or a lavish three-course plated reception with mouth-watering options such as grass-fed Vermont filet mignon or peppercorn crusted rack of lamb. A toast with sparkling champagne is included.
Your bar package can also be customized to your tastes and budgets. Select from hosted or cash bar packages with beer and house wines or upgrade to the "appreciated brands" selection with an array of specialty spirits including cognacs, single malt scotch and vintage port.
You will enjoy a complimentary overnight stay and there are special discounts for wedding guests. Your wedding expenses also earn Starpoints you can use to pay for your honeymoon.
The Equinox is truly a one-of-a-kind wedding destination; enhance your experience with the following extra perks:
- Rehearsal dinner in one of the resort's private dining rooms
- Farewell continental breakfast or brunch
- Spa packages for the bride and her party
From the Vendor
The Equinox, A Wedding Destination for All Seasons
Steeped in history and nestled among the Green and Taconic Mountains on 1,300 acres, The Equinox represents an iconic New England village. Spectacular views, world-class service, luxury accommodations, and an array of year-round activities, make The Equinox a wedding destination for all seasons.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Not Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Ballroom, Waterfront, Garden, Historic Venue, Hotel, Mountain, Tented
Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Destination Weddings, Food + Catering, Planning, Service Staff
We cannot say enough amazing things about the total experience we had at the Equinox nor do we grow tired of the constant compliments we still hear from our guests. Our wedding took advantage of all the resort has to offer: we rented out the 1811 House, hosted a welcome party at the pond pavilion, and had our reception in the Colonnade Ballroom. All of this required quite a bit of planning and my wife only sang the highest of praises about Charlotte and all the work she did to coordinate our many wedding events. Her attention to detail, prompt responses, flexibility, thoughtfulness to vendors and guests, creativity of ideas (honestly, we could go on and on and on!) let us know we were in the most competent and trusted hands. The beauty of the resort is something to be seen, nestled at the foot of Mount Equinox in the picturesque town of Manchester. The rolling hills of Vermont provided an unprecedented backdrop to our outdoor ceremony that left guests in awe. As someone with a culinary background and just a guy who likes to eat, having a wedding where the guests enjoyed the food was a priority. The Equinox delivered above and beyond anything we could have expected! Over the two-day event our guests sampled over 12 passed hors d'oeuvres, countless desserts, various entrees, and a farewell brunch. The welcome party had a buffet and the wedding reception was a plated event. Our wedding really exposed us to all the exceptional talents of the Equinox chef and kitchen. Many guests told us that the food at our wedding was the best they had experienced at any wedding. One other thing we want to highlight is the exceptional staff. They absolutely went above and beyond to accommodate our guests and make them as comfortable as possible. When a guest complained about the reception room being too hot a staff member brought him cold towels to keep him cool. Charlotte and everyone at the Equinox did an amazing job planning every single detail of our wedding weekend and we absolutely cannot say enough positive things about our experience—they are an incredibly talented team and put together the most exceptional of events. We enjoyed working with Charlotte so much, we hope to stay in touch with her for many years to come!
Fairytale setting!!Reviewed on 9/17/2015 vanna t
The Equinox Resort is absolutely beautiful. We had a fairy tale, out of the world wedding and we have had countless guests tell us they have never been to a more beautiful, fun wedding. The resort itself has a great spa and amazing deck with a huge fire pit. It is an awesome spot to hang out with friends after your reception or during your wedding weekend. We had our wedding at the pond pavilion- WOW, it is the most gorgeous spot in the world- Right at the base of the Equinox mountain, with a clean pond, and a rustic pavilion that sits literally in the water. It is like you are in a whole new wonderful world when you are at the pond. There were no bugs either, which was a big concern of some of my friends. The food was amazing and the staff was very flexible. We ended up changing the time of our dessert buffet and moving the DJ outside so we could dance the night away under the stars on the stone patio. The suite we stayed in was the most beautiful suite we have ever stayed in or laid eyes on. It was huge- 2 bathrooms, 2 floors, clean, but still had some old, vintage charm (not to mention 24 hour room service- get that turkey sandwich late night and in the morning, order breakfast because it was to die for). Although I encountered some bumps in the road when planning my wedding at the equinox- with our room block, some catering issues, and a small transportation issue, the staff at the Equinox did everything they could to make any mistake or inconvenience up to me. They ensured I was a happy bride and went above and beyond to make up for anything that i was even a little unhappy about. They did not stop at just resolving the issue. I still am in disbelief that our wedding was truly perfect. Nothing is perfect, right? Wrong!! Our wedding was truly magical and absolutely out of this world. My bridesmaids keep saying they feel bad for anyone who has to get married after us...well, UNLESS they do it at the Equinox too.
FlawlessReviewed on 7/13/2015 Sara S
I just got married 2 days ago at the Equinox and could not wait to review it. The hotel was amazing and did an absolutely fantastic job. I am from Vermont originally but live on Boston now so outside of a few visits to the site most of the planning was done remotely. Charlotte the event planner was fantastic. She was quick to respond and able to meet special requests even when we asked for them last minute. Jody Hewes was the room block cooridnator and emailed back and forth with me no less then 30 times to accommodate my family and friends and make adjustments whenever I asked for them. As for the actual site and weekend it was gorgeous. The weather was perfect so that helped, however the hotel was lovely and the staff was extremely helpful. All bellhops and staff knew who my husband and I were and addressed us by name when they saw us. The bridal suite is gigantic and overlooks the lawn we got married in. It fit my 10 bridesmaids. 3 hair dressers a makeup artists and my family easily. We called the front desk for all sorts of things (a steamer, pitchers of juice, etc) and they were brought up promptly. When it came time for the actual ceremony, everytime I needed direction Charlotte appeared with a friendly direction. I never needed to go looking for her or felt lost because she wasn't there, however she was not hovering or ever present so my special moments with my friends and family were private and uninterrupted. We got married on the lawn and the cocktail hour was immediately following after and it went off without a hitch. The reception was in the colonade which was beautiful and the staff had taken care of the tablescapes to my exact instruction. we had baked chicken with risotto and summer veggies which was hot and yummy. ALL of our guests commented on how beautiful the venue was and that it was one of the most pleasant weddings they had ever been to. I would highly highly recommend the Equinox for a venue.
Wedding date: October 1st, 2016 Venue: Equinox Resort & Spa, Manchester, VT My now husband and I took a trip to check out wedding venues a few years back. We were looking for a rustic venue with a picturesque nature and water around it. This was the first place we visited. Although the Inn looks beautiful, it didn’t match our expectations at first glance. However, upon meeting staff and being shuttled to the pavilion (which could not be directly seen from the Inn), we found the perfect hidden gem. It has an outstanding view of water and mountains as well as the a rustic cabin feel. It feels like you are away but you are still close enough to the beautiful town of Manchester and all that it has to offer. We ended up visiting several other venues on this trip and subsequent trips but ultimately came back to this perfect spot at The Equinox. While others hit one or two of our checkboxes this one checked them all! The event staff was a pleasure to work with. We initially started off with one event coordinator who ended up leaving during our planning process. While this can be stressful, the transition to our new coordinator Charlotte was very smooth and we were lucky have planned with her! Since we are not locals they were able to accommodate us with our travel plans. The food tasting was phenomenal and we had a hard time cutting down our choices. We decided to go with a buffet style. We also skipped having a cake and decided to go with desserts. They worked with us to create several fall style desserts which were very tasty, including their own homemade cider donuts. Our wedding day was organized very well and went smoothly. Ruth was the coordinator of the day and did an amazing job keeping with the timeline. Whenever dealing with a member of staff it was a pleasurable experience. If a problem arose whether it be monetary or a type service, it was handled well and reasonably. We had a great experience having our wedding at The Equinox pavilion (they have a ballroom as well) and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for that perfect mix of rustic, history, and nature.
Most magical day of our livesReviewed on 10/13/2015 Justine B
Our reception was at the Pond Pavilion at the Equinox and it was magnificent. I am thrilled with how stunning our day was- our guests were speechless as they crossed the bridge onto the walkway leading to the pavilion. The food was amazing and the atmosphere was "so Vermont" we loved it and so did our guests. The Equinox itself was also amazing! We were treated like King and Queen the entire weekend!
Not worth the cost even in off season.Reviewed on 7/12/2014 Deborah H
I hesitated for months to write this because I had such a mixed experience with the Equinox. But I think it's important that couples know what to expect. With foreknowledge, my experience with the Equinox MIGHT have been more positive! I will also say, that my daughter doesn't share my opinions about the Equinox, fortunately for her, it was the perfect day! My biggest complaint with the Equinox is the multiple discrepancies between a quoted price from one of their employees compared to what I was billed for and/or was part of the final estimate. I would warn anyone thinking of using them not to stop looking at other locations until you finally receive your formal quote. In our situation, my daughter and her fiance let the other options go after receiving a verbal confirmation that they would fit within their TOTAL budget. The final quote was a couple of thousand over the amount they gave them AND it did not include numerous aspects such as flowers, cake, decor, etc., but by then it was too late to start over with a new location. For myself, when I checked out of the hotel they offered to just email me my receipt, but fortunately I had them print it off and found 3 more discrepancies. They were quick to correct them, but they shouldn't have been on there at all. My second criticism is regarding the quality of food and lodging. The rooms in the main building have not retained their historical charm so I would expect them to be luxurious by today's standards. They are not. First and foremost, there were no closets in our room, only a small wardrobe. So the only place to hang the wedding dress where it wouldn't wrinkle was on the crown molding. Secondly, over the years when they've repainted they haven't bothered to sand or remove the old loose paint so the doors and trim look like what you'd expect in a seedy motel. The mildew in the shower just adds to the overall dinginess. That's not character - that's tacky. Then there's the food! I was not impressed by ANY of the food during our weekend stay. We ate in the Chop House for dinner one night, the Colonnade for breakfast and then of course, the catered meal for the wedding. Nothing stood out and some dishes were very disappointing. Oh, and don't bother to ask for a French 75, apparently none of their bartenders knows how to make one properly! I also had a meat & cheese tray sent up along with a pitcher of orange juice and $47 bottle of champagne for a light snack while we were getting ready so I didn't have bridesmaids passing out during the wedding. The selection was good and the additional fruit tray was a nice surprise, but the $375 bill, was not! My fault. I should have confirmed the total price with the concierge before signing off on it, but it was a bit hectic at that time. Also, if you choose to use their apple cider donuts for favors, make sure they are made fresh that day. They go stale very fast! The one thing I will say in their favor is with the exception of the poor service in the Chop House, the rest of the staff bent over backwards to take care of us. If anything, at times they were a bit too enthusiastic, but their eagerness to please and their over all kindness mitigated some of my ire at paying so much for what seems to me to be anything but luxurious. Vermont is a beautiful and romantic location for a wedding, even in the winter. I'm willing to bet, however, that there are other locations that offer more for less.
Wedding VenueReviewed on 8/13/2013 Vanessa M
This resort is beautiful and our dream wedding was so perfectly memorable because of the amazing staff and beautiful scenery. Everyone from the wedding coordinators to the bellmen were amazing! The rooms and suites are beautiful and the food is the best in New England.
Great Place to have a fall wedding!Reviewed on 11/24/2012 Lisa P
I had my wedding at the Pond Pavilion at the Equinox Resort. Great Fall venue, beautiful grounds! The food was great, and the catering staff was awesome! The service at the reception was amazing! We loved the bread pudding!
WonderfulReviewed on 10/04/2012 Laura T
The Equinox provides a wedding (event) planner when you have a wedding there. Lauren was wonderful to work with, and does an incredible job managing the stress. Our entire wedding would not have been possible without her. She coordinates every detail smoothly, and makes the entire process more fun.
Amazing from start to finishReviewed on 9/18/2012 Jenn M
Lauren (coordinator) adn Shelly (pastry chef) at the Equinox were incredible, and made the process easy and our wedding day so special and worry-free. I cannot say enough wonderful things about the staff, the beauty of the venue, the smoothness of each transition throughout the day, or the food and desserts!!! Their extra touches made us feel very cared for and added something more to what is already a fantastic, all-inclusive site.
Mostly GreatReviewed on 7/09/2012 Sarah B
Overall, our experience at the Equinox was very good. The decor and accommodations were gorgeous, the food was fantastic, and they took good care of a lot of the details. However, there were a few drawbacks. First, it was quite expensive. We had our wedding during the offseason, so the rates weren't as bad as they could have been, but it was still quite high. Second, they switched wedding planners about half way through planning my wedding and the second one (Lauren) left a lot to be desired. She gave the impression of being on top of everything, but forgot a lot of details in the end. Maybe she'll get better once she has more experience, but if I were doing it all over again I would have hired a day-of wedding planner to pick up some of her slack.
beautiful - The Pond Pavilion at The EquinoxReviewed on 11/01/2011 Kathryn F
overall an amazing and stunning location for the wedding. needed to stay on top of wedding coordinator which was stressful but the hotel is top notch and the food was quite good. Service from the staff working the event was wonderful.
EquinoxReviewed on 10/02/2011 kristin b
The Pond Pavilion at the Equinox provided the most magnificent backdrop to our wedding day. The Falcon Bar with the live music and huge firepit were wonderful venues following the Rehearsal Dinner and actual wedding! We could not have asked for a better location. If you like the outdoors, but also want to feel pampered, this is the spot for you.
The Pond PavilionReviewed on 8/29/2011 Emily C
We got married down on the pond at the Equinox. The setting could not have been any more perfect! Our guests raved about how beautiful it was and the service was worth every dime of gratuity. The Pavilion is perfect for small, intimate weddings like mine, and you can't beat the backdrop! Additionally, the wedding coordinator was beyond helpful, everything ran smoothly and I greatly appreciated being stress free knowing she was taking care of everything.
Equinox Wedding VenueReviewed on 8/04/2011 Jaime M
While the reception went very smoothly (minus their forgetting to provide the complimentary champagne toast), the hotel front desk staff leave much to be desired! They we unhelpful, rude, and miscommunicated important information to our guests. We spent the afternoon of our rehearsal scrambling to fix their misdoings!
Beautiful Venue and Amazing staff and food!Reviewed on 7/17/2011 Yvonne P
I can't say enough wonderful things about the Ponds Pavillion at the Equinox Resort and Spa! I would highly recommend this venue for the most beautiful scenery and rustic location! Staff is wonderful and food was the best wedding food any of our guests ever had! :)
WOW!Reviewed on 11/17/2010 Meredith T
I got married at the Pond Pavilion the site was beautiful. Even thought it was a 90 degree day in May something I was totally unprepared for. The site was perfect. The staff was nothing but helpful. The second the ceremony was over I had a bottle of water in my hand something I needed but would never have thought of. Our day was perfect from start to finish thanks to the wonderful staff at the Equinox. My family and wedding party rented our the entire 1811 house they have. It was perfect had it's own kitchen, bar and a beautiful backyard. If you are looking for the perfect weeding venue I highly recommend the Equinox.