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The First Look
In gorgeous Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, the Waterville Valley Resort welcomes to-be-weds with bright white tents, sparkling dance floors and plenty of room to gather friends and family. Located amongst 770,000 acres of forest and mountains, the Waterville Valley Resort includes a 360-degree view of the White Mountain National Forest, spectacular sunsets and snow-capped peaks.
Garden Terrace Gazebo. The Garden Terrace Gazebo is an elegant, oversized gazebo with sparkling white railings and a raised platform. With space for 200 guests, this outdoor ceremony space has a ideal view of the distant mountains, giving any ceremony a sense of enchantment.
Town Square Gazebo. This lovely space overlooks Corcoran's Pond, providing a ideal backdrop for sunset vows. With space for up to 100 guests, the Town Square Gazebo's rustic railings and shingled roof invite couples to celebrate in a New England countryside-style location.
Osceola Arbor. This arbor provides a simple and secluded location for wedding ceremonies of almost any size. An elevated platform topped with a lovely arbor is surrounded by towering trees, green grass and beautiful mountain peaks. Overlooking the sparkling pond, the Osceola Arbor has space for up to 200 chairs, with a delicate path from the forest for a lovely bridal entrance.
Brookside Room. With its giant windows and amazing views of the countryside, Brookside Room seats 125 for a traditional wedding reception. Exposed ceilings and a rustic wood-lined interior give the room a spacious mountain cabin feel. Glimmering chandeliers shed a soft light on the sit-down or banquet dinner. The Brookside Room is a favorite for indoor wedding receptions, housing a sparkling dance floor and plenty of space for a band or DJ.
Garden Terrace Tent. After a lovely outdoor wedding in the Garden Terrace Gazebo, couples can dance the night away in a spacious tent that seats 375 people. Towering ceilings peak in three giant tiers and built-in windows give guests a glance at the spectacularly manicured grounds and snow-capped mountains. The space also features chandeliers and white chairs and tables.
Waterville Valley Ballroom. This option is a traditional ballroom that seats 410 guests in a spacious 4,735-square-foot area. The carpeted seating area and gleaming wooden dance floor give wedding-goers plenty of space for enjoying delicious food and dancing the night away under softly glowing recessed lighting.
Main Dining Room/Speakeasy. Provide 200 guests with a glimpse of spectacular mountains via huge windows, while maintaining a cozy and homey feel. Wooden accents and a gleaming dance floor make it simple to celebrate, while the tiered levels of the two rooms accent a sweetheart table. Warmly glowing chandeliers and access to a wonderful back deck make the rooms ideal for smaller receptions.
What You Should Know
The Waterville Valley Resort is attached to a pedestrian village designed to create a fabulous all-in-one wedding or vacation experience. Golf, tennis, mountain biking, skiing and snow boarding are all outdoor activities available for guests at the Waterville Valley Resort. The resort is open all-year long to cater to to-be-weds and vacationers no matter what the season. Visitors can access the resort via trams, golf carts and classic trolleys, designed for use with weddings or special events.
Catering is available through the Waterville Valley Resort's private chefs. Traditional New England dinners are a favorite among guests and include entrees like cherry BBQ chicken and New England clam chowder. Beef Wellington and lamb lollipops make delicious appetizers and spectacular carving stations are designed to feed a large number of guests quickly.
Wedding packages include dinnerware, stemware, house linens and chairs, cocktail hour space, dance floors, decorating and house round tables. Also included in packages are the event staff members and a choice of locations for the ceremony and reception. Wedding planning services are also a part of the services at Waterville Valley Resort.
The amazing view of the mountains and breathtaking New Hampshire scenery are among the main perks at the Waterville Valley Resort. Others include:
- Free golfing, mountain biking, skiing and tennis activities available with wedding packages as a pre-wedding gift
- Winter sleigh rides and ice skating
- Free wedding trolley for use during the day of the wedding celebration
From the Vendor
Make Your Big Day Last All Weekend
We offer one of New England’s most breathtaking and serene locations to hold a wedding. Nestled in the heart of the White Mountains, we have stunning venues and outstanding service that will make your celebration unforgettable. Come together and escape to the mountains!
Amenities + Details
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$$ – Affordable
Ballroom, Waterfront, Hotel, Restaurant, Tented
Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Food + Catering, Planning, Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff
Loved Waterville Valley!Reviewed on 10/31/2012 Sara S
We had our wedding at Waterville Valley this past August. We chose it because we had lots of out of state guests, and the resort has tons for them to do while we did wedding set-up stuff. It was great that we didn't have to entertain when we had so much to do! We also loved that it was in nature, with mountains and water. Not living in NH, planning a wedding 2 states away was stressful, but Whitney took care of everything. Any time we had a question (and we had TONS) she took care of things right away and was super easy to get a hold of, even in the heat of wedding season. The days before our wedding we had total access to whatever was needed. If we needed anything extra, a quick call to Whitney was all it took! We had our ceremony in the Town Square Gazebo, which was lovely. It overlooked the water, which was a priority of mine. We had our reception at the Brookside Bistro, just a short walk from the Town Square Gazebo. It was great, next to a brook, with a patio that we had open the entire night. Our wedding was incredibly small with no wedding party, so it was a perfect size for us. The food was all delicious. The resort staff broke down all our decorations after the wedding and we just had to pick them up the next morning. SO easy! The resort even arranged a room for my family to get ready on very short notice and without billing us extra, and when we didn't have a place for rehearsal dinner until the day before, one of the resort restaurant easily fit us in (they also had the other wedding there, but they made room for both of us to have our own space). Everything fit in our budget, and we got everything that we wanted for our low-key relaxed wedding! I would recommend Waterville Valley resort to anyone for their wedding!
Happiness All AroundReviewed on 9/01/2012 Kristin K
Waterville Valley was a wonderful place to get married for many reasons. There are several beautiful choices for your ceremony and reception, on site reasonably priced hotels for guests, and a very organized wedding sales manager, Whitney! Whitney was great about quickly responding to questions from my husband and I throughout the year that we were engaged and wedding planning. The reception room was excatly as I had planned for it to look and everything flowed smoothly. My family, my husband's family, and my guests were all pleased. I would reccommend considering Waterville for your wedding!!
Perfect!Reviewed on 7/18/2012 Meaghan F
My wedding at Waterville Valley, NH was perfect! We had our ceremony outside at the Ocseola Arbor and our reception at the Waterville Valley Conference Center. Our day was gorgeous-we had beautiful weather. Whitney our wedding coordinator was so helpful. She is easy to work with and took care of so many details for our special day. Whitney was very organized and available when ever I needed her. Everything from the ceremony to the reception went seamlessly. I received many complements from our guests about how beautiful they thought everything was. Our day was everything we wanted and more. Mark and I cannot thank the staff at Waterville Valley enough for all their help. They truly made our day a success!
It's been almost 5 months since our wedding and our guests are still talking about it. Decision making when planning a wedding is an extremely stressful, difficult, important process because everyone wants nothing more than to have an amazing venue, DJ, photographer, florist, food, drink, weather, and overall experience. We looked at countless wedding venues, but no venue gave us the “butterflies” like Waterville Valley did. Your guests will park their cars and will not need/want to move them at all, because of all that Waterville Valley has to offer. Guests have the option of making a weekend out of their stay, with a full array of activities for both adults and kids. You can get your adventure fill by hiking, biking, golfing, or kayaking, your leisure fill by hanging by the pool, beach, or in the town square. Food options include a simple convenient store that will provide just about anything you will need, to pizza, ice cream, and multiple restaurants that provide good eats, and make it easy to keep everything in one location to prevent people from having to get in their cars and drive around looking for places to go. . Lodging can accommodate those who want to stay for the night (standard hotel rooms), or those who want to make a weekend out of it (condos with full kitchens). From the moment our guest parked their car there was something for them to do (organized & unorganized by us). We organizing a fire on the beach the night before the wedding, which was a great way to greet everyone who may have been off doing their own thing during the day. We also organizing late night pizza the night of the wedding at Legends to keep the party going. Legends had a DJ working so the dancing never stopped!!! All of these truly outstanding experiences are provided without losing the small town secluded white mountains feel, the town really does feel like its completely yours for the weekend. At Waterville, you are not only getting an amazing location, but an amazing wedding coordinator! Jackie Adams is the wedding coordinator for Waterville Valley, Obviously, as I am sure you are well aware, Jackie's job is that of making sure people thoroughly enjoy what is arguably the biggest day in their lives. Jackie fulfilled every aspect of what we expected from her. From the beginning, Jackie was outstanding! We knew immediately that Waterville Valley would be our wedding location because Jackie blew us away with her knowledge of the area, response time to our questions (and we had MANY), and her professionalism in making recommendations/being knowledgeable in her craft. Her experience working with many brides obviously has her prepped for every situation that may arise. On our wedding day we felt a sense of relief to know that we only had to worry about standing at the arbor, as we knew Jackie would handle the rest. I am sure her days are long, tiresome, and stressful but you can't tell with the way she presents herself. Our wedding guests were blown away by the appearance, atmosphere, and friendliness of Jackie, staff, and the town of Waterville. As we said to Jackie many times “We couldn't have done it without her”. For us, Waterville Valley is no longer just a wedding venue, it feels a bit like home and we’re looking forward to making more memories there for all the years to come.
We just got married here this past weekend and Jackie was amazing to work with. The food ended up being so much better than we anticipated, and they were excellent with a last-minute venue change due to pouring rain. We LOVED it, and the entire valley made us feel so welcome and loved!
YES! If you're looking for gorgeous views, a fun town and an amazing wedding coordinator, look no further. We got married at the Osceola Arbor which had incredible views. Our reception was in the tent and it was honestly the biggest, prettiest tent we have ever seen. The town is very small but very accommodating. Everywhere we went in the town, our names were posted along with a congratulations and all of the hotels and restaurants knew about our wedding. We went to Legend's Sports Bar after our reception and they had about a dozen pizzas waiting for us, it was perfect! The event coordinator, Jackie Adams, was amazing. She worked extremely hard to make sure our day was perfect and she took so much pressure off of me and my husband. We HIGHLY recommend Waterville!
We recently got married this past weekend and it was AMAZING!!!!!! Everyone told us it was the best wedding they have ever been to. We are from MA so all of our guest traveled to NH for the event. We made a weekend out of it. Friday afternoon all the guys enjoyed a round of golf with their freedom passes and the staff were amazing!! Friday we had a private rehearsal dinner at the Valley Pub located on second floor of Town square and it was amazing!! Jason was amazing and accommodated everything perfectly. The food was great and the staff were so friendly. Our guest stayed at the Golden Eagle Resort and everyone RAVED about the rooms and how huge they were. The town square condos were all looking over the town and were amazing! Saturday everyone enjoyed their Freedom passes that were given to them by the hotels where they could enjoy a bike ride, canoe, kayak, golfing, Chair lifts etc. all for free! It was great everyone could just park their car Friday and walk everywhere and not return to it until Sunday. Saturday afternoon was our wedding and it was amazing! Jackie was our wedding coordinator and planned our whole weekend out down to detail!! She is your girl she saw everything thru and had a great eye for detail. She made the weekend a dream. The tent was so beautiful and she made everything go smooth it literally was PERFECT. We ended the night with fireworks in the town share where everyone got transported to all by buses and then had beers given out for the show. All planned by the amazing JACKIE! We ended the night at Legends where Mike hosted a pizza bar. He is awesome and so accommodating the bartenders are so friendly EVERYONE IN WATERVILLE IS! We ended the weekend on Sunday at The Valley Pub again where they hosted a private brunch which was soooooo good! The whole weekend was great and everyone just raved about how it was the best weekend and wedding that thy have been to and had . Jackie is to thank for all of this! Thank you Jackie you literally made my dream wedding come true!
Jackie, the wedding coordinator was so helpful. The food was amazing. A great spot in which our pictures came out perfectly. Our vendors go to Waterville frequently which made everything run very smoothly. Great all around spot for a wedding!
Great experience!!!!Reviewed on 10/29/2015 Nicole D
There were many reasons why we chose this venue, but one of the biggest reasons for me personally was the fact that no one had to go anywhere. Once you got there, Everything was walking distance. It made it easy for family/friends/bridal party to get around. On top of that, there are tons of activities to do at the resort, no matter what time of year. The vibe is very laid back and carefree. My kind of atmosphere! We got married this fall, and the colors were out of this world! Waterville provides a wedding coordinator to help out with timelines etc. which was definitely an added bonus. She was very organized from the very start and provided a guideline and time frame to work from which was very helpful. Overall, I was very pleased with this venue, and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone!
Absolute Perfection!Reviewed on 11/22/2013 Jillian B
Our wedding at Waterville Valley was nothing short of perfect! We had our ceremony at the gorgeous Osceola Arbor which is in a secluded tree covered area, overlooking the water, and surrounded by a breath taking view of the mountains. Our formal pictures were outstanding because of the scenery at this location but also because of the variety of locations to photograph. Our photographer brought us to 5 different locations, all were beautiful and offered something a little different. We had cocktail hour in the Speakeasy Lounge, which our guests said they loved! Followed by an amazing reception in the Garden Terrace Tent, which comes with lit birch trees around center poles and perimeter lighting, which was beautiful and exactly what we had pictured, but did not cost anything extra! Waterville Valley was so great in accommodating our guests for the whole weekend, with tons of activities, kindness and much more! It was like we owned the town for the weekend, which made the entire celebration that much better! Whitney Meister is the absolute best wedding coordinator anyone could ask for! She is young, helpful, knowledgeable, excited and happy to help with every detail of your wedding! She answers/responds to every e-mail, text or phone call and is always easy and pleasant to deal with. She had weddings every weekend from July till November, sometimes more than 1, but my husband and I would have never known! She treated our wedding like it was her one and only priority, and made sure we were happy with every detail, nothing was too much to ask from her! She has great taste and is in touch with her bride's style, I gave her decorations with thoughts of what to do but encouraged her to do what she thought was best, and everything was better then what I could think of! She is amazing and we owe a large part of our flawless day to her! If you are looking for a perfect day, and a great experience with your location and vendors I would recommend Waterville Valley above all other options!
This. Is. The PERFECT Venue!Reviewed on 7/25/2013 Christina P
We had our ceremony and reception at Waterville Valley Resort. It was absolutely perfect! There is nothing I would have changed about my wedding day. It was gorgeous, the venue was awesome, and the coordinator, Whitney, was incredibly responsive and professional. Our ceremony was at the Osceola Arbor, which was beautiful. It had a beautiful lake in the background and the mountains as a backdrop--I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful setting! I was nervous because the opposite side of the lake is open to visitors, but you couldn't see or hear them because there were trees hiding the shore and they were fairly far away. Our reception was at the Brookside Bistro, which was perfect. There was an outdoor patio which was great for those who didn't want to dance, and the space fit our 75-person party perfectly. The food was amazing. People still rave about the beef tips and chicken :) The booking process was also ultra-easy. I always thought that a wedding was very difficult to plan, but Whitney made the process easy and about as stress-free as it could get. She was patient, very nice, and had a ton of great ideas. She also helped us with some day-before glitches! Overall, I loved Waterville Valley. We chose it because we wanted a getaway wedding, which is exactly what we got. Most of our guests stayed the weekend and celebrated with us, but there was enough to do that we could hang out by ourselves if we wanted to or had to get some last-minute things done and our families weren't on top of us the whole time. I have a friend who wants to have the exact same wedding at the same place because she loved it so much!!
Amazing experienceReviewed on 7/14/2013 Kristen B
We planned our wedding from out of state. Waterville Valley was the perfect venue for us. Their wedding planner Whitney helped us every step of the way. We used their on-site catering and our guests raved about the food. We selected the tenderloin Madeira, butternut squash ravioli and Mediterranean roasted chicken. Our ceremony was at the Oscella Arbor. We lucked out with the weather and the setting was just gorgeous with the White Mountains in the background. We had our reception at the Waterville ballroom. There was plenty of room for our 150 guests without feeling overwhelmed by too big of a space. Whitney and her staff decorated the space exactly how we wanted. It was also fun riding around the town in the open air trolleys. Waterville made us feel very special. All of the stores in town had little signs welcoming everyone for our wedding, not to mention the large billboard type sign with our names and wedding date. Overall I highly recommend this venue.
Perfect location and amazing wedding cooridinatorReviewed on 7/03/2013 Christine P
I could go and on about why Waterville Valley, NH is the perfect place to get married. It has it all; beautiful scenery and plenty of activities for your guests. The thing you may not know is that when you decided to have your wedding you there you get to work with Whitney. If it is not already on your venue selection checklist to have a personable and professional coordinator it should be. It was on mine after my sister had an awful experience with hers and my sister is probably one of the most easy going people you'll ever meet. Anyway, my point it is having someone to work with through the whole process like Whitney will make a world of difference. I sent Whitney countless emails and questions from the time we went on our tour up until the day we arrived for our wedding. She always got back to me promptly. There really are no words to describe how helpful through the planning phase. As for our Wedding weekend itself, I do not even know where to begin. At one point during the wedding I had asked a question out loud about some random detail and my dad turned to me and said, do not worry about it, Whitney will take care of it. He was so right and the fact that people around me saw how on point she was was amazing. At the end of the day, I could not have imagined getting married anywhere else and not having Whitney on our team. You definitely need to check Waterville Valley out if you are looking to have a mountain side wedding.
Fantastic jobReviewed on 7/02/2013 Kristin R
Did a fantastic job, everything went perfectly
Truly Memorable and Unique Wedding WeekendReviewed on 11/30/2012 Carla R
We got married on July 28, 2012 - a very rainy weekend with scattered thunderstorms. Normally, this would have put a damper on a destination weekend in the mountains with over 200 people having traveled hours for a good time. But - because of all there is to do and the flexibility of the staff, WV was actually the perfect place to have a blast and fully enjoy every day despite the weather. Everyone arrived Thursday where we had a beautiful and delicious rehearsal dinner and after party at the Brookside Bistro. The next morning (Friday), the WV hosted us for a golf scramble and later on that night, we had a "beach" welcome party at Corcoran's Pond. The Saturday reception was at the Conference Center which I was concerned a little bit about at first given that it is - a Conference Center. But Whitney did an AMAZING job taking our vision and turning it into the most beautiful wedding tent! I wish I could upload some photos to this review because I couldn't believe how magical it looked once our guests entered the tent after the cocktail hour in the Speakeasy. The waitstaff and bartenders are great at what they do and made sure everything was well taken care of. The only mishap was a switchup in table numbers that left the wedding party sitting in a table in the back but if that is the worst thing that went wrong then we did alright! Though the reception ended a little early at 10, the resort had a great afterhours spot called Legends that allowed the night to go on. After that we could bounce from room to room like the college days. The next morning (Sunday), we used Packard's Field for a bride's team vs. groom's team soccer game and after showers, everyone left all partied themselves out for 4 days straight. I'm sure you could go about this a more relaxing way, but having so many options to pick from in one resort setting that could accommodate all of our guests truly made this an experience that was unique to my husband and me. And Whitney's care and attention to detail (I would guess she is a perfectionist) made sure that that experience went smoothly and better than expected.
So-SoReviewed on 8/29/2011 Krystina G
I chose Waterville Valley as the site of my wedding because of a long connection with the resort. We chose the Oscela Arbor site, which was beautiful. I spoke many times via phone and email with the wedding coordinator for the Valley, and she was very helpful in answering questions. She helped us to secure the trolley for transporting guests and the wedding party, even after hours. Be warned: Have a good rain plan in place, as there are really very limited options that can be secured if its too rainy outside. My biggest gripe with the resort was that they scheduled their annual Chocolate and Jazz festival for the SAME DAY as the wedding. I had put a deposit on the site long before the date of the Chocolate and Jazz festival was announced. The resort was unwilling to work with me, and I had to hold my wedding earlier in the day so that the ceremony would not be overpowered by the Jazz Band. Overall, it was a positive experience, but you have to be vigilant. Dont expect them to take care of all the details.