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Venues in Essex Junction, Vermont,
(800) 727-4195
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4.7 out of 5
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  • 93 Reviews


    Ilia Gordon

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    5 out of 5
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  • Even though we had to wear masks due to COVID-19, The Essex made everyone feel comfortable and safe. They were an absolute pleasure to work with and did everything within their power to make sure that my husband and I had the wedding we had always dreamed of. I would absolutely recommend this venue, Hannah is absolutely amazing as well!

    Diana Southworth Stewart Hassenberg

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    5 out of 5
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  • Emily Ellis and Julia were amazing coordinators! The process of settling all the details was easy with them in our corner, and they really go above and beyond in every way to make sure you feel special, stress-free, and so helped with everything! They even helped me stuff welcome bags and set up the gardens for our rehearsal dinner cocktail hour since the weather was nice! The venue is beyond gorgeous. the gardens and grounds were immaculate which is saying a lot since we had our wedding later in the season after so many weddings all summer.. but you would never have known! Many guests told my husband and me that it was the most fun and beautiful wedding they have ever been to, and a lot of that is kudos to the venue for making it that way!

    Meg A

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    5 out of 5
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  • We got engaged late in the season and only had a limited amount of time to plan our wedding, but the minute we saw the Essex, our decision was made and our stress went away. The atrium space is absolutely GORGEOUS, but still a blank canvas that you can show your own personality! Not to mention, it meant piece of mind in case of inclement weather for our fall wedding. Emily Ellis and her team were a dream to work with. They were always responsive and provided us with the guidance we needed to plan our dream wedding. The Essex supplies everything you can imagine from tables, chairs and linens to easels, table numbers, and a cake stand. The food was DELICIOUS (as was the cake, which was so beautiful and designed exactly as I had imagined). Everyone in the bridal party did hair and makeup onsite at the spa and they did a wonderful job. They helped us to make a schedule that wasn't rushed, and everyone looked amazing. The Essex also let us setup the day prior to the wedding and were availab... Read more

    Casey Winterson

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    5 out of 5
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  • Everything was amazing, our coordinator Julia was so friendly, responsive, flexible and fun to work with. Sitting back looking at things there is nothing we would have hoped to have been different. This location is amazing!

    Melinda

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    5 out of 5
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  • It was a great experience. They were extremely helpful in planning and with the music with my playlist.

    Caroline

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    5 out of 5
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  • This review is for the Ponds at Bolton Valley. Our planners Julia Preston and Emily Ellis were the most incredible planners throughout the process and were amazing to work with. They answered every detailed question and request and threw in so many unique touches to make our day extra special (like a giant five tiered peanut butter cake for our dog) The venue and grounds were beautiful! Loved the bridal suite at the Ponds for pre-ceremony to stay cool... The food was incredible --our favorite was our Friday night welcome bbq with the best pulled pork, mac and cheese and potato salad!-- but everything throughout the weekend was so good. Can't say enough good things about this place!

    Mibi

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    5 out of 5
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  • The Essex was the perfect venue for us and I am so grateful to our wedding coordinator Arienne and the entire staff for making our day amazing! With The Essex providing the catering, wedding coordinator, equipment (i.e. tables, chairs, linens), much of the usual stress of planning a wedding was alleviated and everything ran so smoothly. In terms of the venue, the lawn and atrium are gorgeous spaces for the ceremony and reception, respectively. Our guests were largely from out of town and it was so convenient for all of them to be able to stay at the resort (which also provides courtesy transportation from the Burlington airport). Our wedding coordinator, Arienne, was incredibly responsive and helpful with inquiries and was organized, calm and flexible throughout the entire planning process and on the wedding day. The food and cake were so delicious and we had many guests with dietary restrictions for whom the chefs made several special plates. All of our guests were very complimentary ... Read more

    Pam Simays

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    5 out of 5
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  • Words cannot express how grateful we are to Arienne and the staff at the Essex for our wonderful wedding. From day one they were welcoming and accommodating, always answering emails promptly and with great care, oftentimes answering the same questions multiple times. On the day of, Arienne made something that could have been quite stressful quite easy and could not have been more helpful. Every piece of our event turned out exactly as I had imagined it. The food was phenomenal, the cake beautiful and delicious, the staff superb. When we entered the Atrium on the way to the east lawn to begin the ceremony I was blown away by what it had been transformed into. It was simply gorgeous. Thank you to everyone at The Essex for helping us to make lasting memories in a beautiful setting.

    Rachel Kapes

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  • Our wedding was scheduled for May of 2020 and due to the pandemic, we postponed until August. Julia, our planner was a joy to work with and incredibly flexible. Our wedding day was a dream and everything was perfect and beautiful. The entire staff at The Essex made sure our day went smoothly and they all provided such warm, genuine service.

    Blake Lewis

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • We got married at The Ponds at Bolton Valley almost 2 weeks ago (September 2, 2019). When we got engaged and were looking for venues, we chose to check out this one and some others, but the thing that stuck out to us with the Ponds was that everything was included there, from a wedding coordinator and team, to the food prepared on site, etc. It seemed more stress free and that is what we needed. I knew as soon as we pulled into the driveway that this would be the place I fell in love with. Our wedding coordinator, Arienne, was lovely. Emily, the other manager, was also great too, and both answered countless questions (the same ones over and over at times!) and always got back to us in a timely manner. We had several meetings with them and I felt confident to be in such good hands. We had a menu tasting before the wedding and the chefs were open to a couple of our suggestions and listened to our requests perfectly. Everyone repeatedly told us how beautiful everything was and how awesome... Read more

    Bouton/wagenknecht Wedding

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • We had our daughter's wedding at The Ponds recently. It couldn't have been a more beautiful day. The surroundings are gorgeous. That said, we knew that if it rained, the building itself is lovely... lots of windows, airy and full of light. It has an elegant, rustic look, but we appreciated the fact that it is modern with air conditioning, lots of bathrooms and a separate suite with couches, private bathroom, etc. where the bridal party can get ready. It was really nice for nursing moms during the reception! Lots of Vermont charm and beauty with all modern conveniences.

    Katie

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    3 out of 5
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  • My husband and I planned a Vermont destination wedding and we chose the Essex because it checked off so many of our boxes. We booked it without even seeing it in advance. We were excited that all of our guests could stay in one place and make a whole weekend experience and it is conveniently located just outside of Burlington given that the majority of our guests were flying in. People could easily explore all that Vermont has to offer in the peak Fall season. Given that it was a destination wedding, we relied heavily on communication with the day of coordinator that we were assigned as part of our package. We were able to do an in person walk through at a visit prior to the wedding and the coordinator appeared organized and eager to meet our needs. However, email communication leading up to our wedding day was poor. We would have large lapses in communication, details were missed, and multiple times our banquet bill had errors. Had we not been reviewing it thoroughly, we wo... Read more

    Stephanie

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    3 out of 5
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  • Have all conversations with this venue via email and be very clear about what you are asking for and agreeing to. I had booked the “bridal suite” I was shown during the tour for my bridesmaids and I the night before our wedding. It has beautiful natural light for hair and make-up as well as getting ready photos. When I arrived Friday, I was advised that both bridal suites were occupied and put into an outdated suite with terrible lighting in the same building as my Fiancé which we had asked to avoid. Our photographs had to be taken in another guest’s room due to the lighting. It took 6 days and several emails before I was offered a refund for the room. Our guests had several challenges with service and would have preferred to stay elsewhere. The wedding itself was amazing! Having a coordinator was incredibly helpful throughout the planning process and throughout our entire wedding weekend. We did not have to worry about anything. Our coordinator took our vision and set ever... Read more

    Taylor Briseno

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    4.6 out of 5
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  • We initially chose to have our wedding at the Ponds at Bolton Valley in early fall because of the stunning views and optimal leaf peeping on the mountain. We booked the venue two years in advance to ensure all of our guests had plenty of notice since everyone would be traveling from out of town, with many flying into Burlington's airport. We initially worked with one coordinator who gave us the on-site tour and was one of the main reasons we chose the Ponds. Unfortunately, about a year before our wedding we found out she had moved on. I realize it happens. We were assigned to another coordinator who was on time with her communication and kept things moving. However, 4 days before our wedding, we got a call from the Essex that said coordinator was no longer working with the Essex. I was distraught, worried that details would get lost in the last minute change but Emily and Julia who were assigned to our wedding went above and beyond to make sure our wedding was everything we envisioned!... Read more

    Rebecca Brandes

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  • We used the Essex for so many components of our wedding weekend and had an amazing experience. Our wedding was held at The Ponds, an offsite venue located by a pond in the mountains. The venue was beautiful and perfect for what we wanted: a picturesque, outdoor ceremony/cocktail hour and a large indoor reception space with plenty of natural light. The Ponds is a good combination of a Vermonty, rustic feel and a formal space fit for a wedding celebration. Our coordinator was responsive and so helpful throughout the planning process and everything went seamlessly on the day of. We used The Essex for a welcome party on Friday, which they set up outside by the firepit. We also used their spa services for hair which we loved and moved seamlessly on the day of. I chose not to do my makeup there due to their selection of brands, however they have revamped their selection since my wedding. Lastly, we wanted to provide a casual breakfast for wedding guests the day after the wedding. The Essex ... Read more
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