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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


    Katie Dooley

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  • We had a great time at the Essex! They include it all and will do everything to make every detail great. The food is fantastic and they are quick to respond to requests almost all of the time. We had a lot of fun and the coordinators took care of all he setup for me, with very little instruction from me. They made it better than I even pictured my mind.

    Grant

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  • Amazing! The Ponds is an absolutely gorgeous venue and the staff at the Essex was so helpful in answering all our questions and providing day of coordination! Emily was extremely helpful and helped to make our special day positively perfect. A definite "must see" for those interested in a rustic yet classy venue with breathtaking views but not super interested in being on a ski run or golf course.

    Marissa

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  • I cannot say enough positive things about the Ponds at Bolton Valley and The Essex Resort. From the moment we booked the venue through our Wedding day on Sept 2 2018, we were treated with exceptional service and care. Emily, our Wedding Coordinator at The Essex was there for us every step of the way and was always quick to answer my (many) questions! My parents also thoroughly enjoyed working with her. The staff during the wedding were amazing and incredibly professional. The food was amazing and many told me it was the best food they have had at a wedding, ever! The Ponds is one of the most beautiful venues in Vermont with outstanding views. Emily truly made this the best day of our lives at our dream venue!!

    kailie

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    5 out of 5
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  • Definitely recommend this venue to anyone looking to having all of their festivities on-site. I could not have picked a more perfect venue (East Lawn/Atrium) for our wedding that fit our styles, and the woodsy but modern feel we were going for. The resort itself is super family friendly as well with goats, bonfires, and pools! I cannot speak higher of the service we got from the salon, to the kitchen, to my personal highlight, Emily! Emily was there every step of the way and was always on top of everything.

    Sarah

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    5 out of 5
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  • My husband and I planned our Vermont wedding from Chicago, so we knew we would need a responsive venue in order to pull everything together since we had limited time in Vermont beforehand. When I met Emily at the Essex and she brought me to the Ponds I knew we had found our venue. Emily is incredibly professional, responsive, and willing to offer suggestions. I really appreciated her input throughout our wedding planning process, she was not pushy but did let me know if she did not think something would work. She also had suggestions for vendors, all of our vendors were from her suggestions list and they exceeded our expectations. The wedding day went perfect, Emily was there every step of the way, but again not overbearing. The venue was put together beautifully, Emily put out a lot of the decorations we brought and made the space look great. The food at our wedding was so delicious too. We did have feed back for the chefs during our menu tasting, they clearly listened because the f... Read more

    Susi

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    5 out of 5
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  • My husband and I were married at The Ponds at Bolton, VT and we are SO HAPPY with our experience!!! We HIGHLY recommend this venue to all future couples!!! The food was excellent and so many guests commented that this was one of the most beautiful weddings they had ever attended. The scenery of VT is amazing in itself, with The Pond and Camel's Hump in the background, but a lot of credit for our perfect day goes to SHANA, our amazing wedding coordinator!! Not only did we sign with The Ponds as our venue site because of our experiences with Shana, but she was also my wedding coordinator, planner, vendor-guide, wedding advice-giver, and friend in so many ways. She went out of her way for us countless times and exceeded all of our expectations. Shana was always responsive to every single one of my (countless) emails, met with me/my family several times, provided advice and guidance, set-up our venue to make it look beautiful and helped with take-down. She would email me back wit... Read more

    Terry

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    5 out of 5
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  • My daughter's reception was held at The Atrium at The Essex . Emily Ellis was our wedding planner and she did a fabulous job! She was always willing to meet with us and gave us great advice. Our guests remarked about the great food, the accommodations and the lovely staff. We are so grateful to The Essex for making my daughter's big day so memorable!

    Amy

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  • Our wedding at the Essex beyond exceeded our expectations. Our wedding coordinator Shana was absolutely amazing! The service was impecable. The food was delicious!!! The atrium is such a beautiful room!! We were so pleased with everything!!!!

    TJ & Brigid

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    5 out of 5
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  • My wife and I had our reception at The Essex on August 19th, 2017 and it was literally the best day of our lives up to this point and The Essex played a huge role in that. From the start of the wedding planning process Shana made us feel so comfortable and at ease with the process and the big day. As we searched at other venues we knew from the second we met Shana and was introduced to the staff and the venue that we found exactly what we were looking for. Shana was super helpful and accommodating leading up to the special day and was just as great on our wedding day to help us relax and enjoy the day worry free. We can't thank Shana and the entire staff enough for everything they did to make our wedding day a day we will never ever forget.

    Elizabeth

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    5 out of 5
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  • We got married at The Essex this past Sunday, August 6, 2017, and we couldn't have asked for better staff or a better place to celebrate our big day! Both Shana and Emily were MORE than helpful and on top of every little detail throughout the entire wedding planning process that made everything come together so smoothly and stress-free for us. We would highly recommend this gorgeous Vermont venue to any couple who is looking to have the most memorable day of their life! Elizabeth & Rich

    Ali

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    5 out of 5
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  • This review is long overdue and exceedingly well-deserved! Our wedding day was perfect at the Ponds! Nestled in the scenic mountainside of Bolton Valley, the Ponds provides the most secluded, intimate, special place for a wedding. Shana is incredible! She is responsive and works hard to meet every single want and need for the couple, and for us that was two brides and two bride moms! The food was delicious! The flexibility offered through the talented skillset of the chefs at the culinary resort, allow you to fully design your own menu, which is extremely unique and supportive of all budgets! The staff on the day are attentive and ensure that you have everything you need through the whirlwind! A very important piece of advice that made our weekend even more special and personal, was doing our room block at the Bolton Valley Ski Resort, just a mile up the mountain. With the size of our wedding, we fully booked out the resort, making the mountain completely ours for the weekend! The... Read more

    Michele

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    5 out of 5
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  • I cannot say enough good things about the essex resort, their entire staff, and specifically their off-site location the ponds, where we had our actual wedding celebration! The venue is absolutely breathtaking (we just got our pictures and they are unreal!) and it doesn't break the bank compared to what's out there! They provide pretty much everything you need, with the option to make it all your own with flowers and details, which was a huge relief to me, someone planning it from afar! With so many "barn" options in the area, I found the mountain elegance of the ponds so refreshing and a bit of a lighter/happier feeling option which I think really showed in not only the pictures, but the overall amazing time all of our guests had. I'm still hearing from them how beautiful the venue was! The location really speaks for itself as it doesn't get much better in my mind! That all being said, more than anything, it was Emily and her team, making the entire weekend seamless and worry fr... Read more

    Alex

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    5 out of 5
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  • Shana Farer-Feld was our wedding planner and we couldn't have been happier! We got married over a year ago but the day is still fresh in my mind. She was so responsiveness during the planning months, very willing to entertain ideas about food/beverage/setup in order to accommodate our budget, flexible and attentive on the big day (she did a lot of the table setup herself!), and just a plain joy to work with. She understood our needs and NEVER made us feel rushed or judged. It was truly a calming and effortless process to work with Shana during the prep week and of course the wedding day itself...she even brought us drinks right after the ceremony knowing we'd be too busy to get them ourselves. We'd get married again next year just to work with Shana and the folks at The Essex again! (*I think Shana now works at The Stowe Mountain Lodge, so if The Essex Resort isn't your style, look her up in Stowe.)

    Alaina

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    4.7 out of 5
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  • We got married at the Ponds and the space was absolutely beautiful! Working with Shana was wonderful, especially on the day of. Shana was so attentive to every detail and went above and beyond from the set-up and decor, to driving our older guests to the front door from the parking lot, to fixing my broken bustle, and helping with so many other details during our before, during, and after our reception. I don't know what we would have done without her! She is truly a problem solver and helps you feel so confident that everything will work out perfectly! The entire staff was very friendly and attentive - they made us feel so taken care of. It was really hot the day we were married and the staff made sure they brought us aplenty of water during our photos when we were out by the pond. The food was the best! Almost every single guest commented on how delicious the food was (especially the mushroom ravioli) and people are still talking it over a month later! Thank you for eve... Read more

    Catherine

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  • My daughter was married in September at The Ponds — Shana was our assigned wedding coordinator and she was outstanding. She made the planning process so painless and the day went flawlessly. 5 star experience!

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