Elegant Elope - All-inclusive Wedding Package
Your All-inclusive Elopement Weddings held in a Victorian Mansion
The Hartness House Inn offer a wide variety of all-inclusive elopement wedding packages. We make it easy for you with our all-inclusive elope wedding packages that include everything you need for a traditional wedding. Just make a reservation and we will do all the rest.
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The Hartness House Inn is the perfect place for your elopement wedding. The Inn is the former stately residence of one of Vermont's wealthiest industrialists. Fine appointments grace the entire building and a rich and intriguing history pervades throughout. The building and the estate offer many picturesque locations: ornate fountains, gardens, column pergolas, coffered ceiling, mahogany paneling, sweeping lawns, woodlands, nature trails, grand staircases, over-sized fireplaces, and romantic restaurant and rustic lounge ambiance.
The Hartness House Inn was built in 1904 and was the home of wealthy industrialist and former Governor of Vermont, James Hartness. The Inn offers 40 rooms and suites, an award-winning international and New England cuisine restaurant and tavern, a ballroom and reception hall, private spa, an outdoor Garden Pavilion with chandeliers and dance floor, wedding garden with large Euro-styled fountain, column pergola, and sweeping lawns perfect for an outdoor wedding ceremony. The Hartness Estate covers over 50 acres of woodlands, brooks, and nature trails.
The Hartness House Inn is centrally located between Boston, New York Albany and Montreal on the Vermont/New Hampshire border. The Inn is just a short drive from Hartford, CT Bradley Airport, and Manchester Airport in New Hampshire.
The Hartness House Inn is the popular choice for your weekend destination wedding. We offer accommodations, on-site catering and indoor banquet facilities for over 100 and an outdoor pavilion suitable hosting wedding receptions for over 200. The Estate offers privacy and many picturesque locations.
Elegant Elopement Package Details
Elegant Elope is our inexpensive all-inclusive elopement wedding package that includes everything that you need for your destination elope wedding weekend -- without additional frills and costs. You only need to make a reservation and arrive early to get your wedding license, and we handle all the details.
Your package includes: two nights accommodations in our over-sized Charles Lindberg room; a welcome arrival basket; choice of ceremony locations; officiant services; bridal bouquet and groom's boutonnière; a photographer's services to photograph your ceremony with your camera; celebratory champagne toast; a wedding cake; a reception dinner at our on-site restaurant; and a honeymoon-styled champagne breakfast-in-bed the next morning.
Getting a marriage license in Vermont is very easy. Just bring photo ID (and a certified divorce decree, if any) to the Town Clerk just 10 minutes walking and in twenty minutes and $60 later, you will have your marriage license. Kindly call the Town Clerk 802-885-2104 to make sure they will be open.
The Charles Lindberg Room
In 1927 after having just completed his famous trans-Atlantic non-stop air flight to Paris, Charles Lindberg was a guest at the Hartness House Inn. In honor of his visit, our largest guest room is name after him. Few people remember that "Lucky Lindy" was over 6 foot four inches, a tall gent indeed, and this room features a king-sized bed for our guests.
The Charles Lindbergh room overlooks the Hartness Telescope Observatory. Built in 1910 by James Hartness, his 10" Equatorial Tracking Telescope was a sensation of the time. For the first time, a private individual single-handedly built a refractor telescope capable of accurately tracking the stars celestial movements.
This room offers a king-sized bed; color cable TV and DVD player; individually controlled heat and AC; private bath; digital telephone with voice mail and automated wake-up service; Clock radio and CD player, and large, bright sunny windows. Outside the room is a Hospitality table offering free refreshments and snacks.
Ask about our upgrade special to our fireplace suite: Hartness Suite. The upgrade is free if the Hartness Suite is available on your arrival.
Our Welcome Basket of Goodies await your Arrival
We would like to show our hospitality after your long journey with our Welcome Basket waiting in your room containing a bottle of red or white wine or champagne; a cheese and fruit board; a selection of chocolates; and a bath gift set.
Enjoy your arrival with a leisurely snack before you get started. Perhaps you would like a snack prior to dinner or a relaxing bath. Everything you need is waiting for you.
Make your wedding weekend an extra special one by ordering some of our romantic favorites: rose or floral bouquet; festive balloon collection; a gift teddy bear; or a special bottle of champagne. We would be happy to accommodate your ideas.
We offer several popular Ceremony Locations with an Officiant
You tell us your preference for your ceremony, indoors or outdoors, and we will suggest several locations.
Our most popular indoor wedding ceremony location is by the Library Grand fireplace. The Library is steeped in tradition and history. As governor of Vermont, James Hartness would conduct state business in front of the fireplace in the Library that he used for official state business. Arduous talks of politics, back-room dealings, and financial matters now give way to matters of marriage. Cozy for just two, we can seat up to thirty friends and family if you chose our ElopePlus package.
Also in the Library, you can chose to have your nuptials by the Great Arch window. In 1921, after being elected governor of Vermont, James Hartness placed his governor's desk directly below the actual lamp that hangs there to this day. Wouldn't it be interesting to know the history that this lamp shone on.
For outdoor wedding ceremonies, we offer our wedding gardens resplendent with an Euro-style fountain, sweeping lawns, and a columned pergola covered in vines. Lovely and romantically greenscaped, our best picturesque moments are created here. Even on the hottest days, the tall walnut and maple trees shade our couples from the heat.
Adjacent to the wedding gardens is our Stone chapel. Formerly known as the Tea House, it was built in 1904 by James Hartness as a gift to his wife Lena. Lena Hartness loved gardening and quickly surrounded the Tea House with lovely local flowers and plants. Lena was quite the personable individual and would host tea parties for the spouses of Mr. Hartness' government and business acquaintances.
Our wedding officiants will preside over your ceremony. They will happily customize it to suit your needs. Once you have reserved your wedding date, one of our officiants will contact you by telephone and discuss details and answer any questions you may have. Our officiants will incorporate your vows if any into the ceremony. Feel free to request any special readings, poetry, psalms or verses that you prefer.
Your Bridal Bouquet and your Groom's Boutonnière
Your bridal bouquet and your groom's boutonnière are two examples of the beautiful elements of your ceremony. We will have them prepared and delivered to your room an hour before your ceremony time.
All of our bouquets and boutonnières are made of the freshest roses and baby's breath. Most brides request red roses. Do you prefer a different color; ask us and we will try to arrange for the color that you request. Since wedding bouquets and seasonal flower types differ widely, if you would like something special, we are happy to accommodation special requests. Kindly note that special requests may be additional.
Our photography will be happy to photograph or video with your equipment
Our photographers are well experienced with the facilities and surrounding areas and can suggest attractive and picturesque shots. The advantage of using your equipment is that you will immediately have all your wedding images without waiting. Perhaps you will have a friend or family member take your pictures.
Consider brining your favorite digital camera or video camera. Our photographers are knowledgeable with all equipment and will make sure that you get attractive shots.
It's fun to work with our photographers. Ask for suggestions and they will take you on a tour of poses from wedding preparation to your last dance of the evening. Our photographers enjoy working with our couple and getting the perfect poses.
Your wedding is an important life event. Your wedding gown and your groom's tuxedo look smashing. Would you like to memorialize it better. Add an optional deluxe photography package to this elope package. The deluxe photography package will have the photographer use his or her own professional equipment that produce the highest quality images. After the ceremony and reception, the photographer will edit and improve all the digital images using specialized software. The next morning you will receive a digital disk of your images that you can easily print at home.
Your Wedding Reception Dinner in our Restaurant
Your wedding will be complemented with a complete reception dinner in our restaurant. No need to leave your ceremony locations to go to another location for dinner. We offer a complete international and New England cuisine menu that is very popular. do you have special requests or dietary requirements -- we would be happy to accommodate your requests.
Our restaurant is decorated with fieldstone walls, oriental carpets, and tapestry wall hanging. romantic candles grace the tablecloth tables. On Fridays and Saturdays, there is a pianist playing your sentimental favorites in the background. Ask him for your favorite romantic song -- he will be happy to accommodate your.
Our tavern is full service and offers a complete selection of spirits, wines, and beer -- both bottled and draft. Interested in something special -- check out our international martini menu for some exciting ideas.
No wedding celebration is complete without a champagne toast. Your package includes a bottle of specially selected champagne. all you have to do is come up with the appropriate toasts. We will gladly substitute champagne for sparkling apple cider if you so desire.
Your reception dinner comes complete with a decorated wedding cake. Your photographer will help you with the traditional cake cutting poses -- so just enjoy.
Save some time for your wedding dance. If you are interested your photographer will ask you to join him in the Library. With a selection of nostalgic favorites playing, enjoy your wedding dance in front of the glowing fireplace. The pictures will be priceless.
A Romantic Champagne Breakfast-in-Bed
Following a restful sleep, you will be awaken to the knock on your door -- "Room Service". Your Champagne Breakfast-in-Bed will be delivered to your room at your appointed time. A complete smörgåsbord of treats to quench your morning thirst and hunger. There's no need to leave your room -- help yourself to the scrumptious breakfast in front of you.
Our brides tells us their favorite is the mimosa cocktails they make -- mixing the freshly squeezed orange juice and champagne. Another favorite is the strawberries and cream, and the special Kona coffee that we serve in a French Press for maximum flavor.
When you arrive you will get a chance to pick your favorite breakfast entrées. If you have a desire for something else -- -just ask and we would be happy to accommodate special requests.
All the traditional wedding elements at a budget pleasing price.
Our most popular all-inclusive package -- all the frills and none of the hassles.
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