At the risk of sounding extremely cliche, our wedding was truly everything we had hoped it would be. A raucous(just ever so slightly so) good time with excellent gourmet food, rich chocolate cake, and music that would keep our crowd on the dance floor the whole night. Oh, and a beautiful, intimate ceremony. If you are thinking of having your wedding in southern Vermont, I highly recommend the Putney Inn and all of the vendors I used. Each was extremely easy to work with, reliable, and did a great job.
Great to work with. I have to say, though, that getting men's attire is SO much more low key than for women!!! I guess this is not only a gender thing, but also a credit to JPMs that they are pretty experienced and know how to deal with last minute types like my groom.
Eric was wonderful to work with! I gave him a ton of instructions and he followed them to the letter - such as when and how to announce traditional dances and my made up alternative to the bouquet toss ritual. When we talked about music he advised that I give him a list of 10 "must play" songs and 10 "DO NOT PLAY" songs. Then I gave him a longer list of songs for him to work with. I didn't expect him to run down the list, but put my trust in his judgement. I was totally relaxed the whole night and never worried about whether the music was "ok." It was fabulous! Eric incorporated the must plays into the mix and most of the other songs on my list. People danced continuously from after the traditional dances to the end of the party. Eric just did an awesome job. And an important piece of advertising - he's not an overpowering presence. He made announcements when I asked him to. He didn't use talk to work the crowd - it was all in the music!!!
Our cake was gorgeous and wonderfully rich and chocolatey. Seeing is believing - so please visit her website and see photos and you'll definitely fall in love with her designs. Not to mention how it will taste - which is amazing. She uses high quality, all natural ingredients. Wonderful vendor to work with.
Our arrangements were absolutely gorgeous. And the florist from Windham, Jim Andrews, is amazing. Definitely go with Windham! I was probably least involved in the details of exactly which flowers I was going to have. I let Jim figure it out based on my coloring (alabaster), my dress (ivory) and the dresses of my maid of honor and of the mothers. He used light colors so that I wouldn't look washed out and I just couldn't have been happier.
My mom hired favor creative to do the favors for my shower and for the wedding. For the shower we had an Asian theme because I used to live in China. We had a small bamboo plant in a glass vase with stones around it. For the wedding we had siver boxes wrapped with a band with our names on it to wrap German chocolates that we had bought from my husband's hometown. Again, this vendor was wonderful to work with. They also have a large selection of eco-friendly products. Beautiful site that's easy to navigate.
Wonderful staff and VERY relaxing atmosphere! My mother, mother-in-law, maid of honor, and I went there in the morning to all get our hair done. The salon includes a spread of breads, yogurt, and coffee for the wedding party. We brought campaigne and they provided the wedding glasses! The stylists are wonderful and experienced. Christine was my stylist and she did my hair exactly as I had envisioned for the wedding!
As a reception venue the Putney Inn was also perfect. The Putney Inn serves gourmet fare made with local products. From their blueberry pancakes made with locally grown fresh blueberries to their New England Seared Cod - the food will impress your guests as it did mine. Randi, the innkeeper, was excellent at helping us tailor the event to our preferences and our budget. She has been in the business for over 20 years. Randi and her staff made sure our event ran super smoothly. Also, they have worked closely with all of the other vendors for years. The Putney Inn is also a cozy place for guests with a full-breakfast included in the price of the room. Some of our guests came on Friday and stayed until Saturday - making a weekend out of the event. We had the rehearsal dinner at the Putney Inn as well. People enjoyed not having to spend half of the weekend in the car trying to find the next venue.
This was the perfect place to plan an outdoor wedding that allows for an indoor "Plan B" that won't cost you anything extra. The Putney Inn had a beautiful meadow behind it that is surrounded by trees. It is an intimate setting. We had originally planned to have it there, but our plan for rain was to have it on their porch. It did rain and we had the ceremony on the porch, which was even more intimate and just as beautiful if not more than if we had had it outside. Almost all 70 of our guests fit on the porch. They have a PA system that you can rent for $150, which I highly recommend. It stinks for guests to come all the way for your wedding and not even get to hear your vows. Randi, the Innkeeper, did a fabulous job of coordinating the ceremony and finally making the executive decision to have it on the porch once it was clear that it would be too wet in the field. You can also rent chairs from the Putney Inn for the ceremony for about $3 each.
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