I've worked in the Vermont wedding industry for almost five years, AND I've planned my own wedding (it was postponed due to COVID but that's a whole other blog post!), so I know the ins and out of the professionals in my industry.
The following are vendors that I know and trust on a professional and personal level. They are organized, prompt, extremely talented, and total sweethearts. I highly recommend reaching out to them in advance, because they are in high demand.
The vendors listed below put their hearts into what they do, and it shows in their work. Many are based in Vermont or can travel. Click on their names to check out their website, and tell them Anne Mientka sent ya! ;)
Heather Garrow Studio. She is a total pro, and has been doing makeup for years. She is great at accentuating the features you love about yourself.
(Both of them offer additional hair services as well.)
Sante Salon: Ashley is a pro at wedding hair and can make everyone in your bridal party look and feel amazing.
You can hire these companies for long-term wedding planning or day-of coordination. Either way, they make your day completely stress-free. No worrying about timelines or if something was set up correctly.
Chances are that you might have already booked a venue because that's usually first on people's To Do lists. Just in case you haven't, here are my absolute favorites! They are not only gorgeous but have top-quality staff that ensure your day goes perfectly.
Carmen George of Carmen George Weddings. She has been an officiant for years and has officiated hundreds of weddings!
Kerri Duquette-Hoffman: Kerri's poetic and heartfelt speeches will make you (and me) cry.
Both of these officiants work with you ahead of time to create a custom, personal, heartfelt ceremony that feels true to you and your partner. They also are very considerate, and step out of shots so that she isn't in every photo of you two at the altar.
Kate's Calligraphy creates gorgeous, luxe designs. The huge bonus here is that you're going through a local company, who takes great care to make sure your invitations are perfect.
(Charlotte also creates custom Snapchat filters, which guests absolutely love!)
Vince at Experience Events is the best. This company travels to VT for weddings often. They also have photobooth equipment available for rent! (Vince is my own wedding DJ!)
These bands are great for ceremony music, cocktail hour, and/or receptions.
Randal is a musical genius. He plays piano in several bands and solo.
Mae plays guitar and ukulele, and specializes in romantic ceremony music. She'll play a few originals and mostly covers for your ceremony or cocktail hour.
Live wedding painting
If you're wanting to seriously WOW your guests and get a one-of-a-kind hierloom, Hope Sharp Art creates live paintings at weddings. Her work is seriously stunning, and she takes great care to make sure your painting is absolutely perfect.
If you need any other recommendations, please let me know!