The Equinox

Manchester Village, VT 05254
1-800-362-4747
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Average Base Cost: $25,000

Average base cost for an Equinox wedding is calculated by figuring a 90-person guest list for a Saturday ceremony and reception in the Pond Pavillion in June using $160/pp for food/beverage. Entertainment, flowers, additional decorations and rentals, DJ, wedding coordinator, and photography are not included. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand. Gratuity and tax is included.

*Prices subject to change

 

 

How it breaks down:

Facility Rental Fee: The venue fees for The Equinox break down as follows for the following locations:

NOTE: All fees are subject to Vermont State tax

Colonnade Ballroom

Memorial Day – Columbus Day

  • 141 – 200 guests $8,000 (with chiavari chairs)
  • 140 guests or less $7,000 (with Equinox Colonnade chairs)

Mid October – Mid May

  • 141 – 200 guests $6,500 (with chiavari chairs)
  • 140 guests or less $5,500 (with Equinox Colonnade chairs)

November, December, January, February

  • 141 – 200 guests $4,000 (with chiavari chairs)
  • 140 guests or less $3,000 (with Equinox Colonnade chairs)

March & April

  • 141 – 200 guests $3,000 (with chiavari chairs)
  • 140 guests or less $2,000 (with Equinox Colonnade chairs)
The Pond Pavillion

The Pond Pavillion

Pond Pavillion

NOTE: The Pond Pavilion is available mid-May through mid-October

  • Saturday Weddings: $5,000
  • Sunday-Friday Weddings: $4,000
  • Rehearsal Dinner with Onsite Wedding: $4,000
  • If ceremony/wedding is hosted at the Pond Pavilion there is a $50.00 per hour transportation fee (the pond is a several-minute drive to the resort)
  • Buffet-option only for this venue

The 1811 Lawn

  • Ceremony $500.00
  • Ceremony & Reception $3,000
  • Use of this venue requires a buyout of the historic 13- bedroom 1811 House and is subject to a minimum stay of at least two nights.
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The 1811 Lawn

The Rockwell Room

  • May – October $5,500
  • November – April $1,500

What’s Included: Tables, chairs, linens (choice of white or ivory striped), silverware, glassware, votives

Food/Beverage:  Dinner & cocktail reception food averages around $100.00/pp for food and $53.50/pp for a fixed price bar. Sample menu items/prices are below:

The Rockwell Patio

The Rockwell Patio. Photo by Duback Photography

FOOD:

Passed Hors d’oeuvres

NOTE: 5 appetizers per person are recommended. Prices are per piece

  • Steak Tartare with Gribiche, Potato Chip $3.75
  • D.L.T. Smoked Duck with Micro Greens, Roasted Tomato, Rye Toast $4.00
  • House Cured Bresaola with Ricola, Grana Padano, Flake Sea Salt $3.75
  • Chorizo Stuffed Date Wrapped in Bacon $4.00
  • Short Rib Empanada with Green Goddess Sauce $4.25
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The Colonnade Ballroom

Buffet and Action Stations

NOTE: Recommended for rehearsal dinner or reception at Pond Pavillion

Lobsterbake

PRICE: $120 per person

  • Assorted Breads, Corn Muffins and Rolls
  • New England Clam Chowder
  • Mixed Seasonal Greens
  • Cucumber, Tomato, Carrots & Red Onion
  • Apple Cole Slaw
  • Whole Grain Mustard Potato Salad
  • Steamed Littleneck Clams and PEI Mussels with Lemon Butter Sauce
  • 1 1⁄2 lb Maine Lobsters (1 Lobster per Guest)* with Melted Butter
  • Grilled New York Steaks with Tobacco Onions, Mushrooms, Bordelaise Sauce
  • Grilled Chicken Breast with White Beans and Chicken Herb Jus
  • Boiled Baby Potatoes, Corn on the Cob and Carrots
  • Old Fashioned Apple Pie
  • Strawberry Shortcake, Whipped Cream
  • Freshly Brewed Green Mountain Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee and Selection of Imported Teas

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Green Mountain Table

PRICE: $65 per person

  • Basket of Assorted Breads
  • Soup du Jour
  • New England Organic Greens with Vermont Farm Vegetables, Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Beet Salad with Arugula, Chevre, CandiedPecan, Citrus Vinaigrette
  • Maple Brined Pork with Farro, Whole Grain Mustard Cider Jus
  • Grilled Swordfish with Medley of Seasonal Vegetables
  • Misty Knolls Chicken with Sautéed Greens, Tomatoes, Herb Chicken Sauce
  • Yukon Gold Potatoes Gratin
  • Seasonal Vegetables
  • Vermont Maple Bread Pudding
  • Éclairs
  • Freshly Brewed Green Mountain Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee and Selection of Imported Teas
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A ceremony outside of The Pond Pavillion

Plated Dinner Suggestions

NOTE: Entrée prices listed are for a three course plated dinner including fresh rolls & sweet butter, your choice of Soup or Salad, two entrées choices (higher price prevails), or Duet Entrée, Dessert and Coffee and Tea Service with Dessert.

First Course options include:

  • House Salad with Baby Field Greens, Cherry Tomato, Cucumber, Carrots, Vermont Goat Cheese & Maple Balsamic
  • Wild Arugula with Endive, Fourme d’Ambert Bleu Cheese, Port Infused Pear, Hazelnut Vinaigrette
  • Caesar Salad with Romaine Hearts, Graqna Podano, Brioche Croutons & Caesar Dressing

Entrée options include:

  • Filet Mignon with Farmstead Buttermilk Potato Puree, Thyme Reduction: $75
  • Cork Braised Short Rib with Polenta Integrale, Natural Jus: $65
  • Fresh Catch with Toasted Farro, Confit Garlic, Lemon-Thyme and Butter and Herb Oil: Starting at $63

Dessert options include:

  • Chocolate Flourless Torte with Raspberry Coulis
  • Seasonal Fresh Fruit with Spoon of Sorbet
  • Chocolate Mousse Cake with Chocolate Sauce & Whipped Cream
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Inside The Pond Pavillion. Photo by Dream Love Photography

BEVERAGE:

NOTE: It is against Vermont State Law for the Equinox to serve any alcoholic beverages not purchased by the resort, so BYOB will not be happening!

Favorite Brands

  • Liquor: Svedka Vodka, Bacardi Superior Rum, Gilbey’s Gin, Jim Beam Bourbon, Canadian Mist, Grant’s Family Reserve Scotch
  • Wine: Sycamore Lane Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot & Pinot Grigio, Beringer White Zinfandel, Charles De Fere Champagne
  • Beer: Equinox Ale, Budweiser, Sam Adams Boston Lager, Coors Light, Corona Extra & St. Pauli Girl N.A

Appreciated Brands

  • Liquor: Finlandia Vodka, Bacardi Superior Rum, Tanqueray Gin, Jack Daniels Bourbon, Canadian Club 6 yr., Dewar’s Scotch
  • Wine: Trinity Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Sycamore Lane Pinot Grigio, Beringer White Zinfandel, Charles De Fere Champagne
  • Beer: Equinox Ale, Budweiser, Sam Adams Boston Lager, Coors Light, Corona Extra & St. Pauli Girl N.A

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Fixed Price (per person, not to exceed 6 hours. Includes liquor, beer, wine, fruits and mixers)

NOTE: Listed as Favorite/Appreciated. Consumption bar is also available, with alcohol prices ranging from $6-$11.50/per drink

  • 1st Hour $16/$18
  • 2nd Hour $12/$13.50
  • Each Additional Hour $8.50/$9.50

NOTE: All food and beverage subject to a 10% meals tax and a 24% service charge

More Stats:

Space Type: Inside/Outside

Size: Select Equinox venues can accommodate up to the following:

  • Pond Pavilion: 90 guests with entertainment (band/dj & dancefloor) or 120 guests just dinner
  • Colonnade Ballroom: Up to 200 guests with band/dj & dancefloor

Bridal Suite: Yes (The suite is complimentary on the wedding night when you spend a minimum of $10,000 on food & beverage, excluding tax & gratuity.)

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Parking: Yes

How Will Grandma Get There? Manchester, Vermont (where the resort is located) is around 2 hours and 20 minutes from the Burlington International Airport. Ideally Grandma would stay at the resort, where rooms start around $250+ depending on the time of year (and can go up to $1,000+). For guests not staying on property, hotels such as The Inn at Manchester  or The Barnstead Inn are a few minutes away.

Party On! The rental period is from 12 p.m. on the wedding day until 11:30 p.m. (with last call at 11:00 p.m.)

The Report: 

Situated on 1,300 acres between the Green and Taconic Mountains, the Equinox Resort is considered a “four seasons” destination, since guests of the hotel can ski, hike, fish, go off-road driving, or practically anything else you can think of in the great outdoors (or in, if you visit their spa). The Resort is also known for it’s 200-year-old history, and over the years has been known by many names (Marsh Tavern, Thaddeus Munson’s New Inn, Widow Black’s Inn, Vanderlip’s Hotel, The Taconic, The Orvis Hotel, and Equinox House) as well as for it’s famous visitors (four American presidents, to start.)

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Woman Getting Married Says:

Vermont is a perfect destination wedding spot for couples in and around New York, and this resort would make a great getaway option. Their Colonnade Ballroom is one of the few ballrooms I actually like (I’m a sucker for stately columns), but I also love the Dirty Dancing vibe of the Pond Pavillion. It would be amazing to actually use the Pond Pavillion for a rehearsal dinner and the Colonnade Ballroom for your wedding reception, but I think either/or would work out just as great depending on your budget.

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Our Rating

8 Amenities/What’s Included

9 Convenient for Grandma

9 Layout

9 Location

9 Overall Charm

9 Venue Value

WGM Rating

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