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Mad River Barn

Waitsfield, VT · View map · Visit website

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About Mad River Barn

Mad River Barn is a full-service wedding venue located in Waitsfield, Vermont. This venue is surrounded by mountains, meadows, gardens, and streams, making it a stunning destination for weekend weddings. Mad River Barn hosts just one wedding each week, allowing for truly intimate weddings.

Facilities and Capacity
Mad River Barn offers three event spaces, which can accommodate up to 199 guests. The Pavilion, with its post-and-beam construction, is the primary venue for wedding receptions. It is available during the spring, summer, and fall seasons. Used for hosting rehearsal dinners, the Dining Room offers an unforgettable dining experience. The Pub and Game Room is suitable for smaller gatherings and late-night after-wedding parties.

Services Offered
Mad River Barn hosts ceremonies, receptions, bridal showers, engagement parties, and rehearsal dinners. Their services include:

  • Accommodations
  • Event rentals
  • In-house bar
  • In-house catering
  • Lighting/sound
  • Set up
  • Clean up

Mad River Barn provides in-house catering services, offering couples tasting opportunities to decide on their menu. Their serving styles include buffet, dessert, servers, cocktail reception, hors d'oeuvres, and plated. Couples can choose to bring in a cake from an outside vendor. Mad River Barn's menus incorporate local, America, and Italian cuisine styles. They also consider special dietary requirements such as:

  • Gluten-free
  • No pork
  • Organic
  • Vegetarian
  • Lactose-free
  • Nut-free
  • Vegan

Other Services
Aside from the event spaces, Mad River Barn also offers outdoor activities that couples and their guests can enjoy, like hiking the long trail, swimming at the Warren Falls, or visiting the Farmer's Market.

4.9 out of 5.0

16 Reviews for Mad River Barn

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16 Mad River Barn Reviews


Married on 08/22/2015

  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Responsiveness 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0

You know your wedding was one for the books when your friends and family are still talking about it 9 months later! My husband and I and our families could not have had a better experience working ... Read more with Andrew and Heather at the Mad River Barn. in our venue search we were looking for a location that would allow our guests to experience what we love about Vermont (mountains, rivers, farmers markets, fresh air) while also being comfortable. We also wanted our wedding to be a weekend experience since most were from our of town. Our wedding was held on the back lawn with close to 200 guests. We were able to set up games in the lawn for the weekend and utilize their huge fire pit! Heather and Andrew worked with us to secure everything from our tent, caterer, restrooms and they worked well with all our vendors which made our wedding day stress free. They were amazingly accommodating and helpful. Any question or request that came up they went above and beyond to make it happen. Our ceremony was held out in the back lawn as well, the mountain backdrop is GORGEOUS and was easily my favorite part of the wedding. What's a wedding without the perfect ceremony spot? Another great part of our wedding at the MRB was the ability to rent out all the rooms for the weekend and have a central location for all our guests to gather. We had dinner there nightly, including our rehearsal dinner. Their food is delicious and focuses on local and in season meals, which was important to me. The bar has all the Vermont favorite beer and wine that you come to VT for! It was easy to host our large group for the whole weekend. Heather and Andrew and the whole MRB staff really makes you feel like a part of their family, our friends and family have even said similar, and they were only guests! It truly is a magical place. I couldn't have imagined a better experience. I highly recommend you consider having your wedding at MRB.

Kelly burgart

Getting married on 06/27/2020

  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Responsiveness 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0

Exactly what you want for an authentic VT wedding

I called MRB and talked to Heather (one of the owners) and quickly scheduled a visit for the next day. The venue is absolutely amazing and the people behind it, even better. There is impeccable ... Read more attention to detail and a genuine feeling of "we would be excited to have your wedding here" rather than the "you would be lucky to get married here" feeling I had at other venues. Heather said "it's like summer camp for adults"...that is exactly what we want our weekend to be like! I can't wait to continue to work with the MRB team to plan our wedding.


Married on 06/01/2019

  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Responsiveness 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0

Elegant yet relaxed - amazing venue!

We can't recommend Mad River Barn highly enough! The owners Heather & Andrew are wonderful guides in planning and executing whatever you envision for your wedding, and the entire staff is incredibly ... Read more kind and professional. The venue itself is beautiful. The ceremony site is intimate and photographs beautifully; the barn for the reception is modern but rustic and is a great blank canvas for your theme. We had 150 people and the site accommodated everyone wonderfully. Because ~40 of our guests stayed at Mad River Barn and everyone else stayed at other nearby inns, it felt like adult summer camp and made our wedding festivities stretch out for the entire weekend. We used the pub and the restaurant Friday and Sunday to spend extra time with our guests. On the day of our wedding, it was made everything so much easier to be able to get ready on site (separate areas for groomsmen and bride/bridesmaids) and then have the ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, and after party (in the pub) all within walking distance of one another. You can really trust the team at Mad River Barn, which made the planning process much less stressful for us. Heather helped us find ways to stay within our budget but also make the events that we wanted throughout the weekend come to life in the most wonderful way. Our wedding was everything that we wanted, and then some. Having the perfect venue was a huge factor in this! Enjoy!

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