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Frequently Asked Questions

Can we provide our own alcohol to our event?

We require the use of our bar services for your event. Our bar staff have all completed the state mandated bartender training course and are professionally dressed.

Can we provide our own food or have an outside caterer for our function?

The Abbey is the exclusive caterer for the pavilion. We will work with you to make your food dreams come true!

Can I bring my own dessert?

Yes! You are welcome to bring an outside dessert to your party. We will cut and serve this dessert as a part of our catering services at no additional cost. Glass plates and metal forks can be rented at an additional cost. Let us know if you need guidance on choosing your dessert, we have provided a list of tried and true vendors on this website!

Can we bring our dog? Can we have horses?

We do allow for a dog to be on-site for the ceremony only. Our requirement is that there is a point person responsible for the dog and that the dog remains on a leash for the entirety of its time on the property. If the dog relieves itself on the property, the excrement must be properly disposed.

If you would like to be brought by horse or horse and carriage we ask that there is a professional handler on-site. Horses must be trailered after the marriage ceremony. All excrement must be properly disposed.

Is there a space on the property for the bridal/groom's party to get ready?

We do not have a designated space for brides and/or grooms to get ready before the wedding. It is likely we can provide some space inside the restaurant for this purpose. Please contact us for more details.

Can we have a rehearsal?

Yes! You are welcome to have a rehearsal on Friday. We can offer a 10% discount if you would like to have your reherasal dinner in our restaurant.

Can the pavilion be rented for non-wedding events?

Yes of course! Please contact us with more information about your event.

Can we visit the Pavilion before we sign a contract?

Absolutely! The facilities are generally booked during the weekend but can be visited during the week and off-season weekend days. Please call Jenn to schedule a meeting or a visit. Visit our contact page for more information.

How do we reserve our date?

We require a $500 deposit to secure a particular date. Please give us a call for more information.

Do I need to purchase event insurance?

We do not require the purchase of additional insurance for your event.

What are the size of the tables included with pavilion rental?

We have 8' wooden farm house style tables. These tables can fit up to 8 people if linked in a row.

My party is larger than 240 guests, can we add a tent for more capacity?

Yes! It is possible to add a tent to the end of the pavilion to increase seating capacity. Please check our vendor list for more information on tent rentals.

What happens when it rains?

We’ve got you covered, literally! Th e Pavilion is equiped with removal clear tent sides in case of inclement weather. There is no additional charge for their use.

Looking for more Information?

From our gracious service to the stunning natural beauty of our Northern Vermont wedding venue, The Abbey River Rapids Pavilion is a wonderful choice for your wedding and reception. If you’re interested in planning a wedding at The Abbey River Rapids, please fill out your information below. Our event coordinator will be in touch with you soon.

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