Sunday, March 29, 2009

A Wedding Brunch

Are you the couple that everyone loves to do things with? Perhaps a wedding brunch is more your style - leaving most of the weekend for playing outdoors with close friends and family.

Love golf (and your friends do too?) - Love to hike, bike, fish? Do your partners (and friend's partners) prefer to shop and/or maybe pampered with spa treatments? Then design a wedding weekend that gives you the time to do all these things - and a wedding brunch fits the ticket nicely.

What is lovely about a wedding brunch, is that you may host one on a Sunday instead if Saturday and not cut into people's travel time going home. This gives you all day Saturday to play with your friends. Of course you may have a Saturday brunch if preferred.

Sample Menu Items:
Eggs Benedict (Made w/ Vermont Bacon and Citrus Hollandiase)
Strawberry Ginger Cream Crepes
Champagne Fruit Compote
Waldorf Salad
Poached Pear w/ Vermont Chevre w/Strawberry, Fig, Apricot Balsamic Compote
Seafood Quiche

$4300.00 for 20 to 25 people for a seated brunch

$4050.00 for 20 to 25 people for buffet brunch

* Lodging is included with different size rooms and number of people in rooms. We have 4 Queen rooms, 4 Suites, and one apartment included in this sample package

You may opt to pay for your guests' lodging or decide on a set price for each guest room to be charged to the individual guest and deducted from this package cost. You are responsible for all unsold rooms included in this package.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Hors d’oeuvres - The Beginning

These little bites are a tasty way to begin your special event. They can be anything that is a one or two bite item and one that is easily handled by guests dressed in their finery.
Serving some type of hors d'oeuvres at the start of a wedding reception is important in those situations where guest arrival may be staggered.
For example if the wedding ceremony venue is a drive from the reception area - some guests may have easy access to their cars and get right out, others may be held up in traffic or even in a parking lot. Another example is the time spent by guests waiting for the wedding party to arrive - unless you have arranged to have all your wedding photos done prior to the ceremony, most families (and photographers) like a selection of staged wedding and family photos to be done prior to going to the reception.
Having some set stations with simple items that can be attractively displayed - such as crudites, cheese and fresh fruit w/ accompaniments - is a nice touch along with perhaps prepared thirst quencher beverages (for example; flavored ice teas, lemonades, cool fizzies) set out or handed to each guests as they arrive. It is a simple, refreshing touch that you guests will appreciate.

Having self-serve station gives your guests something to do while they wait for the full reception to begin and keeps those stomach from growling! After all, how many people really have time to eat before a wedding? Everyone is usually too busy running around. It also allows you to save those special individual hors d'oeuvres you have selected to serve after the majority of your guests have arrived. This way no one feels left out or that they missed some special items that earlier guests got! Of course, if it fits your budget, you may serve individual hors d'oeuvres (butler-passed and on station) right from the start.
Just remember that individual hors d'oeuvres are generally pricier and your guests will most likely eat more than the standard 3 pieces per person- depending on the length of time before going in to dinner.
Some tasty suggestions will be coming up in later posts and will be posted according to type - hot, cold, self-serve style

Just Cakes

Here are some cake pictures just for fun and inspiration!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Outdoor Weddings

Outdoor weddings in Vermont are fun day and night.

Fresh air, shining stars, candles glittering.... 

Enjoy your cocktail hour by the pool - during the day or at night lit by floating candles and shimmering torches. 

Our former tennis court provides a lovely flat surface for weddings up to 250 people. There is lots of room for many different style set-ups designed for your event. Each area can be held under one very large tent or defined by different tents - according to the number of people attending your wedding and how you would like things to be arranged.

Have children attending your wedding and wish to give their parents a bit of a break? Book a smaller tent and set-up a babysitting/entertainment area. Provide a clown or balloon maker perhaps line up a video or two. Games, pizza and finger food can make your wedding fun for the children and the parents.

Design a wedding ceremony area according to your style - casual or formal and put it under a separate tent or under the sky. 

Outdoor Daytime and Nighttime wedding packages are available - please Contact us at for pricing information

Sunday, March 15, 2009

A Luncheon Wedding

Summer is lovely in Vermont. It's a perfect time for a Luncheon Wedding - tailored for the lighter budget.

On arrival night, serve a light buffet for your guests. Enjoy a breakfast buffet with your guests, then get ready for your luncheon wedding and reception at 1 or 2pm. After your reception, your guests may explore Vermont on their own. You may decide to provide a light repast for them in the evening - or not. Choose to have the regular breakfast buffet on Sunday Morning or select a Sunday Brunch for a later time and heartier menu (surcharge applies).

Sample Full Weekend Package: 20 - 25 people*

Rehearsal buffet:

Antipasta table:

Thinly sliced and rolled meats: Roast Turkey, Ham, Roasted Rosemary Pork Loin, Spiced London Broil, Marinated Roast Beef. Olives, Pickles, Relishes, Spreads (Dijon Mustard, Sage Cranberry Mayo, Chutney) Roasted vegetables, bread slices/crisps, Deviled eggs (variety)

Hot Buffet:

Tarragon Chicken Breasts w/ Parsley Red Bliss Potatoes

Frutti Del Mar w/ Rice


Fresh Fruit w/ dips and Cheese and Fruit Board

Luncheon Reception:

Ciabbatta Rolls w/ olive oil

Chilled Avocado Soup

Entree Choice of:

Chicken Roulade: Chicken breast pounded, stuffed with roasted red peppers, mushrooms, cheddar cheese, rolled, seared and baked. Sliced, topped with Lime-Cilantro Aioli and served with Mandarin Rice Salad on Mesclun

Lime and Ginger Poached Salmon served w/ Wild Pecan Rice Salad on Mesclun


Mango Sorbet

Almond Toffee Cream Wedding Cake

$5200 not including tax and service charge

* Lodging is included with different size rooms and number of people in rooms. We have 4 Queen rooms, 4 Suites, and one apartment included in this sample package

You may opt to pay for your guests' lodging or decide on a set price for each guest room to be charged to the individual guest and deducted from this package cost. You are responsible for all unsold rooms included in this package.

Using another Caterer

At Frog's Leap Inn we are flexible. Some guests may have a specific caterer in mind for their wedding or want a different style than we may offer. It is your day and we want you to plan and tailor it to your desires.

For those choosing that option we do require an independent insurance waiver to be purchased. The cost of that waiver varies according to the size of the wedding etc.

From Friday 12 Noon to Sunday 2:00PM the entire inn and grounds are yours. We offer earlier check-in and later departure times for weddings - we know how hard it is to say good-bye to everyone, as well as all that packing up that has to be done. Breakfast (and Welcome Basket) for those staying at the inn is included - a surcharge will be applied for outside guests for those meals. We will make up matching Welcome Baskets for your guests staying at another inn for a separate fee.

$5200.00 not including Tax and Service Charge

Do you wish to relax a bit before the wedding or make sure that all your guests arrive on time? Book Thursday as well for an additional $1,000 (which is discounted from our regular rates).

For weddings over 50 people, there is a $2 per person fee over 50.

Your wedding guests staying at the inn may be responsible for payment of their rooms, however all rooms would be guaranteed by you.

Appetizer Selections

Appetizer selection can be confusing - after all there are so many items to choose from!

From finger foods butler-passed to display tables and chafing dishes, appetizers add to your wedding.

Some sample ideas:

 Smoked Salmon Roulades – stuffed w/ cream cheese & capers and roasted vegetables
 Air-dried Beef Roulade – Harrington’s Beef stuffed w/ Boursin and roasted vegetables
 Stuffed mushroom – vegetarian and non-vegetarian 
 Crab Wontons – fried - crab, cream cheese, chives stuffed wontons
 Flat bread – vegan and non-vegan bites served warm (grilled vegetables, cheeses, spreads)
 Proscuitto Ciabbata mini sandwich 75 pieces
 Blue cheese and hazelnut shortbread w/ cream cheese and fig marmalade
 Stuffed snow peas – w/ ground walnuts, apples and veganaise
 Stuffed baby red potatoes halves– cheese, veggies, bacon, sour cream
 Chicken Sausage Stack – cheese, Mackenzie sausage and grilled apple slice served

I'm doing an appetizer tasting on Tuesday - If I have time, I'll take some pictures and post

Pet-Friendly Weddings

Have a special furry friend that must attend your wedding and perhaps participate in it? The lodging and wedding industry has opened up for pets in the past 10 years. You don't have to leave an integral part of your family home anymore.

Frog's Leap Inn has always welcomed the fuzzy members of family. We've had fun gatherings where pets are active participants in the fanfare - from acting as ring bearers to entertainment for the children. 

You no longer have to leave your special friend home when celebrating your special day.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Cakes, Treats and fun desserts

Do you have to have a traditional wedding cake at your wedding? Absolutely not! It's your day. Have some fun. From cookie bride and groom cut-outs to bundt cakes and Viennese tables, design the sweet part of your wedding to suit your tastes and those of your guests as well as your budget.

If you love the ceremony tied to a wedding cake - have a small single or tiered cake - and add other treats for your guests. Or have sheet cakes of different flavors, ready to cut and serve by the waitstaff.

If you are on a tighter budget - think about a cake (or cupcakes) sized to serve every guest seated at a table and use the cake (on a pedestal) topped or surrounded with flowers/favors as the centerpiece of the tables.

Concerned about the empty space in a reception room when the cake is cut and gone? Have your cake placed on a large vase with the flower arrangement inside (or fruit, or sparkles etc.) - when the cake is removed, you still have a lovely centerpiece in place for the remainder of your wedding.

Having a long reception with lots of dancing after the dinner is served. A good thing to do when you have the traditional cake, is to have cookies or other sweet snacks available later during the reception - all that dancing and laughing makes people hungry as well as thirsty - offer your guests a plate of treats set on each table to eat at their leisure. 

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Summer Weddings at Frog's Leap Inn

What could be more romantic than an outdoor wedding under a Vermont Summer Sky? 

Cocktails by the pool. Ceremony among the flowers. Dinner outside under the stars. 

Casual or elegant, the day is yours.  

Have a special caterer? You can use them. We in turn can direct you to some of the top caterers in the area (see our sidebar for links). 

Need a photographer? We can help.  How about music? Harpist? Bagpipes? DJ? Band?

An affordable destination wedding in a lovely country inn. 

Visit our sisterblog for ideas, general insights on the area and our inn and other fun.

Weekend Weddings May and June

Spring is a lovely time to have a wedding. The new buds, the spring flowers just popping up, all symbolize hope and new beginnings for the bride and groom.

While Frog's Leap Inn is perfect for those smaller, more intimate weddings during this time of year, larger weddings may be accommodated with a heated tent for that varying Vermont temperature!

Here is a Sample Full-Service Weekend wedding package for 20 - 25 people including lodging for two nights*, welcome basket for each guest room, rehearsal dinner, breakfast, reception dinner, wedding cake, and departure day brunch, as well as all fees, taxes, gratuities:

Welcome basket:

Vermont Maple Syrup, assorted Vermont Cheeses, Homemade Crisps

Rehearsal Dinner:

House Salad w/ Ciabatta Bread

Choice of Baked Tamari Maple Salmon or Chicken Piccatta

Apple Tart or Creme Brulee

Breakfast Buffet:

Assorted hot and cold dishes served at the time that fits your schedule

Reception ( you decide the length of time):

Passed Hors D'oeuvres:

Spring Rolls, Carpaccio on Belgium Endive w/ Blue Cheese Vinaigrette,

Snow Peas stuffed w/ Walnut Spread, Mixed Bruschetta


Fresh Garden Pea Soup ( a delicate broth w/sweet new peas)

Fresh Spinach Salad w/ Walnut Dressing

Choice of :

Angus Filet Mignon w/ Vermont Pepper Jelly Glaze and Garlic Mashed Potato

Mushroom and Andouille-Stuffed Quail w/ Cabernet Demi-Glace and Wild Pecan Rice

Lemon-Herb Crusted Baked Halibut w/Fresh Arugula and Leek Crisps

Three-Tier Wedding Cake


* Lodging is included with different size rooms and number of people in rooms. We have 4 Queen rooms, 4 Suites, and one apartment included in this sample package

You may opt to pay for your guests' lodging or decide on a set price for each guest room to be charged to the individual guest and deducted from this package cost. You are responsible for all unsold rooms included in this package.

Call for other pricing @ 1-877-FROGSLEAP

Visit our lodging website: for general information about our inn

Private Weddings

Getting married? Why wait? Why wait for up to two years because that is when you can coordinate a ceremony place and reception availability? Come to Frog's Leap Inn and plan your wedding around your schedule - not others. 

Frog's Leap Inn in Londonderry Vermont is a lovely location for those who wish for a  destination wedding that is affordable and easy for guests to travel to.

Located 4 hours from Manhattan, 3 hours from Boston, 1 1/2 hours from Albany, NY our rural farmhouse property is easily accessible and offers a nice alternative to urban weddings with their long waiting list for bookings and higher prices.

With varied styles of lodging available on our property and many other lodging establishments within a short drive, you can plan your wedding or special event with ease with a  care to your budget and the budgets of your guests.

We offer more options than many other facilities that cater to weddings - including bringing in your own caterer. We have many different package deals available for an entire wedding weekend as well as alternatives. 

Mid-week weddings are becoming more and more popular and  are more affordable. Why not have fun and create a wonderful destination wedding that fits your budget without breaking the bank?

Frog's Leap Inn offers a locale where you may have an intimate wedding weekend for your closest friends and family with and indoor reception area for up to 45 people year-round. For larger weddings, we have an outdoor area (formerly our tennis court) that may be tented for up to 250 people from May through mid-October. 

The place is yours.

No sharing with another wedding ahead of yours or after. More flexibility in scheduling, menus, lodging and more. 

Have your rehearsal dinner (or brunch or luncheon), get your hair and nails done, relax by the pool, have a massage, your ceremony and reception all in one place - Frog's Leap Inn.