Get Married In The Mud: "Dirty Elopment" Packages In New England This Spring; Couples Save Money and Avoid Stress During the Region's Mud Season

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The New England Inns and Resorts Association's "Dirty Elopement" packages are ideal for spontaneous and/or recently engaged couples looking to elope during New England's famed Mud Season. Mud Season offers couples a distinctive spin for their walk down the aisle. From mud-inspired spa treatments, food, cocktails and unlimited options to "get down and dirty," these deeply-discounted nuptial packages ensure a memorable, mud-covered wedding weekend.

Here's Mud in Your Eye

As the stress and cost of planning a formal wedding continue to rise, eloping is rapidly gaining favor among brides-to-be as a practical - yet still romantic - option: it saves money, hassle, time, and includes the honeymoon all in one trip.

This Spring, several members of the New England Inns and Resorts Association are offering couples unique "dirty elopement" packages that provide deeply-discounted prices, the opportunity to enjoy the region's beauty with fewer crowds, and the freedom to customize their nuptials with a variety of playful amenities and "dirty" twists.

Available during the region's self-proclaimed fifth season, affectionately termed "mud season" to represent the time period from late-March to mid-May when ice and snow from the mountains begins to melt and turns New England into a muddy playground, couples can take advantage of these pre-packaged weddings with just one click on the association's website,

Comprised of nearly 300 of the finest inns, resorts, hotels and B&Bs in the region, the New England Inns and Resorts Association offers a wide range of accommodations to suit any budget. The "dirty elopement" packages provide distinctly different wedding solutions for any couple's style, from mud baths and mudslides to mud-covered wedding sites and mud-themed reception menus. Sample packages include:

Muddy Marriage Madness (The Spa at Norwich Inn, Norwich, CT) - Starting at $1,500 per couple, including:

  • Brides looking to join the popular "trash the dress" trend can take a dip in a Volcanic Mud Bath ($70 surcharge), or roll down a muddy hill outside, and create their own photo shoot with a local photographer for an additional fee
  • Optional pre-wedding Ayurdevic Mud Wraps ($155 per person)
  • On-site wedding ceremony performed by a local Justice of the Peace
  • Other amenities including a gourmet dinner with a petite wedding cake; breakfast; two Swedish massages; one night's suite accommodations complete with rose petals, sparkling wine and chocolate-dipped strawberries; keepsake his-n-her bathrobes and two private-label spa products

Mud Elopement Package (Wildflower Inn, Lyndonville, VT) - Starting at $899 per couple, including:

  • An on-trail Wedding Ceremony by Heaven's Bench performed by a local Justice of the Peace
  • Keepsake his-n-her mud boots for use during the inn's "Muddy Moose Search"
  • A couple's Mud Wrap or Couple's Massage at the nearby Stepping Stone Spa
  • Dinner reception complete with Kingdom Mudslides and MudPie Wedding Cake
  • Other amenities including two night's accommodations; a photographer to capture the celebration; full country breakfast and afternoon refreshments daily; and a free car wash at the end of the stay, and a 20% discount voucher to use for a fall stay

"Weekend Warrior Marriage in the Mud" Package (Camden Winward House Bed & Breakfast, Camden, ME) - Price varies. Including:

  • A wedding planner to coordinate the couple's muddy march up Mount Battie where a notary will perform the wedding vows at a look-out tower
  • Dinner reception complete with Mud Slide and Mississippi Mud cocktails
  • Other amenities including two nights accommodations and the option to have seasonal facial spa treatments ($80 per person) or Raindrop Specialty Massages ($90 per person)
  • Please contact the Inn's wedding coordinator for custom pricing

Muddy Elopement Package (The Bernerhof Inn, Glen, NH)- Starting at $999 per couple, including:

  • A wedding service by the inn's Justice of the Peace and two "just married" Mud Wrap massages
  • Other amenities including two nights accommodations in a Deluxe Jacuzzi Suite, intimate dinner for two in a private dining room; champagne breakfast in bed the next morning; and a framed, triple matted photo of the inn to keep as a memento

Muddy Wedded Bliss in the Berkshires (Cranwell Resort, Spa & Golf Club, Lenox, MA) - Pricing varies with muddy elements, including:

  • A complimentary "Thermal Clay Body Treatment" for the bride, celebratory "Here's Mud in Your Eye" toast complete with Cranwell Mud Slides, keepsake cocktail glasses, and mud pie desserts

Founded in 1907 by owners of B&Bs, hotels, motels and resorts in the New England region, the New England Inns & Resorts Association is comprised of nearly 300 properties, many of which are rated four-diamond by AAA and four-star by Mobil Travel Guide. Several properties are also members of Historic Hotels of America. Offering value-rich packages for consumers, the association is well known for its innovative Innkeeper for a Day program, which provides an educational experience for travelers seeking to become innkeepers.

The association's website,, is a rich resource for consumers, providing a "one-stop shop" that meets the individual needs of travelers by allowing them to select a property that suits their own preference with its point-and-click Lodging Finder sort capabilities. Attractively packages gift certificates are available in any denomination and can be purchased online or by calling the association directly at 1-888-705-5353.

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