All 50 states have wineries. From the popular Martha’s vineyard off the coast of Cape Cod to smaller, family owned vineyards nestled in Pennsylvania’s Pocono mountains, wineries are a great local or destination wedding venue. Featuring a naturally beautiful backdrop for your ceremony and reception as well as a great selection of signature wines, wineries make a great wedding venue no matter what type of wedding you are planning. The most casual get togethers and the most elegant parties are well complemented by this venue choice and the mood is set by the details you choose to incorporate.
Location, Location, Location
Planning a wedding at a vineyard can be much simpler than you might think. First you simply have to decide if you want a destination wedding to a famous vineyard or if you want to find something local. If you are planning a local wedding be sure to have a general idea of the number of guests you are having when contacting the owners of the wineries. You will also want to know what time of year you plan to be wed to make sure the winery you choose can accommodate your wishes. Make a list of all the wineries in your area and call the owners to see if they can accommodate a wedding party. Visit the wineries that can accommodate your wedding and reception. You will want to visit the wineries at the same time of year you plan to be married if at all possible. This will give you the best idea of lighting and sun position as well as the condition and look of the vineyards at that time of year. Ask for pictures from the same season and for the names of past clients. Consider parking, lighting and what accommodations the winery can offer in case of inclement weather. A vineyard that has an indoor are available in addition to a beautiful outdoor setting is ideal. Look into having tents setup if your location does not have an indoor area available. After you think you have chosen a location be sure to check with any vendors you have contracted or that you definitely wish to use.
The details of your wedding can set the stage here as they do with any wedding venue. Your wedding invitations are the perfect place to start highlighting the type of wedding you wish to have. Use a stationery set with purples and whites or grape and vineyard motifs. Or for a more Tuscan feel, go for rich browns and gold print with your vineyard motif. For a unique wedding invitation that really has that “wow” factor, try single paged invitations that you can roll into personalized wine bottles before sending. The invitations alone will leave guests talking. Visit your local craft store for miniature wine bottles or grape clusters to tie onto the ribbons of your layered wedding invitations.
Dashes of Color
Purple and white are natural color choices when planning your decor. You may also want to consider buttery yellows, rich browns and classic golds. Deep greens and mauves are also a good choice. Pairing a rich brown with a bright orange is a great choice for an indoor vineyard reception. Terra cotta pots, corks used to hold place cards and custom etched wine glasses make excellent additions to the ambiance. A vineyard wedding is also a great venue for the traditional highly elegant wedding. Five tiered cakes and mountains of white and cream flowers look wonderful against the backdrop of a vineyard.
Be sure to set aside plenty of time for photos! A vineyard is full of great locations for unique wedding photographs both candid and more formal. Try and schedule some time with the owner and photographer on location in advance of your wedding day. Find out what areas of the vineyard you will be able to use for photography and what areas are off limits.
What’s on the Menu?
Planning the menu for your reception is really quite easy. If you are having a seated meal, your caterer or the winery owner can suggest wine pairings for each meal. A table with various cheese and grape selections is also a good choice. Talk to the winery owner about having a number of wine bottles prepared with custom labeling that include your wedding information and the winery’s information as well.
Wine, though the most obvious favor choice, isn’t your only option to thank your guests for sharing your special day. Engraved bottle stoppers or bottles of flavored or fresh olive oil fit the theme very well. If you do opt to go with wine favors talk to the vineyards owner about miniature bottles.
You want your wedding to be memorable no matter the venue. If you choose a vineyard, play on all the naturally memorable scenery elements and elements of ambiance to help make that happen.