There is something inherently festive about a vineyard wedding, and a connection to seasonal, modern celebrations. Couples who choose to celebrate in a vineyard generally want a natural setting, with a sophisticated atmosphere. Vineyards are farms, after all, but they also have a certain reputation because of their association with fine wines, foods, and the finest sort of agriculture. If you’re contemplating a vineyard wedding, take a look through my favorite vineyard inspirations.While you’re looking for a suitable vineyard, you’ll want to consider the layout and flow of your event from start to finish. Think of the logistics of where you’ll hold your ceremony, how will guests move between ceremony and reception, and what will be the back up plan if there’s bad weather.
Stay passionate or at least natural, with your color palette. Avoid pastels and pop of colors in favor of muted, deep, or vibrant tones. Choose lines that feature a vine motif or grape inspired color.Instead of lots of flowers, fill dark metal urns and compotes with grapes and bread sticks, and tuck them next to pillar candles.Most vineyards that host weddings are associated with a caterer, or even a variety of catering companies. Many vineyards will work with only the best vendors in the business, which can increase your cost, but will generally also increase the quality of the food.Most vineyards will provide details like no other. Barrels, vines, pretty glasses, bottles, and architectural details, are already in place making it less cut costs on extra décor details. Many vineyards and wineries are open to the public for daily tastings and tours. Make sure to find out whether this will be the case on your wedding day.Consider the season when you set a date. A vineyard looks very different in April than it does in early September, when the grapes are full-frown and the vines are full of leaves.I would recommend providing, or at least organizing transportation for any guests who may have had too much to drink.
Layer your celebration with details that relate to the winery, or to wine and grapes. Use grapes motif or an witching of the winery as an accent on your invitations, cocktail napkins, programs, or place cards.Instead of the traditional cocktail hour, host a tasting hour.Match your wines to your menu, and list the wines served next to or under each dish. Your guest might fall in love with one of your great pairings and want to order some to take home.Choose a fun party favor such as, a mini wine bottle, a wine tasting book, a corkscrew, or some other related wine item will surely be a hit.Ask the winemaker to create a special wedding wine just for you. Serve it with dinner or for a special toast, and give a bottle to each of your bridal party as a favor.Design welcome baskets from the winery for each of your guests hotel rooms. Include a bottle of wine, cheese and crackers, a corkscrew, tasting book, or t-shirt.Deciding where you want your vineyard wedding to take place will be determined by you preference, the size of your guest list, and your budget. Chances are if there are vineyards in your area, you already know of some. Whether you’ll celebrate close to home or in another part of the world, you can use the internet and some great wine and travel magazines to conduct a more in depth research on what will be the best fit for you.Best of Wishes,Stacey B.