A vineyard may just be the ideal locale for your wedding. Wineries offer a picturesque backdrop for the ceremony, a lush environment that makes for stunning wedding pictures, and you’ll already be in the ideal spot for your reception. Wineries also offer both indoor and outdoor venue options, meaning you can plan an outdoor wedding but have an easy retreat in place if the weather turns bad.
Of course, all these benefits come with some unique challenges. So, to help you navigate the intricacies of organizing a winery wedding, we’ve gathered the following indispensable tips:
1. Scout your spot
No matter how stunning the rolling hills of the vineyard are, if there are grape harvester parts and farm equipment scattered around, you’ll have a potential safety hazard on your hands. On top of that, they may interfere with the framing of your wedding photos.
For this reason, it’s important to visit the wineries you’re considering for your wedding so you can check out the usual spots they use and see if there are any other areas of the property that may suit your needs better.
2. Have a backup plan in place
While you’re on this scouting mission, ask the property owners about the options they have on hand for unexpected bad weather. Will they be able to host your ceremony and reception indoors? If not, do they have safe and sturdy tents or gazebos that can be erected outdoors? Either way, will the space be big enough for your wedding party and guests?
3. Find out what’s provided
Some wineries host so many weddings that they’ve got it honed to a fine art. They’ve already sourced the best of the best, from the archway under which to say your vows, to the seats your guests relax in, the lighting that makes you look spectacular, and the sound system that draws everyone onto the dancefloor. Other venues are happy to play host but expect couples to supply their own decorations and equipment. Find out where you stand, and this will help you with the rest of your wedding planning.
4. Blend with nature
Once you’ve selected the perfect winery and set your date, you’ll have plenty of inspiration for the theme and decor at your wedding. Take your cue from nature and work the season and the region into everything from the invitations to the food. This will create a seamless experience that makes everything feel natural for you and your guests.
5. Consider a weekday wedding
Weekday weddings are a great way to unlock a bouquet of wonderful benefits for you and your guests. The venues are often cheaper, you’re more likely to find availability for the time of year that suits you best, and when it comes to winery weddings in particular, this allows your guests to come for the wedding and stay for the weekend. If key guests can’t make it during the week, a Friday afternoon wedding may be the perfect compromise.
6. Make the locals love you
Once you’ve found your ideal venue, ask them for advice on great vendors in the local area. Combine this with your own research, and do your best to source all your wedding needs from the region. In addition to being ultra-convenient, these vendors are also experts in creating idyllic winery weddings, so you’ll be in good hands. Best of all, you’ll accrue a whole lot of good wedding karma by supporting small local businesses.
For now, it’s time to bookmark this article so you can refer back to it later and start searching for the perfect winery. We wish you all the best!