For wine lovers, nothing could be more perfect than holding your wedding day at your local winery, and vineyard weddings are ever increasing in popularity. A winery is a charming, romantic setting for an elegant country wedding. Wineries are recognising the popularity of vineyard weddings and upgrading their function facilities, to ensure couples have a day to remember. Here are four good reasons to hold your wedding at a winery:
Wineries are usually located out in the countryside where there is plenty of space, and in areas that benefit from more than the average amount of sunshine to get the best from the grapes. The vineyards themselves are usually beautifully laid out, and they are planted with roses or other flowering plants to warn of potential disease in the vines.
A vineyard provides a spectacular setting for your wedding photos, and depending on the age and style of the winery, the buildings are usually full of character and charm too. Once you’re had your pictures taken amongst the vines, sneak off for a few romantic couple shots in the wine cellars.
Top class catering
Most wineries have high quality restaurants that can provide superb catering for your wedding reception. Basing the menu around the wines can work well, and having a selection of six or more mini courses, with a complementary house wine served with each is a great chance for your guests to sample the local produce; just make sure they have local accommodation and don’t need to drive home.
Ready made theme
If you are holding your wedding at a winery, you won’t have to look very far for inspiration for your wedding theme. Give guests a bottle of in-house wine as a wedding favour, and see whether you can have personalised labels printed up, or whether they do half bottles to reduce cost. Perhaps you could order special vintage wines as thank you gifts for your parents, maid of honour, and best man.
Use the wine bottle, wine glass, or cork motif on your wedding stationery, and register for gifts with a wine cellar if the winery you are using doesn’t offer this service. Use interesting wine bottles as vases for single stem roses, or place candles in them to give a romantic glow to your dinner tables. Name each table after a different type of wine produced by the winery and have your escort cards or place names slotted into cork stands.
On site entertainment
If your wedding guests are a more mature crowd, many of them will be interested in visiting the winery itself, and you may be able to arrange tours and tastings to keep your guests busy while you are having your photos taken.
You might also want to ask a wine expert from the winery if they will come and mingle with your guests during the drinks reception, or visit each table during the wedding breakfast to talk about the wines being served and make some recommendations.