Vineyard Weddings – Pros and What to Consider

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Pros, Cons and What to Consider When Deciding on Vineyard Weddings

When deciding upon a location for your wedding, the focus often falls on the pros and cons of a beach wedding vs. a garden wedding or a city wedding vs. a country wedding. Beyond these classic contenders lies the winery wedding. Falling somewhere between a garden and country wedding, it's hard to outweigh the many benefits of a winery wedding. From the romance of the Yarra Valley to the rolling hills of Tuscany, winery weddings across the globe carry a certain romantic appeal.

We want to make sure you are considering some key questions because a winery wedding, when done right, is magical.

The bride and groom, family and guests all get to revel in a timeless landscape and enjoy a weekend, or at least an afternoon, away. Every bride can make their unique style work at a winery, whether that means wearing Jimmy Choos, cowboy boots, or just walking barefoot through the grass or vineyard.

Any destination wedding can present logistical challenges. Affording your guests enough time to plan their travel schedule is of paramount importance. Our biggest tip is about getting an early start. Planning a winery wedding means getting your plan in place months ahead of the event. Giving yourself a large enough planning cushion will reduce your stress and will probably mean more of the people you love can attend your big event.

  1. BEAUTIFUL SCENERY

A winery wedding goes hand in hand with beautiful scenery - think rolling hills, grape vines, and pretty brambling gardens.

  1. RELAXED YET ELEGANT

Wineries provide a relaxed yet elegant atmosphere - and isn't that what every bride wants?

  1. ONE LOCATION

It's the perfect place to host your ceremony AND your reception with most wineries offering equally gorgeous settings for both. One location equals no rushing around in traffic and avoiding the stress of finding photo shoot locations.

In most cases, a winery wedding will feature the reception and ceremony venue together on-site. You and your guests don’t have to climb into cars and head off to the next destination. You arrive, and that’s it! Many wineries have a chapel-like setting for the ceremony. It’s the complete package!

  1. NATURAL LIGHT

Natural light is a photographer's best friend, and consequently, a bride's too! The beautiful grounds of a winery provide lovely natural light for photographs.

  1. PERSONAL STYLE

The understated elegance of most winery venues gives you the option to add your style.

For many of you Pinterest-ers or those who have not looked up winery weddings nevertheless, you’re missing out. The absolute quantity of amazing ideas which are the direct outcome of having your wedding in a winery/vineyard could be overwhelming. From decoration containing wine barrels into wine infused menu items, it is possible to bring the environment in your wedding so readily. And frequently, the thoughts that bring the winery texture to your wedding are not a degree 10 on the DIY scale. (whew!)

  1. PHOTO LOCATION OPTIONS

You won't be stuck for photo locations in wine country, with endless locations, textures, and backdrops.

Having a winery wedding gives you the luxury of wandering around the estate to discover fabulous locations for your wedding photos. Your professional photographer will be able to help you find the best places for the perfect shots. Travel time is zero which means a big saving in stress and cash.

  1. WET WEATHER BACK UP

Most wineries or private estates have an equally beautiful wet weather back up option so rain won't spell the end of your picture perfect day.

  1. ACCOMMODATION

Some wineries offer the added benefit of accommodation on site. This is normally available for people touring a wine-growing region who don’t wish to drive home. The quality of the accommodation is first-class, and for a bride and groom, it’s a fabulous feeling knowing that when the celebrations are over, they don’t have to drive off into the sunset. It’s a mere stroll to the honeymoon suite.

Choose a winery with accommodation to make for an easy and even more relaxed day. It gives you more time to spend with family and friends (especially if you can make a weekend of it!), less time in the car and creates a nice flow for your pictures.

  1. NOTHING TO HIDE

A winery is usually lovely everywhere you look which means there will be no nasty features crashing your photos!

There are so many ways to customize a vineyard wedding day. The obvious addition would be to serve wine hand chosen for your menu that’s produced in the grapes you’re surrounded by — and that is just cool. However, several other things may make your wedding experience distinct from the others your guests have experienced. I’ve seen couples come up with some fantastic thoughts such as; little plates paired using beer/wine to relish the dining room experience or wine tasting as guests arrive and make their way through the grapevines into the wedding place

  1. GOOD FOOD & GOOD WINE

Could there be a better reason? Wineries have a reputation for serving good food, with farm to table fare, fresh quality produce and some of the most creative chefs, while good wine is simply a given!

Naturally, you’ll have access to the finest of drops at a winery. And as vintners are so keen on fine wine, it naturally follows they too are keen on fine dining. The menu and wine list in a winery are often in the superb to the outstanding range!

  1. REASONABLE TRAVEL TIMES

Several major cities have wine-growing regions almost on their doorstep with the Yarra Valley and the Barossa Valley being two prime examples. It can mean only an hour or so to drive to and from the wedding venue. And because the whole event takes place in the same location, there is even less travel time involved altogether.

But before you get over excited, read the following five things to consider before booking your dream vineyard wedding.

  1. The Season

If you are planning an outdoor element at a vineyard (and really, why wouldn’t you?), remember that vines change with the seasons. Bright green leaves begin to emerge during spring, and thick verdant lines stretch across the acres in the summer.

  1. Scout the Grounds

Work with your photographer and someone from the winery to determine where you want to shoot photos. The advantage of a winery wedding is that interesting backdrops and textures surround you. Look beyond the vines to rock walls, corrugated steel siding, barrel rooms or under an oak tree.

The pictures and video you capture will be how you remember this amazing day. Take time to plan these, and you will have one less thing to worry about on the day of your wedding. Planning a winery wedding should be fun. Finding unique backgrounds and breathtaking vistas can be a satisfying part of the planning process.

Want to cheat a little? Visit the wineries photos or events page. Many wineries will feature the best photos from past weddings. You can get some great ideas for vineyard and winery locations from other newlyweds. You can also search for local photographers and browse through their photo catalogs. Again, you will find great winery wedding photos that can help you with your planning.

  1. It’s all about the details

Many wineries offer small customization or two to make your day even more special. Ask about serving a special wine label that reflects the date, or even the name of the happy couple. Offer your guests souvenirs like wine glasses or coasters that you’ve chosen. The winery may have an empty jeroboam you can have guests fill with wishes to read on your first anniversary.

Some wineries even offer custom labels for anyone planning a wedding at their facility. This can be a fun activity for you and your partner. Want to personalize your wedding experience even more? You can find wineries with custom blending classes. How much fun would it be to offer your guests wine that you and your partner helped make! Again, planning your winery wedding well in advance opens up fun possibilities. And it also reduces your stress.

The details extend to your guests as well. Make sure you communicate what the expectations are. Many of your guests have never attended a winery wedding. This can create questions for them like, how do you dress for a vineyard wedding. The answer to those questions is really up to you, but you need to let your guests know how formal your winery wedding will be.

  1. Extracurricular activities

A destination wedding is an opportunity for your guests to enjoy themselves. Here we go again! Give yourself plenty of time to plan your winery wedding.

Be sure to communicate activities in the area to your guests with plenty of time for them to research and make reservations. You may be able to negotiate group pricing for certain activities. You can also purchase wine tasting discount passes in advance and send them to your guests.

Setting up a website for your wedding? It's a good idea to provide links to wine country planning sources. Give your guests links to some top area winery lists, area wine country maps, and resources for booking wine country transportation. For many of your guests, your winery wedding will be their first trip to the wine country. You want them to take advantage of this time and make their memories.

Are you looking for options beyond the winery tasting rooms? Some areas offer bike rides and trolley tours; others have horseback riding and hot air balloon rides. You can even find unique animal safaris in a few of California's wine regions.

Spas and wineries are good bedfellows, and you’ll often find one within the vicinity of the other. Let your wedding be a time for the people you love to pamper themselves before celebrating your nuptials.

  1. Work together

Many wineries require you to pick from their catering options. Keep in mind when you start your winery wedding search that you might have to choose within the parameters of what the venue offers in terms of food and florists.  As with any venue, there can be limitations.

Some wineries don’t have a liquor license so you may have to keep the bar to beer and wine. Depending on the vineyard’s region and zoning there may be a curfew for noise in which case you have to break down the dance floor between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.

If your time is already stretched, finding a winery wedding consultant can be a lifesaver. They can provide a buffer between you, your partner and the winery venue. A seasoned consultant will already know many of the questions to ask. They can help you narrow down winery wedding locations based on your requirements. The best winery wedding consultants may have access to unique winery venues that don't advertise to the public.

You want to remember your wedding a magical day. Getting married at a winery or taking your vows in a vineyard can create special memories. Many wineries feature beautiful architecture and grounds. These can make a perfect backdrop for photos and videos. The key to making it all work is time and communication. Give yourself plenty of planning time and bring in a professional if you are already swamped in your daily life.

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