Ah the lure of great wines and fabulous food! A winery wedding is a great idea for a rustic vintage wedding. Not only are wineries located in a picture perfect landscape making for some incredible photos but they can often cater for a wide range of guests from an intimate elopement through to a large wedding depending on the location. Imagine an elegant affair in a large barrel room styled from top to toe or perhaps an intimate cellar dining room with a table for 18.
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If you are a foodie couple these locations are also perfect as you can bet your bottom dollar that at all well known wineries the kitchen is lead by an award winning chef and some mouth watering cuisine is headed your way! Instead of having to settle for standard catering wines one of the best aspects of a winery wedding is the abundance of great quality wines! You and your partner may even enjoy a day or two in the lead up to the wedding tasting each of their wines and hand selecting bottles that best match your menu.
Weddings among the vines can really allow some creative ideas. Instead of a traditional wedding cake what goes better with wine than cheese? Cheese towers are a fabulous alternative for those after something more savoury and this also allows guests to sample the regions cheese. Gifts for guests may be bottles of wine or wine related products.
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Now of course there are plenty of things to consider when it comes to a winery wedding. If you’re thinking of having a delicate lace gown with a sweeping train this would simply not be suitable for strolling among the vines. Weather is always unpredictable so any outdoor ceremonies require a wet weather back up plan within the same location. It’s also worth considering what you imagine the vines to look like – if you’re imagining rows of lush, plump grapes it’s important to choose a date that is in the lead up to harvest time and not afterwards. Perhaps you love the idea of all of the autumn colours and the leaves turning? Sometimes what you would like in your wedding photos will help you decide the best date. It’s always worth chatting with the winery about your vision though a harvest time can vary from winery to winery and even from season to season.
Many weddings in a wine region are a destination wedding as they are just that little bit out of town which makes for the perfect weekend away for guests. If you do have many guests making a weekend of it you may even help put together a wine tour before your wedding. Another great ice breaker is a wine tasting session at your venue on the wedding day for all of your guests while you go off for photos. For guests who are just coming for the day perhaps a nice thought would be to consider chartering a mini bus that does a pick up and drop off so that everyone can enjoy themselves.
When you do fall in love with that dream location be sure to have a good chat with the venue before signing on the dotted line. Many wineries are open to the public on weekends with a public restaurant and bus tours of tourists sampling their way through the region so it’s worth checking just how exclusive your wedding will be. Generally in the evening you would have exclusive use but for those considering a morning ceremony and a lunch reception it’s definitely something to check. Nothing worse than a bus full of hens carrying on in the background while you’re saying ‘i do’!