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Jul302015

Winery Weddings: Helpful Hints and Tips

A winery wedding can be so intoxicating.  These romantic, memorable, unique and timeless venue locations are ideal for wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners or bridal and couple showers.  With Washington quickly becoming of the nations largest producers of wine and host to four major wine country areas, it has become the destination for a wedding winery.

Winery wedding venues and reception sites can range from grand tasting rooms to within in the vineyards themselves.  Some offer complete packages including everything from an onsite consultant to the linens and catering, while others provide the picturesque setting and require all additional décor, catering, and planning to be hired from outside sources.  Despite what type of packages are offered, ask for their “Preferred Vendor” list to see which companies they recommend working with.

9 Questions to ask when planning a winery wedding:

  1. What are their beverage policies? Can other alcoholic beverages be served?
  2. What areas of the venue are open to you, your wedding party and guests? Some wineries have banquet areas, bridal rooms, barrel rooms, or outdoor spaces available.
  3. What wedding packages do you offer?
  4. Do they offer a discount for weekday or off-season venue rentals?
  5. Do they have enough parking, offer valet parking services, or management?
  6. For outdoor weddings, what are the local noise ordinances?
  7. Are there any decoration restrictions?
  8. Is there a discount on wine purchases?
  9. If a tasting room is apart of the venue space, what are their hours? 

Winery weddings beg to have the wine theme carried throughout the event.  Pour on the fun with these Wine-Themed wedding ideas:

  • Wine Bottle Labels – Create custom wine labels, featuring your engagement photos or to function as the menu
  • Guest Book - Instead of a traditional guest book have guests sign a Magnum bottle (in gold or silver Sharpie) or on a wine barrel or have them sign the wine corks themselves, which will be stored in a cork holder to display (and add to) in your home.
  • Wine Cork place cards – use wine corks as a base to hold the name cards so your guests know where to sit
  • Table Numbers – break from the traditional table numbers and use wine bottles featuring numbers, wine types (Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay, etc.) or even photos of the couple
  • Cork Boutonniere – use corks as the “vase” for the groom and groomsmen boutonniere
  • Wedding Favors – wine bottle stoppers, wine keys, wine(!) the possibilities here are great.
  • Photos – make sure your photographer captures a ring shot with wine corks
  • Vases – fill wine boxes with flowers or empty bottles for an alternative to the traditional floral vase
  • Décor – use wine barrels for tables, create a wine cork monogram of your new initials, or use wine barrel platters for serving antipasto

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