Vineyard weddings can be some of the most beautiful venues when it comes to weddings. The endless rows of lush green vines and the old-world charm of the wineries will make for experience you and your guests will never forget. Buy simply picking a vineyard by the taste of their wine is not all that you need to consider when planning, below are some tips to you make sure every detail is perfect.
Choosing the right time to have your vineyard wedding is possibly the most important detail. You have to remember the winery is a business and the process of growing the grapes is very delicate, so it is important to respect the harvesting season. If you want to have bright green leaves and full bundles of grapes your time is August and September, but the changing leaves of fall and twisted vines of winter are just as beautiful. Make sure to speak with someone at the venue to make sure the venue has the look you want on the date you choose.
The majority of vineyards have tours and tastings that are open to the public, so you will have to decide if you want to rent out the entire vineyard for a private wedding. It is important to work with the site to choose a day and time that will work for both you and them. Mornings and evenings outside of business hours will be the easiest to have it closed to the public, but it is also a good idea to ask if there are any days of the week that are slower in effort to make it more affordable.
Not all of your guests will like wine, so having a signature cocktail of a few beer choices will really make a difference for them. One detail to keep in mind is that a wine license and a liquor license are two different things, so check with the venue to see if it is even possible.
Many wineries are located at the end of a winding and twisting path or aren’t routable on google maps, so having transportation provided will be a huge bonus for your guests. It also eliminates the worry of guests drinking and driving, so everyone will be able to relax and have a good time.
Most vineyards were not built with the intention of hosting large parties, so you may have to bring in your own amenities. Some examples are extra bathrooms, portable kitchens, and generators for electricity. There are many companies out there that supply items like those specially designed for outdoor parties, so they don’t take away from the natural scenery. It is also a good idea to see if what the sound ordinance rule is for the area!
Ask the staffers
Chances are the staffers have seen a few weddings at the vineyard, so don’t be afraid to ask them for tips. They will know know what has or hasn’t worked in the past and know secrets like the best photo spots.
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