Post # 1
I need your help! I am in that faze where everything is starting to get very jumbled in my mind. I can’t seem to see the big picture. We are getting married in June, at a winery in Sonoma, and have all of our vendors tied down.
…but ever since I started doubting my dress, I started doubting my vision. What exactly is a winery wedding?? My fiance is from Chicago and we have been to a lot of extravagant black tie affairs — I realize this is not what we are going for ….
So please, can you list what comes to mind when you think winery wedding??
Thank you so so much in advance!
Post # 3
I’m getting married at V. Sattui winery in St. Helena in August. I may not be the best one to answer this because from the very beginning "my vision" has been very anti typical winery wedding. No grapes, no deep reds, purples and golds. My winery wedding very specifically is NOT what you think of when you think winery wedding. And you know what? I LOVE that!!! Our look will be modern (as in clean lines, contemporary details), yet classic (without being dated or stuffy). At first I thought that might not go well with the rustic winery setting. But really I just think it will look fresh and pretty. I’ve been to two winery weddings before. Both had the typical winery wedding look (grape motif complete), which didn’t seem to tell me anything about the style of the couple, just that they went the easy route. I would like people to walk away from our wedding with a real sense of us and our style. We love wine and wine country, thus the location – but we are not rustic. We are urban city kids. I think those can co-exist. Having said ALL that (sorry so long)… I think a "winery wedding" looks like whatever you want it to 🙂 If that’s traditional grapes and purple, than great. If it’s a color washed lucite dance floor, then that’s great too. I say, stick with a style that shows your personality. But that’s just me 🙂 Best of luck!!!
Post # 4
Oops, should say "then great", not "than great".
Post # 5
I grew up in California and Sonoma is a wonderful area.One of the most blissful experiences is to visit a winery at any time of year. I have a few friends who have family-owned wineries and after visiting some of them, I just think it is a great place for a wedding. It is quiet, serene, beauty that is sexy and fun and calls for adventure romping through the vineyards, drinking too much wine and then gazing off into a spattering of stars in the dark sky at the end of the night. I love the touch of country, the touch of civilization that wineries have. It is a great setting for so many things. I think that your wedding will be a big hit because you have to enjoy the celebration since there is no where to go.
Post # 6
When I think of a Winery wedding, I think of well…wine! I also think beautiful rolling hills, lots of green, and a soft breeze. You can do a wine tasting for your guests as part of the cocktail hour or reception, I think that would be so fun and would keep them entertained.
Post # 7
teacherbride… i was going through something very similar!! i am also having a winery wedding, and i thought i had my vision all laid out (i too have been to many posh LA weddings and didn’t want that)(we’re doing rustic but NO grape motifs), but my dream dress clashed with it (modern). that didn’t really bother me until i found another dress to love…hehe.
ANYWAY, you can make anything fit with a winery really… check out santabarbarawedding.com & click on "wedding albums".. there are tons of wedding albums from santa barbara wineries for inspiration. hope this helps!
Post # 8
I am getting married in August in Sonoma (BR Cohn)!! I am so happy to meet other vineyard brides as I’d love to share ideas. I also would love to share vendor ideas (who are you going with for band/dj?). I will email you my inspiration board – but my flowers are all yellow and orange. I’m incorporating green and brown as my other colors – I don’t want to compete with all the nature. Some things are very wine-ish – seating cards in corks – but I’m not doing a grape motif, etc. I’m so excited to see other vineyard brides!! Ecstatic!
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country
Griffen hit it on the nail as to what I was going to say (WHAT WHAT GRIFFEN!) Winery weddings can be very easy (going the grape/winebottle theme look…which by no means to me is bad because…well…its a winery, people like to really get into the atmosphere) or very personalized, while at the same time, you can really save a lot of money on decor because, lets face it, the gorgeous vines and beautiful atmosphere is "decoration" in itself!
I’m having a winery wedding (and have also attended another winery wedding) and neither mine nor theirs had to really have a lot of added decor. Of course, some simple centerpieces add to the tables, but you really dont have to do much as far as decorating your "space"
What I would expect most out of a winery wedding is, well, wine of course! I’d like to see a good selection of wines from the winery that you’re getting married at as well as some great food pairings (cheeses, salumi, etc). I think rustic decor is also very nice (even though I’m going modern…haha) and I’m not sure of the formality of your winery, but mine is not very formal, and thus we’re having cocktail attire. I think you should take more cues from the season of the wedding for your colors rather than stick to "winery colors"…deep burgundys and gold are great in the winter, but if you’re doing more of a summer wedding, it would be nice to have some "sunnier" colors
Good luck and keep us posted on your decisions! Its always nice to see another winery bride!
Post # 10
I had a toss up between a private home or a winery- I brainstormed a few winery ideas (although we ended up going with the private home) But I thought these invites from http://www.weddingpaperdivas.com
would be lovely.
Also you don’t have to incorporate typical wine motif (a’la grapes/vines/blah blah) but maybe work with your caterer to have food with a wine reduction sauce. Lots of gorgeous candle light, A jazz band, dancing under the stars. There’s so much you can do with it. As long as it suits you and has personal touches, no matter what you do – it will be flawless.
Post # 11
Yikes that posted WAY bigger than I thought it would. Sorry for dominating the whole page!!!
Post # 12
I’m going to be getting married at a winery also, in Minnesota! Yes, they do exist and this one is actually owned by my family. We’ve had a couple weddings there now and one of them had more of a picnicky theme that just used the vineyard as a backdrop. Just because it is at a winery by no means makes your theme about grapes and wine with purple and red colors! My wedding is actually going to have a fall color theme and only our ceremony is actually going to be at the vineyard. I’m more of a fall girl, so I’m using those colors as the scheme and going from there, but without the whole pumpkin/gourd/leaves everywhere!
So basically, if you are doubting your ideas, just go with your gut feelings and just use the winery as the backdrop to what ideas you have!
Best of luck!