A popular venue in weddings today is a nice romantic and picturesque vineyard or winery. Not only do wineries and their vineyards offer a beautiful setting and great wine but they are usually located in great travel locations as well. Popular winery wedding locations like Traverse City, Michigan or Sonoma, California also offer great vacation areas for extended stays for your wedding party and guests.
Since there are so many wineries and they all offer a little something different, you will want to do your homework. And, not all wineries are permitted to hold weddings but those that do tend to offer many perks. Some cater so much to weddings that they even offer horse and carriage rides or their own private chapel. A large estate may offer lodging or some wineries have a larger inn right on their premises. This makes it very easy to accommodate everyone in the event that your winery wedding is also a destination wedding.
Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay, Michigan offers a perfect example of a vineyard/winery that has the complete wedding package including an inn for lodging.
The farm has reception areas both inside and out that can accommodate up to 140 guests.
If you are simply interested in a countryside vineyard option without all of the winery perks, consider renting a private vineyard space. Some places may rent out their home or a guest home on their property for getting ready. Many have barns or other out buildings to possibly use. Things to consider are rest room facilities, cost of rentals, and catering. As with most anything, the more you coordinate yourself, the less money you usually end up paying.
Since winery weddings are so popular and only permitted wineries can hold weddings, it is a good idea to book as soon as possible. Obviously, the most popular days are going to be on the weekend, mainly Saturday. If you can hold your wedding during the week, you will have an easier time getting a date booked plus you have the potential for a hefty discount.
Once you do have your winery venue booked, you will want to think about all of the little details in keeping with your theme.
I like this invitation from Helper Of The Bride because it gives just a nice subtle hint with the grapes in the corner. The emphasis of the invitation is still on the couple.
You can easily make these yourself with recycled wine corks using the tutorial from Project Wedding.
There are so many fun options for wedding favors that fit a winery theme. You could give wine stoppers, wine openers, or even the small half bottle sizes of wine right from the winery. Maybe they would let you put your own custom label on the bottles.
Another wine cork idea is to make these wine cork key chains with a little thank you charm.