Wedding Wednesday: Wedding at the Vineyard Inspiration Board

A few weeks ago, my parents had the immense pleasure of being able to go to California Wine Country, mainly Napa Valley as well as Sonoma.  They raved about the natural beauty, the flavors of the wines as well as the laid back atmosphere.  I am a big wine person myself, and there have been wineries in the North Carolina area that host weddings.  These events are like the wines they create: casual but with a touch of elegance.  Here is just a handful of wineries that I have been to that make or will make great venues for vineyard weddings in North Carolina Wine Country.

Raffaldini Vineyards

Photo Courtesy of bertreed.blogspot.com

Photo Courtesy of bertreed.blogspot.com

To this day Raffaldini is still one of the most beautiful wineries I have ever visited.  The views of the mountains and the grape vines, the Tuscan-style elegance of the architecture as well as the ample patio and balcony space make this a great venue for hosting your wedding.  There are multiple packages available.  Check out their website for more details.

Treehouse Vineyards

Photo Courtesy of Treehouse Vineyards

Photo Courtesy of Treehouse Vineyards

Though it is not currently able to facilitate weddings on the weekends, if you are the type that would love to host an intimate wedding on a weekday, this is the place for you.  The Treehouse Vineyards is charming and has a very comfy, down-home feel to it.  There’s a covered patio, a firepit, and tons of gorgeous greenery to make your guests feel like you are having a back yard wedding with a view.  You can even spend your wedding night in the Papa’s Dream Treehouse.  Check out their website for more information.

There are numerous vineyards in the area that can offer the perfect location for your wedding.  Now that you have a little bit of inspiration for the setting, let’s move on to the Pin-speration.

wineweddingcollageFrom the Crate Clockwise (You can click on the picture to enlarge):

  • Centerpiece:  Wine crates are easy to come by.  Simply go by your local wine or liquor store and they should have these gorgeously unique DIY flower boxes for free!  Fill the box with fresh flowers and candles and you have an eye catching centerpiece with a vino twist!   Photo Credit: Repinned from Kathleen Haase Smith
  • Favors: Offer your guests mini bottles of wine with your names and date of the event on them. If you are going for aging the wine, stick to a red.  Photo Credit: blog.timesunion.com
  • Favors: Think your guests will have their fill of wines by the end of the night and would like something a little more permanent?  Each winery offers “free” wine glasses with tastings.  Feel free to ask them if you can get the glasses packaged in with your wedding details and have them engraved with your last initial and wedding date as well as the vineyard’s name.  Photo Credit:  bradgoodell at Etsy.com
  • Bar: I am so in love with this DIY wine barrel bar.  It looks so very simple.  All you’ll need are two wine barrels and two planks of wood along with a few paver stones or additional wine crates if you like.  Stack and serve!  Photo Credit: borrowedandblue.com
  • Invitations:    The invitations set the tone of the wedding.  This invitation set is eye catching and isn’t overly vineyard themed.  I am also a big fan of the font. Photo Credit: eyeheartprettythings.com
  • Place Card Holders: If this DIY project doesn’t inspire you to share a bottle or two with your future spouse, I don’t know what will.  Encourage your friends and family to save up all wine corks that they usually throw away and donate them to you.  Once you have enough, simply make a slit in the top and use the corks as place card holders.  So easy and relatively inexpensive.  Photo Credit: weddingbee.com
  • Ceremony Decor: You know the corks that you are saving up for the place card holders?  Go on and save the bottles as well.  Soak the bottles in warm water for an hour to remove the label, paint them up with your own design if you like,  and then fill them with fresh flowers to line the aisle for the ceremony. Photo Credit: themanorhousebride.com
  • Wedding Dress: Traditional elegance is the way to go with a vineyard wedding.  You don’t want to go too casual but the drama of an extravagant ball gown is a little too formal for a setting where the rolling hills are the focal point.  To truly stand out, wear something simple but with a little bit of a contemporary edge.  An A-line gown with a cut out back or a sheath with lace really does the trick. Photo Credit: David’s Bridal
  • Bridesmaid Dresses:  Light and flowing is perfect for your girls.  Depending on the time of year, you can go short or long.  Sweet sun dresses are great for summer vineyard weddings where as full-on gowns are perfect for fall.  Photo Credit: David’s Bridal
  • Menswear: The vineyard is a little too casual for a tux but it’s formal enough for a three piece linen suit.  Especially if you are having a late afternoon wedding, the guys can take the jackets off after the ceremony and cool off a bit and still look hot.  I have a weakness for vests.  Photo Credit: Nordstrom
  • Ceremony Idea: This idea I picked up a few years ago and I am intent on doing this at my own wedding, no matter where I have it.  In lieu of a sand/unity candle ceremony, have a wine box ceremony.  The bride and the groom write love letters to one another(about each other’s good qualities, why they fell in love, hopes for the future, etc.), pick out a bottle of wine (one that will keep for at least 5 years) and place them into a crate.  The officiant explains that marriage is like a bottle of wine, it gets better with time.  The letters that have been written have not been read to the bride and groom.  The box is sealed off with nails(in hopes that it will not have to be opened for many years) and should only ever be opened when the marriage is facing hardship and the bride and groom need a reminder of why they got married in the first place.  During that hard time, they will open the box, drink the wine, and read their love letters to one another and remember. Photo Credit: PotterybyDan
  • Wedding Cake:  You can go with the wine themed wedding cake if you like, but that just seems to be a little too hokey for my taste.  Having a simple cake but using wine glasses as the cake stand is a little bit more classy and it’s something different.  Photo Credit: google.com

To check out more vineyard wedding ideas, check out my Pin Board on Pinterest.

Have any more venues or ideas?  Please add them in the comments below.  Actually had a vineyard wedding of your own?  Please share!

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