- How far acceptable between church and reception site? - is a 50 minute drive too much?
- Having our wedding at a winery but need ideas for an enchanted forest/garden theme.
- Any recommendations for a vineyard/winery wedding venue in Northern California?
- Photographing a candlelit wedding - anyone done a shoot at Viansa Winery in Sonoma?
- Why do people need to have a theme for their wedding?
- I want a vineyard wedding, but which ones are good and not to pricey?
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Do you ever get the feeling that there is too much of a standard recipe for weddings? And that deviation from the norm will not go down well?
When Alyssa & Brian got married, their wedding day had quite a different look. The bride wore a black dress and tattoos. The wedding party dressed in black and grey. Yet they still created an event that was very much a wedding rather than a halloween party. The catering included a vegan Mexican buffet and vegan cupcakes.
The wedding took place at Alexander Valley Hall, set among the vineyards of Alexander Valley, in northeastern Sonoma County, just north of San Francisco.
You can see pictures and read more about this gothy winery wedding, quite appropriately, at The Offbeat Bride.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
- Best wishes to Sergei and Emily who are having a wine country wedding in April.
- Twittering wine lovers may find this directory of Wineries on Twitter really useful.
- Kara Wilson shares her plans for her wedding at Heron Hill Winery where she works as their Wedding and Events Coordinator.
- Will there be leaves? What season should you choose for a vineyard wedding?
- Glorious Fall Wedding At Solage Calistoga - Jessica shares photos and details about planning her wedding and naming the tables after their favorite wineries.
- Inspired by: My Wine Country Wedding - Leila just loves the rustic beauty of rows of tethered vines and stacked barrels.
- DIY wine cork name card holders.
- Zorvino Vineyards Bridal Show, in Sandown, New Hampshire - June 9, 2010.
- Beautiful Vineyard Weddings - a collection of inspirational photos.
- Winery Wedding Invitations with Ticket Response - a quite unusual invitation package, and thought not particularly winery related, this graphic designer has a talent worth looking at.
- A collection of vineyard wedding photos.
Monday, March 29, 2010
When Jess was searching for a vineyard in Delaware to host her wedding, the only one she could find online was beyond her budget. But then she heard on the grapevine of another winery. One that doesn't seem to have a web presence.
Pizzadili Winery is run by Tony and Pete Pizzadili, who grew up in Italy in the early 50's. Their father made wine for a living, so when the family came to the states in 1956 they continued making wine in their backyard. In 1992 they purchased 100 acres of farmland and started planting grapes. When their production reached the legal 200-gallon limit, they decided to turn their hobby into a business, and started work on buildings and permits in 2004. Pizzadili Winery opened in October 2007. (read more at Delaware winery content to be small)
They hosted their first wedding in 2006. They are sole providers of catering and wine for the events. Christy and Joel got married at Pizzadili's in 2008 and said:
We could not have asked for a more perfect day! Our wedding was great! Getting married at Pizzadili's Winery in Felton, DE was really fun, low key, romantic, beautiful, PERFECT!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
According to Red Hot Brides, red wedding dresses are currently all the rage, and why not? It might fit nicely with a red wine wedding theme.
A white dress has come to be a symbol of purity, innocence, and virginity, but prior to Queen Victoria’s wedding in 1840, it was common to wear one's best dress, whatever the color. Since then, a brightly colored dress has come to be considered poor taste and taboo. On the other hand, some cultures consider red to represent good luck. So why not give it a go and stand out from the crowd?
You don't have to go with bright poppy red. For a vineyard theme, a wine red or grape red might be an excellent choice. Or perhaps a white dress with red accents? Here is a selection of red bridal gowns brought to you by unbridaled-wedding-ideas.com.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Since you will probably be buying wine by the case for your various wedding celebrations, you might like to consider having custom labels made for the occasion.
Wilson Creek Winery offers to make custom labels for their Champagnes, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wines. You can start with one of their many templates, or use your own one of a kind label.
Friday, March 19, 2010
How much is it going to cost to rent a winery?
Santa Barbara Wine Country Wedding and Events understands these issues, and has come up with a list of extra indirect costs that the winery's contract may impose upon you. For example, their set-up and strike down times may mean that vendors have to hire extra staff or pay overtime. You will probably need liability insurance, and may be asked to hire a staff manager to handle emergencies, child care professionals, and an event coordinator.
The list is quite long, so check it out at Avoiding "Hidden" Costs/Surprises in your Winery Wedding Budget.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
"Miss Jellyfish" is planning a vineyard wedding at Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery this coming September, and has started looking for invitations. In her blog post "Invitation Indecision" she looks at eleven options that she has discovered so far and shares what she likes and dislikes about each one.
Monday, March 15, 2010
A selection of questions that are being asked about winery and vineyard weddings:
Friday, March 12, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
The Press Democrat, of Santa Rosa, California, reports on how the recession has hit local wineries.
Since the start of the recession in 2007, it has become chic to drink cheaper wines. There has been a flood of cheap imports to the US, and local wineries are offering deep discounts. One wine that previously retailed for $15 can now be found at $5.99. Wineries are finding it hard to get bank loans, and vineyards are receiving less for their grapes. Some wineries are on the market, and their value has fallen by 20% - 50%. The only good news seems to be that US wine consumption is still increasing.
Read the full article, Setbacks in Wine Country.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Here's a unique idea that wine lovers may want to add to their gift registry.
Wine Country Craftsman specializes in creating tables and custom furniture out of 60-100 year old retired grape vines from California. These unique and one of a kind tables are a perfect addition to the home, gallery, Bed and Breakfast, winery or wine tasting room.
The result speaks for itself. Each vine has its own character, some seeming to rest in serene meditation, some to dance in playful glee. The warmth of the wood invites your fingers to trace contours, follow branches, and contemplate the flow of life which took a century to express itself in the shape you see before you.
Passionate about their craft, Wine Country Craftsman invites you to enjoy the simplicity of nature in these beautiful pieces guaranteed to bring continued joy for many years to come. The Company's philosophy of "honoring and preserving nature's gifts" is evident in every furniture design they create.
The wedding day is one of the most important in a person's life, and today's couples strive to create a one-of-a-kind experience that is both personal and memorable for their guests, all while trying to stay within their budget. For one lucky couple, Mirassou Winery plans to help. The Mirassou family has been growing grapes and crafting superior wines in California since 1854, earning them the distinction of being America's oldest winemaking family. Today, the Mirassou wine style is refreshing and fruit-forward.
This year's contest kicks-off on March 2, 2010 and runs through June 27, 2010. Couples can enter to win $10,000, plus a trip to San Francisco and northern California wine country for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet with wine expert David Mirassou and Celebrity Chef Aida Mollenkamp, host of the popular Food Network show "Ask Aida," to plan their custom California-inspired wedding menu, complete with food and wine pairings.
Up to five lucky finalists will be chosen and featured at www.mirassou.com for an online vote from July 16 - August 8, 2010, and all finalists will receive a Mirassou gift package. Finalists are encouraged to run their own campaigns to earn votes, since the winner will be the finalist with the most votes. The winning couple will be announced in August and will meet with Aida and David this fall to learn about the hottest wedding food and wine trends, as well as plan their own personalized wedding menu.
Monday, March 1, 2010
By Bridget Mora
Wine country is one of the most romantic places you can choose for a wedding. The natural beauty of a vineyard makes a stunning backdrop for a ceremony and reception. There are fantastic vineyards in places like California, Italy, France, and even upstate New York. The best part of course is enjoying the top wines that the vineyard has to offer.
When hosting your wedding in a location with its' own unique beauty, play up the elements that make the place special. So at a vineyard, choose natural decorations, displayed in non-fussy ways. Incorporate details like grapevines, trailing greenery, and fruit into your table décor and perhaps over an arbor for the ceremony. Rough hewn, simple containers made from wood, galvanized metals, or hollowed out vegetables would make wonderful vessels. Use elements that emphasize the bounty of the land.
The bride and groom should think about the setting when choosing their attire. Instead of a heavy satin gown and a tuxedo, consider sophisticated but less glitzy styles. The groom at a vineyard wedding would look great in either a suit (a tan linen one would be smashing for a summer wedding), or a blazer and trousers. The bride should look for a gown with simple lines, like an A-line or a sheath. A gown with texture, such as all-over lace, would look incredible in the naturally beautiful setting of wine country.
For the finishing touches, the bride should also look for accessories and a hairstyle that are not too fussy or stiff. Soft waves in her hair, held back by a handmade pearl comb would be sophisticated and simple. Handcrafted bridal jewelry is the perfect accent for a rustic reception. Think about keshi or baroque pearls, intertwined with strands of sterling silver. Soft movement always looks right in an outdoor locale, so look for handcrafted bridal jewelry like drop earrings and cluster necklaces.
After the bride, the wine itself is the star of the show at a vineyard wedding. Feature the vineyard's finest vintages, with information about each on the menu cards. A flight of wines, with an appropriate selection served with each course, would be a delightful way to highlight the best of the vineyard's offerings . Pair the wine with seasonal local cuisine, and you will really have a reception that is enjoyable and memorable for you and your guests. (Just be sure to provide transportation home for everyone!)
Briget has many years helping clients select jewelry and accessories. Let us know if you would like her to write on a particular topic.
Choose SilverlandJewelry for crystal wedding jewelry for the bride and select Swarovski crystal earrings for your bridesmaid gifts.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?Rustic-Vineyard-Weddings&id=1163178
Sunday, February 28, 2010
- Wine Tasting Bridal Shower Ideas - Angie Rayfield tells us that 'couple showers' are becoming increasingly popular and suggests two different approaches to organizing a wine tasting shower.
- Featured Wedding: Allison and Ian - at Talon Winery and Vineyard in Lexington, Kentucky.
- The Breezy Bride - a blog about Brianne Marikit's plans for a winery wedding in Napa. I wonder if she has selected her wedding favours yet?
- Petite Weddings & Elopements - have you dreamed of having a small intimate winery wedding?
- Napa Has Cold Feet Ahead of Wedding Decision - a 20-year-old law effectively bans weddings at many Napa County wineries. Lifting it would open up many more locations.
- How long before a good bottle of wine, once opened, becomes a stale disappointment?
- Gemma and Josh are looking forward to their wedding in September at Maryland's Running Hare Vineyard.
- The Girl can't decide whether to choose Darlington Estate Winery or the Boatshed Restaurant, so she lays out the pros and cons of each.
- Rustic Vineyard Wedding Invitations by Sarah at Parrott Design Studio.
- Vineyard chic - a review of six wedding gowns suitable for a vineyard wedding.
- Orfila Vineyards & Winery is holding a bridal show on April 11, 2010.
- Erin explains her inspiration for a Rustic Chic wedding at Saltwater Farm Vineyard in Connecticut.
- A picturesque backyard vineyard wedding venue.
- Ideas wanted for an autumn vineyard theme.
- Small, intimate wedding in Napa/Sonoma - Suggestions Please!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
By Laura Eggers
A wine country wedding conjures up images of colorful vineyards, earthy scents and romantically lit wine cellars. You need little in the way of decoration, as the setting is so naturally scenic. While most vineyards look similar, depending on the season and age of the vines, the winery buildings themselves can vary widely. Decide if you prefer the style of a country farmhouse, a French chateau or a simple stone building.
Another consideration is the winery's proximity to an airport and/or accommodations for out of area guests. Many wineries offer outdoor receptions overlooking the vineyard, perhaps with hors d'hoevres passed in an elegant tasting room. Some have wine cellars and barrel rooms that can be set up with candles in medieval style for the wedding dinner. A combination or variation of these can be incorporated, making the most use of the winery's natural attributes.
Another great thing about having a wine country wedding is that you really don't need much in the way of extra decorating costs. Plus, the gorgeous setting will enhance your wedding photos.
Popular wine tasting areas on the California Central Coast include Paso Robles, the Edna Valley near San Luis Obispo and the Santa Maria and Arroyo Grande areas. Not every winery offers wedding services, but the following places do. Call and inquire about their offerings, and then take a tour with your fiancé of the ones you are interested in. Be sure to taste their wines as well!
In the Paso Robles area, Jan Kris Winery is located in Templeton. They have a rose garden and gazebo as well as a banquet room with views of the vineyard. They can accommodate up to 200 people and will allow you to bring in an outside caterer. Call 805-434-039 or see jankriswinery.com.
Meridian Winery in Paso Robles can accommodate up to 150 guests in their Barrel Chai Room. Their outdoor herb garden can hold up to 200, while larger weddings can be held out on the lawn overlooking the vineyard. Call 805-226-7135 for more information.
Robert Hall Winery in Paso Robles has a wedding coordinator included. Their setting is on a hilltop overlooking the vineyards. Call 805-239-1616 or see roberthallwinery.com.
Other wineries in the Paso Robles area, which offer wedding facilities, include EOS Estate Winery, 805-239-2563, Justin Vineyards, 805-781-7303, and Zenaida Cellars, 805-227-0382.
In the San Luis Obispo and Edna Valley areas, Edna Valley Vineyard has indoor and outdoor facilities and includes a wedding coordinator. They have a patio, garden, lawn, a banquet room and cask room and can accommodate up to 250 people. You can bring any caterer you wish. Call 805-544-5855 or see ednavalleyvineyard.com.
Further south in the Arroyo Grande area, Laetitia Winery offers wedding services. Call them at 805-481-1772.
Laura Eggers Underhill is the author and publisher of the online travel guides www.experience-wine-country.com
Monday, February 22, 2010
A good source of inspiration for graphics to use in your vineyard wedding are old wine bottle labels. You can find lots of examples with Google's image search, and winegirl.ch has many labels organized by subject, such as these examples of Feminine Beauty Art Nouveau.
Obviously one must take care not to infringe any copyrights when using materials like this, but if you use really old labels where the copyright has expired you should be ok.
A label like the one shown here, could be photo-shopped to remove the text, new background air brushed in its place, then your own text added using similar fonts, color and texture. It would make a great invitation and set the scene for a truly special day.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Woodriver Cellars are located in the Snake River Valley appellation in Idaho. Winemaker Neil Glancey, produces award winning wines, using sustainable vineyard practices, tending the grapes himself and fermenting the wine in French oak barrels.
For weddings, the Wisteria trellis and rose garden offers many photo opportunities, and a 6,000 square foot marquee tent is available for receptions, while the barrel room is ideal for smaller events and can accommodate upto sixty people.
One of their preferred vendors is Leap Photography of Boise, Idaho, and Brenda Leap has put together this slide show of weddings that she has covered at Woodriver Cellars.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Thomas Fogarty Winery, located in California between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, is hosting a Mix & Mingle on Sunday February 21st from 1-5pm. This will be an afternoon of mixing and mingling with some of the winery's preferred wedding professionals. They are showcasing photography, table designs, flowers, stationary, wedding gowns, catering, cake tasting, harp music, DJ's and dancing lessons.
Read more at Janae Shields Photography.
Google gets everywhere these days, and now they are making planning your wedding a whole lot easier with Google Docs templates designed specially for the task. These documents are online, so you can share them with others, access them from anywhere, even from your smartphone.
Google has teamed up with Style Me Pretty, who have added tips, ideas and inspirations to each of the spreadsheets.
Friday, February 12, 2010
By Vanessa Honda and Stephen Honda
Although it is the photographer who has the greatest influence in the creation of an excellent photographic wedding collection, the location also has a dramatic impact. A wedding at Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula is a beautiful location for shooting a wedding and if shot correctly will contribute to a memorable wedding album.
The Vineyards are of course the attribute that sets this wedding location apart from other wedding location. When shooting in this location a photographer should use the natural, earthy, fresh backgrounds that this location permits. When shooting the actual ceremony, a photographer can get a variety of stunning shots by standing at the back of the ceremony location. Those in attendance sit in rows of chairs at the same level as where the ceremony takes place. The photographer, from behind those in attendance can climb to a higher point. From this point of view, a photographer can get a shot of the entire ceremony with miles of rolling vine covered hills in the background. Of course a photographer needs to get close-up shots as well. Both objectives can be accomplished if one photographer shoots from the back with both a wide angle and a telephoto lens and another assistant is placed under the white gazebo where there the ceremony takes place.
One great place to take pictures of the bride is at the top of a couple flights of stairs of the lobby. There is a 19th century style black railing that goes around the hallway of the top floor of the lobby. A black and white or sepia shot of the bride against this railing creates an attractive retro look that will work well in a number of styles of albums.
Another location which is fun to shoot in is within the vineyards themselves. A picture the bride and groom framed with branches and grapes in the foreground with the couple centered between the branches in the background so that it looks as though the camera is peeking in on them as they gaze into each others eyes is another favorite shot available at this location.
Temecula has a number of beautiful locations for shooting a wedding. The Wilson Creek Winery if shot correctly will contribute much to any wedding album.
Vanessa is a Temecula Wedding Photographer who shoots in a number of Orange County, Riverside and San Diego Wedding Locations.
Article Source: A Photographer's Look at the Temecula Wedding Location Wilson Creek Winery
Thursday, February 11, 2010
From the moment you get engaged, to thanking guests for their gifts, there are many times that you will need to send out notes to all your guests. These might include engagement announcements and parties, save the date magnets, wedding invitations, guest information cards, bridal showers and thank you notes.
There are many places where you can get these printed using off-the-shelf designs, but if you are at all creative and can use photo editing software, why not make your own personal designs and get those printed? This gives you the ability to maintain the vineyard theme in all your communications.
You can buy stock photographs quite cheaply at websites like istockphoto.com.You can search for photos on related subjects, and add your text before sending the file to printers such as vistaprint.com. Here is an example I knocked up in just a few minutes.
Just to get you in the mood for wine, here is a nice little video of wine making at South River Vineyard in Geneva, Ohio. The winery is housed in a century-old Chapel that was first built in 1892, and moved to its present location in 2000. The first couple exchanged vows at the restored altar in May 2002.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Imagine an outdoor wedding with a backdrop of vines and a reception surrounded by wines barrels. Take a look at this video shot by Inland Empire Video and Photo at Ponte Winery in Temecula, California.