A Vineyard Wedding

“Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words”
--Plautus

Days of Wine and Roses

Vineyards and weddings seem to complement each other like Ernie and Bert, Sonny and Cher, Kim and Kanye, Rum and Coke, and, of course, wine and cheese. There are the obvious reasons, of course: the fairy tale scenery, the natural wild-beauty surrounding manicured rows of grapevines and the overall romantically vernal mise-en-scene. However, there is something deeper, more metaphorical, perhaps, as to why vineyard weddings seem to resonate.

The Metaphorical Vineyard

Perhaps it has to do with the romance of winemaking itself, and how that process so closely relates to our own process and path towards matrimony.

Just like newly married couples, the individual grapes become one, and it is in this process of becoming one that they develop, evolve and are transformed into a new and better substance while retaining their individual essence. Unity in diversity.

Indeed, like each couple, every batch of wine is unique and presents complex combinations of flavours derived from varying environmental factors. At once earthy and elegant, oaked and flamboyant, each bottle is an amalgamation and agglutination of its life experience.

“Wine is Bottled Poetry”
--Robert Louis Stevenson

Vineyard Wedding Tips

We could wax poetic with regards to wine and vineyards all day long, but we want to offer you some pragmatic advice if you are considering a Vineyard wedding. The following tips will help you get started:

 

Sound Ordinances

Most wineries are in rural locations where there are often strict sound ordinances. Often music has to be turned off by 10 or 11 pm. It’s important to check with the winery before you book a DJ or live band. If you want to ensure that you’ll have plenty of time for dancing, you can usually add time to the beginning of your wedding; however, if boogying into the wee hours of the morning, a winery may not be the place for you.

 

Which Season is Best?

The natural aesthetic of vineyards change dramatically from season to season, so it’s important to do a little research before you book one. In the summer, most vineyards are green and vibrant, with vines full of grapes. Late September brings burnt oranges and reds, and winter may be a snowy wonderland (depending on the region). It’s best to take some time and think about the vision for your colour palate–there really is no right or wrong.

“To take wine into our mouths is to savor a droplet of the river of human history”
--Clifton Fadiman

Getting There!

As Woody Allen once said, “80 percent of success is showing up.” Often the most beautiful places are the hardest to access. This can be a common issue with vineyards. Roads are often unpaved, rough and narrow. Even if you can get there by car, some of your guests may not appreciate driving their luxury car over a gravel road for an hour! One of the best ways to solve this issue is to hire transportation for your guests. You can charter buses, SUV Limos, or organize to have cars take guests to and from the vineyard. This will save your guests stress and trouble and save their car’s paint job in the process!

What to Wear!

It’s important to remember that you’re going to be in a rural setting, complete with grass, dirt gravel and wooden floors and walkways. Because of this, it may be best to leave the stilettos at home, and opt for a more practical shoe instead. If high heels are a must, it’s best to provide the wedding party with flip-flops to move around until they absolutely need to put on the heels (say, for walking down the aisle).

Furthermore, as the weather can get cool in the evening, it’s a good idea to communicate to guests that they may want to bring a shawl. A classy move is to provide guests with throws, which can be purchased at stores such as Ikea–they are inexpensive and guests can take them home!

“Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy”
--Benjamin Franklin

Let Us Help!

We at Savoury City love to help create the perfect wedding, and if a vineyard wedding is your dream, please contact us for a consultation so we can help you turn that dream into a reality!

In Vino Veritas!

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