A vineyard theme is a wonderful wedding design idea. It is fantastic for a wedding which will take place at an actual vineyard, naturally, but can also be easily adapted to a wedding held in another venue. These are some great ideas on how to create an elegant vineyard theme wedding that no one will ever forget.
Obviously, the ideal location for a vineyard theme wedding would be an actual vineyard. Many regions have small local wineries, even if they are nowhere near famous wine growing regions like Napa Valley in California. You might just be surprised to learn that you have a picturesque vineyard not too far from home. But if you can’t host your reception at a winery, do not despair. You can definitely create a vineyard theme wedding under a tent, in a restaurant, or even at a country club or a hotel.
Decorations are a great way to establish your wedding theme. Create the feeling of a vineyard by using lots of natural elements such as grapevine, flowers, and of course, grapes. Wind grapevine around an arbor and add tiny white lights for a beautiful place to hold an outdoor wedding ceremony. For color, layer in flowers in hues such as terra cotta, deep purple, and burgundy red. Grapevine can also be crafted into a rustic wreath for the doors of the church or reception venue. Weave a beautiful piece of ribbon in between the vine to create an earthy yet elegant wedding decoration.
For the centerpieces at a vineyard wedding, it is natural to want to turn to clusters of grapes. This can work wonderfully, as long as they are real grapes; avoid fake fruit at all costs. Other edible elements blend very nicely with the grapes to create a lush effect, including artichokes and gilded pears. Arrange the decorations down the center of long family style tables over a rough-edged piece of silk dupioni or even burlap for a cool rustic style. Punctuate the low decorations with tall ivory pillar candles, either set on wrought iron candelabras or placed inside lanterns. Pile fresh flowers in rich earthy shades of burgundy, terra cotta, and deep purple at the base of the candles to complete the effect.
Rustic elegance is truly the style of a vineyard wedding, and the bride should choose her attire accordingly. A bridal gown which has a contrast between elegance and roughness would be ideal. This could mean a silk dupioni gown with a slubby texture, a silk organza gown with artfully torn edges, or a linen gown for a summer wedding. Look for a wedding gown with fabric embellishments such as ruffles, draping, pleating, or ruching, as opposed to one with silver embroidery or sequins. A pair of cool coin pearl earrings would suit the vineyard style beautifully. Add a chic coin pearl necklace to complement the pearl earrings.
Food is going to be a bit part of the experience of a vineyard theme wedding. It should be fresh and seasonal, never pretentious. Menu items like butternut squash soup or fresh pumpkin ravioli would be scrumptious. Dishes featuring flavors such as sauteed mushrooms, herbed chevre, and hearty rustic bread will also fit right in with the theme. Certainly wine is going to be an important part of a vineyard wedding as well as the food. For the cocktail hour, rather than a signature cocktail, create a wine sampling bar. Pair the wine with artisan cheeses, fresh fruit like grapes, apricots, and figs, and crisp fancy crackers. Your guests will love the elegant wine tasting experience. For the wedding cake, a rich flavor like chocolate would be ideal. Decorate it with fresh or sugar grape clusters for the full expression of the vineyard theme.
Last but not least, send your guests home with a wedding favor which fits your theme. A small bottle of wine with a personalized label, a pewter bottle stopper, or a fancy corkscrew would all be great favors for vineyard wedding. It will be the perfect ending to a fantastic wedding.