How to Have a Vineyard-Style Wedding (Minus the Vineyard)

So what if your venue locale isn’t a vineyard? With rustic touches, like barrels and bottles, a rich color scheme and a menu full of cheese and charcuterie, your outdoor wedding space can have the same terroir as any winery. Here’s how to pull it off—no grape estate necessary.
  1. Book an Outdoor Space

    garden ceremony space

    PHOTO BY JOSE VILLA PHOTOGRAPHY

    Another type of outdoor venue with that lush, green backdrop you want, like a local garden or park, can stand in for a winery. If you plan to host the ceremony and reception in one place and are having a lot of guests, look for a location with ample lawn space.

    From: A Sophisticated Southern Wedding in Charlottesville, Virginia

  2. Send Wine-Themed Stationery

    invitations with leaves and foliage

    PHOTO BY FROZEN IN TIME PHOTOGRAPHY

    Save-the-dates are the first impression your guests will have of your wedding, so if a vineyard-esque wedding is in the works, go for stationery that reflects your theme. A grapevine or leafy motif, or even just an invite in wine-colored hues, will help get the message across.

    From: A Charming, Fall Wedding at Linganore Winecellars in Mt. Airy, Maryland

  3. Focus on Flowers

    floral centerpiece on table

    PHOTO BY LACIE HANSEN PHOTOGRAPHY

    Tables topped with textured, colorful arrangements can also help channel that vineyard feel. Combine florals in autumnal hues, such as plum dahlias and marigold ranunculus, with classic shrubs like pieris seedhead. For an even bigger winery nod, why not add small bunches of grapes to the centerpieces?

    From: An Eclectic Wedding at Miller Nurseries in Canandaigua, New York

  4. Decorate With Winery-Inspired Details

    rustic wedding decor

    PHOTO BY LAUREN F. LIDDELL PHOTOGRAPHY

    Whether you use actual wine barrels and bottles or just go for an overall vintage, shabby-chic look, the decorative details are essential to creating that vineyard vibe. Bring in mix-and-match dishware, rustic hurricane lanterns, wrought-iron elements and weathered wood to help set the tone.

    From: A Rustic Chic Wedding in Monroe, Louisiana

  5. Set the Scene for Romance

    couple standing under arch

    PHOTO BY KATE DONOVAN PHOTOGRAPHY

    An arch composed of branches and vines creates a cozy, intimate ceremony space that’s both vineyard inspired and romantic. You can even save the canopy and place it in your garden or backyard postwedding as a reminder of your day.

    From: An Organic Vintage Barn Wedding at a Private Residence in Nottingham, New Hampshire

  6. Stock the Wine Bar

    wine bar at wedding

    PHOTO BY KATIE LEWIS PHOTOGRAPHY

    One varietal, two varietals, three varietals, four. Make sure your bar serves all of the vino, or even set up a designated space for wine tasting. After all, what’s a vineyard without the wine?

    From: A Rustic, Romantic Wedding at Five Lakes Resort in Frazee, Minnesota

  7. Cue the Cheese Platter

    cheese and crackers on cutting board

    PHOTO BY KRISTIN CHALMERS PHOTOGRAPHY

    When you think of wine, cheese isn’t far behind. Use your cocktail hour to serve up an epic vineyard-style cheese board, along with various crackers, fruits and nuts that’ll go well with your vino options. Don’t forget to label the different types of cheese and recommend the right wine pairing for each one.

    From: An Intimate, Garden-Party-Themed Wedding at Kentford Farms in Stonginton, Connecticut

  8. Give the Gift of Wine

    wine bottle favors for guests

    PHOTO BY THE STORY PHOTOGRAPHY

    Make one last vineyard-style impression with favors like personalized cork stoppers, corkscrews or even a bottle of your favorite wine. Your guests will definitely toast to you for giving such useful-slash-drinkable gifts!

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