Planning Your Wedding at a Vineyard or Winery

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Having a wedding in wine country is the epitome of rustic elegance and there’s really nothing quite like it. What’s not to love about breathtaking scenery, fine wine and exceptional food? These magnificent venues can be found all over the world, from Napa Valley in the U.S. to France’s renowned Chateau d’Alene vineyards. Most the world’s best wineries also offer exclusive bridal packages.

Choosing the Vineyard
When it comes to vineyards, you’ll need to consider the location and its climate. Once you’ve chosen a state/city you’re most interested in holding your wedding, browse through possible options online to help narrow down your options. Winery wedding venues can vary from presenting outdoorsy, rustic décor to more elegant, sophisticated venues, each embracing the settings unique charm.

If at all possible, once you’ve chosen the winery, stop by, tour the grounds and talk to the individuals who will be helping you plan the wedding (most winery’s that hold weddings offer this service). Also an important consideration is that if you plan on getting married on a weekend or during the summer months, be sure to reserve the venue, catering etc., in advance because these dates typically book quickly.

Find out if you can rent necessities from the winery, including china, silverware, stemware, linens, tables, chairs, gazebos, arbors and anything’s you might need. Also, be sure to find out if they have dedicated staff members available to help during the receptions (serving wine, etc.).

The Food
If the winery you are considering has a restaurant, find out what all your options are when it comes to custom menus as well as in-house catering available for rehearsal dinners and weddings. Also, share your wine interests with the winery’s wedding planner. These professionals will also be able to guide you in selecting the perfect wine to pair with the foods you chose for the occasion.

Have Fun with the Invitations and Decor
If your wedding venue is a winery, you can have a great time coming up with the invitations and décor.  Options include special touches like wine label looking wedding invitations, complete with vines finely etched in the stationary, attractive wine bottles for table numbers, mini wine barrels to hold the escort cards, the possibilities are endless. You can think even more out of the box by serving a wedding cake made out of cheese, topping the tables with wine crates brimming with beautiful flowers and more. Other fun considerations include specialty wine labels on the bottles being served at your reception. Most wineries that hold weddings will also add a photo label of the happy couple on wine bottles to be served at the wedding reception or to be presented as gifts.

Hiring a Wedding Photographer
If you’re going through all the effort of planning a wedding at a winery, go the extra mile and hire a professional wedding photographer. They’ll have the experience and expertise to see the photo ops in a variety of settings, both inside and out. Your wedding photographer will see the possibilities in having you walk down vineyard paths, perhaps picking some grapes along the way. Indoor photo opportunities, include taking photos of the happy couple standing in front of wine barrels, making a toast, dancing in the gorgeous main room and everyone enjoying their perfectly paired wine and catered meal. Bottom line, if you want to capture every special moment of your winery wedding, hire a professional CT wedding photographer.

How to Hire the Perfect Photographer for Your Wedding

051Along with booking your wedding venue well in advance and choosing a wedding dress, deciding who you’re going to have as a wedding photographer isn’t something you want to mess with. You want to find the perfect CT wedding photographer because you’ll only have one chance to get it right. Unfortunately, a lot of couples decide to have friends or family members handle taking their wedding photos in an effort to save money. Is this a risk worth taking? That would be a big “NO”!

Low quality photography is actually one of the couples biggest wedding regrets, so if at all possible, hire a professional photographer. It’s one thing to take pictures of the wedding cake and the wedding party, which an amateur might be able to pull off, but a professional photographer will know how to make everything look beautiful, capturing all the happy moments in their best light. Speaking of light, a professional will also know how to properly take photos indoors and taking the necessary, precise lighting shots inside takes real skill. If you’re on a tight budget, keep in mind that you don’t have to hire a photographer for the entire wedding. Most wedding photographers can be booked to shoot specific parts of the wedding ceremony and reception.

Choosing a Wedding Photographer Based on Style
There are three types of wedding photographers – traditional, balanced and journalistic.

Traditional wedding photographers have a tendency to “stage” their shots, focusing on classic style portraits. In addition, they typically don’t take photos without your permission which can limit their creativity.

A journalistic photographer’s specialty is candid shots, meaning that they’ll snap shots throughout the wedding of the happy couple, guests and all the important moments without asking for permission. This allows the photographer the freedom to be creative.

A balanced wedding photographer provides a combination of journalistic and traditional variations, a great combination of talents.

If you’re undecided as to which kind of photographer you need, take the time to do some research online regarding the different wedding photographer styles and look for samples of each. This is a convenient way to find a photography style that feels like it fits “you” as a couple.

Researching Wedding Photographers
This isn’t as difficult as it might sound, thanks to the internet and referrals. While personal referrals are always helpful, it’s important to keep in mind that your friends or co-workers may not have a clear picture of the difference between good and exceptional. A personal referral is still a good way to go, but ask to see their wedding photos before you decide. You can also browse through wedding photographers CT online, looking through their portfolios and reading online reviews. A professional wedding photographer will have a good web presence and portfolio. Once you’ve got a list of options at your disposal, set up a consultation with them and ask for references, even calling some of their past clients if possible.

Your wedding will be one of the most important and magical times of your life. No one can capture your special day better than a professional wedding photographer.