• Shahraz Ali

Winery Venue Checklist For Hosting The Perfect Wedding: "Exchange Vows In Vines!"

Updated: Sep 29, 2021

Your wedding venue has a massive say in what your big day turns out like - it’s going to define your experience and leave lasting memories, so choosing the right place to say “I do” makes all the difference.


If you want to exchange vows amidst breathtaking vineyards followed by savoring wine in a stunning winery, here’s the checklist you need to choose the perfect winery venue for your wedding!


1. Do Your Winery Venue Research


First off, it's a good idea to spend time researching wineries. Looking at different venue styles online, learning about winery landscapes and decor, and reading about a variety of budgets will help you set your mind on what you’re looking for.


2. Choose A Memorable Landscape


Putting some thought into the landscape of the winery you want to get married is a good idea. The winery or vineyards may be within your city, a few hours away from where you live, or even a destination winery wedding abroad. Remember to consider the convenience of your guests at this point!


Once you’ve set your locale, venue options will narrow considerably, thus making the final selection easier.


3. Decide Your Budget


Before making any decisions, setting your budget is essential. You should know exactly how much you can afford as a whole and the portion of it you’re willing to spend on winery venue and catering services. (Wineries range in prices depending on what you want).


Sorting out expenses can get tricky, but after a thorough discussion with your partner, it shouldn’t be as hard. The initial research you’ve done on what comes with various budgets at the wineries you are eyeing will also help!


4. Estimate The Number Of Guests


Create a quick draft of the people you will invite to your wedding. This will help you select a winery venue that accommodates the size of guests you are expecting.


5. Think About The Date And Time


Think about the range of days you find suitable for your wedding. You can then pick venues that are available on any of these dates. If you’ve found the perfect winery venue already, you could perhaps shift your preferred dates a little.


The time must align with your location. For example, you should keep a time later in the day if the venue is far away.


6. Find the Winery Style to Match You and Your Partner


Finding the style that will bring you and your partner's dreams to reality is the real game-changer.


If you’re seeking a majestic fairytale experience, you can go for a wine castle, such as Jordan Winery in Sonoma County.



You can also say “I do” in an (underground!) wine cave dug into a hillside amidst serene and romantic settings. ‘The Caves at Soda Canyon’ is an example of one such venue in the Napa Valley wine country:


Alternatively, you can get married amidst the rolling hills of Robert Young Estate Winery, in front of a stunning barn in Grassini family vineyards, or in the sprawling grounds and beautiful vineyards of Notre Vue Winery:



Visit our website to experience 3D virtual tours of these wineries (and more) - you may land your dream wedding venue in no time!


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