While most countries make their own wine, the United States is the fourth-largest producer of wine in the world. (France and Italy are the top two, of course!) On top of that, every state also makes their own wine. Not surprisingly, California produces the most wine. If you make your own wine, or simply love the elegance it offers, you may be planning a wine-themed wedding.
Wine-themed weddings are perfect for warm Mediterranean climates, summer celebrations, or vineyard venues. And the decoration possibilities are endless! As you’ll see in the post, everything from the corks to the barrels can be used to enhance your wedding. If you’re feeling bold, create your own custom wine to give as wedding favors. Or stick to custom labels on professionally made wine, if you don’t have time for trial and error!
Keep reading for more wine-themed wedding inspiration, including top-rated venues from around the country to host your special day.
Whether you cut them in half, spray paint them, or wrap them in twine, wine bottles are perfect centerpieces. If you have a favorite bottle, keep the label on and fill if with flowers. Or, you can buy colored bottles to match your wedding theme.
Make those bottles do double duty! Add table numbers to the bottles, so guests can easily locate their seats. You can write the numbers directly on the bottle, buy numbered wine bottles, or hang rustic number signs around the bottle neck.
If you want to ditch the traditional guest book, use wine bottles! Set out a few clean bottles with your custom wedding labels with instructions for signing. One bottle can fit roughly 20 small notes. However, you can only fit about 10 longer notes on a single bottle. Plan according to your headcount. (And it never hurts to have a few extra hidden under the table!)
Seating Card Holders
Little details—like wine cork card holders—will really enhance your wine-themed wedding. You can purchase them online, or make them yourself. Plus, if they’re stamped with a Cheers! message, guests might even tame them home as a keepsake.
Send guests home with a little piece of your wedding—literally! Custom wine corks are the perfect blend of useful and sentimental, as all wedding favors should be. You can put a small note of thanks on the top, along with your wedding date, for friends and family to take home.
Looking for a simple and inexpensive DIY project that doubles as post-wedding home decor? Then cork letters are your answer! Once you start planning your wedding, ask friends and family to save any of their wine corks. That way, you don’t have to drink all that wine yourself. (Only if you don’t want to, of course!)
Cocktail Hour Tables
Your wine-themed wedding isn’t complete without some reclaimed wine barrels! They are they perfect size for cocktail hour. Or you can line up 3 or 4 in a row for a custom bar. Because you probably don’t have empty wine barrels lying around, contact local wineries or distilleries and see if they’ll donate to your special day. If you get really lucky, your venue might even have some!
If you’re planning an elegant wedding, wooden barrels might feel bulky and rough. Instead of using them throughout the reception, use them selectively. For example, wine barrel tables can frame your wedding arch, or hold the jars of sand you’ll pour out together. And you can always wind lace around the barrels, or put a rich wine-colored tablecloth over them.
Create a long-lasting keepsake of your new life together with a monogrammed sign made from an old wine barrel. You can have your last name engraved, along with the date or location of your wedding. Or you can choose an inspirational phrase, like “Eat, Drink, and Be Merry” or “Love Wins.”
Of course, your save the dates and invitations are the debut of your wedding theme. Kick your wine-themed wedding off with burgundy invitations, in stand-out envelopes that are sure to get everyone’s attention. (After all, junk mail always comes in white!)
Add a layer of depth to your decorations with wine-colored textiles. For example, burgundy table runners and napkins will stand out in your venue. Plus, any wine spills won’t be noticeable! Don’t overwhelm your day with dark red, though. Use it sparingly, or brighten it up with burlap or lace.
Of course, if you’re choosing burgundy as the main color for your wine-themed wedding, you’ll need complementary colors to brighten in spring, and blend in winter. Light green and blush pink are perfect complements for warmer months, while gold and pewter draw from the moodiness of the colder months.
The best part about hosting at Embodied Wines? Your rental comes with complimentary bottles of wine. And you get to choose which ones! As if that isn’t reason enough, their event space is also equipped with coolers, furniture, linens, and a sound system with microphones. Plus, their tasting room can fit up 130 people—perfect for your intimate wine-themed wedding!
Virginia Beach, VA
Still looking for a reception venue? What about a rehearsal dinner spot? Look no further than Mermaid Winery, located right on Shore Drive. Their venue space can accommodate 299 guests for cocktail hour, seated dinner service, and open bar.
This scenic winery is nestled among massive oak trees, creating a peaceful backdrop for your wine-themed wedding. Just a short drive from Orlando, guests can spend a long weekend, or you and your spouse can honeymoon just a car ride away. Although their space is large enough to fit 1,000 people, their friendly and experienced staff will make you feel right at home.
Coeur d’Alene, ID
The “just show up” approach to your wedding means you get to relax, and Settler’s Creek does all the work for you! The 100-year-old historic farmstead is just four miles from downtown Coeur d’Alene, and their all-inclusive approach means they provide food, decor, and rehearsal and day-of management for up to 500 guests.
You have so many options for your wine-themed wedding! From cork favors all the way to large-scale venues, your wedding can be authentic and beautiful. Keep in mind, though, that the more detail you put into your big day, the more time you need to plan it all! So make sure you have plenty of time, or lots of help.
What inspired your wine-themed wedding? What complementary colors are you using?