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9 Reasons Why You Should Have a Winery Wedding

Rustic Outdoor Wedding at Callaway Vineyard and Winery in Temecula, California | PartySlate

A winery wedding is the perfect mix of stunning views and relaxing ambiance. If you’re a wine connoisseur, vineyard wedding venues have likely been top-of-mind since your engagement. From Napa Valley and the multitude of California wineries to Tuscany’s beautiful countryside, rows of vineyards in the distance are a beautiful sight — and backdrop for your nuptials.

One of the best things about this type of “destination” wedding is that you don’t always have to travel far to find your nearest wine region. As of 2023, there are more than 7,000 wineries in the United States; you are sure to find a venue in the vines near you. If you’re looking for more of a destination spot, there is no shortage of breathtaking wineries all over the world.

PartySlate talked to Bridget Flynn, Lead Planner and Founder of Bridget Mary Weddings & Events, along with PartySlate brides who hosted vineyard weddings to get advice, tips, and tricks. Read on to find our top nine reasons why you should have a winery wedding and begin planning, and daydreaming about, your vineyard-set nuptials.

Check Out This Stunning Winery Wedding in Sovicille, Italy

videographer: Amari Productions

1. The Views

A winery wedding definitely makes a photographer’s job more fun. Capturing the vast views and beautiful memories of your big day is so important. Those views are going to be in every one of your wedding photos, as well as ingrained in your memories. Choose a venue that highlights the perfect panorama for you.

Fresh Outdoor Wedding at Alila Napa Valley in St. Helena, California | PartySlate
photo courtesy of & venue: Alila Napa Valley

First & Foremost, the Views

St. Helena, CA

Alila Napa Valley is a beloved winery wedding venue for endless reasons. Book this venue for its sleek interior and exterior design, along with its vineyard views for miles.

Gorgeous Wedding at Viansa Sonoma in Sonoma, California | PartySlate
photographer: Amy Little Photography | venue: Viansa Sonoma

You Can Still Find Beauty in the Storm

Sonoma, CA

Not even a rainstorm can hinder the vast vistas at Viansa Sonoma. This couple embraced the storm on their wedding day and wound up with these stunning photos.

Vineyard Wedding at Tre Posti in Saint Helena, California | PartySlate
photographer: Ashley Noelle Edwards, LLC | planner: Meant2Be Events | floral: Strelitzia Flower Company | venue: Tre Posti

An Altar Before the Vines

St. Helena, CA

Strelitzia Flower Company created this minimalistic “wedding arch” to make the most of the view behind the couple saying “I Do.”

Rustic Outdoor Wedding at Callaway Vineyard and Winery in Temecula, California | PartySlate
photographer: Ashley & Jay | planner: Michelle Garibay Events | floral: Soiree Floral Design | venue: Callaway Vineyard and Winery

Vines Without End

Temecula, CA

This rustic wedding, planned by Michelle Garibay Events, captured the essence of Wine Country. We love how this wedding style complemented the natural beauty of the venue.

Wedding Weekend on a Private Vineyard in Paso Robles, CA | PartySlate
photo courtesy of & planner: DFW Events, Inc. | floral: Jackson Durham Events

No Tent Needed

Paso Robles, CA

Why tent your reception when the views are this good? Jackson Durham Events designed this stunning wedding and filled it with an abundance of florals to compliment the surrounding vines.

2. The Wine

Need another reason to book a winery wedding? The wine. It’s tough to beat anything made and bottled at the source, and it’s a fact that wine tastes better when when paired with beautiful views. You and your guests can indulge in the finest of wines during your wedding weekend. You can also give bottles of local wine as personalized party favors.

photographer: Jackie Rangel Photo | planner: West Event Co. | floral: Floral Luxe & Co. | venue: Pacheco Ranch Winery

Pop a Bottle, Post “I Do”

Novato, CA

West Event Co. planned this beautiful wedding in California’s Wine Country. After the ceremony, the couple popped a bottle of sparkling rosé from their winery wedding venue to celebrate their nuptials.


Fabulous Rehearsal Dinner in Napa, California | PartySlate
photo courtesy of & planner: Carly Saber Events

In the Cellars

Napa, CA

We love this intimate rehearsal dinner in the wine cellars, planned by Carly Saber Events. This venue gives a warm ambiance to this special occasion.

Elegant and Sophisticated Wedding Day at an East Bay Winery | PartySlate
photographer: Ashley Maxwell Photography | planner: Amazáe Events Inc | floral: Bloomster’s | venue: Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery

Everyone Gets a Bottle

Pleasanton, CA

Give the gift of wine. This sentimental wedding favor served as a gift and a keepsake for guests at this beautiful wedding, planned by Amazáe Events Inc.

Late Summer Wine Country Wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Stephanie Hopkins Photography | planner: L’Relyea Events | floral: Julie Stevens Design | venue: Chateau St. Jean

Your Choice of Sparkling or Still

Sonoma, CA

L’Relyea Events planned this late summer wine country wedding with incredible views and dinner beside the vines while sipping on refreshments straight from the source.

3. The Seamless Transition From Wedding to Honeymoon

There are so many fabulous reasons to honeymoon in the same destination as your wedding ceremony and/or reception. Winery destinations are home to some of the most beautiful resorts and spas around the world. There’s no better place to kick off your honeymoon.

photographer: Koby Brown Photography | planner: Ema Giangreco Weddings; Caterina Weddings | floral: Il Giardino Delle Fate

Intimate, Yet Vast

Koby Brown Photography photographed this stunning destination winery wedding. Celebrating your wedding in a destination such as Tuscany makes for the perfect send-off to your honeymoon.

4. The Exciting Guest Activities

From winery tours and private tastings to spa days and lounging by the resort pool, winery destinations offer stunning amenities and activities for guests coming in from out of town. Make sure to choose a venue and hotel accommodations that are perfectly located near activities for your guests to partake in prior to the wedding festivities.

photographer: Ria Georgia Photography | planner: Michelle Garibay Events | floral: Posh Peony | venue: Fazeli Cellars

Make It a Winery Weekend

Temecula, CA

This unforgettable wedding at Fazeli Cellars in Temecula Valley offered endless weekend activities for guests.

5. The Accompanying Décor

Choosing décor and a wedding theme or style is one of the most exciting parts of planning your wedding. When having a winery wedding, there is a style of décor that naturally complements the scenery and setting. Below, you will see how Kylie, PartySlate’s Senior Events Manager, said “I do” in dreamy Sonoma, California. Her planner, Madix & Co., and florist, Rust & Flourish, worked together to create a colorful combination of fruit and florals.

Kylie spoke to some of the reasons that she and her husband decided to have a destination winery wedding, saying, “We loved the idea of a destination wedding and hosting a weekend of events, so that we could maximize time with our friends and family. Sonoma was a perfect fit for the relaxed, romantic destination we were looking for — and, of course, offered great weather and amazing wine!”

photographer: Cheers Babe Photo | planner: Madix & Co. | floral: Rust & Flourish | venue: Viansa Sonoma

Florals Galore

Sonoma, CA

Kylie notes, “We loved ’s sweeping vineyard views, olive trees, romantic lighting, and the moody wine cellar for our late night dance party.”

Romantic Pink and White Vineyard Wedding at Palm Event Center | PartySlate
photographer: Holly D Photography | planner: Ybarra Events | floral: Fantasy Sound Event Services; Delford West Floral Company | venue: Palm Event Center

A Cohesive Vineyard Motif

Pleasanton, CA

These invitation suites perfectly matched the vineyard style of this romantic California wedding, planned by  Ybarra Events.

photographer: Janine Licare Photography | planner: Madix & Co. | floral: Amanda Vidmar Design | venue: Beaulieu Garden

A Built-In Wedding Theme

St. Helena, CA

This whimsical wedding, planned by Madix & Co., twinkled with string lights hung above the outdoor dining tables.

Dreamy June Wedding at LaBelle Winery in Derry, New Hampshire | PartySlate
photographer: Cawthron Photography | venue: LaBelle Winery Derry

Wineries in Autumn Make for a Rustic Aesthetic

Derry, NH

Sometimes, your venue and season combine to make your perfect wedding style. LaBelle Winery Derry offers that perfect combination, no matter the season.

6. The Temperate Weather

Choosing a wedding venue and date relies heavily on the climate of your chosen location. By choosing a vineyard wedding venue, you are likely choosing temperate weather that is perfect for al fresco dining and a tented reception. Even when the sun goes down, you will still be able to enjoy the perfect weather and ambiance.

Colorful Wedding at B.R. Cohn Winery in Glen Ellen, California | PartySlate
photographer: Jen Philips Photography | planner: Orchard Venue Events | floral: Julie Stevens Design | venue: B.R. Cohn Winery

Warm Days & Cool Nights

Glen Ellen, CA

allows for an outdoor, sunset dinner with temperate weather almost all year round. See how this winery wedding went from day to night with an outdoor ceremony and reception.

winery wedding at Cave B Estate Winery and Resort | PartySlate
photographer: O’Malley Photographers | planner & floral: Kaleb Norman James Design | venue: SageCliffe Resort & Spa

Intertwined in the Vines

Quincy, WA

O’Malley Photographers captured this stunning winery wedding at SageCliffe Resort & Spa in Quincy, Washington. The perfect weather allowed the reception to be held outside amidst the vines.

7. The Delectable Fare

Food tastes better when paired with the perfect wine. A seasoned caterer will be able to curate a menu, complete with wine, cocktail, and even mocktail pairings, that suit your wedding style. Take advantage of the locally-sourced ingredients and incorporate fresh fare into your menu.

photographer: Megan Clouse | planner: Every Elegant Detail | floral: Loop Florals | venue: Tyge William Cellars

A Perfect Pairing

Sonoma, CA

From cocktail hour to dinner, food and drink pairings are essential — especially at a winery wedding. Every Elegant Detail planned this elegant, rustic wedding at Tyge William Cellars.

photographer: The Ganeys | planner: Joyfully Gathered | floral: Flower Girl Em | venue: Viansa Sonoma | caterer: Chef Carlo Cavallo Catering

A Fresh & Light Menu

Sonoma, CA

Chef Carlo Cavallo Catering served a delightful menu full of fresh greens and accompanying cocktail and wine pairings.

8. The Venues & Accommodations

Although your wedding day is all about you and your significant other, considering your guests’ accommodations is key. Set your guests up in luxury at a top hotel or resort with stunning views to match. Whether your venue is at the same hotel or resort where your guests are staying, or a dedicated event space, remember that accommodations matter.

photographer: Melanie Duerkopp Photography | planner: Kate Whelan Events | floral: Mignon Floral Co | venue: The Meritage Resort and Spa

More Than the Vines

Napa, CA

We love how this timeless wedding, by Kate Whelan Events, took the reception inside the wine cellars for a different view of a winery wedding.

Timeless Wedding at Four Seasons Napa Valley in Napa, California | PartySlate
photographer: Jasmine Lee Photography | planner: Every Elegant Detail | floral: Loop Flowers | venue: Four Seasons Napa Valley

Rustic Meets Organic

Napa, CA

planned this elegant wedding at Four Seasons Napa Valley where the couple said “I Do” in between the vines and the rustic, chic barn on the venue property.

Elegant White Wedding at Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection in Calistoga, CA | PartySlate
photographer: Henry Photography | planner: Cole Drake Events | floral: Fleurs de France | venue: Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection

Sometimes It’s All About the Venue

Calistoga, CA

This white wedding at Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection wowed with natural greenery and beauty around every corner.

Timeless Wedding at D’Vine Grace Vineyard in McKinney, Texas | PartySlate
photographer: Two Pair Photo | floral: Petals Couture | venue: D’Vine Grace Vineyard

An Italian-Inspired Venue — In Texas

McKinney, TX

We love this classic wedding at D’Vine Grace Vineyard. The venue’s courtyard space offers the ideal reception space with string lights overhead, enhancing the Italian-inspired ambiance.

9. The Best of Both Worlds

If you want a winery ambiance without the travel, choose a winery in the city. Read below to find three stunning wineries and distilleries located in the heart of some of our favorite cities. If the city is more your speed, this option will allow you all of the aforementioned perks of a vineyard wedding, but in a location where you’re more comfortable.

photographer: Elizabeth Fogarty Photography | planner: DESIGNED PERFECTLY EVENTS | floral: Atelier Ashley Flowers | venue: District Winery

Where the City Skyline & Wine Cellars Collide

Washington, D.C.

District Winery offers river-front city views and delicious wines. The industrial-chic architecture makes this space a beautiful canvas for your wedding theme and style.

Chicago Winery Weddings | PartySlate
photo courtesy of & venue: Chicago Winery

A Private Event Venue With Urban Charm

Chicago, IL

Located in River North, Chicago Winery is the perfect mix of a warm, inviting ambiance and modern architecture for your Chicago wedding.

Brooklyn Winery wedding | PartySlate
photo courtesy of & venue: Brooklyn Winery

Replacing Vines With Fermenters

New York, NY

This chic wedding used colorful florals and elegant décor that perfectly complemented the rustic vibe of Brooklyn Winery.

People Also Ask…

What are some things I should consider when planning my destination winery wedding?

Our Senior Events Manager, Kylie, notes a few things to remember while planning your winery wedding: “You’re not there in person — obviously that’s the point of a destination winery wedding, but it can make planning a bit tricky. Hire a planner who can be your local expert and boots on the ground.

“Remember: Book early! Smaller destination markets means local vendors, venues, and hotels will be in high demand.”

Bridget Flynn, Lead Planner and Founder of Bridget Mary Weddings & Events, comments, “Guest transportation is key for a destination winery wedding.

“If guests are traveling all this way, I highly recommend having shuttles to bring guests to and from the hotel, ceremony location, and reception location. If you want to be extra kind, arrange shuttles to the airport the day after the wedding.”

Should I host a winery wedding?

Our Senior Email Marketing Manager, Chelsea, eloped in The Douro Valley of Portugal in 2022. She spoke about her decision of having a destination winery elopement, saying, “We weren’t specifically looking for a winery wedding, but knew we wanted to have an intimate elopement in a beautiful, relaxing location. Six Senses Douro Valley ended up being the perfect venue because a winery is all about slowing down, taking the time to appreciate nature’s bounty, and celebrating together. The gorgeous backdrop of the vineyards did the heavy lifting as the décor during the ceremony and allowed us to feel more in the moment.

“My favorite detail was that once my husband and I exchanged the vows we wrote, we sealed them up, along with a bottle of port wine from the winery, bottled the year we met, inside of a wooden wine box to open in 5 years on our ‘wood anniversary.’

“Another fun element was when the resort’s sommelier personally made us port tonics, my new favorite drink, during our cocktail hour.” These special details made it a no-brainer for Chelsea and her husband to choose a destination vineyard for their nuptials.

Flynn, of Bridget Mary Weddings & Events, explains, “Winery weddings are perfect for out of town guests who want to explore the area while they are only there for the weekend. You are automatically creating an experience for your guests, while also supporting a local business. It’s honestly the perfect kind of venue.”