Looking for the ultimate setting for your special day? What could be more magical than an English vineyard wedding venue?!
Have you seen all the fabulous vineyard weddings on Instagram right now; from California and South Africa to Provence and Tuscany? They are so romantic with the vines making a perfect backdrop to your wedding photos. The great news is you don’t need to leave the UK to enjoy one, as there are some gorgeous vineyards here; saving you money and reducing your carbon footprint!
We caught up with Nick and America, from East Sussex vineyard Oastbrook Estates who share 8 reasons why a vineyard is a perfect wedding venue choice.
Vineyard weddings are like a destination wedding
A vineyard wedding feels like a destination wedding without the travel hassle. Not only are many vineyards very secluded and private, but they are completely different to your normal wedding venue environment. You and your guests will feel like you’ve been transported to some warm and beautiful foreign country; but unlike destination weddings, you are more likely to have more friends and family around you as they need to travel so far.
We have a tree lined pool for your cocktails, hammocks to chill on plus your guests can stroll amongst the vines or sit on the veranda of the tasting room, watching the sun go down across the vines. All here in the UK.
Vineyard weddings are sustainable
Not only due to reduced carbon footprint as there are no flights, vineyard weddings tend to be far more sustainable. Firstly, the wine will be made on site with no nasty chemicals and no air miles, but also most will be support local communities, source locally grown food and use florists that embrace ethical flowers that are seasonal.
You can stay all weekend at a vineyard wedding!
Most couples choose to stay for the whole weekend at the vineyard meaning they won’t have to trek by car from the ceremony to the reception; you can stay around the vineyard with your friends and family with no time pressure, just time to enjoy and relax. This makes for a truly stress-free experience. At Oastbrook, you can have a wedding barbeque with close friends and family on the balcony of our tasting room or under the picturesque pergola, an outdoor ceremony in our gazebo, drinks by the pool and a reception in our Rivendell inspired tasting room, all within a few hundred metres of each other.
It makes sense to choose a vineyard with its own bridal suite and accommodation. We have a Hobbit House for the bride and bridesmaids and for your wedding night plus luxury glamping for all your guests that they can book direct.
Vineyard weddings have wine on tap
Passing on those carbon miles is not the only benefit for the environment. Your wine just has to move from the vineyard to the winery, into the bottle and onto your table. There is nothing better than relaxing with a glass of wine looking over the vineyard where the wine came from. We have some amazing wines, including our Gold award winning Pinot Gris and our amazing sparkling wines. And it will never run out!
You can choose food and design themes to compliment the wine
You can serve the wine produced by the vineyard at your reception as part of a tasting menu. Your wedding stylist and caterer can create a theme around the wine and the vineyard to make your events truly unique and unforgettable. At Oastbrook we have some amazing caterers like Touchays, Seasons Wild and Free and the Curlew who can conjure up a tasting menu to perfectly match the wines that we produce.
Have your wedding breakfast between the vines
Vineyards are full of interesting spaces for you to host your wedding events; you can have your ceremony with the vines as a backdrop and have your reception in the winery.
Fancy a wedding breakfast on tables set between the vines? We offer such inspiring choices to couples who want to explore the great potential that a vineyard offers, the owners are really open and flexible so if you want to literally dine amongst the vines under a canopy this can all be arranged!
A vineyard wedding can be rustic or luxe
An outdoor wedding of course makes you think of a rustic theme but you can also go luxe – let’s face it, there is nothing more glam that a private vineyard. Think amazing views, vines, fine food and wine and acres of private land to enjoy without being overlooked.
Your wedding photos will be out of this world!
A vineyard offers a beautiful backdrop for some amazing wedding photos. Wandering through the vines, gazing across the vineyard from the veranda, hand in hand in front of the barrels. The light diffracted across a vineyard allows for a stunning visual impact that is truly insta worthy.
It doesn’t get much more romantic than getting hitched amongst the vines. Just see the sun rising and setting over a south facing vineyard and it will truly take your breath away.