Get Married in California's Wine Country
Nothing’s more romantic than saying “I do” in the heart of California Wine Country .
Plan a destination wedding to Napa Valley during the fall when the wine harvest is in full bloom.
What's more - the fall foliage provides a dramatic backdrop for those photos you’ll be looking at years from now.
Blushing brides, brown gowns
Fall color palettes are fun to play around with, and the options stretch further than the go-to pastel shades. Autumn colors for bridesmaid dresses include deep browns, coppers, yellows, oranges, scarlets, and golds. Think warm, lush hues to contrast with the cool, crisp air.
Take a vow
Imagine reading your favorite love sonnet in the middle of a secluded Napa Valley vineyard while the people who mean the most to you look on. Whether your heart is set on an outdoor wedding, flanked by grapevines, or an indoor wedding lit by candlelight, make sure the ceremony is memorable and reflects the essence of you as a couple.
So you’ve planned a destination wedding in Napa Valley. The next step is deciding which varietals to serve – and when. You’ll want to serve heavier wines to complement the brisk weather, especially if you’ve planned an outdoor wedding. Consider full-bodied red wines, like Cabernets or Syrahs. Sparkling apple cider or spiced rum can also add some punch to the drink menu.
As the days become shorter and the weather gets cooler, you’ll want to serve hearty food to warm up your guests. In Napa Valley it’s easy and delicious to eat local produce so visit a farmers’ market for the freshest fare. Look into rich meats like roast beef, pork or lamb. Root vegetables and gourds add a pop of color so consider new potatoes, yellow squash, and purple eggplant to complement the main dish.
Toss the bouquet
Fall weddings provide an opportunity to go beyond the usual bouquet of roses. Consider deep purples, rich reds, and glowing oranges: dahlias, orchids, and begonias are romantic bets. Take advantage of the glowing leaves and gorgeous fruits in season to use in table centerpieces, like pears, plums, pumpkins and apples.
Piece of cake
Your wedding cake should be just as unique as the wedding ceremony. Think outside the wine barrel and consider more fall-friendly options. Red velvet cake goes well with an Indian summer color scheme and adds a distinctly Southern touch. Devil’s food cake, spiced rum cake or carrot cake also work well. And don’t forget the wine. Pair dessert with a sweet port for the ultimate finishing touch.
Home, sweet, honeymoon
Consider putting the bridal party up in a Napa Valley vacation rental. Often California vacation rentals are cheaper than hotels and more convenient than a Napa Valley resort. From cozy Napa Valley cottages to Sonoma vacation rentals, CA vacation homes vary in size and type to accommodate most budgets. Cozy Napa Valley vacation homes also make for romantic honeymoons – after all the guests are gone.