Think about it, vineyards are romantic, even for those that don’t drink wine. There are many reasons why you should consider a vineyard for your wedding: the rolling hills, the rows of grapes, the lush greenery….all of it makes for a beautiful backdrop to exchange vows. While many consider California to be wine country, we actually have some great wineries not far from us.
Located just a few minutes west of Minneapolis, Warehouse Winery is the ideal place for an industrial-chic affair. As stated on their website, “With large open spaces, eclectic décor, and relaxed atmosphere, Warehouse Winery is the perfect place for any event!” The winery has a sound system with wireless microphones, tables, chairs, and lounge furniture. It also includes uplighting, a hospitality suite, and an iPod sound system to help enjoy the reception. The space also has a garage door that opens to an outdoor space creating more options for guests to linger. Having the outdoor area is definitely an added benefit. Especially with Summer and Fall being the most popular times of year to get married at the Warehouse Winery.
Given COVID-19 restrictions, the winery is still offering their event space, with limited guest counts per event, and with enforced physical distancing.
Consider Warehouse Winery for your shower, bachelor or bachelorette party or wedding. The staff there would be happy to assist with any celebratory event. You can gift their wine as a favor, or just serve it at your party. Consult their staff to see how they can help you with your celebration.
BOLD NORTH CELLARS (FORMERLY CARLOS CREEK WINERY)
KASEY MORRIS, Director of Events, tells us, “marrying at Bold North Cellars means your guests will be treated to award-winning and locally crafted wine and beer. The prettiest backdrops and dedicated staff will ensure you have nothing but joyful memories of your special day.”
In addition to beautiful scenery, Bold North Cellars also provides florists so you don’t have to hire an outside vendor. “We provide a personal Floral & Design Specialist, that can help you with fresh floral centerpieces to fit any style and fresh floral ceremony decor for your arbor and aisle and so much more,” says Morris. Couples also often choose to incorporate wine barrels throughout the property into their décor.
To back its “stress-free” motto, Bold North Cellars provides a wedding coordinator to ensure everything runs smoothly. This is particularly helpful during this time with physical distancing concerns. “We have spent extensive hours coming up with COVID mitigation that is in the best interest of our couples and their guests. A quick summary of our current COVID mitigation consists of screening guests prior to entering the event, with regulations provided by the state of MN. All staff must also wear masks, enhancing our already high standards of cleanliness with greater disinfecting of our spaces. There is an increased availability of hand sanitizer and touchless checkout will be used for a cash bar. Buffet & hors d’oeuvres will be served and there’s friendly signage reminding guests to enforce social distancing.”
The provided wedding coordinators help to create timelines and keep photography on schedule. As Morris states, the coordinators, “are going to have details laid out to help you stay within your desired timeframe and budget, making sure that you get to enjoy your day, all while ensuring you nail your scheduled highlights. Our wedding coordinators are masters of logistics.”
Bold North Cellars is available all year round, so while most weddings take place May – October, “Our venue is the perfect place to celebrate your winter wonderland or your springtime soiree!” states Morris. She also mentioned that in addition to weddings they can host other celebrations.
“From anniversaries, proposals, bridal showers, bachelor & bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, birthdays, baby showers, celebrations of life, promotions, retirements, and so on… We are the place to celebrate all of life’s moments!”
And in celebrating these moments, should the hosts choose, they can purchase custom labeled wine and give it out as favors, as well as custom wine glasses and mini wine bottles, tying in their venue to the celebration seamlessly.
Here are some other wineries where you can have a summer date night to see if you’d like to consider one as your wedding venue. Once you try them out, you’ll see more reasons why you should consider a vineyard for your wedding.
ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF WAREHOUSE WINERY & BOLD NORTH CELLARS