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Drawing Wedding Inspiration From Your Favorite Wines

SMP Contributor

A night of wedding planning is rarely complete without perusing real weddings while snuggled under a plush blanket sipping a glass of your favorite variety of wine. While I'm certainly not a top-rated sommelier, I enjoy my life as an amateur wine connoisseur and spirited wedding enthusiast. So sit back, under your aforementioned cozy throw, and join me in drawing wedding inspiration from your favorite wines.

Merlot

The cooling temperatures and changing leaves call for a smooth glass of Merlot and a stunning fall wedding. Bridesmaids in beautiful Merlot inspired hues would be the perfect complement to a vineyard wedding.

Pinot Noir

Some of my favorite Pinot's hail from the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Why not channel a farm to table feel and tie the knot with a picturesque backdrop like Mt. Hood? Whether or not Oregon is your backyard or a destination for you, it is always a wonderful idea to find elements of the day that connect guests to the venue. Locally sourced food and wine is a perfect way to pay homage to the area.

Malbec

Bold and spicy with hints of plum and black cherry. If a Malbec is your preferred variety of wine then there is truly no limiting your creativity when it comes to throwing an equally bold and beautiful wedding reception. Truthfully, all engaged couples should think outside of the box when it comes to their wedding day. Maybe consider a unique color palette, a fun rooftop venue, a dress with a unique silhouette, or ditch the wedding all together and plan a beautiful elopement!

Sauvignon Blanc

If you enjoy Sauvignon Blanc, chances are you're destined for a bright and cheerful summer wedding. Whether you're close to the ocean or nestled in the mountains, the summer months are the perfect time to be outside enjoying a tented wedding reception. Consider serving fresh oysters during cocktail hour as they pair beautifully with a cold glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

Rosé

According to Baz Luhrmann's Great Gatsby, "A little party never killed nobody!" Feel free to be fun and flirty with your soirée, just like Rosé! Get creative with your floorplan, maybe even consider changing up a traditional seated dinner for more of a cocktail style reception with a variety of small plates offerings. In any case, make sure to leave plenty of room in your floorplan for a great dance floor so your dear guests can kick back and relax!

Rioja

This rich Spanish wine region brings to mind rich decor with saturated colors and an abundance of textures. Why not incorporate Spanish elements, such as tile escort cards or patterned chargers, into your decor?

So tell us, what's your favorite wine to enjoy on a quiet night in or out at your best friend's wedding? It's always fun to look for inspiration in unusual places!

Style Me Pretty Contributor - Hannah Nowack is a freelance writer, calligrapher, and event designer living in Atlanta, Georgia. When she isn't working, you will find her decorating her Danish Modern-inspired apartment, frequenting the gourmet cheese counter, or enjoying a glass of Cabernet with friends.