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Making the Choice: Wedding or Elopement

July 8th, 2014 by Rachel

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Many couples are making the choice: wedding or elopement?  There is nothing wrong with either decision.

An elopement can mean a quick, less costly confirmation of your love.  A wedding may mean additional expense, but it is also a huge celebration.

 

Before deciding on either option, ask your significant other the following questions – and have him or her ask you the same questions:

Will there be hurt feelings all around if you don’t have a wedding?

While your wedding or elopement is ultimately a confirmation of your love for one another, family and friends may feel hurt if you don’t include them.  You have options – so is an exclusive elopement the right one?

Why do you want to run off together?

Weddings can be stressful.  They require a lot of planning – but there is a big payoff at the end.  Do you and your significant other want to elope because a wedding is daunting – and it’s hard to keep your eye on the prize?  Or do you enjoy spontaneity and don’t want to deal with the stress of wedding planning?

There is no “right reason” for having an elopement in the place of a wedding.  However, if you or your partner really want a wedding in the end – that desire needs to be respected.

Would it work to mix things up?

A “strict” elopement of just you and your significant other running away to marry with no celebration may make one or both of you unhappy.  Instead, try eloping and having a reception afterwards or do a destination wedding that feels like an elopement because there are so few people there.

Remember that this decision is much like choosing the right wine for your palate – it’s whatever works best for you and your partner. Wishing you both all the best!

How to Make Your Wine Country Wedding Unique

June 10th, 2014 by Rachel

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A wine country wedding is always a unique and beautiful affair.  There are a million photo ops among the vines, the setting is simply fantastic, and of course the wine you serve will be superb.  But what can you do to make your wedding even more unique?  Here are a few fun ideas:

1. Have your guests sign a wine bottle. With metallic sharpies and other permanent markers, it’s pretty simple to use a wine bottle as an alternative guest book – or as an accompaniment to your guest book.

2. Choose local.  This may not be a destination wedding for you.  Perhaps you live in the breathtaking beauty that is Oregon wine country. However, your guests are probably not all locals.  Finding fun and appropriate gifts or accents for your wedding that really speak to the place can help you stand out.  You can pair local cheeses or fruits with the wine you serve, provide local jam or candies as your gift to your guests, or ask your florist to create bouquets and center pieces with local flowers.

3. Take advantage of your landscape.  Wine country has a very specific feel.  There are farming and earthy elements to play with as well as the class people naturally associate with wine itself.  Play off of this with the decorations you use throughout your wedding.  Incorporate wine barrels, wine bottles, wine glasses, and/or wine corks into your wedding decorations.

4. Add a little extra wine to your ceremony or the celebration afterwards.  A couple of ideas are:

  • You and your partner can pour wine from two decanters into one glass and drink from the glass.
  • Another idea is: You and your partner can write love letters, add them to a box carrying a bottle of wine that will age well and pledge to open the box, read the letters and drink the wine in a set amount of years.  We have a friend who did this and one of her guests built the box for her and her husband.  The letters and wine are waiting for their 10 year anniversary.

5. Remember that it’s a celebration!  Many brides get mired down in the details of their wedding.  While this is completely understandable, remember this is a celebration of your love.  Be sure to inject your own personality into your wedding and make it uniquely you.

Oregon wine country is one of the most beautiful places to have a wedding – and Youngberg Hill is particularly gorgeous because we have amazing views along with our vineyard.  Take advantage of the natural beauty surrounding your wedding and infuse it with your joy.  Cheers to you and your partner!

 

Four Tips for Planning Your Destination Elopement

May 20th, 2014 by Rachel

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You and your partner have decided: you’re getting married.  There’s no need for a big wedding, it would be more fun to get hitched away from all that stress.  Even better, you’re getting married at a destination of your choice.  This opens up the option of honeymooning at your marriage location.

We understand your needs here at Youngberg Hill. That’s why we provide services for just such an occasion.  Even though you’re not having “the big wedding,” there is still planning involved in an elopement. Here are are four tips for planning your perfect destination elopement.

Tip 1: Location is important.

Whether you will be honeymooning at your marriage location or not, it’s important that you find the spot that you will remember forever.  Even though this is not a huge wedding with a reception, catering, and crowds, you and your significant other will remember these moments for the rest of your lives.  So, pick a place that you will love to remember – together.

That brings us to the next tip:

Tip 2: Be sure to get a great photographer.

Your marriage location may be able to recommend some great, local photographers, or perhaps you can find someone on your own for your special day.  Either way, remember that you are only sharing this day with your partner.  No one else will be around to snap candid moments or grab Uncle Bill’s camera for a few shots.  You will want a professional you can trust to capture the moments of your marriage so you can your partner can look back on this special day and smile together.

Tip 3: Don’t forget the marriage license!

Here in Yamhill county there are specific requirements for obtaining a marriage license.  One such requirement is a waiting period which may be waived for a fee.  There’s also an age requirement (18 years of age, 17 if a parent or guardian gives consent.)  It’s really simple to obtain a marriage license here, so be sure to get one before the elopement.

Tip 4: Do something special post-marriage.

There won’t be any big reception, cake cutting, or bouquet toss after your nuptials.  That doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate!  Whether you head out for dinner, share a bottle of wine, or have a giant party when you get home, be sure to do something fantastic to celebrate the amazing, life-long commitment you both just made.

An elopement is incredibly personal and special.  Here’s to yours being the perfect day to start the rest of your lives together!

 

 

Veraison! Oregon’s Wine Country Changing Colors

August 6th, 2013 by Nicolette Bailey

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No, it’s not fall yet in Oregon Wine Country, but we are starting to see the first glimpse of Veraison in the Willamette Valley! Veraison is the ripening process as wine grapes change color from green to a deep blue purple for red wine grapes, autumn colors for grey grapes (or gris), and frosty light green for white grapes. This color change typically takes place in late August/early September. Bergström just facebooked that they are seeing the first signs of Veraison.  This is a month earlier than normal. California typically is going through Veraison at this time, and afterward Oregon follows suit, but every year brings something different! Specific to the Willamette Valley, the north end of the valley typically starts Veraison earlier. Since Youngberg Hill is located at a higher altitude, we are usually a couple of weeks behind the majority of vineyards.

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WINNER: OREGON BRIDE AWARDS “BEST ALL INCLUSIVE VENUE!”

July 13th, 2013 by Nicolette Bailey

Oregon vineyard weddingYoungberg Hill Vineyards, known for its divine wines and charming inn, is also a beautiful and award-winning location for your Oregon vineyard wedding!  We are truly grateful for the opportunity to host weddings and are glad to have had such supportive wedding guests and vendors over the years.  This year we owe our sincere thanks to all of them for voting for us in the 2013 Oregon Bride Awards.  We had the honor of winning the award for “Best All Inclusive Venue” this year, so thank you!
Wayne and I enjoyed our own vineyard wedding over 15 years ago, and the memories of that day still stir my soul.  When we think of the couples who have trusted us to take care of them for one of the biggest days of their lives, we know exactly how they feel and what they need because we’ve been there!  We pride ourselves on strong communications from the moment someone reaches out to us for information.  We help guide couples and feel the responsibility of preparing for that big chapter in their lives.  I personally haven’t missed a Youngberg Hill Vineyward wedding and love serving our wines during the reception and getting to know all of the guests.  The total joy during the ceremony and reception is infectious.

We do an average of 25 weddings in our stunning vineyards each year.  Having won this award knowing that the other nominated wedding locations in our category do an average of 75-150 weddings a year in comparison means that all of our guests took the time to vote for us, which assures us that our aspirations for making weddings at Youngberg Hill a special experience for each individual in attendance are being accomplished.  To win this award, which was voted on by both the public and by vendors, means so much more to us than you can imagine.  Thank you so much for the honor of hosting your vineyard wedding, and for the joy that you have given us in showing that what we do at Youngberg Hill is of unrivaled excellence.

~Nicolette

The Wonder of Weddings!

June 8th, 2013 by Nicolette Bailey

02 powers grapesWe prepare for wedding season all year long at Youngberg Hill.  The site preparation, the upgrades, the vegetation – the small things that make the Hill such a special place to get married.  From the first time a future bride and groom see the vineyard and the view, there is an energy and enthusiasm that carries through the entire planning of their big day.  Some couples we meet with want everything simple and elegant, while others are working off a list that they have been compiling for years.  They are both equally charming and delightful.  After choosing a venue the next step is choosing the vendors that make the day so complete – caterers, photographers, cake artists, florists – we enjoy helping clients choose from the vast array of talent available in the Northwest.

The first vendor that is typically selected after the venue is the caterer.  Youngberg Hill has a preferred caterer and offers options for any caterer you choose.  Capturing the wedding day through poignant photography is easy to do with an experienced photographer (and a great setting!), and many offer a variety of packages and options.  The spectacular setting of the Hill seems to capture each wedding as serene and blissful, and every sunset backdrop sets a tone of tranquility and ever-afters.

Then there are music choices to make, florists to hire, cakes to taste.  (To all the grooms, go to the cake tasting!)  Take good notes,  keep a sense of humor, and embrace the random craziness.  And if all else fails, hire a wedding coordinator!

 

 

Wedding Fun!

July 7th, 2012 by Nicolette Bailey

Oregon Bride Magazine  recently voted Youngberg Hill as the Best All-Inclusive Venue and Best Oregon Destination Wedding Site Statewide for 2012.  We have been honored and humbled to win such recognition in an industry where family-owned locations don’t always garner as much attention as the large corporate venues.  We have been doing weddings at Youngberg Hill for the past eight years and enjoy being part of a couple’s “new beginnings”.  While the images of the bride and the vineyard countryside will take your breath away, it’s our goal to otherwise have everyone breathing easier during a wedding at Youngberg Hill.

There are many components to a successful wedding, and finding the right location is key.  Our spectacular 360 view, the vineyard backdrop and complete outdoor venue all come together to make Youngberg Hill a stunning setting for the perfect wedding.

Like a lot of weddings, those on the Hill have their share of unexpected moments – from the flower girls and ring bearers that make everyone laugh; to the mother-of-the-bride who was asked to hold a glass of wine for a unity ceremony but drank it instead; to an NBA cheerleader’s breakout dance performance!  Other moments, though expected, still draw the emotions to the surface – such as the look of happiness in the faces the newly married couple.  Very few things can top that!

To all of you who voted for us, thank you so much.  It means a lot to us to know that we are a part of so many brides’ happy memories of their special day.  Here’s to love!

 

 

Oregon Bride Magazine Awards

July 11th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

Youngberg Hill Wins 2011 Oregon Bride Magazine Awards for ‘Best Sunset Wedding Spot’ AND ‘Best All-Inclusive Wedding Venue’.  We were also a finalist for ‘Best Venue For Large Weddings’ and ‘Best Oregon Destination Venue’.  These awards have so touched us as it is voted by the public and industry professionals.  If I could reach through the computer and hug you for voting for us I would!  It is a David & Goliath story as Youngberg Hill doesn’t do as many weddings compared to others in these categories, so it is all that more special.   It has truly been an honor to host weddings throughout the years.  We know everyone personally and take great pride in greeting every guest as family and friends.  Oregon Bride Magazine is the leading bridal publication in the area, with a readership of 95,000 per issue.  A full listing of the 2011 Best of Bride winners is also available online by clicking here.

This has been an outstanding year as we received a Gold Medal for our 2008 Pinot Noir from Oregon Wine Award, an Award of Excellence from TripAdvisor, and now the Oregon Bride Awards.  Our whole team is so proud to receive these awards.  Thank you SO much for all your support!

Oregon Bride Magazine Best of 2011 Awards

June 24th, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

Oregon Bride Magazine Best of 2011 Awards are being announced on Thursday June 30th. Youngberg Hill is a proud sponsor of our vibrant wedding industry and will be pouring our wines at this wonderful event.
Thursday, June 30th, 2011  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
Enjoy cocktails, great food, and an amazing runway show with real Oregon Brides!
To purchase tickets go to https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/179897

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm / Best of Bride winners announced at our exclusive Wedding Professional Appreciation cocktail hour
7:30 pm / Doors open to brides
8:15 pm / A spectacular runway show featuring real Oregon Brides and highlighting the state’s dynamic gown boutiques

Tour d’Brides Wine Country Weddings

June 22nd, 2011 by Nicolette Bailey

Tour d’Brides Wine Country Weddings stops at Youngberg Hill on Sunday September 11th from 11-4pm. How would you like to be chauffeured through Wine Country to 4 of our most amazing wedding venues and meet with some of Oregon’s best wedding professionals? Go to Wine Country Wedding Professionals website at http://tourdbrides.com/default.aspx to get a full description of the amazing bridal show that awaits you. We are so excited to meet you … space is limited so don’t delay in purchasing your tickets today!

Tickets now on sale through Tickets Oregon!! For parties of 2 or more, use Coupon Code “Weddings” at Checkout to receive a 20% discount. We can’t wait to meet you and show you our beautiful Wine Country and amazing wedding professionals!