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It’s A Nice Day For A Wine Wedding

Apr 10, 2012
It’s A Nice Day For A Wine Wedding
Wedding consultant Kathryn Kalabokes shares tips for wine lovers

weddingwineYour dream wedding may include free-flowing Dom or Cristal. But, there are easier and more affordable ways to make sure wine is a memorable part of your momentous day.

Cork place holders might be a little overdone, says Kathryn Kalabokes, an award-winning San Francisco wedding and event planner. "I like to encourage people to make it (the wedding reception) their own,” she says.

Spring signals the beginning of wedding season. So we asked Kalabokes, the owner and creative designer of Dream a Little Dream Events, to reveal some fresh and creative ways to bring wine into the wedding.

The Daily Sip: If escort cards are over, what’s a better way to use the cork?

Kalabokes: Make the actual cork the place card. Instead of cutting a slit in the cork and putting a name card in it, paint the guest’s name on it with a gold pen or hire a calligrapher to do it. It looks very elegant

The Daily Sip: I bet varietal table names are common too. What do you suggest instead?

Kalabokes: How about making a wine the name of the table? We’ve done that and have had each table rate their wine, then share their findings with guests. This is most appropriate for a rehearsal dinner. It gets everyone talking.

The Daily Sip: Is there room for wine education at a wedding?

Kalabokes: Yes. During one cocktail hour, we did appetizers at four stations, and each had a paired wine and a wine expert. So the guests got a lesson in pairing and the opportunity to try four different wines. Everyone had their favorites, and it's really fun to see guests interacting.

The Daily Sip: How do you incorporate oak barrels in weddings?

Kalabokes: We've used barrels for cocktail tables. We call them Sip and Stands. It eliminates the need to rent linens and it’s green.

The Daily Sip: How about empty wine bottles?

Kalabokes: One couple used all of their favorite wines from their relationship to line the stairwell that they walked down in their procession. They put tapered candles in the bottles and it gave it a unique look instead of the ordinary glass votives. Other couples have used a magnum of wine with a gold pen as their guest book.

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