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Wine Barrel Weddings

A few followers and friends have contacted me in the past, asking about wine barrels for weddings. Consequently I thought I’d show some pictures, so folks can get an idea of just what a wine barrel wedding would look like.

Wine barrels as outdoor barn wedding decor

I’m not a wedding expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I did play one on television – okay, that was a joke. However, I have collected many pictures over the last few years for wine barrel ideas and these images represent the best that I could find regarding weddings.

Idyllic setting

Getting married in a winery isn’t new but it is a growing phenomenon with settings and surroundings that are hard to beat. I mean really, when doesn’t scenery with rolling hills of vineyards not conjure up a greater illustration of the wedding spectacle. What better way to set off that idyllic look than wine barrels.

Rustic drink station, perfect for a country wedding.

If they are Decorative or the more eclectic rustic used barrels, the appearance of wine barrels adds a stunning charm, character and well, they’re just plain cool to view. Whether at or in a vineyard, wine barrel weddings have a certain flair and maybe even add some elegance to the celebration.

Bring vineyard to you

And don’t let the idea of not being at a winery slow you down. Even if you’re not using a winery and it’s vineyard for the wedding, you can bring the vineyard to you, so-to-speak. You can order used barrels to have on the special day or if the investment is a bit too high and you’re so lucky as to be within a couple hours of Paso Robles, you can rent the barrels. Most local wedding rental companies should have wine barrels available.

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Regardless, having wine barrels as decor in your wedding ceremony is a unique rustic yet exceptional way to enjoy the special day.

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Daryle W. Hier


Glasstop Barrel Table


Fresh Lettuce Right Outside Your Door

In a garden, what a garden
Only happy faces bloom there
And there’s never any room there
For a worry or a gloom there

Lettuce in a barrel

Believe it or not, this oh so positive refrain comes from the ‘Beer Barrel Polka’ (Roll out the barrel) and I couldn’t agree more.

What’s more positive and fun than a garden at your footstep. Lettuce is one of the fastest growing plants in a garden. In fact, their cousin the spinach, grows a bit faster. Here’s what you do to have pest free lettuce and spinach in three to seven weeks. Why the wide spread? Read on.

Start with a quality barrel

First, purchase a wine oak half barrel from a reputable source – like Paso Wine Barrels. I mention reputable, because so many garden centers, especially the notorious big boxes, offer barrels that for one, aren’t wine barrels and sometimes aren’t even oak … plus they want to fall apart.

Not to toot the horn, but places like Paso Wine Barrels offer fresher and usually better looking half barrels along with decorative types that are reinforced and sealed, making them last almost forever. Still, regardless where you purchase the barrel, unless it’s sealed, you might want to go ahead to add a sealer – both inside and out. You don’t have to do this but we recommend it for a longer lasting barrel.

Half barrels

Pssst … I know where you can get authentic genuine quality wine barrels.

Next, drill a half a dozen or so holes in the bottom of the barrel for drainage – this is a must. Find a small hole saw or large drill bit to make the holes. Make sure to place a sheet of weed barrier cover over the bottom of the holes. Place about two to three inches of small rocks on top of the barrier underlayment as this will offer proper drainage. The underlayment will help keep dirt and soil from draining out the bottom of the barrel holes.

Now add a mix of dirt, garden soil and compost if you have it. This gives the necessary nutrients for the garden lettuce and spinach. We use only organic seeds but regardless, purchase seeds from your local nursery or garden center and plant them a couple inches apart. The seeds should be covered in no more than a half an inch of soil.

Voila! Lettuce at your doorstep

Water as recommended but don’t be too concerned with over watering because for starters, you have drainage and two, plants like these need regular watering. Mulch around the plant if needed to keep in the moisture, but check with a local Master Gardener and/or the American Horticultural Society for more information.

In any case, seedlings should sprout within a handful of days and you should have a bunch of little plants within the first couple weeks and about seven weeks later, you will be eating fresh leafy garden salads.

If you want to up the ante so-to-speak, purchase small plants from your local nursery. When you plant them, make sure you compress and compact the soil around the base of each plant. In a few short weeks, salad days are back! As Martha Stewart interminably says: ‘It’s a good thing.’

Set your planter with lettuce and spinach near your back or front door, but make sure it has shade. These leafy vegetables usually don’t do well in sunny hot climes and tend to bolt when extreme heat hits them.

Lettuce in a barrel

Again, please be cautious what kind of barrel you use. I’ve seen some dilapidated barrel at certain garden centers which will remain anonymous that have poor excuses for barrels. They may have an eclectic look but won’t last long and may not even make it home without falling apart.

Okay, it’s time to get out there, have some fun and roll out the barrel with some fresh greens …

Roll out the barrel, we’ll have a barrel of fun
Roll out the barrel, we’ve got the blues on the run


Daryle W. Hier