Alcohol and Weddings
Not a drinker so you don’t know which wine to get for your wedding reception? Follow these basic tips to serving wine at your wedding party.
Bring Your Own Bottle. Well, no, you don’t have to ask your guests to bring their own bottle of wine to your wedding reception. You do, however, need to ask your wedding venue if you can bring your own bottles of wine to serve your guests. Most of the wedding venues would allow you to do bring your own wine, with a chargeable corkage fee, of course. If you have good haggling skills, try to get them to waive that for you.
How Much Wine Do You Need?
The general rule is to have a have at least a bottle of wine on the table for the guests to serve themselves. Some couples would serve a bottle of wine and an additional bottle of liquor on the guests’ tables. In addition to that, you may even serve a free flow of alcoholic beverages if you budget allows you to do that.
Quality vs Quantity
Should you get more bottles of cheap wine or should you get an adequate number of good (but pricey) wine? It all depends on you and your guests. If you are a fussy drinker, and you want your guests to enjoy their drinks, then get some good wine to serve them. If you don’t think that your guests would mind what kind of wine they drink and they would enjoy it either way, then by all means, get the cheaper variety.
Sample the Wine
Do keep in mind that you are not buying just a few bottles of wine because you will probably buy them by the crates. So, don’t dump your money into something that you’ve never tried before. Always remember to sample, sample, and sample.
Red, White or Bubbly?
This may sound like a hard question, but it is actually a simple one. If you can’t afford to have a few different types of wine, then go with the one you like most. That is why wine sampling is very important in deciding which wine to get for your wedding reception. Most couples would also get a few bottles of champagne for the wedding toasts.