Post # 1
FH and I rented the perfect space to host our reception. The building however, only provides tables and chairs. Literally nothing else. So, every single thing we need for the ceremony, reception, decoration, dinner – EVERYTHING- we need to bring in on our own. We also live 3 hours away from the venue, so we have to figure out a way to cram everything into our tiny car in one trip.
Because of the extreme space situation, purchasing cases of wine to serve is out of the question. There simply isn’t any room for us to bring that along too. We’ve decided to serve box wine at the reception, but would prefer to keep that a secret.
Ideas so far have been putting wine in large glass beverage dispensers, putting wine “bag” into a barrel like dispenser for self serve, and having bartender fill several carafes/decanters to serve from and refill those under the bar as needed.
We will be serving box wine. I do not need suggestions on how to buy cases of wine, or why I should hire a bartender who brings wine. I am looking for any further suggestions on serving the wine? Any ideas?!
Post # 3
I think carafes/decanters is the way to go.
Post # 4
will you have servers at all? If you do you could just have them bring it in when it’s ordered. If not, I am sure there are creative ways to do it, but maybe it would help if we knew the feel of your wedding to get an idea of what would work.
Post # 5
i think the caraffes are the way to go. Really, there’s nothing wrong with box wine these days, it just has a stigma (and doesn’t look so pretty).
Post # 6
I’d say decanting it into a carafe might be the best idea.
I serve Black Box wines at parties and they are amazing. Most people are shocked that they come out of a box. I’ve never bothered decanting it first, but I could see why you’d want to do that for a wedding.
Post # 7
That, or make a punch/sangria.
Post # 8
I think boxed wine is fine. I would do pretty decanters and maybe write in script the type (Chardonnay, Merlot, etc.) so that it is easy to serve. That would also work on a self-serve/lemonade type container. I also love the idea of making it into sangria. I’m a wine drinker but would happily drink sangria instead. It is common for sangria to be in the glass containers anyway.
Post # 9
@sofialovesmikey: I have no idea why people are so stuffy about boxed wine! there are SO many amazing boxed wines out there! I would go with the decanter option, or just have your server bring the glass when it is ordered.
Post # 10
Here, all boxed wines you can get are also available in bottles. I don’t understand the stigma.
you could decant, or just have the servers pour out of sight when someone orders it.
Post # 11
2) get the acses of wine once you’re there.
Post # 12
@sofialovesmikey: I know you said you don’t want suggestions about how to serve anything but boxed wine, but I’m not understanding how it would be any easier travel w/ boxed wine & decanters, as opposed to wine bottles. If price has something to do with this, I know that there are a LOT of cheap bottled wine options out there, and that’s what I am using.
Also, perhaps you could order bottles of wine online and have them shipped to your venue, or you could even pick up the bottled wine on the day of your wedding at the nearest Sam’s Club or something like that (You’ll probably be picking up ice anyway).
Post # 13
Hopefully it’s not franzia because I don’t know if there’s a way to do that discreetly since it tastes so awful! There are some great boxed wines out there, though! I definitely don’t get how you can fit boxes of wine but not cases. I’d definitely go the decanter route though.
How will you keep white wine chilled though?
Is shipping wine to your venue an option?
Post # 14
I’m turning my boxed wine into Sangria that will be available in dispensers.
Post # 15
The last wedding we went to with obviously boxed wine consisted of several boxes of Franzia set out on a card table.
I really, *really* would never take a shot at someone elses reception choice, but that is still stuck in my head as something NOT to do at ours.
Post # 16
By the way, Franzia Fruity Red Sangria is INCREDIBLE. I have my FI on recon for a box right now!