Post # 1
Hi bees. Our venue only allows beer and wine to be served, and we cannot hire a professional to do the serving-just ask a friend or family member. Somewhat due to budget, but MAINLY space concerns(who wants to transport and then find someplace to conspicuously store 5 cases of wine?) we would ideally purchase boxed wine. We will have someone serving beer in the bar area, but we are unsure of an easy and efficient way to serve wine all the while masking the fact that it’s boxed wine, and keeping the line moving quickly. Our original idea was to have three large glass beverage dispensers, one each with red, white and blush. I’m now beginning to feel people would think that’s very strange though. Any suggestions?
Post # 3
@krex: I would have someone pre-fill the glasses and arrange them in rows based on kind. Then guests could come and grab them. Refill them under the bar. Do the white and blush last as they need to remain cold. Whomever this is that is helping you, would need to watch this constantly.
However, if you bring cases of wine, I’m positive you can keep them under the bar/serving area. I don’t know how much wine you will need but the boxes are bulky. You will have to find somewhere to put them anyway.
Instead of wine, have you considered serving a signature drink or a champagne punch/drink? You can easily put those in glass serving dispensers and those would look really nice, I think. Then the only thing you need to have someone do is refill them.
Post # 4
@krex: Pour them in car boys, or the like… Individual glasses will take up a ton of space and time…
Post # 5
What about making sangria? You could serve it in pitchers and it looks really pretty with pieces of fruit in it.
Post # 6
We are getting married 5 hours away from home. So we’d have to find room in the already full car for quite a few cases, lug them into the hotel room, then bring them to the venue 2 days later. The “bar” is simply a tiny room that we are setting up a high top table in, so there isn’t really any storage room
Post # 7
@krex: Like @lichtetheway suggested, how about premixing a sangria or wine punch (since you can’t serve liquor)? You can add a bunch of fruit or other garnishes to the glass dispenser to make it look nice.
Post # 8
I would have the friend manning the bar pre-pour a number of glasses of each wine to handle the initial rush. I would use large glass decanters after that. Most red wines benefit from decanting anyhow.
As a pp has mentioned try to keep the white wine cool as long as possible.
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Post # 10
Are wine carafes an option, I just saw loads of them at goodwill today! Maybe someone could refill them from the back.
Post # 11
Agree with decanters or carafes – nobody will think its weird, it will just look as if you are letting the wine breathe. 🙂
@Ashleigh6113: great suggestion! Those are SO friggin cute!
Post # 12
For red wine – pour it into something else. It will look like, well, not a box, and taste better if you allow it to get some oxygen for a while before serving. For white wine, I’d make a punch or something, because cheap white wine tastes like cheap white wine. I like it, but some don’t. Or at least stick with something that’s supposed to be light and a little sweet. You could even get a big glass drink dispenser thingy – not a cooler but one with a spigot and put some wine, fruit slices, and ice in it. Freeze slices of fruit in muffin pans and it’ll be round (cute) and flavored!
Post # 13
great suggestions already! Everything I’d thought of has already been mentioned in the thread. Go for it!
Post # 14
What about something like this:
Post # 15
There are some great ideas on here. I second the sangria. Boxed wine isn’t always the greatest and the additions to it for sangria should probably mask that a little. It can be made the morning of the wedding too. There are also recipes for white sangria for variety.
Also, does it have to be boxed wine? There are some nice inexpensive bottles and even some with twist tops if you’re concerned about someone opening them. I’m not sure if you have a bev mo in your area but there’s always the 5 cent sale!! And often people will do case sales while making room for new vintages.
Oops, sorry, just read that you were concerned about space. Maybe you can also look into draft wine. I have no idea if it’s hard to get, but a lot of restaurants are using them now days.