Inexpensive Wine Suggestions

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

bonbonsparklesMD:  how many glasses per person does the $12 cover? I’m just wondering because if the $12 covers 2 or more glasses pp, by the time you add the corkage fee + the cost of the inexpensive wine you might only break even or even come out behind. Unless of course you’re talking about two buck chuck or something equally cheap. I would think the corkage policy would be more advantageous for people who had a particular or expensive wine they wanted to serve, that the venue either can’t offer or would offer at a significant markup. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

bonbonsparklesMD:  yikes. That’s not even one glass per guest. Nevermind then, BYO is definitely the best option! Depending upon where you live, you should check Total Wine if there is one in your area. They have a great selection at all price points and are very helpful and willing to make suggestions. They also offer a discount when you buy a full case. You could also find a great deal at Costco, but you will be on your own in terms of making a selection. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

What kind of wine were you thinking? DF works with wine and I’m an elementary teacher, so naturally we both drink alot. 😛 Red, white? Specific kind? There are a TON of very good “cheap” wines. We are getting a deal on the wine at our reception because of who DF knows, but it still is pretty ridiculously expensive. If you can tell me what you would like I can make a few recommendations. White’s are pbviously going to be cheaper. 

Charles Smith wines from Walla Walla is outstanding. Their reisling is my favorite. Whites are 10-12$/bottle, red’s more

Adelsheim has a rose for about 12-14$/bottle that is beautiful.

Sola Fred is a rioja from spain that is solid 9-12$/bottle

Pineridge Chenin blend is great, about 10-13$ bottle

Handcraft Petit Sirah is OK, at 11-12$ bottle

Domaine Saint-Peyre Coteaux du Languedoc Picpoul-de-Pinet is another fabulous white, acidic and bright 10-11$/bottle

We have a Cellartracker.com account that you can go on to see some of the wines we’ve consumed. There’s a bunch that are all lower prices and those are ones DF and I liked. Our user name is jemaki11. You can take a peak at our cellar.

 

 

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

bonbonsparklesMD:  So my wedding was last friday the 14th and we had a similar situation where we brought in our own alcohol because our venue didnt supply it. However we didn’t have a corkage fee just a flat $3 fee per person to have a full bar, that included all of the mixers and equipement to make whatever drinks everyone wanted. I live in SoCal too so I know how you feel we got married in Ventura County and it is very expensive. Our venue gave us a list of how much alcohol to buy for different amounts of guests so we went off of that.

We bought most of our hard liquor and beer from Costco which I would highly recommend. However we found the better deal on wine to be at BevMo especially since they are currently doing their 5 cent wine sale also anything you don’t use they say they will take back. Our venue told us to buy way more alcohol then we needed so we are taking a lot back they told us to buy 20 bottles of white wine and only 5 of those bottles were drank and they told us to get about 16 bottles of red and only 7 were drank. We bought Lillie’s collection sauvignon blanc and Buccaneer Cabernet Sauvignon. I don’t drink wine but everyone said they were both very good wines even my very picky wine drinkers, we just didn’t have that many people drinking because our wedding was a Friday and everyone was tired from work, so being that you are getting married on a Sunday you may want to account for the fact that they may not drink as much as normal. Each bottle of wine we bought was normally $19.95 but because of the sale it worked out to be $10 a bottle and you’re getting a better wine then a normal $10 bottle. We also got a good sparkling wine there it was Jaume Setta Cristalino Brut Cava it was about $8 a bottle and to me it tasted much better then any other champagne or sparkling wine I have ever had.

Hope this helps, good luck!

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

bonbonsparklesMD:  Also wanted to mention that we did a full hosted bar for 4 hours which included the cocktail hour it was from 6-10pm. We supplied all the beer and liquor and paid $3 a person it worked out much cheaper for us and everyone was happy. If you can supply the other alcohol and your venue doesnt charge too much extra I say go for the full bar. If not ask your venue if you can do signature drinks instead, ours offered us that at no extra charge we just had to bring the stuff for each drink.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Opt for white wine then, if you are on a budget. Traditionally, it is proper to have both, but your wallet is what dictates. And your menu doesn’t sound fussy, so you can get away with just white. The plus side is no stained teeth for you or guests and no worries about getting red wine on your dress. You can also work with your caterer/restaurant for their recommendations. Another option is to go to wine shops in your areas and check out tastings. Small, independent shops will always have good stuff from any price range. And if you buy bulk from them, most give deals (10% off case or whatever). 

Yes, it’s tacky. It’s a bait and switch. Just imagine, one minute you get a free vodka tonic, the next they have to shell out $$. In general, if you are serving booze, open bars IMO are the only way to go. You could as an alternative, if you wanted to have booze, have two signature cocktails and have the bar make only those. I’ve bartended weddings before where that was the case. One wedding had the cocktails they were drinking when they went on their first date (old fashioned and lavender gimlet). It was a nice sentimental touch, and not a lot of $$.

To give you an idea of what we are doing, our budget is about 9K. We are taking 7K of that and that is our dinner reception. We are having a 30 person wedding, a small ceremony, and just cocktails and dinner. We don’t have it in the budget for dancing, etc. No flowers, used wedding dress, married in public park, photography student taking pictures. Because the only thing we care about is the food and the wine. We reserved a 4.5 star restaurant in Boston for a dinner. We are only doing open bar with just beer and wine, which generally is much cheaper than booze (something you may want to think about- 10$ martini vs. 5$ beer). We will have a cocktail hour preceeding a sit down dinner, with limited open bar. Besides, this is a nice way to ensure that no guests go overboard and do anything stupid after drinking a handful of free vodka tonics.  

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

yes, and if you can’t do a champagne toast, opt for Cava. Prosecco, for the most part, is dated. All the cool kids are drinking cava. 🙂 (I also bartend, in addition to teaching, and have for over a decade, so I try to stay up on trends)

 

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

My absolute favorite wine is Washington Hills Riesling! It’s a little bit sweet, but it’s only around $10 for a bottle where we buy it, so not terribly pricey. 

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