Is this bad form? Serving guests different alcohol.

posted 3 years ago in Reception
  • poll: What should I do?
    Serve the expensive champagne at the beginning then switch to cheaper sparkling? : (22 votes)
    18 %
    Serve the expensive champagne for the toasts? : (64 votes)
    52 %
    Serve the cheaper sparkling all night so people don't think I'm cheap when I switch? : (37 votes)
    30 %
  • Post # 3
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    3570 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I think you could get away with switching at any time and no one would notice.  If it were me, I would just serve the cheaper stuff all night.  Some weddings don’t even have champagne!

    Post # 4
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    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    Fancy stuff for the toasts only.  Most sparkling tastes better than the fancy stuff IMO anyway. Sofia by Coppola Wines is my favorite.

    Post # 5
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    789 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I would just serve cheaper stuff for the entire night. I don’t think anyone will notice! I am sort of a wine snob, but I definitely wouldn’t expect Veuve all night at a wedding unless it was like the Kardashians.

    Post # 6
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    5932 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2018

    Save the fancy stuff for the toasts, as long as everyone is being served the same stuff at the same time, you’re fine!

    Post # 7
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    1631 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I have seen it done multiple times where the champagne at the bar was lower/shelf and they brought out (as in the waiters came and served) a higher brand champagne for the toasts. I think this is fina nad have never heard of it being in bad taste…

    Post # 8
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    4760 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Pssst all the bubbly stuff tastes the same.  I went on a champagne tour in Champage and it all tastes the same.  I was there with 7 other friends, we all agreed.  Just serve the cheaper stuff and save your cash.  No one would taste the difference anyway.

    Post # 9
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    6407 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I would suggest nothing too expensive nor bottom-barrel. A nice mid-price champagne/sparkling wine for the whole evening.

    Post # 11
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    6407 posts
    Bee Keeper

    @Atalanta:  oooh once you’ve tried really low budget sparkling wine, you’ll notice that you can tell. Instant sugary headache or instant sour headache. However, mid-priced sparkling is often just fine.

    Post # 12
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    3735 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @FauxBoho:  I voted to serve the cheap stuff throughout. Maybe save a (few) thousand bucks by serving a less expensive brand but be sure to tuck a lovely, pricey bottle of bubbly away for you and FH to enjoy privately.

    Frankly, I’ve had the $400+ bottles before and I don’t know what all the hubbub is about. Give me a $6 bottle of asti spumante and I’m happy!

    Post # 14
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    974 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @FauxBoho:  Do people drink champagne all night? I sure don’t. I don’t even know anybody who particularly likes champagne. I’m usually the only one who takes more than a few sips for the toast. The good stuff may last longer than you think..

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