- 3 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
FI and I decided that we wanted icewine for our favor, the perfect Canadian treat for our mostly Swedish wedding guests!
We’re lucky in that FI’s parents make wine and have all the bottling equipment, so they gifted us that and we only paid for bottles and additional material. We bottled the wine in 200ml bottles, finding the right sized bottles was by no doubt the hardest part of the process. If you’re in the states you’re lucky as you won’t be slapped with insane amounts of shipping, but if you’re in Canada my advice is to call/visit every local wine store you can find! Some of these places will also sell you the wine and provide the machinery to bottle it.
All in all:
Wine – FI’s parents told him they paid around $500 for 10 litres, including the brandy it was fortified with. We used 9.6 litres, so let’s say about $480 for the wine.
Bottles – We got 48 bottles for $48.34.
Corks – We paid $7.94 for 50 corks, super cheap = get extras! You’ll have to boil them and some of them will break in the process. We didn’t have enough afterward and were just lucky that FFIL found a few extra corks in the right size.
Caps – We bought a 100-pack for $7.43. You’ll then use heat to melt them around the top of the bottle. This takes a little practice so I was happy they came in that large a pack!
Labels – The wine store that we got the bottles from had pre-made labels, but they were super cheesy (think roosters and grapes and 80’s patterns). So we got a set of printable Avery labels from Staples, $17.50, and I hand painted the design for them (close to the one below, just made a few text changes for the final version).
TOTAL – $561, meaning that each bottle is ~$11.70. Considering the cheapest equivalent size at LCBO is $17.95, I’m very pleased with this outcome. Of course, doing normal wine instead of icewine would bring down the cost even further. And the finished product:
In case any one of you are considering doing your own wine and have questions, let me know and I’ll do my best to answer them!
EDIT – I realized I’ll have to make a sign that lets the guests know that these bottles are their gifts. Favors are not norm in Sweden, so if I don’t do it I’m afraid they won’t take them. Any good ideas on how I can word this sign?