Post # 1
FI is Canadian, but we’re getting married in Sweden with mostly Swedish guests, so we wanted to bring a favor that felt truly Canadian. As FI’s parents makes wine, we both felt that icewine would be perfect. FI went to his parents this Saturday to help tap and bottle the wine. Now, FFIL always like to add a hint of brandy to the icewine, but this time he got a little too enthusiastic about it and it came out way stronger than any other batch they’ve made. As a courtesy to our guests, I decided I would have to state that on the label… just so that they would be aware that it wasn’t standard icewine!
This is our original label – Label 1:
I was never really that fond of it as I didn’t think I got the balance right (I find it too top heavy), so I decided to bring out my pens and come up with a new design.
So – my question is, which label should we go with?
Post # 3
I like the first label better
ETA-That is an AWESOME favor!!
Post # 4
@Brideonabudgetlauren: Thanks for your vote and the feedback on our favor! I do hope it will be a hit with the guests! Especially since we’ll have to drag 40+ bottles all across the North Atlantic. 🙂
Post # 5
I voted for the second but they are both lovely, I LOVE the icewine giveaway, what lucky guests you have! If you really wanted to use the first label you could add “and Brandy” to it!
Post # 6
@eocenia: I love the first label!! Very nice!!
Post # 7
love this favour and love ice wine…i prefer label one.
my only question is – is this going to be a problem to bring over international borders on your flight?
from the EU customs website:
Alcoholic beverages (a)
- a total of 1 litre of alcohol and alcoholic beverages of an alcoholic strength exceeding 22% vol, or undenatured ethyl alcohol of 80% vol and over (b); or
- a total of 2 litres of alcoholic beverages of an alcoholic strength not exceeding 22% vol.(b)
- a total of 4 litres of still wine, and
- 16 litres of beer (only for VAT and excise duty)
but then I saw on Sweden’s website..
There is no restriction to the amount of alcohol you may bring in, but it must be for your personal use or for your family´s use.
Just wanted to let you know..i’m sure you’ve thought of this already.
Post # 8
@MrsHS: Thanks! It was one of those “Aha!” moments when FI and I came up with it. 🙂 If I do use the first, I’ll straighten the text and add brandy to it.
@sweetchiquita12: Thank you! They both match the theme I came up with for our invitations.
As for your question, Swedish customs are relaxed to say the least. I think I’ve seen a customs person perhaps once in the last five years travelling there. 🙂 So I’m not too worried. However, we’ll split the bottles between me, FI, his parents, godmother, sister and sisters gf – just to be on the safe side. The bottles are just 200ml each, so each person would carry less than 1.5 litres (we have a small wedding).
Post # 9
I LOVE these favours! FI and I have talked about favours that nod to our homes; bourbon for me, maple syrup for him. BUT, I really like the ice wine idea better than the syrup. Would you mind explaining how you’re going to do it? I’ve seen bottles on the smaller side, but they were still $30+ CAD.
Post # 10
@eocenia: I am going to give an annoying reply, lol. I like the second one, but only if you add in those blue flowers in the corners. I think the second one looks more balanced, but it also looks plain. I like elements of both, and I’d love to see them combined. If you don’t agree, then I would still stick with label 2.
Also, great idea 🙂 I love ice wine and I wish I was invited to your wedding, lol.
Post # 11
@Mrs Canuck: $30 per bottle is painful.
Now, we were lucky that FI’s parents gifted us the wine, so it was super cheap for us. However, I would guestimate that the total production cost came out to between $15-$10 per bottle.
FI’s parents made the icewine from a batch they got from their local wine vendor, but we had to find the bottles. We finally found the right size (200ml) at a local wine place in Toronto and paid less then a dollar per bottle. Then we FI’s parents helped him tap and cork the bottles. I’m not entirely sure how this is done, but I know you need a corking machine for it. We’ve also purchased matching sleeves for the bottles, which was just a few dollars for all of them.
If you don’t want make the wine yourself, you might consider getting a small bottle from LCBO. They have some 50ml options that are very affordable.
Post # 12
I love the first label!
I tried icewine once. It was made with the ice from the Vancouver Olympics. Super cheesy, but it was delicious. I would love to receive it as a favor! 🙂
Post # 13
@MrsPanda99: I sent the two options to my FI and he answered the same as you. 🙂 So, here’s the third version!
Hm… just realized the boarders moved a little when I worked with it, they would of course be aligned in the final version!
Post # 14
@eocenia: THANKS! We will certainly keep the LCBO in mind. $3.95 (plus the horrendous HST) is do-able. And with a little time (or perhaps shipping) we should be able to get them across the border.
Post # 15
@eocenia: The third option is perfect!
Post # 16
@eocenia: Very pretty! I also prefer the revised version – square with blue flowers.
From what I’ve seen elsewhere, it seems to be fairly common to include the full date of the wedding on custom labels. Not sure if you excluded it on purpose, of course. Perhaps this label will have multiple uses? 🙂