Post # 1
We’re less than 3 months away from our wedding, so I’m getting down to planning out the little details (oj). We’re DIYing the entire wedding, and aren’t using a day of coordinator. We’re doing a BBQ buffet so I don’t think our caterers will do it, and our bartender isn’t showing up to the reception hall until around 4:30/5 pm. I’m having two trusted family friends turn on the battery operated tealights and set out the desserts before the ceremony. We’re doind a 3 pm ceremony, and anticipating arriving at the reception hall around 5:30 pm. We’re putting 2 bottles of wine on each table for guests to serve themselves during the toasts. The bottles of wine (unfortunately) are corked.
Has anyone here had expirience with opening a bottle of wine, putting in a wine stopper, and leaving it sitting out for 6 – 7 hours? Logistically, I’d have to have either our 2 family friends open the bottles of wine before the ceremony and put a stopper in each one, leave wine openers on each table (30 tables) for guests to open the wine bottles themselves, or see if I can get my bartender to uncork the bottles (that’s a lot of bottles for 1 person to uncork though).
Post # 2
If your bartender is arriving at the reception hall at 4:30/5 and you aren’t arriving at the reception until 5:30, why can’t s/he do it? I’m assuming you aren’t having toasts without you there?
eta – sorry I see that as an option. A skilled bartender can open the wine pretty quickly.
Post # 3
jellybellynelly : I guess I can always pay the bartender to show up a half hour early to open the wine bottles if she needs more set up time. I don’t have much expirience with wine, do you know if the wine bottles have to have a stopper if the bar tender is opening them between 4 – 5 pm?
Post # 4
You’re bartender should be able to open fairly quickly.
also- what if you just buy bottle openers for each table? maybe personalize it as a favor? It might be cheaper than paying the bartender and someone will have something to show for it.
Post # 5
Red wine can totally sit open for a few hours.
Post # 6
spiderwart12345 : you can buy these things called “Vacu Vin” that are wine stoppers, but it comes with a pump so you can pump the air out and keep it from going bad, although I’m not sure how quick it takes wine to go bad. Then all the guests would have to do would be take the stoppers out and enjoy. I have them for my wine at home and they work wonderfully. I got mine on Amazon and I think they have different colors if you’d want to try to find something to match your theme 🙂
Post # 7
I would just have the bartender open them; it won’t take long at all. I was at an event once where the host was in a pinch and needed someone to open the wine. Two of us opened over 300 bottles in about 10-15 minutes. To help speed the uncorking process, you can cut the foil off in advance. Then opening them takes only 2-3 seconds per bottle using a lever corkscrew.
If your bartender opens them around 4:30 and the reception is at 5:30 you can leave them uncorked. The second best option would be to simply put a wine opener on each table.
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter's Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle
Buy screw top bottles? Or is that an Aussie thing? I can’t remember the last time I had a bottle of wine with a cork instead of a screw top.