Wine Bottle Logistics

posted 2 weeks ago in Reception
Post # 2
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1256 posts
Bumble bee

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 # 4
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542 posts
Busy bee

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
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6827 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Red wine can totally sit open for a few hours. 

Post # 6
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105 posts
Blushing bee

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
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212 posts
Helper bee

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
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2121 posts
Buzzing bee
  • 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.

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