Post # 1
Folks, I’m a professional spirits expert. I’ve taken countless classes; I teach courses; I write a newspaper column, I host liquor events around the world. But no matter what I try I cannot make myself like champagne. I’m ashamed to admit it, but it’s true. It’s dry and yeasty and I just…can’t do it. The most I’ll do in order to look cool in front of my liquor snob friends is champagne cocktails/mimosas.
So: my reception venue has actually told me that as long as I purchase (any old) liquor package from them, I can bring in my own champagne and premium bottles to as a supplement. I was ecstatic to hear this, but also a little depressed. I forgot I have to have champagne. FH and I both hate it. What to do? I like Spumante, sparkling rose and other sweet sparkling wines so I looked into bringing in some of those because although people may realize that I don’t have a refined palate (the same way I get when I attend an event that only has moscato and reisling) at least it’s high quality. I looked everywhere, but could not find decently priced wines of that variety in my Destination Wedding location. But you know what I DID find?!
In every freaking variety! lol. It’s very cheap and fruity but we both LOVE it and secretly drink it while we watch movies (that and Riunite Lambrusco, lol). I never considered serving it to guests, but…what do you guys think? I’m not keen to serve guests something I don’t even like (brut champagne) but I don’t want my guests to be offended or believe that I didn’t think enough of them to spring for better champagne. How would you feel if you went to a wedding and were served peach or apple flavored sparkling wine? Would you even notice? Would you care?
Full disclosure: I HAVE been served Verdi at a wedding before and I must say that I noticed it like “hmm, really?” but I immediately perished the thought because it was freaking delciious!
Post # 3
Seriously, I think that cooks is the best.
champagne is champagne, and in my experience, the expensive stuff always tastes like crap.
Post # 4
So I would totally notice but honestly I like it soooo much better then expensive champagne that I wouldn’t care! I’d happily drink it!
Post # 5
I probably should have mentioned that I’m a bartender and I feel this way.
Post # 6
You don’t have to have champagne, do you? We brought in Prosecco, which I really like. It was a big hit, but we just had it at the bar. I was fine with going without any bubbly, but my mom overruled! 🙂
Post # 7
I think as long as you are serving something that tastes good, and is something that you like as a couple you’re fine. You might have a few of those snobby relatives who judge you, but so what. If you’re allowed to decorate an entire event in your favorite color I say you’re allowed to serve cheap alcohol that you actually enjoy.
Post # 8
I think a lot of people (including myself) WANT to like champagne, but don’t REALLY like it. And I’m a wine drinker! Honestly, I feel like people are always pumped about free booze, and if it’s tasty, awesome. I say go for it! I wouldn’t judge you! I’d be like MMMMMMMMM….
Post # 9
I absolutely would not judge you. People just like things that are sparkling. I have been to a wedding where the guests were served Cooks and the bridal party had Moet, that was tacky, but otherwise I wouldn’t care.
Post # 11
I hate champagne too! And no, I wouldn’t judge. I always feel guilty taking champagne for a toast just because I know I’ll take a tiny sip and then not finish it.
However, since you said you’re a professional and you have liquor snob friends, I think you should think about what they will think as your guests (and if you care), not what we will think. Most of us AREN’T liquor snobs. If you run in a circle where you’ll be judged negatively for that, you just have to decide if you care.
To be honest, I would care if I were in that position. Even though most will say you shouldn’t care. I wouldn’t want my friends being disappointed in my choices. For example, I’m in professional marketing – our “branding” (signage/logos/paper goods/overall feel) had to be perfect! Not only did I want it that way, but it also reflected on me professionally. It may be better to exclude champagne entirely (“so passe and overdone” haha) than to use cheap stuff if your crowd judges on that sort of thing. Another option could be to serve it blind, have them carry platters with glasses around rather than having people get poured glasses at the bar.
Totally up to you – I wouldn’t think a thing personally, but with ALL things wedding, I think you have to know your crowd. We aren’t your crowd.
Post # 12
I can’t taste a difference, and I never spend more than $10/bottle on wine or sparkling wime/champagne, anyway!
Post # 13
If you don’t want champagne, don’t have champagne.
I wouldn’t noticed and if someone told me it was cheap, I wouldn’t care.
Post # 14
So I’m not a big wine or champagne drinker and have no idea what you’re talking about but it sounds like this sweet, sparkling stuff is good! I’ve always dreaded the wine and champagne bc of the dry taste so I would absolutely LOVE something like this! Maybe I should use this for my wedding too? 😉
Post # 15
Go with what you like. Nobody cares if you have champagne or whatever, as long as it tastes good.
Post # 16
As long as it tastes good, sparkles and serves the purpose for a toast, I don’t think most people will care. It’s not what they will drink the majority of the evening.
There will also be those few snobs who say they will care , just as there are those who put up their nose at strip steak instead of tenderloin. Don’t let those people control your life.