Alcohol and drink choices

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
2349 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018


I’m not sure what wine is available where you live. I’d stick to a white wine like pinot gris, a pinot noir (sparkling wine for canapes). Yes plastic is fine – mean you said no to glass. I wouldn’t bother with cider as you have beer and wine.

Post # 3
280 posts
Helper bee

Those are all quite dry wines. I’d choose at least one on the sweeter side…maybe a Riesling or even a Sauvignon Blanc instead of the Pinot Grigio? Or like a Merlot or Malbec in place of the Pinot Nior? Just a thought! 

As far as the plastic glasses, I loathe those plastic wine glasses that you have to connect the base to the actual glass part. The bottom always falls off and it’s a pain. I may be in the minority, but I’d just stick with a 7 oz or 9 oz tumbler like these: 


I’ve used these types of cups at wedding that were more formal than a farm wedding and I didn’t mind one bit.

There are calculators online that will guesstimate how much you’ll need. If possible, also buy from a store that allows returns on unopened items. 

Post # 4
13905 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Just be aware the disposable plastic wine glasses are pretty chinsy and leak/break really easily, so make sure you have extras.  We’ve bought the “nice” ones from Party City before and they all leaked.  If you don’t want glass, you either need to buy nice actual plastic wine glasses or risk the disposable ones dripping all over your guests. 

Get less sparkling wine than anything else — people don’t really drink it other than for a toast.  For the red/white, you need to figure out how many of your guests are wine drinkers — there are also easy drink calculators you can google to help you figure out quantities.  I would have 2 options for the red and white – pinot gris and a chardonnay for the white, and a merlot and malbec for the red.  This also assumes a chicken/seafood and a beef dinner entree.

Post # 5
2749 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

Pinot noir can be a bit love it or hate it – maybe a merlot instead as it’s a bit less polarising.  Pinot gris or pinot Grigio would be fine for the white.

Post # 6
612 posts
Busy bee

Sav Blanc is my favourite for white wine

Post # 7
1597 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

When I think red wine, I think Cabernet Sauvignon. But maybe that’s just me?

I think prosecco is a lovely idea. One of the pp said no one drinks sparkling other than for the toast, but in my crowd, that’s definitely not true. We love sparkling and drink it all night long. That’s my plan at my wedding, since champagne doesn’t stain, and I never get a bad hangover from good champagne 😉

Post # 8
798 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Farm

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@ laurenthurbon   

Maybe you have a Total Wine in your area. You can order online and they have a lot of sale from time to time. Also on their page under the planning a party section they have an alcoholic drink calculator. You input your information and it lets you know how much wine and beer you will need to purchase.  If you need to order plastic drink cups look into they have cups in different sizes that can be purchased in bulk. You can purchase about 500 cups for $28.00.  It may be cheaper than party city. 

Post # 9
338 posts
Helper bee

i think your wine choices sound great! I hate chardonay and merlot and that’s usually all there is at weddings

Post # 10
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: Backyard

We had a similar drink selection (beer, cider, and white/red/sparkling wines). There are calculators online that can help you work out rough estimates for amounts, but we also found that the type of alcohol consumed was quite dependent on the weather! It was incredibly hot on the day of our wedding and the beer & cider were in high demand, the wine less so (particularly the red). We had a lot of unopened wine left. We had a few variants on the beer and cider (maybe 3-4 choices) and just one option for each of the wines and that worked well for us with somewhere around 90-100 guests. For the prosecco, I think we just did one bottle per table for toasts.

I don’t think there’s any problem with using plastic glasses intead, but I would definitely be test driving them first to make sure that they don’t leak/fall apart/etc.

Where I am, you can return unopened alcohol to the liquor store, is that an option for you? That way, we were able to buy more than we anticipated needing without worrying about spending a fortune on unconsumed alcohol.

Post # 11
1259 posts
Bumble bee

I would have at least one sweet 🍷 wine, like Moscato.

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