Post # 1
Our venue only offers 1 hour OR 4 hour open bar packages and we just cannot justify the cost of the 4 hour open bar plus some of our guests have had DUI problems in the past, so 4 hours of free flowing alcohol is not something we want. That being said, while we are going with the one hour open bar and an open soft bar for the rest of the night, we wanted to provide some wine and champagne at the tables for dinner and the toasts. We have to pay a corkage fee, but it still saves us quite a bundle to go this route.
Neither of us are wine connoisseurs and champagne gives me a headache! So, I have no idea what we should offer. The only wine I love is a rose sparkling wine called Stella Rosa, but I am not sure if this is proper for dinner – I love it with everything! Also, I wanted to get a bunch of champagne on the cheap at BevMo, but their champagne section only seems to list white sparkling wines… can this pass and be served in the champagne flutes? The wedding is two weeks away (eeks!!) so any suggestions would be so greatly appreciated! Thanks!!!
Post # 3
Sparkling white wine can certainly be passed in champagne glasses, it will be indistinguishable from "real" champagne! However, if you like your sparkling rose, I think that could also be fun to pass around for your toast; while not as traditional, it sounds like it would be more unique to you. As for wine, I would recommend going to a local wine store and asking them for a good crowd-friendly white wine and red wine; for example, a cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay.
Post # 4
Imo, just skip the champagne. Most people don’t like "real" champagne, and those who do want the good stuff. When interviewing caterers, all of them agreed that very few guests drink the champagne provided to them; most of the time, guests take a couple sips out of their glasses during toasts and leave the rest to go to waste. From my own experience, we decided to just buy a few bottles for the bar; in case some wanted it they could have it (we bought good, expensive champagne, but only 5 bottles to cut costs). Nobody drank a single glass, and now we have 5 good, expensive bottles of champagne sitting in our fridge at home. Just something to think about… 🙂
Also, I second BW4606 about asking for a solid red and a solid white from a wine store. Chardonnay and cabs are very popular; if you are looking for cheaper wines, looks for pinot noirs and pinot grigios. You can usually get better quality for a lower price. My last advice is to serve what YOU like. It’s your wedding, and you should have all the things you like (even if that means serving an untraditional wine for dinner).
Post # 5
thanks, ladies! this TOTALLY makes me feel better about not doing a champagne… maybe it gives me headaches cuz I have only tried the cheap ones! 😉 I figure, people can toast with whatever they have in hand!
Would it be horrible to only offer my sparkling red wine and a regular chardonnay white wine?
Post # 6
i like really sweet "champagne" as in asti dolce. Try Trader Joes for good deals on wine
Post # 7
I might also try to get a couple bottles of a more traditional red wine for your older, conservative crowd. Or for your wine snobs. 🙂 You only need a couple bottles, since most people will drink whatever you put in front of them.
We got all of our wine from Trader Joe’s (Black Mountain label) and got a lot of compliments, even from those picky wine drinkers. It was about $6 a bottle, and they have quite the variety. Although I would still stay away from their cabs (never tried it, but I wouldn’t trust that cheap of a cabernet, personally).
Post # 8
There are lots of lovely sparkling wines available without the sticker shock of a Champagne. Champagne IS sparkling wine, it simply comes from the Champagne region of France. There are some fabulous Proseccos available, and sparking rose is chic and modern. I am a certified wine snob , my caterer is actually French – we like to have lofty conversations in French about wine, mostly to aggravate my fiance- and we will still be serving sparkling wine because Champagne is too expensive.