Post # 1
So here’s the thing… My wedding is going to be a BBQ in dads’ backyard in august. The budged is small, but not so small that I’m not having alcohol. The Fiance and family involved all agreed that were doing Beer, hard cider (a favorite) and wine. No hard liquor or champagne.
Because were not doing hard liquor we want the alcohol to be as self serve as possible. Beer and cider are easy as they are both in single serving bottles with twisty caps. However wine has to be uncorked and poured and involves a lot more babysitting. So I’m thinking boxed wine. It’s 5L of wine so there’s less refreshing needed and all the guest needs to do is walk up and push a button. Nothing to uncork or pour. And the wine in a box tastes just as good as the wine I’d be able to afford in a bottle and it’s cheaper. I like box wine just fine myself but not everyone does and everyone would be able to See the boxes.
Now I’m not usually one to worry myself with the “T” word but I’m concerned I’m walking the line here… Then again, who will care if it’s tacky after their 3rd glass! The wedding is going to be casual. Maybe I could decorate the boxes somehow.
What do you think bees?
Post # 3
Honestly, there’s such a wide range of boxed wine out there now and there are plenty of good wines — who cares about the vessel? We regularly buy a certain kind of wine that comes in a box, but the packaging is all recycled and super eco friendly. And it’s totally delicious. Depending on the company it can be a MUCH more environmentally conscious kind of wine (less shipping weight, recycled packaging blah blah). If you have any guests turn their nose up just point out how green choices were important to you 🙂
Post # 4
Honestly, I’ve tried a lot of boxed wines for a couple of reasons — the waste of bottles (along with the environmental impact of shipping them, etc.) and that if I only want a glass, I don’t have a whole open bottle.
However, I’ve never had any boxed wine that I enjoy. If you have, please tell me what brand! The best I’ve had has been the Black Box, but even that is a little icky.
I’m also not sure how much easier it is to use the spigot than to pour from a bottle. Uncorking, yes, but how about punching through the cardboard? It’s not that it’s tacky, but probably less tasty and no more convenient than bottles, in my view.
Post # 5
I wouldn’t worry too much about the "T" factor of the box, it’s really just not a big deal. But I have to agree with one of the PP — I’ve never had a boxed wine that I thought was very good. (I saw commercials for boxed Fish Eye Pinot Grigio, which is a pretty decent white, but I haven’t seen it on the shelves yet.) Have you thought about wines with screw tops instead of corks? They’re super-easy to open, and a lot of really great young wines are being sold with screwtops nowadays because they’re meant to be drunk right away and don’t need corks.
Post # 6
If I were to used box wines, I would find a different way to package them. Wrap them in wedding colors or something.
Other options are wines with screw tops (yes they exist) or single serve wine bottles (think like they serve on the plane).
Post # 7
I’m totally interested in this trend, though I agree that the boxed wine industry hasn’t found it’s legs yet. I def agree that it could be less messy, complicated for your event. And the packaging is definitely a good way to store wine, so hopefully it takes off some more. This article might have some recommendtions on some good wines:
I wouldn’t hide the labels b/c as a guest I’d want to know wht I was drinking (esp. if I like it). Then again, I’m a wine snob so…:)
We’ve experimented with a couple of teh Target boxed wines b/c I believe good wine can be bought at any price. That said I wish I had a great recommendation but I don’t. You might also consider, as mentioned above, some of the better screw top wines out there. If I recall correctly, Bonny Doon was switching over to them. And definitely some great California vineyards have made the switch.
These aren’t necessarily boxed, but might have some screw top options (b/c a real cork is expensive, like $1 ea., some of the cheaper wines might have screw tops).
Post # 8
I say do it! Lots of companies are offering their wine in boxes now; you can find a lot of variety and the cost is so much cheaper. The storage of open boxes after your wedding is going to be a lot better, too, because you can stack the boxes, and the actual wine will stay fresher if you choose the wine that is vaccuum sealded in the box. Plus, who turns down free booze?
Post # 9
I like the screw top idea. That way, you can also store the whites in a ice bucket to keep them cold.
Also, if you still want to go the box wine route, why not get a cute container to put them in? I am getting a few of these from Crate and Barrel for drinks on the beach before/during/after the ceremony. I think they would look great with wine in them! yum!
Post # 10
I would say that boxed wine is notoriously known for not being very good. I would look into screw-top bottles. Much easier than corked, and better taste, too!
Post # 11
- Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay
Target has some decent wine "cubes" – go for it!!
Post # 12
What about making huge portions of sangria? Then you can use the boxed wine, put it in the cute container LittleBear posted and make it 2 days before the wedding. I know not everyone likes sangria, but I have to admit I’m a huge fan! And it if it is a backyard BBQ reception, it would go perfect!
Post # 13
Try Trader Joe’s! They have lots of stellar wines for $5 a bottle…..we’re spending $500 on ALL our alcohol.
And a lot of companies now make a boxed quality wine!
Post # 14
If you’ve found a great tasting wine that happens to be in an economical sized box- then go for it! It doesn’t matter what vessel the wine is poured from… all that matters is that it tastes wonderful! I think a lot of people are moving towards the boxed wine trend for economical & enviromental reasons.
Post # 15
Target sells wine? You must forgive my provincial ways but i’m from the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, The land of the great Government controled Liquor store. we actuallycall them "State Stores" here. So no Booze in target, no Two-buck-chuck, no beer aisle in wally world. Sadness abounds One price for everythign state wide, and the same thing in every store. So anything not avalable here=road trip. Plus side delaware is tax free. negative side if i get caught it’s against the law. Whee!
@minneapolitan LOVING the "Green" excuse. though it might not go well with the plastic dishes.. lol
@MelissaB and others who sugested Screw tops… I didnt think of that much better than corks! but theres still the cost. a 1.75L bottle of wine runs around $8-$15 a 5L of box wine runs about $11-$20 Huge savings. I can also set up all the spiggots before the wedding so no one needs to fuss at the wedding.
@littlebear and AbbyM CUTE! My dad wants to make Sangria (yum!). maybe just do that for the red and only worry about white wine?
If i were to wrap the boxes i would maybe put red, pink or yellow bows on each one acording to whats inside the box.
Post # 16
SanSerif, how close to the state line do you live? Seriously, I would make a special trip to TJs or Target in Maryland and stock up. The savings would cover your gas money and more.
Also, Whole Foods now has a boxed wine that is pretty reasonable (in cost and in taste).