Post # 1
Hi All- There will probably be a pretty good turnout for our wedding (around 150), and we are allowed to bring our own alcohol in to the venue (which supposably saves money!) That being said, we are having a 6 hour reception and a ton of people and our alcohol budget is pretty tight.
Does Barefoot wine Chardonney and Merlot look cheap and tacky for a wedding. I was going to supplement this with a few beer selections, and maybe a signature drink (Bacardi and Coke and Ice Tea/Smirnoff) to supplement the bar.
Also, if anyone had to bring their own booze on a budget can you give me the brands you used and any ideas/tips. Thanks!
Post # 2
I did. I went to Costco for my beer and Total Wine and more for my wine! They have a huge selection for bottles under $10. WildHaven Chardonnay was a huge hit. 14 hands has a very good red blend. My liquor budget was $500 and we got 32 bottles of wine and 60 bottles of beer/cider.
Post # 3
Honestly, I usually drink local vintages, but I had some leftover Barefoot pino grigio from a sangria a few weeks ago and… it was really good! Just call it a “house chardonnay” if you don’t want to use the name, but it’s a pretty decent wine.
I also second Total Wine — their selection is incredible, if you have one near you!
Post # 4
Yes, Barefoot is a great budget wine! We have it all the time at home.
Post # 5
My sister had barefoot at her wedding (she had a beach theme). Unless you are inviting a bunch of snobs, I don’t think you will have any issues with it. We provided our own alcohol – beer, wine, one signature drink. We bought it all at Costco. We thought we’d get good deals at Bevmo but Costco was cheaper. Our signature drink was premixed margaritas from Costco. We bought wines in the $7.99-9.99 per bottle range because we live in wine country and wanted local wines. We also ended up with a lot left over. We’ve been drinking it:)
We had 80 or so guests who were 21+ and opened the bar immediately after they announced husband and wife. The catere provided iced tea, water, and lemonade for the entire event, including 30 minutes prior to the ceremony. (Ceremony and reception were in the same location). We followed a calculator on the website “A Practical Wedding” (it is a pie chart). I believe that called for 100 people for the same amount of time as us. We added on an extra case of beer and wine to their suggestion. And ended up with extra.
You will need to provide ice. I let my caterer handle that as it seemed like an enormous hassle.
We probably spent around $1100 on beer, wine and margaritas once you subtract the leftovers. I also bought the bartender a bunch of bottle openers at the dollar store. Feel free to PM me with any more questions.
Post # 6
They do have a good Pinot! Never had their others though.
Post # 7
Yes it’s pretty good! I also really like Robert mondavi (their cab sauv) I can’t remember if it’s the Woodbridge by Robert mondavi or just Robert mondavi – whichever one it is, it’s the cheaper one and it’s my favorite… It’s $7 for a small bottle , can’t remember what the bigger one costs, but it’s cheap . I believe most liquor stores give discounts for wine by the case . Also, most liquor stores will take back any unopened bottles so I would check with their return policies wherever you buy
Post # 8
I am all about Barefoot. Unless you are trying to pander to wine snobs, don’t think twice about going with Barefoot. I only had one negative comment about my wine selection and it wasn’t the brand name – just that I chose too many sweet wines. Oh well!
We had Chardonnay, pinot grigio, Pinot noir and moscato lol. In addition, we had five local craft beers (one fruity/seasonal, one IPA, one wheat similar to Blue Moon, one porter and a lager) and we had Angry Orchard, Mike’s Hard, and Smirnoff Ice. My dad brought a party pack of Limaritas and they were surprisingly very popular lol.
Post # 9
Have you thought about Charles Shaw wine (two buck chuck)? My family are wine snobs and even they liked it. My aunt even took a few cases home to Alaska and her husband is a super wine snob.
Post # 11
it depends on your guests. I wouldn’t drink barefoot or charles shaw because I don’t like them.
We also live super close to Napa and Sonoma and know that many of our guests wouldn’t drink those kinds of wine.
We did wine from Carneros Valley and it ca out to $10 a bottle on BevMo $0.05 sale. Much higher quality for a similar price point.
Post # 12
Barefoot is one of our only two options our bar caterer is giving us. I don’t buy it normally, but I don’t really see a problem with it.
Post # 13
Barefoot is not in my Top 10 list. Not a fan. Where do you live? Most states have some wine-growing areas and you can usually get nicer-than-Barefoot at Barefoot prices by buying direct at the winery. Plus they will let you taste it first so you know what you’re getting.
Post # 14
Costco’s Kirkland brand wines are my favorite budget friendly option.
Post # 15
I would reccommend avoiding barefoot at all costs. I’m a bit of a wine snob, mostly because I desperately drank Barefoot for my first 3 years of college.
That said, there are other wines in the same pricepoint that don’t give off the “ugh, college” vibe that Barefoot does. Honestly, for the same price you can do a lot better! I would check in with Total Wine about pricing, then buy a few different brands to sample so you can have an idea of taste before you purchase.