Post # 1
Fiance and I are supplying our own alcohol for the bar, which is a great thing for our budget. He is more of the beer guy and I am more of the wine and cocktail gal, so we each divvied up selection responsibilities. We knew that wine would be the biggest expense of the three types (beer vs wine vs liquor) due to the relatively higher cost to serving ratio.
I am pretty into wine; I’m not to the level of talking about the fresh cut autumn grass finish with a charred persimmon bouquet or anything, but I appreciate a good wine. For our wedding, I’m looking at Francis Coppola Claret and Navarro Dry Gewürztraminer, both of which run around $15-$20 a bottle. Fiance thinks this is a little steep, but if we were to go meaningfully cheaper, we’re looking at barefoot and sutter home territory. Those wines are okay, but I want our wedding wine to be great! I think it is worth investing more in something that will directly improve our guests’ experience. Is quality of wine at a wedding something you notice/care about?
Post # 2
I absolutely think it’s worth it to get a pricier wine, especially if you’re going to spend the time to pick out good food. You want it to a be a great meal! One thing to help with costs is if you purchase through a store that does bulk discounts. We used Total Wine, that has 15% off 6 or more bottles, plus a rewards program (and accepts unopened products). I bet you can find something from the $10-15 range that is delicious.
Post # 3
My favorite part of my wedding planning has been selecting the wine. We’re doing a budget wedding so I did my research and Grocery Outlet actually can have a really good wine selection. We’ve been slowly buidling up our wine collection for our wedding and we’re spending $5 tops per bottle. We just pop in every few weeks and see what they have. We will be serving a Cline zin (which is so good) and the Coppola Sante pinot (delicious) and I Love CA chardonnay. When they get good stuff it gets bought up immediately so I recommend going every couple weeks.
Post # 4
I think good wine is worth it. The only regret I have about my wedding so far is that my venue only supplies the cheaper wine. On top of that they will not stock the bar with a sparkling wine either. I mean really?! It’s a celebration, why not have a sparkling? And it is not that price that matters to me, but the fact that there is no consideration as to what we will be serving for dinner and the type of wine to pair. I even inquired about paying a corkage fee and supplying my own sparkling wine since that is the one they do not offer but they refused.
Since you are supplying your own bottles You could save money by using the more expensive bottles that are paired with the meal for the dinner service. Then when everyone is partying and getting a buzz let those bottles run out and switch to the less expensive wine. Lets face it after glass number two, you really dont care about the bouquet, or the fruit notes, etc. LOL
Post # 5
I would not serve my guests anything I didn’t like myself, but you can find good tasting wine at all price points.
Have fun tasting some of the recommendations in online articles, then choose ones you are both happy with- taste and price.
Post # 6
I can’t tell the difference between a $5 and a $50 bottle of wine and I don’t know many people who could (and for the record, I like barefoot, haha). So, to me, spending more would be a waste of money. That said, you know your guests, if they’re really into wine, go for it.
Post # 7
Yes, I agree and would never serve wine that I myself do not like. However, the venue will not budge on the wine selection so it is all or nothing. They have assured me that their wines are standard and that is what worries me. Im sure most of my guest will enjoy them and i am not opposed to them, but I was hoping for something a bit more thoughtful and special for my wedding. I feel like I dont have a choice so if I like it or not, thats just what it is.
Post # 8
I’d definitely notice and appreciate it as a guest, but at the same time would never want you to spend more than you could easily afford.
Post # 9
sorry, my reply was directed to the OP. I clicked on the wrong “reply”.
Post # 10
you could also do two levels…. if someone says give me a glass of white (which pretty much indicates they don’t know/care) they would get the “house” but if someone asks for the viognier then they would get that (and you could pass the word around to those you know would care) I have been at a few weddings where they have ‘special’ wines available by request – you just had to know to ask for a certain wine or they wouldn’t offer it
Post # 11
Wine is one of the most important aspect of our wedding as like you, we want our guest to have excellent quality wine. My partner is from the red wine making region in France, and his best friend (our best man at the wedding) is a sommelier for at a Michelin star restaurant. We are having a destination wedding but will bring all our wine and champagne from France to the destination in our suitcases or freight because we want the best quality wine for our guests. Luckily his best friend has alot of contacts in the wine industry so we will be able to bulk buy the wine and champagne at cheaper prices.
My partner’s family is also French (all From the wine making region) so I don’t think you can serve crap or mediocre wine to French people! They’ll spot it out immediately.
Post # 12
I enjoy a nice glass of wine, but of course wouldn’t want it to break the bank! I think that price is quite reasonable though (our venue was $11 a glass!) If your Fiance is worried, you could always go half and half and serve the nice wine in the beginning of the night. After a glass or two, people are less likely to notice. 😉
Post # 13
Is that the case price?? I wouldn’t serve shitty barefoot etc wine but I wouldn’t serve 20$ bottles either.
I think one of our whites was oyster bay sav blanc which is delish and like 12$ a bottle.
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Post # 15
You could easily meet in the middle with Red Diamond, it is about $12 and is delicious!