Post # 1
What have been the best deals you have sourced for your reception alcohol, not provided by the vendor?
We’re having a backyard wedding and I’m not sure what the best deals are for wine/beer/liquor – do we look to Port Huron or just go LCBO or a local winery for the wine? What did y’all do or will do??
Post # 3
The wine we wanted ended up being on sale. The prices weren’t better when the cost of going to get it was included, for picking up at a winery.
You have heaps of time. Your location says SW ON, will anyone be crossing the border long enough for duty free? Can you put out the word to all of your friends and family that you would really, really appreciate anything picked up at duty free this year?
Good thing about the LCBO is you can return unused stuff.
Also check if there’s sales at wine rack or any of those dealers.
Given the monopoly in Ontario, that’s about as well as you can do, I think. Unless you’re set on something for beer, buy the ones that are on sale at the Beer Store, too.
Post # 4
I live in Kingston now and travel to Quebec whenever we need beer… at the Costco it’s $67 (with tax/deposit) for 60 Coors Light Cans (they sell beer and win). The Costco is a 5 minute drive from downtown Ottawa as well, so you can enjoy the day there 🙂
Post # 5
Totally agree about cheap Quebec beer — both my mom and my dad seperately stumbled across it and that’s our plan for part of our backyard reception booze.
For liquor, my dad has been visiting the States frequently and bought up basically one giant bottle of the standards (rum, vodka, rye, etc.).
Our wine has been brewed and bottled by my dad and his girlfriend and should be ready soon. They’re keeping it in dark storage until the big day.
When my sister got married she went to a few wineries, but she got married in Prince Edward County so how could you not? They got a big keg of cider, too, which was very popular with the guests.
Post # 6
Yes – Quebec is a long way from SW Ontario though. If you or family/friends do a road trip, definitely consider it!
Also, it *is* technically illegal to cross provincial borders with alcohol. …just saying. (my spouse came home last night with a case of wine from another province, just wanted to point out the technicality!)
Kegs can also be a solid way to go, except there’s no returns once they’re tapped.
I’m trying to remember the name of one company that had great prices and even provided a special pump for their keg. They drove it out to Kingston, from Toronto, for a kegger once for my friend!
When buying wine in Quebec, you definitely have to know your prices, sometimes it’s a lot more, sometimes it’s a lot less.
Post # 7
Wow – wasn’t expecting this much help – thanks ladies these are some great points to consider!!
Definitely will be exploring the border duty free, we should be going over a fair amount of times in the summer so that will help for liqour. I wonder if we could visit QC at all, by way of Ottawa would be good but we are renovating a house to sell in the spring, planning the wedding and looking for a new house. I need a bonus weekend in there somewhere.
Thanks for the heads up on the wine in QC.
I wonder if it’s possible to get a price list from anywhere of what Costco carries…I could maybe persuade FH with actual facts. He’s a bit jaded of hearing “So today I read on my forum ….” lol
Post # 8
magnotta is also a great resource for wine… very cheap and yummy