Requesting a bottle of your favorite wine/champagne at your wedding?

posted 2 years ago in Food
Post # 2
2636 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I think it would depend on your venue to be honest, so the best way to find out whether this is possible or not is to ask.

FWIW, we got married at a winery. They only serve their own wines plus a couple of varieties from some nearby boutique vineyards. It was expressly outlined in their contract that they will not serve any other wines and we weren’t allowed to bring any in either. Fortunately, I really liked the wines made at the winery so I was more than happy to serve them during our wedding.

Post # 3
973 posts
Busy bee

I think it really depends on the venue. Most places will give you some options but you can also probably request something else. 

My favorite was is Chateauneuf du Pape, aka a premium version of a Cotes du Rhone Grenache/Syrah/Mourvèdre blend. It’s very herby and also a bit fruity. My Fiance got my into it so now it’s our go-to special occasion wine. 

Post # 4
738 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

When you say a bottle – do you mean for the two of you or for all of your guests? Whatever you have available to yourselves should also really be available for your guests – you might not mean it like this, but it comes across as “We don’t like this wine, we want the nice stuff – it’s alright for you lot though”.

Post # 5
4469 posts
Honey bee

If you are just asking about  a specific brand/variety/year to have available at the bar for everyone you’ll have to check with your venue and/or caterer.  Chances are they are willing to special order a case of it.

If you are talking literally a bottle for you and Fiance and maybe wedding party then I wouldn’t do it.  It’s considered rude to have something that is considerably better or substantially different than the people you are hosting.  It’s like serving two buck Chuck from Trader Joe’s at the bar while everyone watches you drink Dom or serving plain chicken breast to your guests while you and Fiance dine on filet and lobster.  It’s one thing to make a minor substitution due to allergy (you get a salad with blueberries instead of strawberries because you’re allergic), but not something special not offered to everyone.  Save that for the wedding night or honeymoon – buy your favorite and ask room service/hotel staff to put it in on your room before you get there.

Post # 6
2478 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Agreed with PP’s.

We got a bottle of Dom Perignon through our venue for toasting…and we also got 30 other bottles for our guests.

Post # 7
3583 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

megrays :  we had our venue get two bottles of Veuve Cliquot Rose Brut for us. the only potential drawback here is that it could look really rude to your guests that you have special wine just for you. in our case, we chose a sparkling rose for the champagne toast (yellowtail pink bubbles – it’s actually REALLY tasty, and what we drink on non-special occasions), so our sparkling veuve didn’t stand out color-wise. additioanlly, they kept our bottles of veuve behind the bar, and re-filled our glasses as necessary, so no one ever saw the bottles of veuve sitting around.

Post # 8
182 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

We didn’t have room in our budget to serve the champagne we prefer for special occasions to our entire guest list so we served it at our rehearsal dinner instead – maybe that would work as a compromise for you, too. 

Post # 9
596 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I wouldn’t have different champagne and wine for you and the groom that you aren’t going to serve to the rest of your guests, seems a bit tacky. 

Post # 10
6332 posts
Bee Keeper

I agree with PPs, having a “fancy” bottle for two people and not everyone else is poor taste (hehe).

It would be like you serving hamburgers as the main but you guys eating steak.

If you are serving it to everyone and your venue has it available, I think its a lovely idea.

Post # 12
166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017 - the garden house, seattle

my current favorite fizzy wine is lucien albrecht cremant d’alsace brut, which i know the name of because we overestimated how much people would drink at our wedding and have been enjoying the leftovers on weekends. 🙂

Post # 13
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I totally understand wanting to celebrate with something nice (but not being able to afford it for the whole reception!) I think if you’re worried about a guest seeing it and being offended, you could just get a bottle of your fav wine or champagne, and have it waiting for you in the room you’re going to sign your marriage certificate in after the ceremony. A bottle would be the perfect size to share with your witnesses after you’ve signed, before you head to the reception.

Post # 14
1423 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Our venue asked us if we wanted something special (yes) and they delivered but it was also part of our “package”. Talk to the venue! 

Post # 15
1077 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Maybe you could share a bottle of your favorite bubbly while getting ready with your bridesmaids? Or have a bottle on ice in your room for you and your new husband when you leave the party.

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