Post # 1
I am trying to decide between serving wine with dinner, or have champagne for the toasts. Where I come from it is not expected to serve wine with dinner, many people do not do this.
We are having a cash bar as well.
I am in Canada, and here we need to get a special permit to bring in our own alcohol. I have my permit, and it is alot cheaper to do it this way then to use the venues house wine. The downside is, while we are serving our alcohol the bar must close.
So I am just not sure, should I get wine and have the bar closed during the whole dinner, or should I get champagne and just have the bar close for a little bit?
And if I do get champagne, when should I serve it? After dinner? With dinner?
Post # 3
We are going to have bottles of sparkling cider & champagne in ice buckets at each table, for them to drink whenever, and the toasts. Most likely won’t be doing wine.
Post # 4
I’d do wine, at the bar. Let people decide if they want wine or not. If you serve it at the table, some people don’t like wine, it will get wasted. Let them go to the bar and choose for themselves. Champagne, well, I honestly don’t think a lot of people like it. I personally done. As a pro photographer, and I used to be a server working weddings banquets, when I was 17-20, I saw a lot of champagne wasted that was served for toasts.
Post # 5
Champagne before dinner I would think… but it would be nice with chocolate covered strawberries or something afterwards.
Alot of people enjoy wine with dinner, though not expected I think it would be a nice compliment. Its also nice to close the bar through dinner so speeches etc don’t get interrupted if you’re doing speeches.
It sounds like you’re having alcohol served by the venue and also serving your own? Has the venue ok’d this? It just sounds a bit tricky with licensing – usually its one or the other but I see you’re in a different province. Why not just have the venue sell it if you’re planning to have very little served?
Post # 6
The bar must close while we serve the wine. So the guests cant go get a glass of wine, even if it is our wine.
The venue only has one type of wine, I think Yellowtail? Anyway it is $16 for a 750ml bottle. Or $25 for the big bottle.
I was going to get champagne at the liqour store and bring it in, because I wasnt going to have dinner. But now we are lol
So, I got my permit, it was only $25 so thats not very much. Honestly, I have not checked the LCBO to see how much wines I might want to use are. Every bottle we bring to the venue has a $3 corking fee.
At this point is quite possibly easier to just use the house wine, and not worry about anything. Ahhhh need to decide lol
Post # 7
I would skip the wine and let people continue choosing their own drinks throughout dinner. But I like the idea of doing champagne toasts (maybe during dessert so your guests are at the table anyway).
Post # 8
(I’m assuming that you are using ‘champagne’ to mean ‘any bubbly white wine’, rather than DOC champagne, and that it therefore doesn’t need to be particularly expensive.)
I have been to a number of weddings where there are a small number of wine options, all still, and then there is a champagne toast but that’s the only time champagne is available.
It always seems to me that this is a suboptimal way to allocate things. Some people like to drink champagne all night at celebrations, others don’t like to drink it at all. I think it makes more sense to have champagne as one of the available wine options, and let toasts be made with whatever people are drinking.
PS Yellow Tail do both a white and a rosé sparkling wine – according to Google, anyway.
Post # 9
We decided to skip the champagne toast, and have the caterer pour red and white white right before dinner, (which is also right before toasting). This way, we won’t waste champagne, and most of our guests like wine. We are doing open bar for only 1 hr and the rest is a cash bar. Hope that helps!