(Closed) Wine vs champagne, and when to serve it?

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
Hostess
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
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Busy bee

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
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993 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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 # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

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
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2012

(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
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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!

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