Post # 1
I just got the wine list and the cheapest is $30 per bottle, if we did one red and one white for 15 tables, that’s $900!! We are having a toonie bar and we will have a rule for guests not to get drink refills during speeches (we only have two speeches so that’s 15 minutes max!) Is it okay if we skip the wine?
Post # 3
I’m assuming the venue doesn’t allow you to bring your own wine? Could you offer a complimentary sparkling wine for everyone during toasts? That way you’re offering *something* even if it isn’t a full bottle of white and a full bottle of red? Will the venue allow servers to go around & pour wine during dinner? This would save on waste, and you can purchase X amount of bottles (whatever fits your budget), then go back to the toonie bar after they run out.
Just some alternatives to think about- hopefully some Canadian Bees can weigh in on etiquette, here.
Post # 4
I am also a Canadian Bee, but I think we need a little more info about your venue to give you advice. To me, it seems absurd that they would charge you $30/bottle for table wine during your reception. As was suggested above, ask about their corkage fee. Most corkage fees do not exceed $15/bottle, which would obviously drop your price by 50%.
Since alcohol was important for my wedding (that sounds really funny, but it’s true), I chose a venue that had an open bar and included unlimited wine on tables during dinner.
What does your package include?
Post # 5
Hm…I think it depends on your guests and family, if they are not big drinkers then it’s fine.
For us, full open bar and unlimited red & white wine was a must…(I guess we’re all big drinkers) however our resort charges $40 per bottle for house champagne, so we opted to just do a toast, as opposed to having champagne bottles at every table. Ultimately if a person wants a drink they will get up and go to the bar to get it plus not everyone likes wine, so again I’d say it depends on your guests. I like the other poster’s idea about bringing your own wine.
Post # 6
Why not have wine passed?
Post # 7
We aren’t allowed to bring our own wine, so we’ve axed the wine completely. They can go to the bar and get a glass of wine for $2. If they’re going to be upset the entire night that there was no wine at the tables, they can suck it up. It’s too darn expensive.
Post # 8
@MissBabeski: wait- they can go to the bar & get a glass for $2 but a bottle is $30? Is that for the same wine? That’s crazy, I wonder if they understand that a bottle is 4glasses, which means your total bottle cost should be under $10- I don’t understand why they would try to charge $30 unless it’s a different wine…. BUT if that’s how they wanna play it, I would nix the bottles as well…
Post # 9
I know, it’s riduculous! I called my coordinator and she was like, wow that’s expensive. I don’t know much about wine but maybe it’s an expensive kind? Pfft.
Post # 10
We had waiters coming around and refilling, not just bottles on the table (so we only paid for what people drank, not just for the whole two bottles). Our other option, which was cheaper, was to just let people go to the bar and get drinks. I think either would have been fine! They didn’t want bottles sitting on the tables because it would be too easy for minors to sneak in glasses of alcohol.
Post # 11
We put a punch on the tables instead. Some were alcoholic and some not (for those who don’t drink or don’t wish to).
We did it this way because neither myself or hubby are big wine drinkers and there were only a few people in our families that would have to have wine. I had nice pitchers with the punch on the tables as well as up at the bar. It was much more cost effective then $30/bottle! Even if we had gone the wine route, our charge was only $12/bottle.