(Closed) Would it be bad if we don't have bottles of wine on the tables?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
3175 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
761 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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
433 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012


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
4755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Why not have wine passed?

Post # 8
2551 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@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 # 10
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
40 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

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.


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