After the venue and the catering, wines are usually the third big investment within your wedding budget. As a result, choosing wines for a wedding is very often a tough and quite scary task. Et Voila ! Weddings, French wedding …
Wine for wedding receptions
Weddings are thirsty occasions – lots of talking, lots of crying and lots of dancing. That’s why it’s important to think about the drinks you’re going to give your guests.
Most reception venues will have their own wine list from which you can select wine, but what if you’d like to bring your own, or you’re preparing a DIY wedding and need to select some plonk?
If you take your own wine to a reception venue, you will probably be charged corkage – that is, a fee to open the bottle. While this may be unexpected for some of you, it doesn’t necessarily make taking your own wine more expensive as, if you find a reasonably priced wine that you can buy in bulk, it is still a cheaper option compared to going for wine from the official list.
So how should you then go about looking for wine? You might be lucky and know a lot about the stuff, so know exactly what you want your nearest and dearest to be drinking. If so, pop around to your local wine retailer, such as Majestic, and discuss with price options for buying in bulk (you’ll also need to take into account the amount you need and order times).
If you’re a little less clued up about the vino, you could contact a reputable wine merchant, who could help you make your choice and get you the best bulk deals. Tanners, for example, has an adviceline you can call and a well-explained webpage.
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There is plenty of information online, but if you want a list of local merchants, click here and look out for future Zk articles about what kind of wine to buy!