The Promise of Wedding Wine
One of the most important moments at any wedding is the toast, or in many cases, several toasts.
Now you can’t just toast the bride and groom with a shot of whiskey or a glass of bourbon. You need to have champagne and sparkling wine for those traditional toasts and big speeches about the couple’s wonderful future.
A selection of red wine and white wine will also help improve the quality of the wedding dinner, especially if the blends complement the food.
The problem is most wines served at weddings are bad. In fact, nobody expects good wines at a wedding. This has nothing to do with the wedding planner’s tastes however. It’s got more to do with the large number of guests at a wedding. You can’t serve quality wine in bulk unless you want to go bankrupt right after marriage (unless you got miraculous powers that transform water to wine). But it doesn’t have to be that way (or pray for miraculous powers). There are a lot of quality wines that come at affordable prices.
How much wine should you order?
Running out of wine during a wedding would be a tragedy. So it’s good to get enough for everyone. Some guests will drink throughout the night while many will enjoy a glass just for dinner. The ideal is to ensure that one person has one drink every hour of reception. That’s not limited to wine. There’s champagne, beer, and other alcoholic drinks to think about.
Bridebox, a popular wedding site destination recommends the following:
“A typical ratio of alcohol to serve is 1/3 beer, 1/3 liquor and 1/3 wine as well as sparkling wine or champagne. So, if you have 100 guests in attendance then you will need about 30 to 40 glasses of wine per hour.”
A typical wine bottle can give you about 4 glasses of wine. That means for a 100 guests, you’ll need around 10 bottles of wine per hour.
If you order 15-dollar bottles for those 100 guests, then your total amount would go to around $600 to $700. It should still be within a typical wedding’s budget. But that’s only if the wine you buy is affordable.
How do you decide what wines to get?
You’ll need sparkling wine and champagne for the toast, but the rest is up to you. Consider who’s attending, like the non-drinkers and older relatives. Also make sure that the wine you select will pair nicely with the wedding dinner. Lastly, don’t forget the theme, if there is one.
There are typically three types of wine that are always present during weddings – reds, whites, and rose. They each differ in flavour and body.
The suggested options for red wines are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Pinot Noir. For the whites, you can’t go wrong with Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling. When ordering rose, try Grenache, White Zinfandel, and Sangiovese.
It’s your wedding. Make sure you order the drinks you enjoy. People won’t give you flak for what you serve because it’s your day, not theirs.