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Wedding Vendors Podcast
Buying Wines for a Wedding
If you’re buying your own wedding wines, then you’ve already taken the smartest step forward by caring enough to find out more!
Learn what wines work best for events like weddings and how much wine to have on hand. Wine is a highlight to a wedding, so it’s a great idea to find one what’s right for you.
So let’s say the wedding will have 100 guests. If you divide the number of guests by 2.15 you should expect to get about 46 bottles of wine for the event. Make sure when you order to round up by the case. Just so you know, this works for all kinds of events.
For 100 guests, $15/bottle wines will only cost a total of $700 ($15 x 46 bottles). If you compare this number to a typical wedding flower budget, this is very reasonable! You’ll have to ask yourself: what’s more important: good wine or pretty flowers? This is entirely up to you.
Show a little wine style at this intimate dinner for your core family and friends.
2011 Château Puy-Blanquet St. Emilion Grand Cru
This classic, elegant Right Bank Bordeaux is sure to impress with its flavors and aromas of black cherry, violet, and cassis and lingering notes of dried fall leaves and tobacco on the finish. Pair with: Seared skirt steak.
Bridal Shower & Bachelorette Party
Whether you’re gathering the girls for a last hurrah or having a coed bash celebrating happy days ahead, these fun, versatile bottles will get the party popping.
2013 Ventisquero Grey Glacier Pinot Noir
Chile’s Leyda Valley is the best-kept secret in reasonably priced, cool-climate pinot noir, and Ventisquero’s offering proves it, with its aromatic influences of strawberry, earth, and baking spices. Pair with: Stuffed mushrooms or cheddar-topped turkey-burger sliders.
“Wine brings a sense of sophistication and classiness, as well as longstanding tradition, to a wedding,” says master sommelier Andrea (Immer) Robinson. “People have been using wine to mark occasions for millennia.”
Selecting a caterer
- Catering starts with knowing your budget for food and/or food and beverage. This tells the caterer if they need to come up with buffet, family-style, or seated. This also tells them what types of menu options they can prepare for your wedding within your budget.
- Does your venue have their own catering in-house, or exclusive caterers they use?
- What TIME is your wedding? Do you envision a common late afternoon ceremony into dinner and reception, or more of a morning celebration into early afternoon?
- What is the style of your wedding? This really helps quickly guide your food choices! Just how glamorous/fancy is your wedding OR do you want the food to have equal attention to you and your spouse 😉
- Discuss with your fiance what you DON’T want. That also helps eliminate some of the decisions.
- Have fun with a favorite food/appetizer if that’s important to you.
- Be mindful of the variety you serve, which most caterers are very good at with a diverse selection. Is there anyone coming to the wedding that has a food allergy, cannot eat certain items to discuss how the caterer can accommodate them.
- If the venue allows you to select the caterer, they will most likely require proof certain certificates and/or licenses
- Get multiple proposals from companies so you can compare and contrast the cost, service, and menu options
- If your venue doesn’t provide tables, chairs, linens, or dinnerware, find out if the caterers do. Most do. If they do not, you will want to connect with a rental company and factor this additional cost into the budget
- Take note of the caterers you like and their communication to you,this will become increasingly important as you wedding day comes closer
- Arrange tastings with your 2-3 top choices, or with the venue’s caterer
- There are NO stupid questions, so never be shy about asking the caterer anything – they welcome the questions to be sure you fully understand their services