One option our venue gave us was to provide our own wine and champagne, and pay a corkage fee of $15 a bottle. It seems steep, but because the venue has a loose policy on this and didn’t say magnums would be charged double, we bought magnum sized (1.5 L) wine bottles, which cost around $15 each. A regular bottle of wine (750 mL) at the venue was around $37, so we inevitably saved money on the wine front. For champagne, the price was around $8 a glass. We bought our champagne for $9 a bottle. We clearly saved money here too.
Yesterday I went to Real Canadian Superstore and bought all of our wine and champagne. At first, I wanted to place an order because they only had nine bottles of champagne in stock. However, I waited too long. The order wouldn’t come in in time for us to drop it off at the venue on Thursday to be chilled for Saturday. (I’m getting married on SATURDAY! YAY!) So, I ended up having to visit two stores. At the first store, I bought 12 magnums of white, 14 red, and nine bottles of champagne. At the second, I bought four magnums of red and 11 bottles of champagne. My car was PACKED!
It may not look like it, but I’ve got nine bottles of champagne and 24 magnums of wine in here!
If you added up the numbers, we bought 12 magnums of white (24 actual bottles), 18 magnums of red (36 actual bottles), and 20 bottles of champagne. That’s A LOT, but we can take it back after the wedding if there are leftovers. We are having an open bar, so people may drift toward that more so than wine…but I’d hate to run out.
Now onto the choices! We chose:
The Merlot is my mom’s favorite, and the Sauvignon Blanc is also quite good, especially with chicken. The Barefoot Bubbly is Fiancee Eagle’s favorite—she’s not a big drinker at all, but I’ve seen her on occasion drink a whole bottle herself. I think it’s great that we were able to choose wines and champagne that we actually know and like, and not get overcharged in the process.
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Did you buy the wine for your wedding too?