Remember how we scored our sparkly for cheap? Well, the internet came to the rescue again.

I follow a UK group on Facebook called 10 ways to have more money as a student, without working. It’s brilliant—every day pictures are posted with deals, codes, and other awesome finds. I’ve got a few things because of that site. Free food with vouchers, 1p chocolates, and even a one terabyte external hard drive!

A couple of months ago they made me aware of an offer that was on at a supermarket. Twenty-five percent off when you buy two cases of French wine. And one (gorgeous) wine I had my eye on was already over 50% off. Add to that a voucher for £12 off a £60 spend, and my brother’s 10% discount and well…£12 bottle of wine for just under £4.

Our venue was going to charge us £10 a bottle of wine, or £6 corkage—so at £4 a bottle it’s pretty much the same price to bring in our own. But I’d much rather have a bottle of Chablis than a bog-standard Chardonnay, so we’ve done good.


Maison Fort du Roi Chablis by Tesco Wines

And if we were buying white, we may as well buy some red, too. Amazingly, this offer extended to all cases of wine the week after, so we had our pick of the reds! I hit up the Tesco Wines website and the first thing I did was look for discounts. What was the point in buying a £5 bottle of wine if I could get a £5 bottle of wine that used to be £10 or more?

I wasn’t to be caught by the cheeky discounts, though. You know the ones—where they stick up a £5 bottle of wine for £10 for like, a week, just so they can say it’s half price when it goes back down? You’re not fooling me this time! Only the good stuff for this party!

There were two bottles that had amazing reviews and I was drawn to both of them. Côtes du Rhône Villages and Gran Fabrica Cariñena Gran Reserva. The first had a beautiful bottle. The latter? Well, it was called FABRICA which I thought was just the best thing ever. (It’s the simple things.) We bought a bottle of each and sampled them to see which one we preferred.

Both went down a treat.


Personal photo

They were absolutely beautiful. So smooth. I am really not a wine snob; in fact, I’ll drink pretty much anything. So having a good wine was a real treat for my palate. In the end, we chose the Gran Fabrica because of a) the name and b) I loved the label. It was also a 2001 vintage which I just thought was better than 2011. Note: I really do know nothing about wine.

That wasn’t the end of our drink journey, though.

The soft drinks that our venue provides are just the usual Coke, lemonade, etc., and we thought it would be nice to provide something a little more…elegant for the non-drinkers and designated drivers. Shloer is one of my favourite “adult” soft drinks and it’s soooooo yummy! It’s around £2.30 a bottle usually, but this weekend Asda had a deal on for £1.25 each. So off I went to purchase 24 bottles for all of 30 pounds.


(Four bottles were out at the till.)

We got two bottles of rosé for the arrival drinks (to complement our rosé sparkly), two bottles of white grape for the toast (to complement the normal sparkly), and a bottle each of white grape & elderflower, and red grape, for each table. We won’t have a lot of non-drinkers (four, I think?) so this should be enough for those who aren’t consuming alcohol. And I think some of the kids would like to feel “grown up” with something that is a little bit like champagne.

My parents garage is now full of bottles.

Did you have an easy time choosing the wine for your wedding? Did you have something other than Coke and lemonade for the non-drinkers?


Mrs. Jackrabbit

Brighton, UK
Wedding Date:
September 2013
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    tropicalfish914 193 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:42 am

    I think it’s nice that you’ve remembered to include something (outside of traditional soft drinks) for the non-drinkers/designated drivers. As someone who doesn’t drink at all…I’m allergic and always have horrible reactions…this would definitely be much appreciated! Nice touch :)

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    futuremrsdino 73 posts, Worker bee @ 6:09 am

    We’re having that exact Cotes du Rhone in exactly the same offer! My Dad loves the stuff and as he offered to pay, we couldn’t say no! I haven’t tried the Fabrica…may have to pop to Tesco on the way home!

    Good idea on the Shloer. It’s worth thinking about too!

    Thanks for the good tips there, lady! :)

    My parents’ garage was full of bottles before they bought our fizz and wine. Now it’s an alcoholic’s haven!

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    msjackrabbit 1080 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:15 am

    @tropicalfish914: Awww thank you! Glad you think it’ll be appreciated! :)

    @FutureMrsDino: The Cotes du Rhone was soooo good. And I think the bottle is just so swish! Gotta love a Tesco offer :) Get down to Asda for the Shloer, pronto! (or Tesco and get the money back from the price promise – should have thought of that! School boy error!)

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    futuremrsdino 73 posts, Worker bee @ 6:18 am

    Excellent plan! Ta la! :)

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    mollypuppy 65 posts, Worker bee @ 6:25 am

    god thats such a good shout! my venue are pains about corkage- they straight up wont allow it- and guess how much the house wine is…only £20.25 per bottle…. (and at 20 bottles you can do the math)

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    mrssancerre 190 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:39 am

    I can vouch for the Chablis being a great bottle of wine! In fact, we served it at my mum’s wedding after getting the same offer :)

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:49 am

    That’s so fun! And those are some great deals!

    I actually would like to do something fun for the non-drinkers (and minors) as well. I was thinking something like a pretty signature drink that looks special (maybe in a pretty dispenser to have near the bar?), but is really just a kicked-up version of lemonade or iced tea to try to accommodate everyone’s tastes (no pun intended) and still make them feel fancy!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:53 pm

    Those are some great deals and your non drinking guests will love your many options!

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    shortbread 290 posts, Helper bee @ 1:58 pm

    I just had to say that Tesco Wines were great to work with. We got a great deal on sparkling wine for our wedding. They will even let you return the wine if you have a full case to return. We were able to return the case we had and exchange it for wine to give to my brother in law as a gift for his help with the wedding.

    You seem to have made some really great wine choices. If you’re ever in need of more wine we bought our white and reds from Naked Wines. The wine was great and shipped right to us in Scotland.

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