Congratulations on your engagement and upcoming nuptials! We know you want to make your wedding as special as possible. Selecting and crafting wine for your guests is a delightful way to make your big day that much more memorable. Your craft wine is perfect for putting out on the dining tables and even as a gift for your guests to take home in remembrance of your special day.
Craft winemaking allows for significant savings compared to purchasing wine through the liquor store. Weddings are expensive enough without breaking the bank on alcohol! This short guide will get you started on selecting the perfect wine for your event and budget.
What kind of wine should I get?
A good general-purpose white and red (say, Chardonnay and Merlot) will go a long way, but don't be afraid to get creative either! Rosé, cider, and fruit wines are all great options as well.
If you are serving a meal, it's a good idea to pick wines that pair well with the food. Our team can provide recommendations for wines that will go great with your menu.
How much wine do I need?
If you are a planning a reception with a sit-down meal, a good of rule thumb is half a bottle per guest. That works out to about two mid-sized glasses of wine per person. Of course, some will drink less or none at all, but others will enjoy more.
If you are planning for an open bar, and will be the primary beverage served, and your wedding is a party that will go into the evening, you should plan for a full bottle of wine per guest. It's slightly more than you'll need, but it's better to have a little extra than to run out before the night is over. And extra wine stays good a lot longer than cake!
When should I make my wedding wine?
This will depend a little bit on what kind of wine you make, but a good rule of thumb is to get started at least 3 months before the big day. This allows a little time for the wines to mature and be at their best.
Tight for time? Don't despair! Some wines, especially lighter wines and those with a little sweetness, are great with minimal aging.
What else should I consider?
Check with your venue: they may have rules or restrictions about bringing in your own wine.
Consider personalized labels for your bottles. A nice label with your names and the date is an inexpensive way to commemorate the big day. We can coordinate the labels and foil top to match your wedding colours.