Wedding wines are an important consideration before you embark on wedded bliss! Your nuptials are a once-in-a-lifetime occasion, and if you're a true wine lover, you want to ensure that you check all the right boxes when it comes to choosing and procuring your wedding wines!
There are a few things to consider when choosing wedding wines, including the size and style of your wedding, your particular budget, and whether or not you're having a champagne toast! Let's discuss the particulars when it comes to this all-important wedding day question.
For the champagne toast, note that you'll only need about a half of a glass for each guest, so this will not take up too much of your wedding day budget. This works itself out to about one bottle per 10 guests. We highly recommend a sparkling rosé or a lovely Prosecco. If you want something a bit heavier, try a classic French champagne or a Blanc de Noir.
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When it comes to choosing the red wine for your wedding day, you'll want to carefully consider a few things: What is the style of your wedding? Is it casual and low-key? Upscale and black tie? Beachy or outdoorsy? Those factors come into play, and so does the main course. If you're serving meat, a full-bodied red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon is the perfect accompaniment. If you're serving fish or vegetarian/vegan fare, a lovely rosé like Pinot Noir or Syrah will go well, or even a light red wine such as Lambrusco or Grenache will be ideal.
For your wedding day white wine, we suggest a light and zesty choice like Pinot Grigio or Vinho Verde. Even an unoaked Chardonnay would be just lovely. If you know that your guests really like a bolder choice, an oaked Chardonnay will be a great bet. It's important to know that people drink more red wine at weddings in the spring, fall, and winter, so you'll want to go with a 50/50 ratio of red to white. If it's a summer wedding and/or outdoors, people will lean more toward white wine, even moreso if you are serving fish or seafood.
Once you've determined the types of wine you want to have at your wedding, it's time to think about budget. This is less complicated than you might imagine! You can find many wedding wine calculators online, but you can easily do the math yourself by simply dividing the number of guests by 2.15, and then round up by the case. For the champagne toast, you'll divide the number of guests by nine. Simple!
Finally, our recommendation for where to procure your wedding wines is directly from a winery. They're typically very happy to sell directly to you and to deliver it as well, or you can pick it up when you're on your party bus wine tour! The best part is that you can get personalized advice on your choice of wedding wines if you take this route, and you know that you're dealing with real wine experts rather than simply a wine store employee. Cheers to a beautiful wedding day, toasting with the ones that love you best!