The church bells ring as a happy couple now becomes one. The newlyweds prance around in joy towards the next part of the event, the banquet, the part that everybody is excited about. In the few weddings that I have attended to, the banquet for me is my favorite part. Seeing happy lovebirds become one through a traditional recipe makes me happy, but the sight of food makes me happier, and the sight of wine makes me the happiest. Every time I go to a wedding, I always get excited what wine they would be serving, a sweet wine that will have me dazed for days, or a tasty wine that will surely hit the spot. But this doesn’t mean I’m picky for wines at a wedding party. I came here to celebrate the union of two people in holy matrimony, not enjoy the wine. But for some, serving the proper wine during the party will let them enjoy the event for themselves as well.
In preparing wedding parties, couple may face the traditional questions like, what food to serve? What flavor should the cake be? How many people are there? But one of the crucial questions to be asked is what wine/s should be served?
First of all, you have to consider your budget. If your budget can withstand many bottles of wine and you are also willing to spend on them, then I say go. But if your wallet can’t handle the expensive types or too many wines, then settle with what you can find. You might run into some problem like having too little or too much bottles of wine. Some venues would charge additional fees if you were to bring in wines not bought from them. Try asking about their policies on wine. But if you think that their wine is very expensive and less enjoyable, then you can try bringing something from outside since it is much worth it.
Now we shall consider the guests. The guests are the people we have to entertain (even though it’s your wedding) during the period of the event. Nothing can make any guests stay but a great bottle of wine. You should consider the taste of each guest when it comes to wines. For that many people, a variety of preferences will be present. If you’re staying within a budget, you can have the majority of the guests’ preference as your foundation for your choice of wine. Guests really don’t pay much attention to what type of wine is served since they came to the party to celebrate your accomplishment. As long as there is wine on the table, they will be satisfied. Serve a great bottle of wine and everybody will be pleased. Another thing about guests is that their number is very crucial, it will decide the fate of your budget for wine. Try different solutions on the matter at hand so that you won’t be able to run into problems regarding the budget.
Food is like one of the main events of a wedding party. It is what most of the people are after for. A variety of food with different tastes and flavors that will surely hit the spot is the delight of most wedding parties. But when you add wine, it becomes much more delightful. It can be even more delightful, the most delightful, or it can even exceed the limits of the English vocabulary by choosing the appropriate wine that can go with the meals. The proper pairing can result in satisfied guests and the incorrect pairing will have them question the future of the newlyweds (That last one might be a bit exaggerated). Just remember what wine goes better with what flavor and everything will be smooth sailing from there.
Now we’ve mentioned some different factors that will affect yourr choice of wine and what you need to consider in a wedding party. I will give you a few points on what wines to consider and why you should try them for size.
1. Red Wine
Red Wine is a classic crowd favorite and has been used for most weddings. If you ever have leftovers, then there’s no problem, you can just store it and enjoy it after the wedding. Who knows? You might even thank your guests for the leftovers you bring on your honeymoon.
Bringing out the perfect crowd pleaser is actually a lot of fun. Here are some red wines that I would recommend for you.
- Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most popular red wine in America and can go well for most people. It’s best suited to serving with hearty beef and lamb dishes.
- The 2006 Charles Krug Peter Mondavi Family Yountville Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is supple, medium- to full-bodied, and has textbook cassis and cedar Cabernet character, and is a definite proof of an affordable tasty wine.
- The concentrated yet palate-cleansing 2007 Amavi Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley (Washington), at $27, rivals other wines that would be worth 50$.
2. White Wines
White wine tends to be easier to pair with all styles of food and has a better quality for the price.
- You can consider Sauvignon Blanc since it is very versatile and can go greatly with most dishes that has seafood, chicken, eggs, vegetable and salads.
- If you’re looking for cheap whites, you can try he citrusy 2008 Geyser Peak California Sauvignon Blanc and the pleasantly pungent 2009 Brancott Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, which are valued at 13$ and are often discounted.
- If you want to please the crowd, try the easy-to-drink Pinot Gris (Pinot Grigio in Italy)
My very best advice for what wine to serve at a wedding party would be to have equal amounts of both red and white, so that you don’t have to disappoint all your guests, just half of them. But go with whatever you feel is right during the moment. It is your special moment after all, it is your taste that is to be prioritized.
Note: Wine is best serve chilled, and the best way to chill wines is by wine coolers. There are a lot of wine coolers out there. You can check online for some wine cooler reviews and pick out what’s suitable for you.