You are getting married! It is an exciting time in your life. However, there are lots of decisions to make –Where to have the ceremony? Who should be invited? What to serve for the meal? How much will this all cost?
Making your own wine is a great way to cut costs. Not only is it economical, but the wine tastes great. And you can customize your wine for your wedding. Where to start? Here is our wedding wine checklist:
1. Does your venue for the wedding allow you to bring your own wine?
Not every hall or event centre will allow you to bring in your own wine. It depends on which type of liquor license they have. Ask the manager specifically if you can bring your own wine. Some places will allow you to bring your own wine but will charge a corking fee. Do you need to get a special permit license?
2. How many bottles of wine will you need?
If your are serving the wine with your wedding meal, a good rule of thumb is 1 bottle of wine for every 2 people you plan to invite. This rough estimate will allow you to have enough wine for everyone with a little left over to give to special people who have helped you make the day a success. Since the wine will last 2-3 years, you can even keep a few bottles for anniversary celebrations...
3. What kind of wine should I serve?
Simplicity is the key to choosing wine to please a diverse crowd. We recommend a 5-week red wine such as a Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon. For the white wine, a 5-week Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. We have over 100 wines to choose from so you can select whichever varietal suits your wedding. Talk to our wine consultants for specific selections.
4. When should I start making my wine?
As soon as possible. While white wine is drinkable early, red wine needs time in the bottle, known as bottle aging, in order to be drinkable. While each wine has a different aging time line, we do recommend starting your wine 3-6 months before the date of the wedding. This will not only give the wine time to age, but will also allow you to bottle the wine and put it in storage. Then you can deal with the other important decisions that need to be made!
5. How much will it cost?
Wine making is very economical. Most batches of wine cost between $120 and $170 for 30 bottles of wine! Bottles cost 75 cents plus taxes each. Personalized labels, corks, and shrink caps are free! So your total cost per batch of 30 bottles is between $145 and $195. Not bad considering most banquet halls are now charging between $12-$20 per bottle of wine.
6. What do I need to do to get started making my own wine for my wedding?
It’s easy! Come in and talk with one of our wine consultants. We will help you choose the right wine, the right specialty labels, and the right colours to make your wedding a success. Once the wine is chosen, you will come back in 4 to 6 weeks to bottle your wine. Each batch takes 20-30 minutes to bottle. You even get to taste your wine to ensure you are receiving a quality wine!
And best of all, we have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. We have been making wine in Alliston for more than 9 years. If you have a problem with your wine, we will replace it or refund your money –No Questions Asked. We specialize in making wine for Weddings and other Special Occasions.
Our Wedding Packages Include the following:
30 bottles of Premium Red or White Wine
30 green or clear 750 ml Bordeaux bottles
Customized Labels, Corks, Shrink Caps
100% Satisfaction Guarantee
Contact us and we'll be happy to answer any questions you have!