Many of us know enough about liquor to choose the staples you should serve if you’re having booze at your wedding. Rum, Vodka, Whiskey, Tequila, Scotch. Add or subtract as you will. A light beer and a dark beer will likely suffice for those who like cold ones. But what about wine? Choosing the right wines can be difficult without a little guidance and/or knowledge.
Selection is important for your guests. Some folks only drink white wine. Others only like reds. Have a couple of each. Champagne is also something many brides and grooms have to celebrate the occasion. AND you may have some who would like to drink a little something as a celebratory gesture other than their Diet Coke. Grape juice or a non-alcoholic sparkling something would be nice of you to have.
So then, about the wine.
Here is a list of the most popular wines in the U.S. :
Pinot Grigio / Gris
Syrah & Shiraz
Zinfandel, Both Red & White
Your caterer may have some knowledge on what’s important to have. Your wedding planner can help also. What’s best, though, is to ask the folks you know who will want a glass or two. If the majority want a red blend, get a couple of those. Have a few moscato or white zin drinkers? Grab a number of those. For the harder to please, you may want to grab a couple of randoms just in case. Something else to consider is whether you’ll have an open or cash bar. If it’s cash, you can probably afford to have a wide selection. If it’s open, see how you can save some dough. Box wines are a lot better than they used to be, so consider having a bunch of those for the wine drinkers. A keg or two of beer is another economical way to serve everyone who wants beer. Heck, you can even mix your own gallon jugs of whiskey sours! It’s all up to you and what fits.
Wine, beer, and liquor can add up fast, so limit what you serve for monetary reasons AND to make sure no one leaves your reception totally wasted. That’s good for no one.
For more tips about how to run the bar, what to serve and how to serve it, check out our Stories page as we’ll have more info and ideas there to consume.