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Once it’s popped it’s paid for
Everyone knows it’s traditional to toast the happy couple with a glass of bubbly but realistically not all your guests will drink it. Once the cork is popped however you’ll be paying for the bottle whether it’s consumed or not so here’s how to save some of your precious budget.
- If you’re on a budget, or for that matter even if you’re not, you really don’t need to serve the real thing. A good quality Prosecco or Cava is more than acceptable. Check with the venue which labels they stock and ask for their recommendation. Most venues will offer you drinks packages that include lower cost bubbly options.
- You don’t need to order enough for ALL your guests. Calculate for approximately half to two thirds. If you choose the house label your venue should have plenty of extra bottles on standby just in case there’s a bubbly stampede.
- The number of people drinking at your wedding will depend on various factors such as whether your guests are staying overnight. No accommodation means plenty of drivers so that should cut your booze bill unless of course you’re laying on taxis to the local hotel.
- Boys will be boys and the first thing most guys do is hit the bar. Most (and I have this on very good authority!!) won’t thank you for a fancy cocktail or glass of Pimms so give them what they really want and put some money behind the bar for arrival beers. Be prepared to be toasted with a pint too. It’s all good.
- Many guests will decline a glass of bubbly preferring instead to stick with their beer, table wine or soft drink. Where possible ask the venue to open the bottles as required not per head.
- If you have paid the venue for a minimum number of bottles and there are several left then they should offer to let you take these home with you.
- Don’t be afraid to talk with your venue about drinks. There are minimum spends on most things but depending on your guests there may be better ways of spending that cash. Ask there advice and any options they may be able to offer you.
- Order an extra bottle (or more) to toast yourselves on future wedding anniversaries – it’s a nice keepsake to remember your special day.