From booking the right venue and hiring the perfect photographer, to constructing the ideal five-course menu, planning a wedding can be an incredibly stressful process, but deciding on the right wines shouldn’t cause a headache. Even though it might seem like a daunting task without extensive knowledge or an expert sommelier, choosing the right wines can be very simple, as long as you know what you are looking for. So, here is how to choose the best wines for your wedding:
Pair your wines with the menu
Even though people tend to follow tradition and assume that a red wine is reserved for fall and winter weddings, while a white wine should only be served in spring and summer, the truth is that the season doesn’t really matter, as long as your wine pairs well with your menu. In general, lighter whites go well with fish and other seafood and bolder whites go with pork, while a stronger red pairs beautifully with beef. Overall, it would always be best to choose well-balanced, trustworthy wines that can be paired with a variety of dishes, to save yourself some trouble and let your guests enjoy their meals even more.
Opt for a simple variety
When it comes to choosing the wines, there’s no need to complicate things too much and order several different varieties. Simply picking a white, a red and a sparkling or a rose is more than enough, as even people who have very different preferences can still be able to enjoy the wine this way. If you want to keep things simple, opt for an incredible Burgundy wine, such as a Chardonnay for white or a Pinot Noir for red, as they pair very well with a large variety of food, and offer pleasant flavors that appeal to a large crowd.
Have a toast with some bubbly
If you are planning on toasting to the future, Champagne is always a classic option you can never go wrong with. However, if you are looking for something different or just a bit more affordable, Italian Prosecco and English sparkling wines are both great alternatives. While it’s true that toasts are an important part of the reception and can only be enhanced with great wines, the guests are always just happy to have a good glass of wine in their hands.
Serve the wine properly
If there’s one thing you want to make sure the staff at your reception does correctly, it’s serving the wine properly. While heavy pours might be a good idea at bars and parties, you want to keep the flavor and the bottle count in check at your wedding. Each guest should be poured three to five ounces of wine per serving, over and over again, as this will keep the wine from getting warm in the glass. It’s also important to serve the wine in high quality wine glasses, in order to get the most flavor out of the chosen wine.
Order the appropriate amount
It can often be difficult to figure out how much wine you actually need for the reception. In general, the rule is to count on one bottle per person, and then add a small cushion, just in case. So, if you’ve invited 150 guests, for example, 180 bottles of wine should be more than enough. It would also be a good idea to tell the staff not to open bottles in advance, as any wine that is left unopened after the reception can either be sold back into the venue’s inventory or even taken home to be enjoyed during the honeymoon and beyond.
If you are a wine lover who is hoping to incorporate their passion into their wedding day, this incredible guide will help you choose the best wine options for your reception.
Written by Diana Smith