You can estimate pouring around 5 glasses of wine per bottle and 6 glasses for Champagne poured into flutes. As a rough guide, assume each guest will consume about half a bottle of wine (then add a little for a safety margin). It’s better to have too much rather than too little.
Warming, fuller-bodied wines are perfect for Winter Weddings (Full-bodied Chardonnays, oak matured Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon). Summer Weddings call for lighter, more refreshing wine styles (Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chablis or Rosé and Pinot Noir or a Spanish Garnacha). If your Wedding ‘Breakfast’ is at lunchtime, then people often prefer wines that are lighter in style – anything too alcoholic and you’ll find half of the room nodding off in the afternoon.
3) How to choose a wine for the toast
It’s customary to serve sparkling wine for the toast. Many couples choose Champagne, but there are loads of other superb sparkling wines that you may prefer. For a lighter alternative, try Prosecco from Italy.
4) How to pair your wines with food
It’s safe to serve at least one white, and one red, and sometimes also a rosé over lunch or dinner. Everyone’s menu will be personal to them, but here are a few pointers to get you started:
White fish, seafood, chicken: Sauvignon Blanc (dry), Chardonnay, Australian Riesling, Spanish Rosé
Roast beef, lamb, other red meats: Shiraz / Syrah, Rhône, New World Cabernet Sauvignon or a good Bordeaux
Dessert / Cheese: It’s nice to pair a dessert wine with your end-of-meal treat. Port is a good choice to round off the meal.
5) Taste the wine!
Another idea that’s increasingly popular is to gather a few friends and family together one evening for a pre-wedding tasting. Order a few “shortlisted” wines and see what you and your trusted advisors think. We’d recommend trying no more than three different whites, reds and fizzes in one sitting though or you risk being overwhelmed – and use small tasting samples rather than full glasses or you won’t be in the best state for decision making by the end! Please be aware that some venues only have a selection of wines that are poured by the glass so you may have to order a bottle of special wines to sample.
Finally, have fun when choosing your drinks. This is a time for celebration, so choose fun, tasty wines; ones that will be easy to drink and enjoyed by everyone.