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Danielle
Curious August 2022 Alberta

Should we purchase table wine if we are purchasing alcohol for the bar? (toonie Bar)

Danielle, on June 6, 2022 at 18:14 Posted in Wedding reception 1 12
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Hi everyone!

We are planning to purchase alcohol for our wedding in August from Costco to have a toonie bar. The venue does not permit us to place bottles of our own purchased wine on the tables with dinner, we would need to purchase it through the venue if we wish for $30 a bottle...

We have been debating buying a white and red for our tables, will likely have 12 tables so that will put us at an extra $720. My fiancé and his parents think that since there are some guests who aren't wine drinkers will leave bottles half empty or not drink it at all, and it may go to waste. I thought it was a nice gesture to guests but am starting to think it could be a waste as well, especially if they already have their drinks they prefer from the bar. We are purchasing red & white wine, spirits, and beer for the bar.

Do you think it would be worth it for us to purchase table wine for the buffet dinner for guests?

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Latest activity by Hank, on June 7, 2022 at 17:34
  • Hank
    Featured September 2021 Ontario
    Hank ·
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    Unless you're giving really good wine (and even then), most people will prefer another drink of choice over standard table wine. I echo Liberty and say drink ticket is the way to go.

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  • Jamie
    Frequent user June 2022 British Columbia
    Jamie Online ·
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    This is a great idea!

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  • Stephanie
    Newbie July 2023 Alberta
    Stephanie ·
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    You could also have servers going around pouring wine asking if they would like red or white and have no bottles on the tables.

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  • Rayanne
    Featured June 2022 Ontario
    Rayanne ·
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    Last wedding I went to we actually traded one bottle wine with the other table so we had two red and they had two white...everyone was happy. However a drink ticket is a good idea too because they would be able to get a glass of wine with it and not worry about who drinks red, who drinks white or if they would rather something else.
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  • Rebecca
    Devoted October 2023 Newfoundland and Labrador
    Rebecca ·
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    I will be having 1 bottle of champagne on the tables and if it is not consumed my mother in law is a champagne lover so I'm sure she will be going around grabbing what's not drank after the bulk of our crowds leave.

    we all have a couple friends who are winos so I'm sure it wont go to waste Smiley smile

    check with your venue though maybe they could come around with wine rather than opened bottled on the table or have a pre poured table or a wine table instead that can be restoccked up to a certain amount?

    im a wino so to me wine/champagne is a MUST

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  • Carine
    Featured September 2023 Ontario
    Carine ·
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    Then I honestly do not see both bottles going to waste. Like Amanda said speak to your venue, maybe they can offer you ideas or discounts.

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  • Danielle
    Curious August 2022 Alberta
    Danielle ·
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    Thanks Amanda! That would be great if that is the case. I will definitely speak with the venue and ask. Smiley smile

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  • Amanda
    Featured August 2022 British Columbia
    Amanda ·
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    We're having 2 bottles of wine on each of our tables. One red and one white. We don't pay for them until after the wedding. If they're not opened, we don't have to pay for them. Maybe talk to your venue and see if that's an option you could do.

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  • Danielle
    Curious August 2022 Alberta
    Danielle ·
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    Thanks for your reply! A drink ticket is such a great idea!

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  • Danielle
    Curious August 2022 Alberta
    Danielle ·
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    There will be 7-8 guests at a table. We will also be having 2 entrées for the buffet dinner, which will be chicken and beef brisket. Which means it will be tricky because red and white go with both dishes depending what they go for (or both), so I would prefer to have one of each if I am going to buy table wine because guests will have different preferences for red or white.

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  • Carine
    Featured September 2023 Ontario
    Carine ·
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    Depending on how many at the table? I am not worried about empty bottles, my brother and his girlfriend can drink two bottles just on their own, he's a sommelier.

    Depending on your meal, you may just do the one bottle that compliments the dinner.

    Remember 1 bottle of wine= almost 4 glasses if poured right.

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  • Liberty
    Featured May 2022 Alberta
    Liberty Online ·
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    I don't think it's worth it! Instead of doing table wine we gave each guest a drink ticket so they could get a drink of their choice from the bar
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