Hello, and welcome to our weekly Wedding Wednesdays Q&A! Today we’re chatting about wedding wines: My wedding venue has a list of wines that I can choose for my wedding, but they also give us the option of bringing in our own wine, and if we do that we’d pay a corkage fee. Which route is the better way to go? I really have no idea and don’t want to make the wrong decision. Can you give me some advice?
Of course, that is what I’m here for! So, in most cases getting your wedding wines through the venue is the easier and more economical route to go. They already have it onsite, they’ll definitely have enough for your party, they’ll have at least an ok selection and the price is straightforward. However, there are some instances when it’s worth it to consider bringing your own wine in.
One such instance is if you are a total wino and have very specific wine(s) in mind. Most venue wine lists are pretty short, so they probably won’t have what you are looking for in which case, bringing it in yourself will get you what you want. Another instance is if you know a seller or a winery (or make your own wine) and can get your wine at a discount as this will help counteract the corkage fee. In either instance, though, bringing in your own wedding wines still might not be the most economical if the corkage fee is high. Most wedding venues prefer you to use their wines, so they’ll make the corkage fee high to discourage you from going that route. So, you’ll have to do some math to see how it works out. If going for the cheapest option isn’t your goal, then it’s really more of a personal choice.
Now, two last things to keep in mind as you weigh your options. The first is that if you decide to bring your own wine, that will obviously require you to bring it in. Which means you have to go buy it and then deliver it to the venue before the wedding. Overall, it just takes more effort. Not tons, but more then just using the venue’s wine. If you do go this route, I’d hand the task of delivering it to someone else so you don’t have to think about it on the wedding day.
The other thing to keep in mind is that you have to make sure you buy enough wine so that you don’t run out. Once again, this isn’t hard, it just takes more effort. The upside of this (or downside if you are doing a destination wedding) is that unlike using the venue’s wine, you’ll get to keep the leftover wine because it’s yours. If you are doing a destination wedding or don’t live in the area, this can be more of a hassle and something else to think about. However, if you live nearby or have friends and family that do, you can give it away or save it for another party or for your anniversary celebrations to come.
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