Weddings are a time for endless celebration, long-nights on the dance floor, and memorable toasts. So when the glass is raised, what's inside should be a wine or champagne that fits your taste, as well as your budget. When it comes time to deciding what kind to serve, you don't need to be a professional wine connoisseur to make that decision. You can simply start by following these four steps to selecting your wedding wine.
1. Start by selecting one red and one white.
This will give your guests options in case they prefer one or the other. Make sure the wines you select aren't too heavy or even too high in alcohol content. That way, they can appeal to a wider range of people who may be more casual wine drinkers.
2. Don't feel like you have to break your budget.
You don't have to spend a fortune to service delicious wine at your wedding. There are plenty of inexpensive first-rate bottles to select from that start as low as $7.
3. Remember that you can bring your own wine.
If there's a wine you like that the caterer doesn't offer, you can bring it in yourself. Just chat with them beforehand to see if there's a corkage fee. Then determine if bringing in your own wine, with that corkage fee, is still less expensive than going with the wine they offer.
4. Do a wine testing.
If you don't know too much about wine or don't have certain types you prefer, sign up for a local wine tasting at a market or specialty store. That way you can come to the wedding wine table with your likes and dislikes and choose a white and red that you'd enjoy drinking on your wedding day.
Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.