Here's why you should  ditch the champagne at your wedding
27th August 2023

I’m a wine expert and here’s why you should ditch the champagne at your wedding

  • Wine expert Sam Caporn told FEMAIL her wedding wine do’s and don’ts
  • Read more: Wedding photographers reveal the moment they knew the happy couple’s marriage was DOOMED 

For many brides and grooms, reception speeches can often be the highlight of a wedding day.

But an expert has now revealed why you shouldn’t be toasting with champagne – and instead should opt for a more affordable option. 

Sam Caporn, Mistress of Wine for Aldi, said choosing a fizz alternative could be less ‘pricey’ for couples celebrating their big day.

She told FEMAIL future brides and grooms should consider  Crémant, saying: ‘It’s  made in the same style, by the same methods so few people notice the difference, especially as often bubbles are pre-poured or obscured by a white napkin.’

Elsewhere she also shared nine other do’s and don’t’s for your big day…  

Sam Caporn, Mistress of Wine for Aldi, has now revealed why you shouldn’t be toasting with champagne – and instead should opt for a more affordable option (stock image) 

1. Do make sure staff know how to serve the wine

Heavy pours equal a heavy bill! Make sure staff are clear on how to serve the wine to keep the temperature and bottle count in check. 

For example, smaller pours prevent wine from getting warm and also help reduce waste. 

Also consider serving screw cap wines, especially for larger weddings as it makes it much easier for the staff to open.

2. Do an average of half a bottle of wine per person

This is generally a good rule of thumb. If you have 120 people coming to your reception that will equal 60 bottles of wine. 

However, if in doubt, over order. You don’t want to run out of wine.

3. Do incorporate your wedding theme 

Aligning the theme and wine is a great way to set the tone for the big day. For example, if you are going for a vintage theme, consider something timeless and classic like a Sancerre, whereas a sturdy French red, such as wines from the Languedoc region, would be a great choice for a rustic theme.

4. Don’t overlook rosé

Rosé wine is certainly having a moment and should definitely be considered as part of any wedding wine menu.

It’s fun, looks great in pictures and feels very celebratory, particularly if you’re having a summer or outdoor wedding. 

It also pairs well with lots of food. 

Just make sure it’s properly chilled before serving.

5. Don’t overthink it

Don’t make picking the wine any harder than it needs to be! For example, just because you got engaged in Greece, doesn’t mean you need to serve only Greek wine! 

A lot of couples spend too much time thinking about what the guests want, but at the end of the day, it is your wedding.

Buy what you want, and everyone will find something to enjoy.

6. Don’t try to match it with the food

This is a common mistake when guests actually prefer to stick to one wine throughout.

As the meal is very much just one part of the wedding, it’s better to opt for easy-drinking wines, i.e. not too oaky or acidic, not too high tannin or rich.

7. Do match the wine to the season

Whether a relaxed outdoor summer gathering or an elegant indoor winter wedding, the season can drastically change what wine to serve. 

For a winter wedding upweight easy-drinking but well-bodied red wines such as a Shiraz or Malbec – I would recommend 60:40 red to whites. Whereas for summer weddings, introduce rosé into the mix (30:30 rosé to whites).

8. Don’t splash out unnecessarily

Focus on good-quality but great-value favourites rather than expensive, premium bottles. 

The style of wines like Premier Crus are often not to everyone’s taste, so focus on more approachable wine.

9. Don’t forget the non-drinkers

Whether designated driver, pregnant, abstaining or just generally preferring not to drink alcohol, having fun no or low alcohol options will make everyone feel included.

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