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Wedding Wine Faq
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Wedding Wine FAQ

 

Weddings can become quite expensive but your wine doesn’t have to be.

 

Making your own wine in advance for the wedding is a fabulous way to save on wedding costs and claim the pride and ownership of making it yourself. With our custom labeling software and templates we can design a customized label that is tailored to your wedding.

 

The Liquor Licensing Act of Ontario allows for the serving of wine you have made yourself at celebrations surrounding any religious ceremony subject to the applicable Special Event License being obtained. Applications are available at any LCBO Store or may be downloaded from the website.

 

Your local vintner will work with you to help you choose the perfect wine for your special day and determine how much you need. Although many connoisseurs will recommend either a red or a white depending on the meal being served, most people are not that picky and will drink the type they enjoy the most.

 

Questions and Answers

Will the location where I am holding the reception allow me to bring my own wine to serve?

Before you decide to make your wedding wine, check with your reception hall to confirm that you can serve your own wine. Also, ask if there is a corkage fee and what it is.

Is it legal and do I need some kind of permit to serve my own wine at my wedding?

It is legal to serve your own wine but you will need a special occasions permit from the LCBO. It is up to you to apply for the permit and it must be posted in the hall. The permit costs approximately $30 and according to the LCBO, you should apply a minimum of 10 days before your event to avoid any delays. If you are serving your wine at a private residence, you will not need any permit.

How far in advance should I plan if I want to serve my own wine?

The sooner you know you will be serving your own wine the better. Depending on the wine style you choose and time frame available, all wines can be enjoyed right away but will improve with minimum of 2-3 months aging time in the bottle where as others may need 6 months to a year to truly appreciate them. It is very important to make sure you have enough time to age your wine before serving.

How much wine will I need?

The amount of wine you may need depends on whether or not you will serve it just with dinner or throughout the evening. If you are serving it just with dinner, the rule of thumb is that you allow for at least ¾ of a 750ml bottle per person attending the event. If you are serving wine throughout the evening, you could safely consider 1 liter per person. It is always better to have wine leftover than to not have enough.

What kind of wine should I serve?

You can serve any type of wine you like. It can be based on what your main course will be. If you’re having chicken, you’ll want extra white wine. If it’s a beef plate, stock up on the red. Sauvignon Blanc is a first-class white that appeals to all tastes and a Merlot is a fine red that everyone will enjoy. Browse our wine kit styles.

 

Do I need labels on my bottles if I serve it?

If you intend on placing the wine bottles on the tables, we have a vast selection of computer labels that are popular. You can personalize them with your names, date of the event or even have pictures put on them to complement your theme. You may decide to forgo the labels if your wine is being served in carafes and your guests are unable to see the bottle.

What size bottle should I have?

If the corkage fee is very high, you should use as large a bottle as possible such as 1.5L or even gallon jugs and have the wine served in carafes. The most common size bottle used on tables is 750ml. Check with your reception hall to see if they allow any larger size bottles for serving.

What if I want to give wine as a gift?

Most people give wine as a gift. You can bottle it in 375ml bottles and personalize it with your own

label.

What can I do with all the bottles left after the wedding?

You can make more Wine!!! and enjoy the saving.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE # 1 You must ask, WILL THE VENUE ALLOW HOMEMADE WINE to be served. Some venues are more than willing to do whatever you wish and may even obtain your Special Occasion Permit. Some halls will not allow you to bring in wine, some do not allow their staff to serve your wine, and others may charge a corkage fee per bottle opened.

Note: AGCO regulations state a family member or the bride & groom must make the batch.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE # 2 START YOUR WINE as soon as possible! All wine improves with some aging. Our popular level of "4 week" wine juices can be bottled in about 4 weeks, but need a minimum two months aging after bottling. Our "8 week" premium juices need six months of aging. Choosing labels & bottles can wait till later but...

START YOUR WINE SOON.