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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Wine and Your Wedding

If you have a venue that lets you bring your own wine don't forget to figure in the cost of the corkage fee.  Some venues charge as much as $10-20 dollars per bottle!  While this seems steep, don't forget to figure in the cost differential.  So if you figure the venue markup for wine, possibly as much as 60% of the cost, you can save yourself some money buying a $15 bottle of wine and paying the corkage fee.  So don't be shy about asking what their corkage fee is before making this important decision.  Also consider asking your store for a discount for buying in bulk and/or the convenience of returning any wine not opened after the wedding.  Depending on where you live you may be able to buy from an adjoining state and save by avoiding sales tax or paying a lower tax.  Don't throw away money just because you're uncomfortable asking, this could save you money you'd rather spend elsewhere!

Also for some reason most wines venues choose are domestic, and you can usually get a better buy by purchasing an imported wine of a similar quality.  Chilean Sauvignon Blanc or some nice Sicilian vintages are available for as little as $10.  Often a comparable domestic wine is going to cost you 5-10 dollars more.

21 comments:

Bess said...

Good tip!

LeslieJ said...

Never knew the markup was so much!

terryj said...

Thanks for the info!

Cassie said...

Good hint! I actually found some places this weekend that weren't charging either a corkage or cake cutting fee! Believe me, they'll be higher on my list of venues.

Maya said...

This is, if not the best thing on this blog, probably the one that will save me the most money!

LissaG said...

TY!

MegnDave said...

Glad i took the time to read this, usually I like the posts with pretty pics, but this one is really useful.

LizBeth said...

TY WQ!

AnneG said...

Wow Had no idea!

Claire said...

Great info! Thanks.

Tanya said...

Wow! Saved me some cash!

Rosie said...

This color is so not me.. but am sure it's great for someone else.

Cookie said...

Interesting information.

dina said...

Good info!

amber said...

Thanks for the information!

drew said...

good tip!

Misha said...

good points.

jessie said...

Great info! Will pass this along to my sororiety sisters

pat said...

Ty for the information.

Chrissy and Paul said...

Now THIS is what I need to know.

hillarys said...

good ideas