Tying the Knot in a Meaningful and Memorable Way (Without Losing Our Savings or Sanity)

Friday, July 11, 2008

Boxed-Wine Compromises

If you actually force yourself to stick to your wedding budget (regardless of what that budget is), you're going to have to make some compromises.

On one hand, you want to create a memorable and enjoyable experience for the guests. On the other hand, you don't want to break the bank.

Even within a strict $2000 budget, I find that we have room to splurge (as long as we hold back in other areas). For example, by cutting back our alcohol selection to three things (as opposed to hosting a full open bar), we were able to rent a frozen margarita machine and purchase two kegs of solid beer choices (one standby: Miller Light and one more offbeat: New Belgium Sunshine Wheat). However, that means we have to cut back on the wine budget.

Given our nation's bias and misconceptions, I hesitate to even admit this fact. But it's true. We are serving boxed-wine at our reception.

[insert gasp]

However, if it is any consolation, I did some Google research and was able to uncover a boxed-wine tasting challenge conducted by the Austin Chronicle. They slipped bottled wine (in the $15-20 range) into the blind taste-test. For the most part, the judges picked the bottled wine.

Yet, there were three exceptions. And those are the three boxed wines we are going to purchase for our wedding reception:

1) Seeberger Riesling ($16 for 3 liters)
2) Powers 2003 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($20 for 3 liters)
3) Hardys Stamp Merlot ($16 for 3 liters)

Last night we trekked to the liquor store to stock up. We figured we should get seven boxes-- which is equivalent to 28 bottles of wine--for our 80 guests.

Unfortunately, we were only able to find the Hardys. We bought three boxes of it, but we still need to find the other two.

Matt and I had a brief tiff in the boxed wine aisle because he simply wanted to purchase a different brand instead of continuing the search. I understand that he's tired of planning, but I tried to explain (as calmly as possible) that it was already embarrassing enough to serve boxed wine, and there was no way we could serve a crappy boxed wine.

Ah, wedding bliss (er, stress).

So, dear readers, if any of you are guests at the wedding and are willing to do a little legwork, please go to your local liquor store and see if they have #1 and #2. I will reimburse you with cash and hugs!

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Robin said...

At the wedding, how did you serve the wine? Just had the boxes out on a table?

Autumn said...
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Autumn said...

Ah, yes, I'm curious too. For our July 31st wedding, I really like the idea of boxed wine, so I'm doing my research. One of my questions, though, was how to serve it.

Sara E. Cotner said...

Hi All! We set up a drink station: frozen margarita machine, sodas, boxes of wine, and keg on the floor. Help yourself! I think it helped the event feel more like a family reunion and less like a wedding. It was fun.

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