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The Ultimate Guide to Crafting the Perfect Wedding Wine and Alcohol Menu

Updated: Nov 3, 2023

Oh, weddings! With so many decisions to make and schedules to arrange, planning your special day can feel like a whirlwind. Among the many choices you'll face, selecting the ideal alcohol menu plays a significant role in creating a memorable celebration. At Dunstan Vintner, we understand the importance of curating the perfect selection of beverages that align with your preferences, budget, and the tastes of your guests. In this guide, we'll walk you through the essential questions you need to answer to craft the perfect alcohol menu for your dream wedding. Let's dive in!

Question 1: What is your wedding venue's alcohol policy?

Before toasting to your joyous occasion, it's important to be aware of your wedding venue's alcohol policies. Check for any restrictions on outside alcohol and associated fees. Understanding these guidelines will help us work within the venue's requirements to ensure a seamless experience for you and your guests.

As an example, let's explore the alcohol policy of The Fullerton Hotel, known for its timeless elegance and impeccable service. Like other hotels, Fullerton offers in-house beverage packages and may charge corkage fees for special bottles. There are a select few venues that allow couples to bring in their own alcohol. Alkaff Mansion Ristorante, nestled in the lush Telok Blangah Hill Park, offers a beautiful and historic wedding setting. Similarly, The Summerhouse, situated amidst the serene greenery of Seletar Aerospace Park, provides a rustic and charming atmosphere. These venues welcome outside alcohol, granting you the freedom to craft a truly unique and tailored wedding experience.

Question 2: How many guests will be attending your wedding?

Estimating the right quantity of wine is crucial to maintaining a well-stocked bar and keeping your guests satisfied throughout the celebration. While every wedding is unique, here's a general rule of thumb to help you get started. Let's consider an example with 100 guests:

For a sit-down dinner: As a general guideline, plan for approximately half a bottle of wine per person. This estimate accounts for each guest enjoying a glass of wine with their meal. Of course, it's important to adjust the quantity based on the drinking preferences of your guests. If you anticipate having a higher proportion of wine enthusiasts among your attendees, you may want to consider increasing the quantity accordingly.

For a cocktail-style reception: Hosting a cocktail-style reception typically involves a more casual and mingling atmosphere. In this case, guests tend to consume fewer drinks compared to a sit-down dinner. You can estimate slightly less than half a bottle of wine per person, considering that guests may sample a variety of beverages and may not solely focus on wine.

Keep in mind that these estimates serve as a starting point, and it's essential to consider your specific wedding dynamics and guest preferences. Factors such as the duration of the event, additional beverage options, and cultural traditions can influence the final quantity.

Question 3: Do you and your partner have any specific wine, beer, or liquor preferences?

When it comes to selecting the ideal alcohol menu for your dream wedding, your personal preferences hold the key to unlocking a truly delightful experience. Just as every love story is unique, so are your taste preferences. Whether you're captivated by the elegance of French wines, the boldness of Italian varietals, the fruity notes of New Zealand's finest, or the rich heritage of Spanish and Portuguese wines, we're here to craft a selection that reflects your unique palate.

Question 4: What is your budget for the wedding wine and alcohol menu?

Weddings can be a significant investment. Establishing a clear budget will help guide your decision-making process and ensure that you stay within your desired financial range. Let's explore some suggestions on how to navigate your alcohol budget without compromising on quality or enjoyment.

Prioritize: Determine what aspects of your alcohol menu are most important to you. Are you passionate about offering a wide selection of wines? Or perhaps you'd prefer to focus on showcasing a few signature cocktails? By identifying your priorities, you can allocate your budget accordingly and make intentional choices that align with your preferences.

Seek Transparency: When discussing your alcohol menu with your venue or beverage supplier, ensure that you have a transparent conversation about pricing. Ask for detailed pricing options and any additional services or fees involved. Being aware of all the costs upfront will allow you to make informed decisions and avoid any surprises down the line.

Question 5: What style of bar service would you like to offer?

Decide on the style of bar service that best suits your wedding. Would you prefer a full bar with a wide selection of beverages, a limited bar with specific choices, or perhaps signature cocktails crafted exclusively for your special day? Consider the atmosphere you want to create and the preferences of your guests when making this decision.

Question 6: Are there any specific dietary considerations or preferences among your guests?

Ensuring that every guest feels welcomed and accommodated is important. Account for any dietary restrictions or preferences your guests may have. You can provide non-alcoholic options, low-alcohol beverages, or alcohol-free alternatives to ensure inclusivity.

Question 7: What are the popular drink preferences among your guests?

Are they wine aficionados, beer enthusiasts, or cocktail connoisseurs? For guests who appreciate the complexities of wine, consider offering a diverse range of varietals from renowned wine regions. Include both red and white wines to cater to different palates. If it's an Asian wedding, you might want to feature aromatic whites like Riesling or Gewürztraminer that pair well with Asian cuisines.

Question 8: How would you like to handle the bar service—cash bar, open bar, or a combination?

Decide on the style of bar service that aligns with your vision. Options include a cash bar where guests pay for their own drinks, an open bar where all drinks are provided free of charge, or a combination of both. Consider your budget, guest expectations, and the overall atmosphere you want to create.

Question 9: Would you like to offer wine pairings with the meal?

If you're planning a sit-down dinner for your wedding, consider the option of offering wine pairings that elevate the culinary experience.

Here are some classic food and wine pairings to inspire you:

Tyrian Clouds Sauvignon Blanc

Tyrian Clouds Sauvignon Blanc

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​Seafood, Salads, and Lighter Appetizers: Pairing Recommendation: Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay Why it works: The crisp acidity and vibrant fruit notes of these white wines complement the freshness of seafood, the brightness of salads, and the delicate flavours of lighter appetizers. They add a refreshing and lively touch to these dishes.

Volcanic Hills Pinot Noir

Volcanic Hills Pinot Noir

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​Red Meat, Roasted Dishes, and Vegetarian Entrées:

Pairing Recommendation: Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir

Why it works: The rich and robust nature of red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon perfectly complements the intensity of red meat and roasted dishes. The complex taste profile and smooth tannins create a harmonious balance. For vegetarian entrées with bold flavours, a versatile and medium-bodied wine like Pinot Noir can be an excellent choice.

Dopff Cuvee Julien

Dopff Cuvee Julien

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​Celebration and Toasting:

Pairing Recommendation: Sparkling Wines such as Prosecco or Champagne

Why it works: Sparkling wines add a touch of elegance and celebration to any occasion. They are versatile and can be enjoyed throughout your wedding event, from cocktail hour to toasting the newlyweds. The effervescence and delicate notes of Prosecco or the refined complexity of Champagne create a sense of festivity and joy.

Our team of experts at Dunstan Vintner can guide you in selecting wines that beautifully complement your menu, creating a harmonious blend of flauvors that will delight your guests' palates.

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Planning your dream wedding should be a joyous journey, and selecting the perfect alcohol menu is no exception. At Dunstan Vintner, we're here to make this process fun, informative, and stress-free. Let's raise a glass to your love story and create a wedding celebration that leaves your guests clinking their glasses in delight. Cheers to a truly unforgettable day! Ready to embark on this delightful adventure? Contact our Business Development Director and wine specialist, Brandon Teo, at +65 6570 8522 or via email at Together, let's plan your dream alcohol menu and toast to an extraordinary wedding!




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