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So your big day is on the horizon and you’re ready to choose the wines. As your guests will be drinking wine throughout the day, as well as with food, you’ll want to pick one that works equally well on its own and with the wedding breakfast. This guide will help you with choosing the best wine for your big day so that your guests can enjoy the wedding tipples and you can worry more about having fun rather than whether everything is going to plan on your special day.
Choosing the Best Wine for Your Big Day
How to taste wine correctly
You’ll want to show off and impress your friends and family with your expert knowledge. There are several steps involved in the art of tasting a wine. Firstly, hold your glass out against a tablecloth or sheet of paper to check for depth of colour and opacity. After this you’ll want to smell the wine; swirl it around to add some oxygen which will help to freshen up your vino. Place your nose into the glass and try to identify two scents. Lastly, you’ll want to taste it; take a small sip and swirl it around the palate, considering the weight of the wine before slowly sucking air in through your mouth to help you taste more.
Your wines must work throughout the day, both with the meal and during the reception. Your best bet is to opt for a crowd pleasing white; something that isn’t too ‘out there’. A good quality Chardonnay complements chicken, fish and pork. A Sauvignon Blanc will pleasantly contrast similar dishes, while Riesling works a treat with desserts.
Remember that you’ll need to offer your guests a choice. It’s important to choose a red which will complement your meal. Barbera is a lighter wine which accompanies tomato dishes well and is also a fine tipple on its own. Meanwhile, Cabernet Sauvignon is a medium- to full-bodied wine, ideally suited to beef or lamb. Grenache is perfect with a nice game dish, and Merlot always goes well with roast chicken or duck.
Sparkling wine goes perfectly with any celebration, and is appropriate at the entrées or at the toasts. There’s a wide variety of fizz to choose from, including Prosecco, Cava and Champagne. If you prefer something fruity, you should opt for Prosecco, whereas Cava could be more ‘you’ if you want a drier finish and a lower price tag. You can really make the day memorable with some extra-special bubbly like Cristal Champagne. You can snag some great deals by the case, so it’s worth checking your local wine shop or looking online at places like Tesco Wine.
The above tips will help you select a set of wines which complement your special occasion, but another top tip is to head to a wine bar and ask to try different wines to get a feel for what you like. It’s also a great opportunity to consult with an expert.
Some plan a destination wedding while others want to tie the knot in their own backyard. Alternatively, you can get married upon the open sea, planning a cruise wedding. Popular cruise lines offer numerous plans and accommodations. Whether you intend an intimate ceremony that involves just the two of you or want to bring all your family and friends to celebrate.
Planning A Cruise Wedding
Just The Two of You
Rather than spend on a huge wedding, economical and private couples plan small ceremonies. If you desire a wedding that involves just the two of you, take note that special accommodations may be factored into the price of the cruise trip. Don’t assume that because you’re getting married, the crew and agency will provide decor, cake, etc. Conversely, just because it will be the two of you, it doesn’t mean you can’t splurge. Some big-name cruise lines can provide the most extravagant of weddings; all you have to do is ask.
Sharing with Friends and Family
Many want friends and family to witness the special moment. However, asking some to come along could put them in an awkward financial situation, especially those who need to budget for tickets as well as your wedding gift. Some cruise lines allow you to have the ceremony before the ship takes off, so you get the best of both worlds. Friends can witness the ceremony but won’t have to budget for cruise tickets. Conversely, if a number of friends and family members are coming along, be sure to inquire about group packages and large-party discounts.
Wedding at Sea
A limited number of cruise lines will host the services onboard. Most accommodate those who have gotten married onshore and want to celebrate aboard the vessel. If you like the idea of getting married at a special destination, peruse Cunard’s World Cruise programme or ask a travel agent about getting married at particular ports of call. A number of lines gladly celebrate the nuptials but do not encourage the presence of actual ceremonies.
Choose Your Island
Perhaps you would like your cruise to be more of a honeymoon excursion. Plan ahead by reviewing where particular cruise lines can take you. Getting married on an exotic island is a dream of many. In addition to surfing through individual cruise sites, ask a travel agent about destinations that are popular wedding destinations. Learn about the best times of year to tie the knot along with discount options, weather patterns, etc. Also, be sure to coordinate your wedding within an appropriate time frame to ensure you get your passports in order.
Reasons to Marry at Sea
Aside from the obvious reasons people opt to go on a cruise to vacation, popular cruise lines sometimes hire wedding planners due to the popularity of wedding cruises. Aside from the gorgeous view and the fresh sea air, you’ll have access to people who provide insight to hundreds of couples each year.
While traditional weddings necessitate a whole host of vendors, you can cut corners while sacrificing little on a cruise wedding. For example, rather than hire a professional photographer who seeks beautiful backdrops for photos, you’ll have incredible views behind you. So rather than hire a professional, ask an experienced friend to take photos of you and spouse by the bow at sunset, dancing on the main deck, etc.
Michael Wilson is the Managing Director of Bolsover Cruise Club, a company his parents began in the late 1960’s, although it was originally known as Bolsover Travel. Michael is passionate about the business, taking interest in all aspects of it. Outside of his work, Michael likes holidays with his family, watching rugby and gardening.
So we all want the fairytale wedding. The perfect venue, the dream dress, the to die for decor BUT do we want the nightmare cost that can often go with that? Today we have a great infographic from Evolution Money on controlling wedding costs so that you can have your dream wedding without the costs spiraling out of control.
Tips on venues, guest lists, and enlisting friends and family to help with the wedding must haves. Some you may absolutely not want to scrimp on, others -well you may save a packet. I for one would NEVER forego a photographer but wold happily not bother with favours and expensive invitations. It’s all a matter of priorities, but there are definitely ideas to help everyone.
Controlling Wedding Costs
So there you have it. Would you utilise any of these money saving ideas for your wedding planning?
So are you having a country wedding? Do you want a country setting but not necessarily buttercups in milk bottles? Well today we have Part 2 of a styled shoot to share from The Plough Inn. A North Yorkshire wedding venue in the fabulously named Wigglesworth. The theme of the shoot was rustic elegance. All the charm of a country wedding, without the string and jam jars. There was a fabulous set of wedding suppliers involved. It was all captured by Manchester wedding photographer, Jenny of McAvoy Wedding Photography. The shoot is a feast for the eyes. Here is Part One if you missed it.
Plough Inn Country Wedding Venue – Rustic Elegance
The Plough Inn is located on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and is the perfect location for a country wedding. It dates back to at least the 1700s. It is the heart of the community, with roaring log fires, warm wooden furniture, beamed ceilings, tiled floors and lots of secret nooks and crannies.
The conservatory is a great place to hold a wedding breakfast. Light, airy, with breathtaking views of the countryside. The conservatory was dressed to rustic elegance perfection by PPL Events and Verdure Floral Design.
So you want to organise something special for your hen party or stag party, maybe even a pre wedding gathering. You don’t want the usual fancy dress pub crawl or wild weekend abroad. Today we have 30 ideas for a private party courtesy of Pop Top, entertainment specialists, hiring function bands in London and beyond. They have ideas from masterclasses in cookery to trendy DJ led soirees. Whatever you choose their ideas will ensure your party wows your guests.
30 Ideas for a Private Party
I love a Mariachi band so it’s Mexican party all the way for me, although I know a few people who would love a beer brewing party :).