This post is part of a recurring series here on BSB where we share wedding budget tips to help you save money on your wedding! You can access all the wedding budget tips on a single page for your convenience and future reference. This post talks about a way to cut back on your bar budget for your big day!
Wedding Budget Tip #40:
Skip the pricey champagne. Guests can toast with whatever they're drinking.
We all know that one of the easiest ways to bust your budget is by keeping the alcohol free-flowing at your wedding. Of course, you want your guests to have a good time, but if your funds are tight, you can totally skip the pricey champagne toast. Your guests will still be able to toast you and your new spouse with whatever drink they've got in their hand, even if it's water.
However, if you're set on serving up the bubbly on your big day, you definitely have options. There are a few brands that fall into the budget savvy spectrum that are totally worth considering. Your best bet may be to opt for another bubbly variety that can't legally call itself champagne. Only wines produced under strict rules of appellation and made in the Champagne region of France can technically be called champagne.
For the best deals, you could opt for another sparkling wine variety such as Prosecco or Cava. Trader Joe’s (or their Wine Store, depending on what state you live in) has a great selection of sparkling wine with several fab options under 10 bucks.
Affordable Champagne for Weddings
Great Bubbly at a Great Price
Want to order your wedding wine online? Check out Martha Stewart Wine Co. They have a great selection of wines under $15 per bottle. We especially love Martha Stewart Wine Co. because all of the wines have been tasted and approved by the lifestyle queen herself. Martha doesn't put her name on things that aren't quality, so you know you're getting something great at a great price!
🍾 Cecilia Beretta Prosecco Treviso DOC
Cecilia Beretta Prosecco Treviso DOC sparkling wine is sold at Trader Joe's and is an excellent option at $7.99 in most stores. This wine hails from the Treviso region, north of Venice. This sparkling wine is a spumante Prosecco and is classified as Extra Dry. This makes the wine just a bit less dry than a typical Brut. Its frothy bubbles, fruity aromas, notes of sweet almonds, lush & creamy texture, and slightly bitter finish (typical for Prosecco) make the wine fresh, crisp, and satisfying in the mouth.
🍾 Prosecco DOC
Prosecco DOC is a sparkling wine produced exclusively in East-Northern Italy. With its fruity taste and soft bubbles, Prosecco offers maximum drinkability by itself and mixability in cocktails. It’s the perfect companion for a Wedding party to start and end the day with. Prosecco DOC is versatile, easy to drink, and is only a modest $11 to $15, depending on the market.
🍾 La Marca Prosecco
La Marca Prosecco is a sparkling wine that brings fresh citrus with hints of honey and white flowers. The flavor is fresh and clean, with ripe citrus, lemon, green apple, and touches of grapefruit, minerality, and some toast. The finish is light, refreshing, and crisp. You can often find this wine for under $15.
🍾 Freixenet Brut Nature
Spain is another region that offers a tasty and budget savvy alternative to champagne. Their version of champagne is called cava and can offer a truly great value for your money. Freixenet makes some wonderful cavas, and this one is very dry and smooth, with a mineral complexity. You can often find this sparkling wine for around $9 a bottle.
🍾 Le Grande Courtage
*Best bang for your buck champagne
Le Grande Courtâge is a sparkling wine from France. Their name means “The Great Courtship.” The company crafted a new bubbly which is designed to evoke a sense of romance. Their goal is to provide an affordable luxury that is perfect for celebrating life’s special occasions and all of the moments in between. You can often find this luxurious bubbly for under $20.
So tell us: are you planning to serve bubbly at your wedding? Or are you going to skip the pricey champagne?
Leave a comment below and let us know!
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Editor's note: Due to the pandemic, some of the general wedding planning advice we share may not be applicable or possible due to restrictions on events. Please adhere to all current regulations and stay safe and healthy! Get more resources for planning a pandemic wedding here.