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This post is part of a recurring series here on BSB – we share a wedding budget tip every Tuesday to help you save money on your wedding! You can also see past posts (and a sneak peek at what's ahead) on this wedding budget tips page for your convenience and future reference.

Wedding Budget Tip #40: Skip the pricey champagne!

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, there are a few brands that definitely fall into the budget savvy spectrum that are totally worth considering. Your best bet might be to opt for another bubbly variety that can't legally call itself champagne. Only wine that is produced under strict rules of appellation and is made in the Champagne region of France can technically call itself 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.

 

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 is a spumante Prosecco, classified as Extra Dry, which makes it 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.

 

Best bang for your buck champagne

Le Grande Courtage

Le Grande Courtâge is a sparkling wine  from France. Their name means “The Great Courtship” and they 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?

Leave a comment below and let us know!

 

Wedding Budget Tip #40: Skip the pricey champagne!

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