This summer the focus at Toronto weddings is on wine and champagne instead of cocktails. White wines – Chablis, Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Viognier are all excellent choices as are rosé wines. Depending on your food selections you may want to consider some of the lighter reds like Merlot and some of the interesting blends that are now available. Wines should always complement the food. Champagne is never out of style. However it can be out of budget. Lucky brides and grooms in Toronto can take advantage of our spectacular wine regions, most notably in the Niagara Peninsula and in Prince Edward County. The selection is outstanding and there are some bargains to be had. Follow the link below to comprehensive information about wines and wineries in Ontario.
After the ceremony it is traditional to welcome your guests by enjoying a drink with them. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic selections should be offered. Champagne, wine, or a signature cocktail are all excellent choices. Signature cocktails that coordinate with the décor are very hot right now. So are mobile cocktail bars. Martini bars are still in fashion as are scotch bars. Herb infused cocktails are all the rage. If your ceremony and/or reception are taking place outdoors, make sure that plenty of water and fruit juices are readily available.
Alcohol can represent a sizable expense at a wedding. You can keep expenses down by:
- Having a daytime rather than an evening wedding. Earlier in the day you can get away with serving mimosas and wine spritzers while still remaining stylish.
- Visit some of the small local wineries for some interested selections and some very good bargains.
- Make your own wine and serve it at the reception.
- Several smaller wineries will private label wines for you that are not sold in the LCBO.
Have you had any interesting signature cocktails recently? Do you have any creative suggestions for saving money on the bar bill?