Alcoholic beverage for the perfect wedding

Having a wedding soon or planning one for your friend or relative? Here are some points to note when purchasing alcoholic beverages for this special occasion.

1.Beer, Wine or Hard Liquor?

Beer and wine are the norm, usually offered at most local weddings. In some cases, particularly with traditional Chinese businessman, whisky is also often included as part of the alcoholic beverage served. To have something special, there is also an increasing numbers of weddings, which offers pre-cocktails for their guest during cocktail reception, with some even catering for a mobile bar providing customized drinks to their guest throughout the wedding (just like a photo booth!).

2.Do I need to buy the alcohol or should I get them directly from the restaurant or hotel?

Most restaurants and hotels have wine, beer and even whisky available for sale. From our experience, beer (often purchased by the barrel) offered by the restaurants and hotels tend to be of good value and free flow may even be offered as part of the wedding banquet package.

As for wine, most hotel weddings charge around $60 for a single bottle. This is a rather expensive option for an average bottle of wine. Most of our clients would hence, prefer to purchase their wine separately for the following reasons

(1)Able to select based on guest preferences and type of cuisine served

(2)Able to select something less mass-market & more exquisite

(3)Able to reduce the overall cost of the wedding

In most cases, waiver of corkage charges for the wine can be requested as a complimentary throw-in to the wedding package.

3.How much alcohol to serve our guest?

As a guide, one bottle of wine (750 ml) pours an average of 7-8 glasses of wine, while one keg of beer (30 l) pours an average of 90-100 glasses of beer.

To decide how much alcohol to purchase, you first need to consider the following

(1)is the banquet for lunch or dinner, and

(2)is the banquet held on a week day or on a weekend*

*weekend defined as Friday and Saturday

As a rule of thumb, guests are going to drink more during a dinner and also on the weekends. It is hence advisable to multiply the amount of drinks by the two factors accordingly. For example, for a wedding lunch held on a weekday, you can expect one bottle of wine for a table of ten to be sufficient. However, for a wedding dinner held on a Saturday, 3 bottles per table would be a better gauge. Bearing in mind that it is always wiser to stand-by a few more bottles rather than run the risk of running out of alcohol before the event ends.

Any left over can be stored at home for future consumption (especially for red wine types such as Cabarnet Sauvignon), and also, many vendors allow for wines to be bought on a consignment basis.

4.What type of wines should I purchase?

This usually depends on a number of factors such as

(1)the type of cuisine served (white wine usually goes well with white meat and seafood, while red wine usually goes well with red meat),

(2)dinner of lunch (for dinner, a higher proportion of guest will consume red wine as compared to lunch)

(3)outdoor or indoor event (for indoor event, red wine is preferred, while for outdoor event, guest tend to prefer chilled white wine)

In most events, it is a good gauge to have reds taking a proportion of 80%, while white taking the remaining 20% of the wines served. For weddings, it is usually advisable to stick with one red variety and one white variety. This will prevent wastages and will prevent confusion to banquet staff when serving guests.

For red wines, the most common types served in weddings include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinor Noir and Shiraz. Our recommendation would be to go with either the Merlot or Cabarnet Sauvignon as they tend to be more versatile and being medium body, they will be able to go well with red meat, white meat and seafood. If the wedding meal is of western cuisine, and there are red meats, then maybe heavier body red wines such as Shiraz might be more appropriate.

For white wines, the most common types served in weddings include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio. While Moscato is getting popular in the recent years, catering to the taste of young adults, it may be wiser to stick with the conventional types of either the Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay as they go well with most food types and will often not go wrong with your guest.

Of course, there are other type of wines, which include rose wine, fortified wine, desert wine and sparkling wine. As these wine varieties are not usually served in the context of weddings, you do not really have to be concern about them in planning your alcohol purchase.

5.Where do I purchase my wine?

The cheapest place to purchase your wine would be from the supermarkets (i.e. NTUC, Giant, Sheng Siong, Cold Storage). These wines are normally purchased in bulk directly from the suppliers and because of large volume purchased coupled with cheaper shipping costs, the price offered by supermarkets are hard to beat. (the cheapest decent bottle starts from $18 - 20)

For most Singaporean couples, it is also often about striking a balance with price and the exclusivity of the wine. It is best to avoid situation where guests are able to tell the quality and price of the wine just by looking at the label of the bottle or worse still, from the taste of the wine. Unless one is serving Champagne or Grand Cruz Classe appellation wines from France, it is best to go off-market to purchase from the various wine distributorships.

Of course, as a reference, you may wish to check out The Coqteau Company’s price range for wedding packages. We work directly with sole distributorship and are able to provide wine varieties that are not available in the mass market and are of good superior quality.

6.How should I serve the alcohol?

Beer and white wine should be served chilled (11-12°C), while red wine is recommended to be served at 24-25°C, although it is generally acceptable to serve red wines in Singapore at our “room temperature”. For most restaurants and hotels, do inform the banquet coordinator of the number of white wines you will be serving, so that they can set up sufficient ice buckets. Screw caps bottles are also often preferred by banquet staff, as they are easier to manage.

It is always a good practice to inform your banquet coordinator to reserve a few bottles of wines (particularly for photo-taking and “yam-seng” sessions) and control the pace of wine refill based on the alcohol stock that you have.

7.What if I require more information on alcoholic beverages?

There are tons of information available on the Internet that is able to provide you a holistic idea of what you can expect on the wedding day. However, if you require any clarification or clarification on alcohol purchase, we are more than happy to help you out at

Please feel free to check out our promotions and price list above. Please be assured that the price for the wines that we offer is amongst the cheapest in the market. We are also able to arrange for cocktail / mocktail bar packages to go along with your wedding.

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