The average cost of a wedding in the UK is now an eye-watering £27,161. And, with each couple inviting around 75 guest to their wedding, brides and grooms are increasingly looking for ways to make their budget work harder.
When it comes to raising a glass to the newlyweds, bubbly can cost more than £1,000.
But one supermarket, in the post-Royal Wedding excitement, has launched a dedicated wedding wine advice site to help couples save a few quid: Aldi.
The supermarket is on a mission to help brides and grooms around the UK with planning a fun, budget-friendly party. The dedicated wedding homepage revealed shoppers can save £288 on champagne alone by picking Aldi Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut NV compared to Veuve Clicquot.
And if it’s Champagne you’re after, Aldi has reported its award-winning Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut NV costs just £2 per glass.
Other stores do have offers on their wines including the Fillipo Sansovino Millesimato Brut Prosecco currently on offer at Asda for just £7, it was £9.98. And the Asda Prosecco Extra Dry is being sold for £6.00.
Although this isn’t a current offer, Sainsbury’s often has brilliant bulk-buy deals including their famous ‘buy 6 or more, save 25% on all wine, Champagne, sparkling and fortified wine’.
Aldi’s wine expert Sam Caporn MW, The Mistress of Wine highlighted Aldi’s “elegant and stylish” Crémant du Jura as one of the best wedding wines in town.
She said: “My personal favourite is the Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut NV which, in my honest opinion, has to be one of the very best, if not THE best value champagne in the UK today.”
Julie Ashfield, Managing Director of Buying at Aldi UK added:”Now that wedding season has officially begun, we’re making it easier than ever for shoppers to choose the right wine when it comes to toasting thier special day.
“With weddings costing on average £25,000 we know that getting married is an expensive time. We’ve seen an increase in shoppers coming to Aldi to buy their wines for their wedding, as they know they can get great quality wines but without a hefty price tag.
“To help make the process even simpler we have created a dedicated page online, that will help guide them through our selection of quality wines, and offer them helpful tips and advice along the way.”
Aldi’s top wedding wine tips for couples:
Guests tend to be thirstier at the beginning of the party so allow for two glasses each. The ideal aperitif wine is a dry, light and easy-drinking white or, of course, a Champagne or Prosecco.
For the toasts, buy nine bottles of Champagne (or your favourite bubbly) for 50 guests. If you buy the Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut NV for £10.99 at Aldi this equates to a purse friendly £71.91– or £2 per glass.
The key to buying wine for a large gathering is to keep it simple – lighter white wines such as Sauvignon Blanc pair well with fish and chicken, whereas a bolder red such as a Malbec pairs well with a red meat dish.
Wines which suit every palate from the chief bridesmaid to the great grandma are fruity whites, such as Cambalala Chenin Blanc £3.89, and medium reds, like Côtes du Rhône-Villages £4.29.
Allow for three glasses of wine per guest during the meal.
Several supermarkets also cater for the health-conscious bride and groom with organic wine choices. Aldi stocks Organic Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie £5.99 and Organic Toro Loco £4.99.
Need to keep vegan or vegetarian guests happy? The supermarket has several great vegan-friendly wine options including the Exquisite Collection Cremante du Jura £7.99 and Exquisite Collection Argentinian Malbec £5.99.
Avoid awkward dad dancing by offering lower alcohol wines such as the Animus Vinho Verde £4.79 which is only 11% ABV or the 5.5% Frizzante Rosé.
Screwcaps make life much simpler and Aldi has plenty to choose from including the Kooliburra Australian Chardonnay £3.99 and Estevez Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon £4.79.