Plan your wedding drinks with Majestic
Organising the wine is an important part of the day to get right, and not many people have much experience buying wine in such large quantities. We're here to help make your wedding buying experience simple and rewarding.
You can plan everything you need for your Wedding drinks from this page, and if you need more help or would like to organise a free wedding wine tasting at your local Majestic store we can connect you with your local Majestic expert.
Tell us your stats and we'll calculate your wedding drink requirements, plus a little extra just in case. It's always best to have more than enough. With our sale-or-return service you never have to worry about ordering too much.
Always remember to drink responsibly.
Choosing the perfect wedding wines isn't as hard as you may think. The most important thing is to choose wines you and your partner both really enjoy and are good value.
It's often worth considering the corkage option when hiring a venue for a wedding – with Majestic's great range and prices you can often improve on the venue's house wines and save money. For example, if a house wine costs £17 a bottle but corkage would be £10 a bottle, you can spend up to £7 a bottle at Majestic – and almost certainly improve the quality of the wine you offer.
The team in your local Majestic are experienced at advising couples on wines to suit their tastes, their menu and their budget. We'd be happy to help point you in the direction of a few different whites, reds and sparkling to choose from.
The Arrival and Toast
At Majestic we're real sparkling specialists and always include a wide range of fantastic fizzes on amazing offers.
A standard sized bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine (75cl) will provide 6 flutes. For a wedding reception or toast you'll need 2-3 glasses per person. So for 100 guests you'll need at least 100 x 2 glasses = 200 flutes, or 34 bottles.
Consider using a big-name Champagne for toasts and a more cost-effective, great tasting sparkling wine for welcome drinks or further drinking.
The Meal and Party
Here you are ideally looking for versatile wines that broadly match the food and are good crowd pleasers. This way you will steer clear of obvious food and wine clashes and appeal to a wider audience at the same time.
As a general rule, allow half a bottle per person then add a margin for safety.
A standard sized bottle of wine (75cl) will provide 6 small wine glasses (125ml). So one case of wine (12 bottles) will provide 72 glasses. So for 100 guests you'll need 100 x 3 glasses = 300 glasses, or 50 bottles.
Preferences for red and white wines are usually evenly split, but be aware of seasonal variations (in warmer weather allow for more white than red, and vice versa in the winter) and don't forget about rosé!
Make sure you are ordering the right wine by organising a tasting before you order. As well as giving advice, at Majestic we have an extensive range of wines open to taste on our tasting counters, and can often open specific bottles on request.
Another idea that's increasingly popular is to gather a few friends and family together one evening for a pre-wedding tasting. Open a few "shortlisted" wines and see what you and your trusted advisors think. (Remember, we can deliver the wines to your home and lend you glasses if you need them.) We'd recommend trying no more than three different whites, reds and fizzes in one sitting though or you risk being overwhelmed - and use small tasting samples rather than full glasses or you won't be in the best state for decision making by the end!
You'll always get through more glasses than you expect! The Majestic Free Glass Loan service includes wine glasses, flutes, hi-ball tumblers and pint glasses.
All we ask for is a £1-a-glass deposit, payable in advance, and that the glasses are returned to us clean and ready for re-use. The deposit is fully refundable – all you pay for is breakages. And since you have paid a deposit, there's no time limit in which you have to return them.
Arranging glass loan with online orders
You can request glasses when you order online, by choosing the 'I would like free glass loan' option and entering how many multiples of 12 wine glasses, flutes or hi-ball tumblers you'd like. The £1 per glass deposit is added to your online order.
When you're done with the glasses, you'll need to take them to the Majestic store that delivered them (or that you collected from) - unfortunately we are not able to offer a collection service for glasses. If paying the deposit by debit or credit card you will need to bring the card with you when returning the glasses. All we ask is that the glasses are returned to us clean and ready to re-use - the good news is they are dishwasher-safe so there's no need to wash them all by hand! A deduction of £1 per glass will be made to cover any breakages or losses.
Glass loan is at your local store managers' discretion, is subject to availability, and only available to customers purchasing wines, spirits and beers in quantities proportionate to the number of glasses requested. Glass loan is only available in areas where we deliver direct from store, and not by courier.
It's important to plan how you're going to keep your drinks chilled. Majestic chiller bins hold 18-24 bottles of wine or Champagne or 2-3 cases (48-72 bottles) of lager when filled with ice and water. Filled with 3-4 bags of ice, drinks will be well chilled in 30-45 minutes and will be kept cold for several hours especially if kept in the shade. These are available on a £15-a-bin deposit basis, refunded in full on return.
Alternatively, for a more formal affair try our table-top ice buckets which are available to purchase or hire for £10 – these hold 4-5 bottles of Champagne, wine or water with 1 bag of ice.
Don't forget that we also sell bags of ice that we can deliver with the rest of your drinks.
Arranging ice and chiller bins with online orders
You can request chiller bins and order ice when you order online, by choosing the 'I would like chiller bins and/or ice' option and entering how many bins and how much ice you'd like. The £15 per bin deposit is added to your online order. Ice prices vary across the country, but the website calculates the most you'll ever need to pay - if the ice is cheaper locally, your local Majestic store will adjust accordingly before you are charged.
When you're done with the bins, you'll need to take them to the Majestic store that delivered them (or that you collected from) - unfortunately we are not able to offer a collection service for chiller bins. If paying the deposit by debit or credit card you will need to bring the card with you when returning the bins. All we ask is that the bins are returned to us clean and unbroken.
Chiller bin loan is at your local store managers' discretion, is subject to availability, and only available to customers purchasing wines, spirits and beers. Chiller bin loan is only available in areas where we deliver direct from store, and not by courier.
The last thing you want to be worrying about on your wedding day is how to get the wine to the venue. We can deliver the wine to your venue, or wherever else you want it to go, on a date and time prescribed by you so you don't have to worry
Our delivery is FREE, 7 days a week. Deliveries are fulfilled by your local store (or by the store nearest your venue) so you're always dealing with the same store team you placed your order with.
Free delivery applies to orders of 6 bottles of wine or more anywhere in mainland UK. Delivery to the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland attract a delivery charge. Unfortunately we cannot offer delivery to the Channel Islands or destinations outside the UK.
It's always difficult to know exactly how much to provide for a wedding and you certainly don't want to run out. Our people will be happy to offer advice on quantities but to put your mind at ease we also provide a sale-or-return policy.
All we ask is that you arrange sale-or-return in advance when you are placing your order and that everything comes back in a saleable condition – we cannot refund bottles with labels peeled off by chilling, or beer in opened or incomplete cases.
We do not collect leftovers or hire glasses so you will be responsible for returning them to your local store.
Sale-or-return is at your local store managers' discretion, and enquiries about sale-or-return on larger orders should be made to your local store.
Need help? Want to organise a wedding wine tasting? Fill in the form below and we'll connect you with your local Majestic expert.
Looking for a different kind of wedding list? How about wine?
Choosing a wedding list can be incredibly difficult especially when many couples may already have many of the items found on a traditional gift list. Wine makes an exciting alternative to the usual choice of toasters or crockery and can be enjoyed in many years to come.
Together with the help of our trained staff we can help you create a personal wine list that offers your guests a fun and interesting gift to choose from. What could be better than your own wine cellar to greet you home from your honeymoon?
What Majestic offers
- A highly personal service tailored to your requirements
- Free expert advice from our knowledgeable staff
- Choose from fantastic wines from around the world
- Your own individual Gift List web page (see this example)
- Free delivery to your door arranged at your convenience