Planning a big wedding event is fun for most couples. However, you may feel distressed when you need to pay some unexpected fees. You are often compelled to go beyond your budget. It happens mainly when couples need to pay corkage fees at their wedding venues. Many people do not know about corkage and feel confused when the fee makes their wedding event costlier. So, having a clear idea about corkage is important.
Know about the corkage charge at the party
You might have planned to serve your guests with champagne, sparkling wine, or spirit. However, the wedding venue will charge an extra amount for opening and serving your guests’ wine bottles.
Many wedding party venues in the UK provide corkage services and charge a fee. Although it is not a big amount, you should learn about the corkage fee. It is to be noted that most wedding venues do not advertise or reveal their corkage fees to their customers. Thus, while making a contract with the venue provider, you should talk about the fee.
How much will you pay for corkage services?
Some venues calculate it on a per-head basis, whereas others focus on the number of bottles they have opened at the site. The corkage charge is different for every party venue. It may also vary depending on whether the type of drinks in the bottle. For instance, the average charge for a wine bottle can range from £15.00 to £20.00. But, in case of champagne, the charge may start from £20.00.
While creating your wedding party budget, you should consider the corkage charge and drinking habits of your guests. On average, a guest drinks 2 to 3 glasses of alcohol at a party. These details will help you estimate the cost for every guest you have invited.
Is the corkage just for opening the bottle?
The corkage charge sometimes includes storing and chilling wine. It means you will not need to pay extra for storing your drinks. It is better to avoid venues that ask for additional charges for wine storage. You can serve your guests with chilled wines without crossing your budget.
Why do party venues charge corkage?
Some event venues allow you to bring wines on your own. However, you need to use their facilities to store and chill wine. Besides, there are professionals to open the bottles and serve every guest efficiently. So, the venue charges a particular amount for the service of its team. One advantage is that you can choose your preferred wines for your guests.
Look for no-corkage wedding venues
If you have a tight budget, it is challenging to pay a corkage fee. But, not every venue charges this fee for its corkage service. There are no-corkage wedding venues in the UK. Some venues offer discounts and reduce the corkage charge. Still, it is better to find a venue that imposes no charge for corkage services. However, you should also check other facilities available at the venue.