Weddings & Events

Molloys Wedding Wines & Party Service

One part of the planning of any Irish wedding is, of course, making arrangments for alcohol. This can involve choosing the champagne or prosecco for the reception, the wines for the tables, and finally a spirit to toast the speeches. 

We continuously work with wedding coordinators, venues, and brides and grooms to be, and provide a no-fuss consultation service that takes the stress out of arranging wine for your special day. We also have one of Ireland's biggest ranges of spirit miniature which are quickly becoming the wedding favour of choice for Irish weddings. We even offer discounts on bulk purchases. Contact us at [email protected] for more information.   

 

Delivery

Free delivery on orders over €100.

 

Menu Matching

Show us your menu and we will show you the best wines possible in accordance with your budget. 

 

Tastings, Recommendations & Advice 

Our exclusive try before you buy in-store tasting is perfect for people who are planning an event and need advice and recommendations on what wine to choose and how many bottles you'll need.

 

Taster Cases

For enquirers outside of Dublin, we also have a taster case option. The case includes 6 varietals of wine (3 white & 3 red) and comes with a printed Guide on how to taste wine, accompanying the wine are tasting notes and food and wine pairings advice. 

 

Picking Your Wine 

Choosing wine for a wedding is one of many items on a long ‘to do’ list. It’s one of the big costs of a wedding reception, and it’s natural to want to get the best possible value for your hard-earned money.

It can be a frustrating too – if you are ‘into’ wine, it’s often easy to get caught up in trying to choose the ‘perfect’ wine which will match the food and suit everyone’s palate. The other challenge is getting the quantities and proportions of red to white correct.

Firstly, calculate how much wine you will need. You should allow 2-3 glasses per person. Expect to get 5 glasses per bottle. Generally speaking, white is more popular than red. A ratio of 3 white to 2 red is typical.

If you are having a sparkling wine reception, allow 1 glass per head, and expect to get 7 glasses per bottle. Many people now opt for a ‘drink of choice’ rather than a champagne toast after speeches.

 

Potential Costs

Okay, so that’s the quantities worked out. Now let’s look at costs. Weigh up the cost of buying from the list, against bringing in your own wine. Take a deep breath….. then look at the venue’s wine list, choose a wine (see below), and calculate how much the wine will cost.

Your venue will have a policy on wines being outsourced. As wine is very profitable, your venue will often charge a hefty corkage fee to protect their own profit margin.

Venues normally charge double the rate for sparkling wines. Ideally, corkage rate should be agreed before the deal is done with the hotel, as corkage negotiation can often be a stark shock for the (previously) happy couple.

 

Weighing Up Options

The question at this point is, ‘Can I buy wine cheaper?’ or ‘Can I buy better wine for the same money?’ In many cases, the corkage rate is set so that there is little or no benefit in bringing in your own wine, particularly if you are buying wine at the cheapest end of the scale. Bringing in your own wine makes sense for wine enthusiasts who really want to impress their guests. At this stage, you are entitled to sample the wines on offer at the venue – if they are decent, you may be better off buying from the list, and saving yourself a lot of time and effort.

 

Selecting The Right Wines

Now let’s look at selecting a wedding wine. While it is your wedding, try to make sure that you choose a crowd-pleasing wine style. Generally speaking, anything too acidic, highly tannic, alcoholic, or just too distinctive is not a good choice. In whites, aim for fruity wines, with medium acidity. Red wines should be medium-bodied, with smooth tannin and decent fruit.

Excellent red wine styles include Côtes du Rhône, southern French reds (Languedoc, Oc, Roussillon, Corbières, Minervois), Rioja (especially Reserva if you can afford it) and Chilean reds (Merlot especially). You will probably want to choose a wine which isn’t always promoted in supermarkets.

 

Our most popular red wine recommendations for a wedding;

 

White wine favourites include Pinot Grigio, unoaked Chardonnay, French Sauvignon, southern French wines (Languedoc, Oc, Gascony).

Our most popular white wine recommendations for a wedding;

 
None of these should break the bank, and don’t worry about trying to offer a matching red and white.

 

Prosecco is very popular as a reception wine - easy to drink and affordable. Expect to pay a little more for spumante rather than frizzante.

 

 

wedding favour spirit miniatures

Wedding Favour Miniatures

We have one of Ireland's biggest ranges of spirit miniatures which are quickly becoming the wedding favour of choice for Irish weddings. We stock numerous spirit types; including Vodka, Whiskey, Gin, Rum and Liqueurs.

 
If you decide to source the wines or miniatures yourself, retailers like us will offer discounts for bulk purchases.

To organise an in-store tasting with one of our wine experts or to request recommendations and quotes for a wedding or party, email:

[email protected]  or call us on (01) 451 5544