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Ask Kate: The corkage dilema

August 8, 2012

Kate Thompson has been offering heart-felt advice and sparklingly different wedding inspiration for ten years. She is married with two children, and often features in the national press. With her warm and caring nature and off-beat sense of humour, she'll answer every question with knowledgable insight and understanding to help and inspire or simply restore your peace of mind.


We’re getting married in a hotel and are having the reception there also. We recently took advantage of a wine special offer and bought 40 bottles of wine for the welcome drink and toasts.

The wine for the meal will be bought directly from the hotel. The hotel have advised us that we are allowed to bring our own wine but will have to pay a corkage charge, as we would expect.

The problem is that this corkage charge is stated as £6 per bottle. This seems a bit steep especially since the wine only cost about £4 per bottle in the first place !

I was hoping you could advise me whether this charge is about average or if we should try and ‘negotiate’?


Corkage for wine is generally around £5-£11 per bottle so this is perfectly reasonable.

It may sound like a lot of money when your wine has only cost £4 a bottle, but still means that your wine costs £10 per bottle. A standard house wine is generally more expensive than this, so you have got a good deal. The hotel will also be making sure it’s the right temperature, and serving it for you, so you have to bear this in mind.


Kate x

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