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What is corkage?

Most hotels/wedding venues charge corkage, which is a handling fee for each bottle of wine/ sparkling /champagne that is opened by the wedding venue staff and which has not been bought from the venue.

This fee is charged by the venue to cover the cost of supplying staff for your event along with covering other overheads.

How much can I expect to pay for corkage?

Where do I start? Depending on your venue the price of corkage can vary, but generally it will range from €8 - €18 per bottle of wine and €12 to €30 for each bottle of sparkling /champagne.

This is the time to perfect your bargaining skills!. Venues want your business so haggle as much as possible to reduce these costs. It has being known for some hotels to waive this cost altogether but don’t expect this, as it is not the norm. On average expect to pay close to €10 per bottle.

Why choose the corkage option?

To save money! To get a better quality wine/sparkling for your buck!

In general, most people will select the house wine/sparkling being offered by the venue as their choice of wine/prosecco for the event. This is normally priced between €25 and €30. The price of this wine in your local off licence would retail closer to €6.99. If you decide to go for one of our wines retailing for €10 and pay the €10 corkage you are getting a much better wine for your guests and saving some money in the process. Also we will give you a further discount for bulk buying.


100 Guest @ ½ Bottle per person 50 bottles X €30.00 (House wine) = €1,500

100 Guest @ ½ Bottle per person 50 bottles X €19.99 (corkage @ €10 + our wine selection @ €9.99)  = €999.50

Savings of €500.50

How much wine do I need?

As a rule of thumb allow half a bottle of wine per person giving each person two and a half glasses. I would suggest dividing the wine 40:60 red wine to white.

In relation to champagne/sparkling, on average you should get 8 glasses per bottle.

It is always better to have too much rather than the embarrassment of not enough, remember it is on a sale and return basis.

Sale and return

In my opinion, it’s always better to have too much rather than not enough. So just in case you are worried about your calculations on how much to order, we will offer you a sale and return service free of charge. That means we will take back up to 50% of any unopened wine/sparkling/champagne and refund you fully.


We offer free delivery anywhere in the country direct to your door or to your venue.

Food Pairing

If you would like us to pair your wine with your meal, just phone us on 01-8332952 or email shop@martinsofflicence.ie and let us know what’s on the menu. You can then leave the rest to us. We’ll happily recommend a selection of wines within your budget that will perfectly compliment your meal.

Where do I start?

Simple. Just click here and scroll through our recommended wedding wine list and add the wines you would like to taste to your basket. If you would like to try some other wines from our site just shop as normal and while in the checkout area make sure you enter ‘tasting bottles for wedding’ along with your wedding date in the other information section.


Remember when deciding on your wedding wine, you are not only looking for a wine that you and your finance love but also a crowd pleaser that will suit most people’s palates. With that in mind, we at Martin’s off-licence, have carefully chosen 5 red and 5 white wines along with 3 sparkling wines which should complement any wedding meal.

Happy Tasting!!!


Bisol Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze Prosecco
Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze is agreeably fruity with scents of apples, pears and peaches.
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Cave De Lugny Macon-Villages Chardonnay
Cave De Lugny Macon-Villages Chardonnay is rich with complex nose of hazelnut and citrus.
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Domaine UBY Colombard-Ugni Blanc Cotes De Gascogne
A lovely crisp wine with hints of citrus and exotic fruit. A powerful body and long finish.
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Las Moras Reserve Malbec
Las Moras Reserve Malbec is a dark-red wine with aroma of plums
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Luxury Hamper
This Luxury Hamper is the perfect gift to mark any occasion, filled with fabulous wine and treats
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Riondo Prosecco Spago Nero
Riondo Prosecco Spago Nero is offering terrific floral notes, persistent effervescence, and a clean,
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Versant Viognier Pays d'Oc
Versant Viognier is fresh, with plenty of exotic fruit and enough acidity to cut through most dishes
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