It’s impossible to give one-size-fits-all advice for weddings. Much depends on how many people you’re inviting, the size of your budget, whether you’re having a reception with just drinks and hors d’oeuvres or a sit-down dinner, whether caterers or hotels insist that you order only from their wine lists and so many other factors.

Tastings columnists Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher are asked about wedding wines so often that they’ve written about the subject extensively in both their column and books (you might want to refer to the chapter about this in “Wine for Every Day and Every Occasion”).

Overall, their advice would be to keep in mind that there are many excellent wines available from all over the world at reasonable prices these days, so there’s no reason to spend a fortune on wine or to settle for a second-rate inexpensive wine.

How much to plan for each guest? Too much. It’s better to have wine left over than not have enough. If you figure a half-bottle per person, which is about three glasses, you should be fine. Not that people will drink that much wine, but you can’t be sure which wine they’ll drink, so you need to have plenty of all three. See if you can find a merchant who will accept returns of unopened bottles. Even if you can’t, you can certainly find a use for the leftovers — as gifts to some special people as they leave the wedding, as wines for your honeymoon, to stock your first cellar together.

For the white, you might consider a Sauvignon Blanc from Chile (the youngest you can find); everyone will love that. For the red, it’s hard to beat Beaujolais for the price, and it is one of the most exuberant, party-worthy wines on the planet.

The bubbly is very important, and this is no time to scrimp. If there is a sparkler that’s special to the couple for some reason, that’s the best sparkler to serve. Otherwise, go with something special — either the very elegant Schramsberg from California or one of the Champagnes from France with Heidsieck in the name. Any of these will cost somewhere around $25 a bottle. If that’s too pricey, Domaine Carneros and Piper Sonoma from California are very good at $11 to $16. If you’re having a blast with hordes, there’s Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut from Spain for about $8.

Be sure to taste the wines before you buy them by the case. In fact, you might want to buy several wines in your price range, put them in bags and decide with friends in a blind tasting which ones you like best.

Have fun with this. Let the groom and his friends choose the red, the bride and her friends the white — and, most important, the parents and their friends the bubbly. Since you’re already planning, you have plenty of time for this.

First, decide how much you want to spend. Then buy, say, six of the same kind of wine around the same price. Put them all in bags and number them. Then have everybody taste all six. Don’t make this too serious. Just relax, throw in some casual dishes, and have a party. At some point, it will be clear which is the favorite wine, if only because it’s the first bottle to get empty. Not only will you have chosen the wine for your wedding, but you will have started off the wedding preparations right.

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