Attending a wedding goes hand in hand with purchasing a wedding gift for the bride and groom. If you want to step outside the registry list, a bottle of wine is always a great way to start off the couple’s collection. But if you’ve never bought wine as a wedding present before, you may be unsure where to begin. Here are a few ideas to guide you to that perfect bottle or two:

Great Beginnings

The idea of any wedding gift is that you are helping the couple start their new life together. You are providing them with the tools they’ll need in their home. Wine fits the bill just as well as a blender or dishes. You are establishing the base of their wine collection, or just setting the mood for their home date nights. As such, you may consider purchasing several bottles from different regions. This way, the lovely couple can experiment and decide which they like to save for the two of them and which they’ll use for gatherings.

Budget Considerations

Wines come in a vast range of prices, so choosing a few you can afford is important. A good way to decide how much money to spend is to think about the bride and groom. Are they big wine connoisseurs or do they just like a glass here and there? If they are not very knowledgeable, do not spend exorbitant amounts of money on a wine they’ll like just as much as a cheaper one. Base your purchase on their level of enthusiasm.

Do remember, though, that this is a wedding gift. The grandmother of the bride probably spent hundreds of dollars on a bed set. You might want to buy a few bottles or, if they are winos, a very nice one. At this point, it’s all about how much you can afford to spend.

Where to Buy

If you’re unsure of how to choose wine based on location, you may want to consider buying locally. Purchasing from a nearby winery not only supports local business, but it will also make a good impression. Look for wineries in the area where the bride and groom will be living. You can use your wine wedding gift as an introduction to their new community.

You may very well not have wineries or vineyards near you, in which case you should stick with the basics. Look for your gift from countries with good reputations as wine-producing nations. France, Germany and Italy all work nicely.

Red or White

Choosing between red and white wine really depends on the bride and groom. The best choice is obviously their favorite. However, if they don’t have one, get a variety. This way, they’ll have a wine pairing for any meal they make in their new home. Chardonnay and pinot grigio are both whites that go well with a many different dishes. As far as reds go, shiraz and merlot are both easy to drink.

You can make your gift even more special with a customized wine bag or wine charms.