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As of next week, the holidays are officially here. And you know what goes great with the holidays? Bubbly! (#duh) I love, love, love bubbles. Gimme a mimosa bar or even just a cheap bottle of Andre and I’ll be stoked. I live for it. So when my girl Davon over at the soon-to-be-launched and I started chatting about holiday drink options, she jumped right in with an offer to share her top five budget-friendly bottles of sparkling wine and Champagne, which obv. makes the perfect pre-holiday Five for Friday. Or, if you’re dead-set on a Champagne toast at your wedding, but you’re working on a PBR budget, these bottles could be the answer to your issues. Because even broke-asses need a nice bottle of bubbly, amirite?

Five for Friday- The BubbleIsta's Favorite Bubbly on A Budget

Just because a girl is watching her pennies doesn’t mean she should have to deny herself the pleasures of sipping a little bubbly. The problem is, though, that it’s hard to find a sparkler that’s in the Broke-Ass Bride’s budget range that also tastes good. So what’s a girl to do?

Don’t worry, The Bubbleista has got you covered. As a self-proclaimed Champagne and sparkling wine lover and aficionada, it is my duty to drink as much sparkling wine and Champagne as humanly possible, so that I can provide suggestions for you, the bubbly lover, to enjoy. I am so selfless.

But I digress! Without further ado, here are my picks for 5 great sparkling wines for $10 and under. Yep, you read that right. Ten. Dollars. And. Under. Read on!

1. Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut ($8):

Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava

This is my go-to for making bubbly cocktails like mimosa and kir royales. It a dry, lemony sparkler which makes it perfect for mixing.

2.) Chateau Ste. Michelle ($10):

An apple-y, citrus-y slightly sweet fizzer that works well with fried appetizers.

3.) Poema Cava Brut ($10):

Poema Brut Cava

This sparkling wine has a wonderful, fruity aroma—think pears and apples and peaches.  This is a dry wine but it’s a really easy-drinking one. A versatile option, you can serve this from appetizers right through dinner.

4.) Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava ($9):

Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava

This is a Spanish sparkler made in the French champagne style, so this has great creaminess and bubbles. This one is great for sipping solo as well as pairing with a variety of foods.

5.) Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Rose ($9):

Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Rose Cava

Drink pink! This beautifully colored cava is full of cherry-berry aromas, strawberry flavors, and a touch of sweetness—perfect for lightly sweet dessert, fresh fruit, and even appetizers.

 There you have it! Even babes on a budget can bust open a bottle of bubbly. If any of these sparklers aren’t available at your local liquor store, or you just don’t have time to swing by, have no fear: all of these wines can be found at Cheers, and happy sipping!

  • 11/25

    So, statistics say that a bunch of you are going to start getting hitched in March and April, a mere 4-5 months from now.  And, with the Holidays inhibiting your time to do anything wedding-productive for the next six weeks, you’re probably a little worried getting all the left over check boxes checked off.

    The one big huge thing you have coming up twixt Black Friday and New Years is sending out your invites. YIf you haven’t already, put your guest list in a spreadsheet now.  Add a column for emails and phone numbers, because you’re going to need them when you have to track no-replies down, and send out info about things like shuttles and wedding rehearsal times. Get all that now, so you don’t have to scramble later.

    And while you’re in invite prep mode, make sure you have at least a day – as in, 8 hours in one or two blocks of time –  to get them assembled and sent out. Invites are more time-consuming than you think.  Seriously. If you’re DIY’ing them, get extra ink for your printer and extra paper supplies.  Oh, and stamps. Avoid getting them at the last minute, especially since Christmas is coming up and everyone and their mother is mailing out. You don’t know what’s available at your post office, so stop by, check, and grab the ones you want. Actually, though, the easiest solution is to order them online. Keep in mind that the mailing rates are changing on January 22nd, too, so take a look at the Forever stamps if that’s going to cut it close for you. Get twice as many if you have RSVP cards.

    And before you get knee-deep into the holiday spirit, do another calendar check of everything that’s outstanding. Is there another deposit due on your venue? With your caterer? Have you shot your engagement pictures, yet? What’s going on with your dress? Just make sure you have all that stored somewhere, like your phone, with alarms. That’s how this wedding planner does it. 🙂

    So, what’s worrying you about your spring wedding right now? I’m going to be around all weekend, so let me know in the comments below.

    See you at the end of the aisle,