What Are The Best Cigar Types For Weddings?
In short, selecting the perfect cigar for a particular wedding is a can of worms. After all, there is a lot to take into account from the number of guests and their tastes to the season and the time of day!
If none of the cigars above take your fancy, we’ll walk you through how to choose a cigar for a wedding so you can find some alternatives.
Season & Time Of Day
First of all, we’d like to touch on the time of the day and the season. A cigar that’s great for the morning won’t necessarily be the best choice in the evening. This is because our palate and perception of flavour changes throughout the day.
We’ve already explained this in detail on several guides and we provide links to them in the paragraph below. However, in a nutshell, our palate is more sensitive in the morning and will eventually require more stimulation from fuller-bodied cigars as it’s exposed to stimulation throughout the day.
This is why full-bodied cigars tend to be the preferred choice in the evening. Therefore, depending on when you might be smoking the cigars, you might want to refer to the following guides:
Nevertheless, even if the cigars are planned for the evening, a full-bodied cigar might still not be the best choice!
Taking The Guests Into Consideration
The secret to choosing the perfect cigar for a wedding is knowing your audience. This can be said when preparing any meal or beverage for a crowd but it’s especially the case for cigars.
There’s a high chance that some guests may wish to try a cigar but have little experience. In fact, it may even be their first cigar! Conversely, there may be a crowd of well-versed cigar enthusiasts. Arguably, this is even more challenging as they may be harder to please!
In either case, you could play it safe and select some crowd-pleasers that work for just about anyone. Easy options of this ilk would be Cubans like Cohiba or Romeo y Julieta. However, they’re expensive, hard to find, and some guests might feel like you’d be showing off.
We’d recommend giving people a choice. It shouldn’t be a curated assortment of cigars in low quantities, though. A typical downside of this is there’s always going to be a more popular cigar, which run out almost immediately.
Instead, give people a choice between two cigars with different bodies and flavour profiles. If they’re from different brands, you may run into the popularity contest issue. However, you can instead choose two from the same brand so nobody feels like they’re missing out.
Therefore, newcomers can opt for a mild and balanced cigar while enthusiasts can have the full-bodied flavour bomb if they want.
How Many Cigars To Buy For A Wedding
If you’re still struggling to narrow things down, ask yourself how much you are willing so spend. By setting yourself a budget, you’ll become more aware of what’s possible and what isn’t.
Firstly, figure out how many people you’d like to give the opportunity to smoke. This will help you establish how many cigars you’ll need and you can then determine the possible cost per cigar. After all, they can be expensive. Yet, if you’re smart, they can be quite cheap too.
Do you want to have cigars available for all the guests? If so, big spender, how many guests will be attending? A good rule of thumb is to then buy one cigar for every two guests as it’s rare that more than half will have one.
Meanwhile, it might be just for a select group of people such as the groomsmen and the couple’s close family. If this is the case, you’ll probably be able to splash out and buy more premium cigars. We recommend deciding on a number of people and then adding 50% to it.
For instance, if there will be 10 people in the group, buy 15 cigars just in case. We always overlook somebody and this will also account for any plugged cigars, which is always a crushing disappointment! And there’s always that one person who sneakily pockets one for later…
Mind If I Smoke?
If you’re not organising the wedding, be sure to contact the wedding couple beforehand and ask if you can bring cigars. If they’re anti-smoking fascists, it might be best not to waste your time and money in bringing any at all. However, if you’ve come this far and you’re reading this guide, that’s unlikely to be the case!
However, can then venue allow for smoking in any way at all? Weddings can take place in all sorts of places and not all of them allow smoking. Therefore, check beforehand to see if something can be arranged.
After all, you don’t want it to result in an awkward huddle of people desperately trying to enjoy their cigars in a cramped smoking space or under the rain. Similarly, if smoking outdoors is the only option, check the weather forecast!
Wedding Cigar Pairings
As mentioned above, it’s worth contacting the person organising the wedding beforehand. When you do, you can ask them what drinks are on the menu. There might be an open bar, which makes things easier. Meanwhile, the open bar may only allow a limited selection of drinks.
If this is the case or if there’s a fixed wine list, it’s worth choosing the cigars that offer the best pairings. While we find cigar pairings to be an exciting subject, it might be frustrating for you.
Therefore, we’ll try to make things simple. The chances are that event will be serving Champagne or some form of sparkling wine. There may also be a choice between red or white wine.
Indeed, there are lots of varieties and it would require a whole guide to cover it in detail. However, below is a quick reference that you can use to get by:
- Dry Sparkling Wine [e.g. Champagne]
- Medium-Bodied Dominican or Cuban [e.g. Davidoff Winston Churchill]
- Sweet Sparkling Wine [e.g. Prosecco]
- Mild-Bodied Dominican or Cuban [e.g. Davidoff Signature]
- Light-Bodied Red [e.g. Beaujolais, Pinot Noir]
- Medium-Bodied Nicaraguan or Dominican [e.g. Plasencia Reserva Original]
- Full-Bodied Red [e.g. Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon]
- Full-Bodied From Most Terroirs [e.g. Montecristo Línea 1935]
- Dry White Wine [e.g. Chablis, Chardonnay]
- Mild/Medium-Bodied Dominican or Cuban [e.g. Avo Syncro Ritmo]
- Sweet White Wine [e.g. Sauternes, Riesling]
- Medium-Bodied Dominican or Cuban [e.g. Ramon Allones Superiores LCDH]
To make things easier, we only referred to cigars that are listed in the guide above to avoid confusion. Of course, there are plenty of others that can be used and we are over-simplifying the topic for your convenience.
For instance, a light-bodied red could also go well with a full-bodied Dominican such as the Davidoff The late Hour. Meanwhile, we’ve omitted Honduran cigars, which often have a general reputation for being full-bodied.
Finally, we’re currently working on some cigar pairing guides but they’re not finished yet. We’ll be sure to update this page once they’re online to provide future readers with more detailed information.
How Did We Rank These Cigars?
All of the above cigars have been reviewed or formally tested at the very list. In order for you to have a reliable list, we’ve not included anything that we’ve just enjoyed or haven’t even tasted.
In fact, we pride ourselves in providing accurate recommendations rather than just picked out a few favourites.
All of those that have been reviewed or formally tasted went through the Bespoke Unit Cigar Formula. We created this matrix so we could provide cigars with accurate scores. This was in development since 2017 following our continued frustrations with arbitrary scoring in the cigar journalism industry.
You can see it’s first use in our review of the Avo Nicaragua in August 2019 and we’ve included it in all reviews since then.
As a result, we were able to use the quantified scoring for putting together these guides. Therefore, you can be certain that our guides have been assembled by conviction rather than guesswork.
Firstly, did we miss anything out? Feel free to let us know in the comments below! Otherwise, now that you’ve seen the best cigars for weddings, why don’t you also check out our related guides below?