So, tomorrow is the big day . . . Well, for at least one happy couple! For the rest of us, it’s a Bank Holiday weekend and maybe the odd street party, barbecue or more low-key gathering of family and friends.

I, for one, will be firing up the BBQ. It’s a comparatively new toy in the McCleery household because — as regular readers of this column will know — I have had a long-held distrust and dislike of charcoal cuisine.

However, when your home oven is so rubbish that it makes a permanent sushi diet look like the only option, it’s amazing how quick I was to convert.

Anyway, I digress. A mid-morning wedding means that it’s got to be bacon butties and Buck’s Fizz.

The latter, I recently learnt, got its name from the Buck’s Club in London where it was first served in the 1920s. It was apparently devised to make early morning drinking acceptable.

A Buck’s Fizz is two parts orange juice to one part Champagne or, for me, sparkling wine. A Mimosa is the French version and, as you might expect, is a 50/50 split of orange juice and sparkling wine.

For me the key is to find a crisp, clean sparkling wine that isn’t too fruity and which is a sensible price to boot.

You will find plenty of fizz deals on the shelves for the festivities, but I’ll be looking at Crémant de Bourgogne, or maybe even some of the Lindauer sparkling wines from New Zealand for the job.

For those that can’t get excited about sparkling or who would just prefer a decent still wine instead, I have to say that a good, judiciously-oaked Chardonnay is a real treat with equally well barbecued food. It’s the meeting of those smoky flavours that does it.

I like the Pernand-Vergelesses Blanc 2008 Domaine Rollin (£18 that strikes a lovely balance between smoky, honeyed sweetness and fresh, angular citrus fruits. I know it seems a touch extravagant served up with a bacon sandwich but this is the weekend our future King gets married!

More modestly priced is the toasty, well-rounded Errazuriz Estate Chardonnay, 2010 (£8.99 Asda, Sainsbury’s) that is a top-class wine from this quality-driven Chilean estate.

There has been a lot of talk about the wedding and the need to keep the cost sensible in these times of austerity . . .

What the tally will be one can only guess, but if it’s Claret the bride and groom have chosen and you fancy too, then I have a suggestion that — at the price — will knock the socks of most things. Château La Grace de Bertin 2009 (£7.25 is a truly excellent wine and a steal at the price. It comes with a wonderful cedar and red plum nose and a palate that has fragrance and freshness and perfect balance.

If the weather holds out over the weekend, it will be a glass (or two) of this in the garden with the boules and a good book.