5 Wedding Toast Champagne Alternatives

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5 Wedding Toast Champagne Alternatives
The wedding toasts and speeches are an integral part of any wedding breakfast. This is one of the favourite parts! It can be totally wonderful or excruciatingly awful. In either event, it’s usually memorable.

Of tradition, the modern-day wedding toast is usually drunk in Champagne. Of course, you can choose an alternative libation with which to wash down the speeches at your own wedding and we’ll look at some options later.

Five Champagne Alternatives for Wedding Toasts  - wedding party around a table proposing a toast.

The history of the toast

According to this article on The Feminist Bride, the story goes like this:

In days of yore, groups of people were often at war with neighbouring groups of people. Truces were often formed by marrying the offspring of respective leaders to each other. At the banquet table the bride’s father would be the first one to take a sip from a communal wine pitcher. This action sent the message to his guests that it wasn’t poisoned.

But why a toast? Well, wine was not always as sweet and smooth as it could be. To improve the situation, they’d pop a piece of burnt toast into the communal wine pitcher and that would absorb some of the acidity. And that’s how the term originated.

Choosing the tipple for your wedding toasts

As we said at the start of the blog, Champagne is the traditional choice. Then chances are it’s also the most expensive choice. That said, all our leading supermarkets do a fab job of giving you choices which includes their own label products.
This guide to what kind of champagne to serve at your wedding is worth a read if your heart is set on serving Champers.

But if your wallet simply isn’t elastic enough for Champagne, or it’s simply not to your taste, what else is appropriate for your wedding toasts? Let’s have a look at five fab alternatives to accompany your speeches.

  1. Crémant

Staying with French sparkling wines consider Crémant. This article from The Guardian shows how Crémant gives you more fizz for your bucks than Champagne

  1. Prosecco

Moving now to Italy there’s a sparkling wine that we’ve all become familiar with thanks to Fizz Friday: Prosecco. The success of Prosecco is something of a phenomenon that can’t be put down to its accessible price point alone. This article on the BBC website proffers reasons why that should be.
See also this blog from Born Again Swindonian on the topic of Prosecco. And, to go slightly off topic, Cava is a great fizz-alternative.
Further, as this article points out, it’s closer in taste to Champagne than is Prosecco. Not only is Cava closer in taste to Champagne than Prosecco, it’s made in the same method. But with different grapes. Find out much more about Cava on the Wine Folly website.

4. Signature cocktail

Are you planning a signature cocktail at your wedding? If so, substitute Champagne with that. Have jugs of the cocktail prepared and poured in glasses in readiness for when your guests sit down.

5. Do it with a shot

The niece of a friend of mine dis this. The half-Danish bride opted to give each guest a show glass engraved with her and her husbands initials. These were charged with snaps(it’s snaps not schnapps in Denmark) for the toasts. Skaal!
The glasses. along with a Lego mini-figure for each guest doubled as a wedding favour. Such personal touch!

Okay, so not everyone is keen on shots. But i you want to do it don’t hesitate. Your guests will only need a tiny taste. There’s also no need for them to down it in one either!

  1. Go with whatever is on the tables

It’s not vital that you have a specific drink for your guests to toast with. You can simply let them toast with whatever they already have in front of them. It’s simple and if you’re on a budget it’s cost effective.

This blog should have been entitled 6 alternatives to Champagne, as your guests who choose not to share an alcoholic toast should be catered for too. There may be a variety of reason’s why they don’t drink alcohol. Including, health, they are driving, they don’t drink alcohol etc.

Raise your glasses 

While we’re on the subject of toasts and speeches, we’ll leave you with this guide of the running order of speeches. It’s good to know who speaks when.
Though don’t get bogged down in what has always been the way to do things. You can make your own traditions and way of doing things that feels right for you.

What are you planning for your wedding toasts? Champagne or something different? Let us know via our social media channels – we’d love to hear from you. Find our contact details here.

Until next time: Salute, Cin Cin, and Cheers! Oh – and not forgetting Skaal!

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