A wedding is steeped in tradition; no matter what part of the world you happen to be in; there are certain traditions that just go with the ceremony and that’s all there is to it. People expect it, they wait in anticipation for it to happen, and they miss it when it is left out—–I’m speaking in generalities about traditions, and a champagne toast at a wedding is one such occurrence.
Usually the formality of the wedding celebration will determine the particulars of the giving of the toast and how many toasts there will be. The father of the bride by tradition, will give the first champagne toast and then other members of the family and selected friends can stand up and do the same. This takes place during the reception quite often after dinner has been served and consumed, but before the dessert has been served. In some instances, the toasting is done before the dinner starts.
It is a fact that there are many people in this world that do not like the taste of champagne and will not drink it. That fact needs to be taken into consideration when you are planning a champagne toast for the reception, because a lot of money will be spent needlessly if you do not make allowances for those people. Something else can be substituted for the champagne like sparkling grape juice or sparkling water, and will serve the purpose just as well at a fraction of the cost too. This way the meaning of the toast will not be lost on the fact that many people will not participate simply because they don’t want to drink the champagne. Also, there are religious convictions that must be honored as well; if drinking alcohol is prohibited by the religious preferences of the group, then a champagne substitute would definitely be needed.
If the couple insists on having champagne for the toast, they could have the champagne just for the two of them and serve something else less expensive or different for the rest of the guests. There are so many gorgeous glasses and flutes that are made and decorated just for the wedding ceremony and the champagne toast, that it wouldn’t be a real hardship to have the couple have their own special glasses and then have something more generic with possibly a sweet wine or the sparkling grape juice for the guests. Seems such a shame to go to all the expense of bottles and bottles of champagne and special glasses for the guests, to have so much of the drink go untouched.
For the champagne toast itself, remember to keep it short and sweet. Don’t go yammering on about yourself and happenings that mean little to the gathered folks in front of you. Make it personal for the bridal couple, insert little jokes if you are good at it (if not, forget it), tell a funny story about the couple (keep it clean), tell them how much you appreciate them and being a part of their lives and celebration, and above all—–be brief, down to earth, sober!, and sincere. Make sure you end the champagne toast with a salute to the couple—like Cheers! –or Prosit! –whatever works—-so the folks listening to you know that the toast is over; raise your glass to the couple and the guests will follow suit, and then remember to drink from your glass. The guests will follow your lead and do the same.
For most people, planning a wedding and all that goes into it, including the champagne toast, is governed by the cost of the components. For example, if you wanted to have a true champagne toast with real champagne, the cost per person would be decided on how expensive you wanted to go with the drinks and whether you wanted crystal, glass, or plastic glasses for the guests. On the low end of the cost spectrum for a suitable toast, the cost would be about $1.50/person for a $5 bottle of champagne and standard flutes. Midrange would run you for a $14 bottle of champagne and flutes, approximately $3/person. On up into the higher priced toasts would be say a $40 bottle of the true French bubbly and crystal flutes for $7/person or more. And don’t forget, if you are having the affair catered and the caterer is in charge of setting up for the champagne toast and dispensing the drink, they will charge an uncorking fee of approximately $1/bottle for every bottle used.
No doubt about it, weddings and all that they entail are still a big business in this world, and in order to have the affair go off without a hitch, you need to plan everything down to the last detail-including the champagne toast—-so the day will be a memorable one for everyone in a very positive way.