Champagne toasts – Yea or Nay?

posted 3 years ago in Guests
Post # 16
6271 posts
Bee Keeper

Totally normal in the uk. Prosecco seems acceptable cheaper alternative these days. 

Post # 17
6290 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

It really depends on your guests. The majority of ours do like champagne, as do we, so we had champagne. Plus, our welcomes drinks were prosecco and buck’s fizz (mimosas) so prosecco for the toast would have been a bit repetitive. Lastly, having a different drink brought out kind of marked the start of the speeches; I’ve toasted at a wedding before with the drink I had at the time and everyone found it confusing as it was u clear if the speeches were actually starting. 

If your guests don’t much care for champagne, or know the difference between champagne and a cheaper alternative (to me they taste completely different), then I would skip it and either do a cheaper sparkling wine/cava/prosecco, or just let guests choose a drink. 

Post # 18
487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

As a wedding guest I would be happy to toast with my beer.  As a bride to be who has just seen what my venue is charging for champagne…. I’m tempted to politely ask them to shove it 🙂

Post # 19
2554 posts
Sugar bee

We did champagne toasts.

I had free reign to do as I wished when planning our wedding but three things my Darling Husband wanted was a live band, open bar and champagne toasts.  We had bottles of Dom Perignon at $231 each at every table.

As a guest, I couldn’t care less as I don’t drink anyway and would toast with whatever I was drinking..most likely, sparkling water.

Post # 20
1123 posts
Bumble bee

I do look forward to a toast and it is standard in the UK, every wedding I’ve attended has done this. In the UK it is normal to use a champagne alternative though, in fact I have rarely been to a wedding where real champagne was used. It is usually prosecco or cava. No-one notices or cares, in fact most people I know prefer prosecco to champagne. And it is also much cheaper this way.

Post # 21
2022 posts
Buzzing bee

I wouldn’t waste my money. People are just as happy to toast with whatever is in front of them, and it doesn’t mean any less because it isn’t champagne.

Post # 22
925 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Vineyard on Long Island

theotherbride :  I like listening to toasts, but I haven’t been to any wedding with any horrendous ones. But the expense associated with real champagne I think is unnecessary.  My venue provides the champagne as part of their open bar package, but if they hadn’t, we would have just told everyone something like “we’ll be doing toasts in about 10 minutes if people want to go to the bar and grab a toasting beverage” — but more eloquently put

Post # 24
857 posts
Busy bee

theotherbride :  My cousin did prosecco and no one noticed (I certainly didn’t). We decided to skip the champagne toast because it just means renting 120 champagne glasses for people to use for 2 minutes and then set aside. I’d love to have a whole champagne fountain, but I just don’t want to spend anything on champagne at all, haha. 

Post # 25
9290 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i don’t like champange or anything bubbly.  i’d rather just toast with whatever i am drinking.

Post # 26
8960 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

Love a good toast, I think it is more the done thing here in the UK maybe? Never been to a wedding without one. But, I couldn’t personally tell the difference between champagne and prosecco if you paid me!

Post # 27
6727 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

theotherbride :  I hate champagne, it does nothing for me but make me want to wash it out of my mouth.  I also hate toasts, though :o)  I vote if you do it, have sparkling cider available as well for people like me so you aren’t wasting your money. 

Post # 28
102 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

We have to have an open bar the whole time so we arent adding the champagne…people can drink what they already have and probably will like it better. 

Post # 29
4539 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We did a “champagne” toast, but used Andre Peach Moscato, which is really cheap (like $6/bottle). People liked it – all of it was gone by the end of the night (and I bought more than needed for the toast). I didn’t see the point of splurging on expensive champagne for just a toast.


Post # 30
9588 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I vote yes and prosecco! Or Kava which is delicious and even cheaper.

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