Post # 1
I am planning on buying several bottles of champagne for the toast at the reception, but many of the guests I am inviting do not drink at all. I’m wondering, should I buy something like sparkling grape juice for the non-drinkers to toast with, or should I let them toast with whatever beverage they are drinking at the time? Is the grape juice an unnecessary expense?
Post # 3
It’s probably not necessary, but a person who doesn’t drink, I would love a glass of sparkling cider or sparkling grape juice to toast with.
I’ve wasted many a glass of champagne taking the ceremonial sip and then leaving the rest to go to waste!
I think it would be a nice touch for the underage crowd and any people that don’t drink (for whatever reason).
Post # 4
I think something that is sparkling is really nice for the people who don’t drink. I say go for it and if you think about it, if there are photos, everyone will match!!
Post # 5
- Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York
Martinelli’s is very inexpensive, and I can’t imagine you’d need more than a couple of bottles at most. It’d be a nice thoughtful touch, and in pics those guests will look like they’re drinking champagne!
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country
We heard the advice time and time again from many of our married friends that the champagne toast was somewhat of a waste… so many people didn’t drink their champagne! I think it’s perfectly acceptable to have people toast with whatever they’re drinking, especially if budget is an issue! If you feel like making the expense, sparkling cider would be a good idea too!
Post # 8
I would go ahead and buy some cider/grape juice/whatever just because it seems like a lot of champagne gets wasted by people who don’t drink/don’t like champagne but want to have a glass to hold for the toast. As someone who just doesn’t like the taste of champagne, I’d love to have something else instead so I didn’t feel like I had to drink the whole glass just because I had already took it. But that’s just me…and I don’t really think it will matter what you decide to do…you’re guests won’t mind either way. 🙂
Post # 9
I think that, unless you’re really really particular about all of your guests drinking something that looks similar in your pictures, the grape juice would be an unnecessary expense. I doubt that people who refuse champagne will feel left out just because whatever they’re drinking isn’t sparkling.
I wonder though, how are you planning to let the waiters know who does and does not drink? Are they going to be circulating and pouring to the room? If so, you might want to have them indicate that champagne is not the only option for the toast so that your non-drinking guests don’t feel obligated to take a glass. You could also have your waiters circulate through the room with trays of different toasting drink options and allow guests to take what they’d prefer rather than pouring to each person at the table (if your guests will already be up and mingling by toast time).
My fiancee and I are in a similar situation, and even our guest who do drink are not champagne drinkers, so we’ve been trying to think of a fun alternative that will still look cute in pictures. Since he works for Pepsi, we’ve decided to do a glass-bottle pepsi toast in lieu of champagne.
Post # 10
I think it would be very considerate of you purchase sparkling grape juice or cider for your non-drinkers. Having a few bottles on hand is a great idea. I agree with the others in that people will probably toast with whatever they are drinking, so it’s not necessary.
Post # 11
Kind of like everybody else has said, I think this is a very considerate idea if you have the time to pull it together. I would just make sure that your guests understand the two different types of bubbly drinks that are available to them! Otherwise, a non-drinker may miss out and think that there is only champagne available.
Post # 12
I’m not much of a drinker, and I always feel foolish if I’m the only one at the table without "bubbly" to toast with. If there’s nothing else available, I’ll usually take the glass of champagne, but not drink it. I think sparkling apple cider/grape cider would be nice if you have that many not drinking. Plus you may actually save money if more guests opt for the cider than the champagne!
Post # 13
If you’re going the route of chamagne, then get sparkling cider. Like pp say, it’s thoughtful for the non-drinkers (and kids) and is less expensive for you.
But I agree with penguin that you really don’t need anything special for toasts. We had everyone just use whatever they were drinking.
Post # 14
I bought 2 bottles of sparkling cider. I think it was on sale at Wal-mart for 2 something dollars, so it shouldn’t add that much to your costs. This way at least a few non-drinkers can still have a special toast drink.
Post # 15
We also had a lot of non-drinkers and underage guests, so we had sparkling cider. We just had the wait staff go through the room with a bottle of each. If your wait staff goes through with already filled glasses, just have them either have some of each beverage and ask people which they prefer. People certainly can toast with whatever they have on hand (iced tea, ice water) but it’s a nice touch for very little expense to give everyone a glass of something bubble.
Post # 16
Our guests toasted with whatever they were already drinking. In fact, our venue specified that they did not do passed toasts because they were such a waste. No one ever drank the champagne.
I think it would be nice to offer champagne and sparkling cider from the bar/waiters but not to force it on anyone. It will save you money and time and I don’t think having the color of the liquid in guests’ glasses match in the photos is really that important.