No time is more festive than your wedding, and no drink more fitting for the moment than bubbly. Whether you're a wine aficionado (it's cool, you can go by wino) or a wine novice, you'll love these champagne wedding ideas to get your party popping.
In my former life, (meaning, before Bridal Musings) I sold bubbly at a hip wine shop in Brooklyn, New York. When shoppers came in asking, “What's the best pairing for…” anything, my answer? Always Champagne. Fried chicken? Champagne. Roasted duck? Champagne. Standing at a floral altar committing to a life together forever and always? Champagne.
Below, I'm going to hand it over to our wedding planning pros for the best champagne wedding ideas they've seen and dreamed up. But first, I do have one bit of advice from a former wine saleswoman and wedding photographer: don't forget the saber.
1. Saber a bottle of champagne to kick off your wedding toast.
“Sabering a bottle of champagne at your wedding is a frame-on-your-wall-forever wedding moment. Not only is the sabering sword quite the dramatic prop, but the moment the top of the bottle breaks off and showers everyone in the vicinity with bubbles? Priceless. Just make sure you've either practiced or have an expert wine saber-er on hand for instructions.” – Claire Eliza, Editor-in-Chief of Bridal Musings
2. Offer a champagne tasting.
“Are you and your soon-to-be spouse champagne connoisseurs? If so, you might consider arranging for a champagne tasting during your cocktail hour. You could work with your caterer or bar provider to select a flight of 3+ champagnes and hire a Sommelier to be present during cocktails to pour tastings for guests and speak with them about each offering at leisure. This is an excellent added guest engagement option during your cocktail hour, especially for a couple who loves bubbly!” – Alexandra Denniston, Owner & Lead Planner, Eventlightenment Planning
3. Get the party started with a welcome gift.
“Set the tone for the party with a planned and thought-out greeting for your guests, from a floral arch to a champagne tray and hors d’oeuvres. This gets your guests in the mood for the party and ready to celebrate!” – Ashley Vipond, Co-Owner, Champagne Social Co.
4. Create a champagne wall for part of your wedding décor.
“You can never go wrong with a champagne wall at your wedding! The best part is that it has several purposes: It serves champagne to your guests, is wedding decor customized in your wedding theme, and is a centerpiece for guests to enjoy taking photos in front of.” – Lisette Gatliff Photography
5. Bring in a mobile prosecco truck.
“Bring in a mobile prosecco mini truck! These little vehicles originate from Italy and offer the ability to serve a variety of prosecco and drinks right out of it. It is so small it can sometimes drive right into a venue! Add some decorations, take a pic and you're all set. How fun for guests!” – Valarie Falvey, Kirkbrides Wedding Planning & Design
6. Create a classic champagne tower.
“Go back to the deco days and do a champagne tower! It's becoming more and more popular for couples to add this to their “events” and makes for timeless photos of pouring the champagne.” – Valarie Falvey, Kirkbrides Wedding Planning & Design
7. Set up a luxury mimosa bar.
“Set up a luxurious mimosa bar for your guests. Make your bar stand out by using top-tier champagne such as Moet or Veuve Clicquot, by using exotic ingredients for add-ons such as guava, dragon fruit, or pomegranate, and by adding champagne-centric touches such as champagne bombs, rose gold straws, or paring the champagne with bite-sized pieces of pastries that complement the flavor.” – Ashley Vipond, Co-Owner, Champagne Social Co.
8. Use champagne glasses as table decor.
“Champagne glasses can be incorporated in table numbers, place cards, or favors. A favorite I have seen has been a champagne glass at each table setting with the guest's name written in calligraphy on vintage paper attached to the rim.” – Lisette Gatliff Photography
9. Create a seating display that incorporates champagne.
“One of my favorite champagne ideas doubles as a seating display. We love a statement glass and giving guests some bubbles before the cocktail hour or reception always gets them ready for the festivities to come! Also, it keeps the bar line shorter for a while as they already have a drink in their hands.” – Melanie Levin, owner of LuckEleven Events
10. Have a living champagne wall.
“You rang…. a champagne living wall is where it's at! We are all about the guest experience and this champagne living wall was a big hit! Your guests would ring the bell for service and a white-gloved hand would serve them champagne through the framed window.” – Erica Trombetti, Infinite Events
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