Many catering halls offer a champagne toast as part of their package but not everyone drinks or even likes champagne. I know it’s tradition but you can save a lot of money by forgoing the champagne toast.
If you’re not familiar with the champagne toast here’s what it is: The caterer will supply champagne for each guest at their seat. When someone makes a toast everyone lifts their glass and takes a sip, and usually that sip is all they take.
There’s nothing wrong with not giving your guests champagne and letting them toast you with whatever drink they have – alcoholic or not.
You’ll probably read on more than a few wedding planning sites and in bridal magazines that forgoing the champagne toast can save you money. And it can. Champagne is expensive. Talk to your caterer about taking money off the bill or substituting something else for the champagne toast.
Maybe you want an ice sculpture or the open bar open for an extra half hour. Don’t be afraid to ask your caterer what options you have if you remove or replace the champagne toast.
This picture was sent to me by a friend who attended a wedding a few weeks ago. The couple had a champagne toast but the location only filled the flutes up a little bit, which in my opinion looks cheap. They would have been better off using champagne saucers instead of flutes where a little bit of champagne looks like a full glass.