The Best Ways to Drink, Eat, and Serve Champagne on Your Big Day
Champagne is practically synonymous with celebrations—which is why bubbly is considered the signature drink of weddings. This also means that you've likely encountered the fizzy wine varietal at just about every big day you've ever been to. If you want to serve and drink Champagne at your own wedding, but want to make the experience of doing so a little more personal, you've come to the right place. As it turns out, there are plenty of ways to sip, eat, and serve up your go-to bubbly at your event—you just need to get a little creative.
The easiest way to switch it up? Choose an unexpected, colorful signature Champagne—consider a brut rosé (its salmon hue makes a statement all on its own!) as opposed to the traditional golden bubbly. But even classic bottles can feel elevated, as long as you enhance their presentation. Add calligraphed name tags to glasses to turn them into boozy escort cards (guests can sip as they sit) or create a next-level interactive station—one of the following ideas involves ringing a bell for a fresh flute—that will delight your attendees. Alternatively, go the simple route. Copy this display and present traditional coupes on an unexpected, Old-World-inspired cake stand; finish off the setup with a few greenery garlands (doing so makes the act of picking up a frothy glass that much more luxurious).
However you choose to offer Champagne at your event, know that there's a way to do so that goes beyond passing around flutes on waiter trays—and that enhancing your big-day bubbly is often a lot simpler than opening a bottle.
Looking for a dynamic, interactive way to serve your big-day Champagne? Work with your event designer to construct a small, freestanding greenery wall, like this one by Paper Supply Co. This detail doesn't have to be large: Simply install a series of grooved wooden shells down the display to maximize your hanging space. Add color to the verdant setup by placing a gold bar cart (this one was filled with florals by Vase and Vine) nearby.
There are endless ways to elevate your Champagne flutes, many of which are as simple as it gets. Make like Letter Love Studio and tag each glass with a fun, tiny sign emblazoned with a celebratory word or phrase, like "Bubbles."
Here's another creative way to offer your wedding Champagne: Emulate this SRS Events setup, which was dressed up with blooms and a garland from Wild Fleurette, and arrange dainty coupes (these glasses played right into the event's blush-centric color palette) on a bar cart. Bonus points if you go for the Champagne tower.
Pressed Flower Tray
Chilled flutes of prosecco taste even better when served prettily (that's a fact!). Use a thematic prop, like this pressed flower acrylic tray by Jennifer Laraia, to bring your boozy display to the next level.
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Mini (Mobile) Bar
We're a huge fan of the Champagne-on-wheels trend, which is why we suggest bookmarking this unique cart, which offered attendees bubbly on tap at a RSVP Events celebration. A small compote arrangement from Melissa Broadwell and Champagne-based cocktails by Bar Magnolia brought pops of color to the all-white station.
Elevating your Champagne selection is often as simple as choosing interesting drinkware. For a pop of glam, copy this duo and choose thick-stemmed, gold-rimmed coupes.
Tied and Tagged
Help guests sip as they sit by transforming simple flutes of Champagne into escort cards—a DIY task you can likely execute yourself. Looking to outsource the task? Tap your calligrapher to add curly, personalized script to simple white cardstock; then punch a hole in each note and tie them to the base of every stem. Mason Dixon Designs brought these romantic cards to life.
On the Wall
If you choose to recreate this clover-covered Paper Supply Co. Champagne wall, you'll need to prioritize coordinating with your catering team to ensure your bubbly is served chilled—pour it too early, and your guests will wind up with warm, flat sparkling wine.
Why not turn your wedding-day bubbly into an impressive, personal décor moment? This couple incorporated the groom's 1965 Dodge Dart 270 convertible into their Champagne setup; buckets of Champagne on ice were arranged in the back of the car's popped trunk, which was teeming with artful florals by Petaloso. A nearby bar cart held coupes, arranged in a tower (but guests actually served themselves).
Brut Rosé Tower
Make your Champagne tower even prettier by pouring salmon-hued brut rosé over coupes, like the duo did here at this Lauryn Prattes event.
Frozen Champagne Shooters
Planning a summertime celebration? Help guests beat the heat by serving your Champagne on ice—literally. Dried flower-topped frozen Champagne shooters were total crowd-pleasers at this warm-weather soirée, planned by EKS Events.
Ring for Champagne
Of the many ways to serve Champagne, this method, ideated and executed by Pomp Circumstance, is arguably the most interactive. Instead of simply setting flutes out on a table for guests to pick up and go, this couple went the extra mile: Their attendees rang a bell poised on a greenery-covered wall, prompting a gloved hand to reach through a hole to hand them a freshly-poured glass.
If you can set up food stations on the big day, you can most definitely opt for specialized drink areas, as well. Choose a highly-trafficked spot at your venue and construct a Champagne stand (you can also rent one, like this portable iteration by Little Champagne Cart Co.), stocked with bottles of your favorite bubbly and plenty of glasses.
Bicycle Champagne Cart
We love this imagined take on a mobile Champagne cart: A groomsman volunteered to commandeer this roving bicycle drink station during the duo's cocktail hour, much to the delight of the guests.
Turn your glasses of bubbly into a sweet snack by stuffing the tops with tufts of cotton candy. Lush Puff added their yummy treats to these flutes.
Lush Bar Cart
Ensure that your roaming Champagne carts feel cohesive with the rest of your event's decorations by adorning them with similar flowers; Wimberly Fair Designs looped small, on-palette garlands around this setup.
If your spouse-to-be is a beer lover, but you're more of a Champagne person, find a happy medium between the two for the big day; this Jo's Mini Mobile Bar cart, complete with two spouts for bubbly on tap, provided an experience most often associated with beer.