Toasting Your Wedding

The use of toasting flutes filled with sparkling champagne is not only traditional, but an integral part of a wedding celebration, and there is an art and etiquette to the process.

Domestic wine producers actually are using the term “champagne” in a broad sense for their sparkling wines (although in Oregon this is banned). Technically, wines produced exclusively within the Champagne region of France are the only ones that have the right to be called champagne. A second fermenting of the wine within the bottle, by adding varying amounts of sugar, cause the carbonation, or bubbling effect, that sets champagne apart from regular wine. Bottles are then corked with a wine collar that prohibits the pressure from inside the bottle to “blow the cork off.” In the mid 1700s laborers in France wore special “catcher’s masks” to prevent injuries when the bottles would spontaneously burst from the pressure.

Different types of wine
Depending on the year of production, the term “vintage” vs “non-vintage” differentiates the quality of wines. Vintage refers to the year when the grapes were exceptional. Non-vintage are usually blends of vintage years with current years, or simply the current year alone. The best quality wine is referred to as the cuvée de prestige, top of the line for that particular wine producer.

Celebration wines or champagnes are usually either white or rosé. You may want a sweeter wine, a red or white wine, or a dry wine, depending on the type of meal it will accompany, or if you are serving it with a meal or simply as an aperitif.

The right selection for your celebration
Of course, you can always choose whichever type of wine you wish, but the basic rule of thumb is that you serve red wine with red meats and white wine with white meat or fish.

A dry red wine, burgundy or Italian red wine would go well with beef, steak or lamb.

A dry, crisp white wine, or a fruity red wine that contains no tannins would do if you were serving fish. Wines with tannins tend to produce a metallic taste when combined with the fish.

Poultry, pork and veal meats tend to follow the rule of white wine. If you wish to use a red wine when serving chicken you would do best in choosing a fruity variety. Turkey, since it contains a large amount of both white and dark meat, would be the exception. You may want to choose either a red or white wine that is fruity and tart for best taste reactions.

With spicy foods, the fruity variety of sparkling wines without tannins do the best.

Opening Champagne bottles
Popping the cork and producing a gusher of wine may be visually appealing, but you are wasting a lot of good wine. The correct way to “pop the cork” is with a whisper, not a bang.

Hold the bottle at a 45 degree angle. Using a corkscrew for anchor, rotate the bottle – not the cork. The cork will then ease out easily, thus avoiding a possible injury from a flying cork.

Serving Champagne
Wine cooling buckets can keep the champagne at the ideal drinking temperature of 43-48 degrees. You can gift that to the couple, or get a personalized wine bucket and fill it with ice.

Champagne is usually served in a Toasting flute, a lovely glass that can be personalized or left blank. They come in a variety of longs stems holding a narrow bowl. The design of the bowl allows the bubbles to froth, which tickles the nose and starts your guests giggling.

Unique Ways to Do the Best Man Toast

How many weddings have you gone to and hear the usual best man speech? The traditional toast can be pretty boring especially when you hear the same thing over and over again. If you are serious in making your best man speech as key point in a wedding, you might find these ideas helpful.

Role Playing

There is no law against doing a best man toast differently. One way to surely make an impact is to do a role playing scene. You can do this by playing the role of the groom. Act out how his life was before meeting Miss Perfect. Start by showing how lonely or incomplete his life was before. Then show a scene on how the couple met. You can ask one of the bridesmaids to help you in this scene. After that, show the changes in the groom’s behavior. Emphasize the moments that depicts happiness, satisfaction, and completeness. Don’t hesitate to use props in order to relay a more realistic picture. In imitating the groom, you can show off the mannerisms that the groom is known for.

Slide shows

Slide shows can be very effective in organizing your speech. Not only it guides you in the sequence but it can ease your anxiety on having people’s eyes on you. They are more likely to focus their attention on the slides and only hear your voice as a narration. The good thing about slide shows is that it is a visual presentation. The guest will be totally immersed in the story you are telling.

Sing

One way to surprise the bride and groom is to spontaneously shift your speech into a song. You can sing their theme song if they have one. If you have the time and the resources, you can go all out and prepare a song and dance number. Involve the people who are special to couple. Have them play a part in the production. However, if you are short on talent, you can hire professional to provide the singing to you. Make your song choice personal to the couple.

Host

You don’t have to do a best man toast on your own. You can act like a TV host and go to the different guests. Prepare a list of questions that can be answered by guests. When the time comes for your best man toast, start introducing yourself and inform them the guest will help you provide a more vivid picture of the relationship of the couple. Read aloud your question and answer them. Then go around the people. Look for the parents, siblings, and friends of the couple. Ask them the similar question. This will only work if you inject humor to process. Avoid serious topics and focus only on general topics about the couple. Maintain control over the situation and try to avoid embarrassing answers. Be sure you’ll know what to do when inappropriate answers were given. Know how to cut people once they began embarrassing the couples.

Getting Help Writing a Wedding Speech Or Toast Wedding

Preparing to write a wedding speech or wedding toast can be a daunting task. Everyone wants to say something to the bride and groom that is profound and give a flawless and eloquent delivery of the speech. But not everyone can deliver such a speech. Some people have trouble with writing what they want to say, and others get nervous in front of crowds of people and they fumble. Either way, there are products out there that can help guide you in the right direction. They have pre-written speeches for the bride, groom, and mother of the bride, father of the bride, best man, maid of honor and many more.

Having a product like this can help give you some ideas on what and how to say your speech. You can choose to only use a part of the speech and curtail it and make it fit your own personality. I don’t think that there is anything wrong with using an already written speech as inspiration to help you along. A wedding is a very important day and we wouldn’t want to mess up the wedding speech or toast by doing a drab, rambled, and boring job.

The wedding speech does not have to be long and drawn out. It can be simple and from the heart. And even still some people just can’t seem to find the right words to say.

Getting help writing a wedding speech or toast can make for a most memorable, hassle-free and easy going day for years to come.