Wedding Planning

Wedding Champagne Quick Guide: 5 Things to Know

The top questions about champagne for your wedding, answered.

When purchasing your wedding Champagne, chances are you have a lot of questions. Here are the top 5 common questions and answers about all things bubbly, from the different types of Champagne to just how much you need to purchase for that Champagne toast.

Is sparkling wine the same thing as Champagne? 

Champagne is sparkling wine from the Champagne region of France. So, yes, they are the same thing, but Champagne comes from a distinctive (and renowned) region.

If we buy sparkling wine for my wedding instead of Champagne will guests think that we are being cheap?

I hope not. There are many delicious sparkling wines out there that give the typical Champagne a run for its money. One to try: Gruet. It’s from New Mexico (just trust me), and it’s delicious.

What’s the difference between extra-brut, brut, and extra-dry Champagne?

It refers to how sweet the Champagne is. In order of least sweet to most sweet: extra-brut, brut, extra-dry. There are sweeter varieties out there, but these three are going to be the most common.

How much Champagne do I need to buy for my wedding?

That all depends. It is perfectly fine to only serve Champagne for the toasts, in which case calculate one glass per guest.  But plenty of people love serving Champagne throughout their wedding.  Either way is fine.

Why is Champagne served in a different glass?

The tall, thin shape of the Champagne flute helps keeps the bubbles bubbling. But if you prefer to serve them in vintage Champagne glasses (sometimes known as coupes), it will just mean less bubbles (but more style, if you ask me).