Why a champagne toast?
A champagne toast- one of the most consistent wedding traditions. We here at The Coronado would never say no to a celebratory glass of bubbly…but we got to thinking- where did this classic tradition even come from?
Well, what even is a toast? According to National Geographic, “The term ‘toast’—as in drinking to someone’s health—comes from a literal piece of spiced or charred toast, a tidbit once routinely dropped in a cup or bowl of wine, either as form of hor d’oeuvre or to make the wine taste better.” This morphed by the 18th century from floating bread to a person being honored by that toast.
You can read more about the history of the toast HERE.
But then, why champagne? In the 18th century when the meaning of “toast” had morphed – the aristocrats began drinking this bubbly drink. It was seen as a social status symbol (Read more about that- HERE.)
We believe all of our couples should be celebrated and honored with a toast! However, what if that is just not something you want to do for your big day? That is okay! Check out below a few options you can choose instead of the traditional champagne toast:
- Upgrade your bar package to include a special wine for you and your guests
- Treat your guests to a signature cocktail
- Greet your guests with passed champagne
- Pair one of your courses or hor d’oeuvres with a cocktail
Most importantly- choose something that will honor you and your soon-to-be spouse. It is your big day, after all!
Written by Stephanie Stack