Our recent wedding was a small affair comprised of less than twenty guests. While we didn’t do a grand event, we still wanted small personalized touches to make the day feel special. So one of our ideas was to have a champagne toast at the end of our ceremony, with which we and our guests could toast to our new life together. Here are some ideas on how to serve an outdoor champagne toast that is both elegant and budget-friendly.
I wanted something nicer than plastic-ware for our toast, and as it turns out, it was cheaper to buy glass stemware at the local Goodwill than plastic champagne flutes at the party supply store! Not to mention more environmentally friendly! I scoured the two local thrift stores and put together the above collection of stemware (comprised of 14 glasses) for less than $10. I was in luck and found a set of matching purple wineglasses which went with our wedding colors perfectly. I found a second set that had a darker stem but went with the purple ones due to their identical height and shape. Our one ‘splurge’ was a set of actual champagne flutes for the two of us, which we’ll also enjoy at future anniversaries. ($4 each at Crate and Barrel).
On a related note, Sherry and John of Young House Love, similarly reveal how they actually saved money by buying flatware from Ikea rather than renting it from a catering company. They then donated their excess of plates to a charity afterwards, thus allowing someone else to benefit from it. Check out that and many other creative, budget-friendly, and stylish wedding ideas on their wonderful Wedding How-To post!
To carry the glasses to the ceremony location, I found two wicker baskets with carrying handles also at Goodwill for only 75 cents each. I opted for ones in rosy warm colors to once more keep with our wedding colors of purple and fuschia.
The toast glasses were then placed in the wicker baskets nestled between layers of purple tissue paper. The tissue paper not only gave it a festive look but also cradled the glasses securely inside the basket for easy and safe transport.
We then bought two ice buckets from Target ($12 each) to keep the champagne cool while outdoors. The two baskets and two champagne coolers made a festive addition to our ceremony site and for a tasty treat after our vows. At the end of the ceremony, A. and T’s brother each took a basket around and offered a glass to our guests, while our dads ceremoniously popped open a bottle of bubbly. We then all toasted to the day and and many more good ones to come!
Searching thrift stores for the glassware and baskets made this an inexpensive and easy DYI project. Purchasing reusable glassware also meant less waste (financially and environmentally), and gave us a nice little collection of stemware for future garden parties, which will always carry a special memory with them as well. Cheers! S.