Today we are going to talk about how vital wedding toasting flutes are. We'll cover whether you should even use a toasting flute, when to use them during your ceremony, and what kind of flute you should get. We'll then explore alternatives to expensive name-brand flutes and how you can personalize your flutes to make your special day memorable. True beauty is in the details!
Should I Even Use Toasting Flutes
One thing to consider before we go any further is to find out if your venue is supplying all of the dinnerware. This, of course, would be including the flutes as well. If so, get your eyeballs on those things as soon as possible. Now is the time to make changes, not the day of, that's not what should be on your mind as you finally sit down to eat after the ceremony.
This is all up to your style and look you're trying to achieve. Some venues provide stunning quality flutes, while others are content with a cheap plastic look as if they went to the party store down the street.
Again, it's up to you, according to a Wedding Favors Unlimited Survey, 43% of Brides choose to use a personalized flute set for their wedding, it's something to check off the list as soon as possible with your venue.
When to Use Toasting Flutes
The most obvious time to use a flute is during the toasts. You don't want the best man holding a warm Coors Light do you? Maybe he doesn't mind, but you get what we are trying to say.
In order for the flutes to be available during the toasts, it's best to have them ready to go during dinner so everyone can raise their glasses together throughout each toast that is made. Another time to have them available is at the cake table for the cutting of the cake. This is an excellent place to share a thank you toast with your family and friends as well.
What Kind of Flute Should I Get?
There are many different directions you can go with when choosing a flute set for your wedding. Like we stated earlier you can decide to use whatever your venue or caterer provides. Or you can dive headfirst into the toasting flute world.
There is always the classic look of just a simple, quality glass flute. This will ensure an elegant look while not breaking the bank either.
The next step would be to personalize your flutes with a simple phrase or just the bride and groom's names. If neither of those fit what you're going for then with a themed set that matches your dinnerware or cake/server set.
If you're looking for the best of the best, then that would be a Waterford set. These are a bit pricey, but the look, style, and quality may be worth it to some. We personally think you can still get a great looking flute set at a much better value. The choice is yours.
Some great alternatives could be used and bring even an extra flair and feel to your wedding. Again, most of these decisions are going to come down to the theme you are looking to create throughout your reception.
A kind of twist on the classic toasting flute would be the stemless Champagne flute. These can provide you with a sleek look while keeping the same experience as a traditional flute with a slight tweak to the design.
Another option to use would be engraved shot glasses. These would provide a completely different look or feel if everyone in the reception uses them, but still a very toast-worthy glass nonetheless. If they are engraved with your wedding date or initials, they can make a great party saver as well for your wedding party and family to keep.
If your wedding does not have alcohol, then an excellent alternative to use would be a mason jar. Believe it or not, these aren't strictly used for hipster weddings only, only 98% of them to be exact. We're kidding, but they do add a nice hip touch to the ambiance of the reception experience for yourself and the guests.
Types of Personalization
We have mentioned personalizing your flutes before, and we have briefly discussed a few options such as adding you and your spouse's initials or date of the wedding, but does anything else work?
One crucial detail is to not add too much to your glass. You don't want an entire poem or paragraph etched on the side. So, as far as content goes, we think it's safe to just keep it to names, initials, and dates.
However, there are a few options as to how you want the words put on the glass. You could have it engraved or painted on nicely as well. This adds a nice long lasting detail separating the glasses from every other one you'll be collecting quickly throughout your marriage.
One difference between engraving or painting may be that with painting that could blemish or fade over time as you wash them.
What to Avoid
So, what to avoid in this complex flute world? Well, as we mentioned above, do not put a paragraph of words onto your flute if you decide to get it engraved. Keep it fresh and simple with using your names or wedding date.
We would also recommend avoiding painting all together when it comes to customization. The paint will most likely fade away fairly quickly after a single wash. We don't want you wasting money. Wedding are seriously expensive as it is.
Don't overlook picking out a quality flute with your planner, spouse, or whoever is involved in making the decisions with you. It can be easy to pick the first one you see, but we recommend trying it out, especially if you decide to use the ones provided by the venue or caterer. Look, touch, and try everything.
Do not use a wine glass for a champagne toast. Just picturing it causes us to shriek and shutter. That is rule number one when it comes to champagne and the flute life that we live so proudly.
We hope that this post has inspired you if you are already digging deep in the decision pile. Well, keep digging and searching for what makes you and your spouse happy for you on your wedding day. We truly believe the small details are what can make or break the big day ahead.
Let us know your experiences with wedding flutes. Have you tried a million of them? What kind are you going to use? Have you already chosen but just changed your mind, again after reading this? We're sorry, not really.
Cheers to you and your wedding day, and don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.
Lexie at her core is a creator who is passionate about sharing her ideas on weddings. She has over a decade in helping others plan and execute weddings from LA to Athens, from 10 person to 1000 weddings. She has seven years of experience in marketing/communications, content creation, event planning, and strategic planning. Lexie’s favorite part of writing? Figuring out how to digest a huge topic, like personalized wedding favor glasses, into a quick 5 minute read. Lexie is also our head of Pinning, so check out her 5 favorite pins everyday!