But, but, you say, it's just not a wedding if you don't toast with champagne! Whatever will you do?
Meet Barefoot Vineyards Moscato. The magnums of this are something like $15. (There is also a Moscato they sell at Costco for pretty cheap that we will get if I feel up to driving to Virginia.) It's bubbly and tastes like juice, which is how I like my wine. We'll serve other wines, and people can toast with whatever they have. This wouldn't be presented tableside, it would just be at the bar with everything else.
But this post is not about wine. It is about champagne alternatives - and we have several people coming to the wedding that do not consume alcohol at all.** Plus children. So what do they toast with? The options are:
- soda or water (basically, whatever they would be drinking) - but it's bad luck to toast with water and this makes me nervous
- sparkling cider
- ginger ale
Ginger ale is my go-to at weddings where I feel like I have to look like I'm toasting with champagne (I'm sitting at the head table or dating the best man.) But sparkling cider seems fancier, especially for kids. I'm thinking to direct whoever is offering tableside wine to offer sparkling cider to our dry table and to the kids table.
Do you have a dry table? Are you worrying about this? Is it weird that I'm thinking about it when I really don't care what everyone else is drinking?
[Edited to say: You don't have to serve champagne. Nobody has to serve champagne. Please don't think I'm saying you have to serve champagne. ALosAngelesLove is right when she says it goes fairly wasted at weddings. I decided that I wanted something bubbly because, oh hell, it makes me feel fancy. It's also not more expensive than any other wine we would serve, and Moscato is much more drinkable than champagne. Plus, we brought a few bottles to a family thing and one person, who really hates sweet wine, said he liked how the bubbles cut the sweetness a little bit. So this way I* can serve it and reisling juicewine that I like, and it's all good.]
*Uh, we, I guess. Mark is in charge of beer, and I called dibs on the juicewine. I'm not sure who will be in charge of regular wine.
**These are people in the wedding party or my parents and close family.