Champagne has always been a traditional part of weddings, and so wedding toasting flutes are also very much a feature of weddings. Wedding toasting flutes are also known as wedding flutes or champagne flutes. Wedding flutes have long glass stems and also feature a narrow tall bowl.
The bowl of a wedding flute may be straight sided and extremely narrow, or may have a trumpet shape. The bowl of the wedding toasting flute is kept typically narrow so that the “bubbly” carbonation of the champagne does not get dissipated quickly.
The wedding flutes are narrow in order that the surface area of the opening of the bowl is kept low, thus retaining the carbonation. On the other hand, the stem of the wedding toasting flutes allow the drinker to hold the glass without changing the temperature of the drink.
The other advantage is that the narrower diameter of the bowl allows for a larger number of wedding flutes to be carried on a tray.
Personalised Or Engraved Flutes
Personalised flutes or engraved flutes may be used for raising the toast to the bride and groom. Personalised flutes are wedding flutes which could have the names of the bride and groom etched on the glass. Engraved flutes are silver plated wedding flutes which have the names of the couple etched on them. Many elegant variations of wedding flutes , personalised flutes and engraved flutes are available, some with silver plated stands, others which may have silver plated stems and glass flutes incorporated.
Champagne At The Royal Wedding
Leading up to the royal wedding of Prince William to Catherine, there was much speculation about the champagne that would be chosen to fill up the wedding toasting flutes for the occasion. Finally it was made public that Pol Roger NV Brut Réserve Champagne would be served. It will be recalled that when Prince Charles married Diana in 1981, the champagne selected for the occasion was Bollinger.
Wedding Flutes As Wedding Favors
Personalised flutes and engraved flutes can be given as personalised favors as well. Thus wedding flutes can also play the role of being wedding favors. They are as much a part of the ceremony as the flower girl, the wedding decorations, the cheap wedding favors, the wedding napkins, and the luncheon napkins.
Trivia About The Coupe
Besides the wedding flutes, another type of champagne glass is the coupe. Unlike the wedding toasting flutes, the coupe is a stemmed glass which is broad-bowled, and is shallow. Due to its shape, it is also known as the champagne saucer, and is very different in appearance from elegant wedding flutes.
Myth has it that the coupe was modelled on the breast of a famed historical beauty – those usually alluded to are Marie Antoinette (1755 – 1793), Madame du Pompadour (1721 – 1764), Madame du Barry (1743 – 1793), Empress Josephine (1763 – 1814), Diane de Poitiers (1499 – 1566) and even Helen of Troy.
However, it is a well-known fact that the glass was made in England in 1663, and so the chronology does not support the myth. The wedding flute is preferred over the coupe because it helps preserve the characteristic champagne bubbles longer due to its shape.