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Wines for Weddings

From: Stacy Slinkard,

When the subjects of weddings come up, visions of meaningful wedding toasts and wonderful, bubbly Champagnes often come to mind. But which Champagne should your offer at your wedding? What about the best wedding wines to serve and savor on your special day? If you are a Wine Lover and are hoping to incorporate your passion for the vine into your big day there are plenty of unique and creative options to do just that!

A Marriage of Food and Wine

For starters, consider what flavors, styles and varieties of foods you will be serving at the reception, then you can with the selected foods to bring the unique flavors out the best. If you are planning on serving several types of wine in addition to champagne you may consider a combination of whites and reds.

The ever popular Chardonnay, the wine world's current favorite white wine, or a cool crisp Riesling would more than fit the bill for the white wine category. As for red wines to consider, Cabernet Sauvignon is always a party hit for red wine drinkers, or for those who prefer a softer red with more versatile food-pairing options, a Pinot Noir would be a perfect pick. Last, but not least, you may consider serving a few bottles of White Zinfandel (I can hear you, hard-core "real" Wine Lovers groaning), but the fact is White Zinfandel has a following and many of those followers find themselves at wedding receptions!

The Toast

If you plan on toasting to the future with a flute of Champagne or sparkling wine and cake, you can pre-order classy, engraved flutes for the occasion. As for the wedding toasts, they are a key part of any reception and will only be enhanced by great wines! Most wedding coordinators recommend that you plan on each guest drinking around 2 glasses of champagne during the toasting portion of the reception.

Wedding Toasts

To the Bride and Groom

•  My Greatest wish for the two of you is that through the years your love for each other will so deepen and grow, that years from now you will look back on this day, your wedding day, as the day you loved each other the least.

•  It don't matter where you get your appetite, as long as you eat at home!

•  May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future.

•  Marriage: A community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves - making in all, two.

•  May the roof above you never fall in and may you both never fall out.

•  To the lamp of love - may it burn brightest in the darkest hours and never flicker in the winds of trial.

•  May 'for better or worse' be far better than worse.

•  The man or woman you really love will never grow old to you. Through the wrinkles of time, through the bowed frame of years, You will always see the dear face and feel The warm heart union of your eternal love.

•  May you have many children and may they grow mature in taste and healthy in color and as sought after as the contents of the glass.

•  Look down you gods, and on this couple drop a blessed crown.

•  Remember that if you ever put your marital problems on the back burner they are sure to boil over.

•  Happy marriages begin when we marry the one we love, and they blossom when we love the one we married.

From the Bride to the Groom or From the Groom to the Bride

•  Here's to the prettiest, here's to the wittiest, Here's to the truest of all who are true, Here's to the neatest one, here's to the sweetest one, Here's to them, all in one - here's to you.

To the Groom

•  Here's to the groom, a man who keeps his head though he loses his heart.

To the Bridesmaids

•  We admire them for their beauty, respect them for their intelligence, adore them for their virtues, and love them because we can't help it.

•  A thing of beauty is a joy forever. Here's to these beautiful bridesmaids.

To the Bride

•  May she share everything with her husband, including the housework.

From the Groom to the Bride

•  She knows all about me and loves me just the same.

From the parents of the Bride and Groom

•  It is written: when children find true love, parents find true joy.

 To the gathering

•  Let us toast the health of the bride; Let us toast the health of the groom, Let us toast the person that tied; Let us toast every guest in the room.

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