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Having a toast at your wedding is one of the most special and memorable moments of your reception. It's a time when all of your guests can take a pause from eating dinner or from breaking it down on the dance floor, to cheers to you and the love of your life, wishing you a strong future of health and happiness. It's one of the most engaging and special moments of the evening. That's why it's usually christened with some bubbly. But if champagne isn't your thing or you're looking to make your wedding as personalized as possible, it's okay to skip the champagne toast. Looking for a champagne alternative? Here, four ideas you and your guests love.
1. Your Favorite Shot
If there's a specific liquor that you adore, you can have that poured into mini shot glasses for your guests to toast with. Just know that not everyone may be up for taking a shot.
2. A Signature Cocktail
If you've invested time into thinking about a signature cocktail that you'd like to have at your wedding, you can tell guests that's what they should fill their glasses with for the toast. This will be more personal for your reception and for the toast.
3. A Non-Alcoholic Beverage
If you're not a big drinker or you have a lot of younger guests at your wedding and you want to get them involved, you can skip the alcohol and have your caterer make a beverage that's fun for everyone to drink. Maybe it's your favorite kind of soda or something old school like a Shirley Temple.
4. A Non Traditional Toast
Skip the toast all together and have all your guests meet you on the dance floor for a moment of everyone getting down to your favorite song. Sometimes this is an even more fun way to have your guests celebrate you with well wishes.
Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.