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Wedding Champagne Flutes

Weddings can be the most memorable day of a couple's lives together, but there are so many different parts to plan and perfect that it can be overwhelming. One of the most fundamental aspects of a wedding is toasting with a champagne flute. Several distinct styles of glasses offer a range of choices for those looking to serve different sparkling wines at their wedding.

What kinds of champagne flutes are there?

There are traditionally four types of champagne glasses. These are:

  • The flute: The most widely recognized is the flute. The flute is elongated and has a delicate stem that allows guests to hold the glass without warming the champagne and losing the bubbles.
  • The saucer or coupe:The second most common type of glass is the saucer or coupe. This style has its roots in the 19th century when glass molds and shapes were less customizable and creative.
  • The tulip shaped glass: This is a hybrid of the flute and coupe and features a much more angular shape that allows for a combination of effects. However, the tulip shape is only half as fillable as the flute so there is less champagne for your guests to enjoy.
  • Glass without a stem: A newer, more non-traditional glass is a glass without a stem. While this type of glass offers a wider and deeper bowl for champagne, without a stem it gets warm rather quickly and loses its effervescence.
What are champagne flutes made out of?

There are traditionally two types of materials champagne flutes are made from. Glass is the more widespread and common material as it is much more readily available and mass producible. However, there are several higher end companies that produce champagne flutes that may be thinner and more brittle than their glass counterparts.

All crystal is glass but not all glass is crystalline. Crystal flutes tend to have a higher lead content than regular glass flutes. This allows them to be not only thinner, but more decorative, and even adorned in certain patterns or marks.

In Europe, any glass that contains anywhere from 10 to 30% lead is considered crystal. The United States has a much less stringent standard. Any glass with a lead count over 1% is considered crystal.

While there is not much difference in the properties of champagne flutes, some swear by the difference and only "bring out the crystal" for special events. Weddings are an example of such a time.

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