You need a drink while you're listening to wedding speeches. You need a drink if you're making one. And you definitely need a drink when it comes to the toasts. But do you pick champagne, prosecco or rosé? We asked wine judge and top sommelier Melanie Brown of London's The Providores, for her advice. She researched the finest sparkling wines on the market and picked her top 20 to suit all budgets. Cheers!
"Made from entirelymMoscato grapes this wine is over the top with vibrant watermelon, rosewater and cherry flavours."
"Made entirely from chardonnay and in typical champagne style, this is my favourite New Zealand bubbly. Funky, fresh and vibrant with a floral edge, perfect for your special day, with not quite the same price tag as champagne."
"A practical sparkling wine of exceptional quality with delicate aromas of apples and pears. The medium body and fine texture indicate the ideal home this wine has for a toast."
"One of the most wonderfully balanced and romantic of all Champagnes. Soft pink in colour, the berry flavours are delicate and elegant with a fresh finish, allowing you to sip it all day long."
"A beguilingly champagne-like nose with citrus fruit and brioche. Known to beat the odd champagne house in blind tastings, this sparkling wine from England is as serious as they get."
"Slightly richer in style with a nutty edge. Champagne characters without the price tag. A style perfectly suited to your big day."
"A delightfully balanced wine that is vibrant and pink! A floral kick and a savoury edge lead to rich well rounded flavours."
"Fuller than prosecco, this cava provides freshness whilst retaining some richness, perfect on its own and even better with canapés after your wedding toast."
"The best value prosecco I know of. Delivering a dry refreshing palate, slightly lower in alcohol, it's the perfect treat for large weddings on a budget."
"Pink bubbles has a certain exclusivity, and this wine is a perfect example of why you don’t have to have champagne as a toast. Complex and fruity it delivers on the palate and is remarkably affordable, too."
"Breakfast wine (and I mean actual breakfast - this is a before-lunch wine). Sweet and bubbly, it's the perfect way to start the day: low alcohol and bursting with aromatic flavours."
"Bold and harmonious, whilst staying affordable, this champagne is suitable for anytime of the day."
"Another English sparkling made in traditional champagne style and providing good weight and intensity. Creamy and crisp, a perfect way to celebrate a British wedding."
"Rich and extravagant, this is one of the most stylishly crafted champagne’s on the market. Retaining optimum fruit purity, with layers of complex flavours such as ginger bread and dried fruit."
"A light and fresh style champagne that is full of character and the perfect accompaniment to canapés in the sunshine. A must for an outdoor wedding."
"Semi-sparkling and salmon-pink in colour, this wine is cabernet sauvignon dominant. Exceptional value with deliciously vibrant fruit characters, it's slightly lower in alcohol meaning it's the optimal thirst quencher."
"Made entirely from chardonnay, this sparkling has personality to boot. An intense tropical nuance backed up by delicate champagne characteristics and plenty of nutty, yeasty aromas."
"Classy, refined and sophisticated. Pure fruit, whilst remaining fresh and lively."
"Fresh and lively, an absolute stunner with a long lingering palate. An elegant wine."
"The only producer producing sparkling wine from Chablis, it is 100% pinot noir, rich and nutty with delicate bubbles."