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!
Innocent Bystander Sparkling Moscato 2012, Australia, £7.99 per bottle
"Made from entirelymMoscato grapes this wine is over the top with vibrant watermelon, rosewater and cherry flavours."
Man O' War Tulia, Blanc de Blanc 2009 , New Zealand, £28.99 per bottle
"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."
Alma 4 Sparkling 2007, Argentina, £99.50 per case
"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."
NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé, France, £58.10 per bottle
"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."
Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2004, England, from £23.98 per bottle
"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."
NV Nautilus Brut Cuvée, New Zealand, from £15.95 per bottle
"Slightly richer in style with a nutty edge. Champagne characters without the price tag. A style perfectly suited to your big day."
NV Akarua, Brut Rose, NZ, £21.80 per bottle
"A delightfully balanced wine that is vibrant and pink! A floral kick and a savoury edge lead to rich well rounded flavours."
NV Freixenet, Elyssia Gran Cuvée, Spain, £14.99 per bottle
"Fuller than prosecco, this cava provides freshness whilst retaining some richness, perfect on its own and even better with canapés after your wedding toast."
NV Cantina Bernardi Prosecco Frizzante, Italy, from £10.99 a bottle
"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."
NV Brut Cloudy Bay Pelorus Rosè, New Zealand, from £15.98 per bottle
"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."
Inniskillin Sparkling Vidal Icewine 2011, Canada, £48.95 per bottle
"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."
NV Gratiot-Pillière Champagne Brut, France, £179.94 per case
"Bold and harmonious, whilst staying affordable, this champagne is suitable for anytime of the day."
Gusbourne Estate Blanc de Blanc 2009, England, £179.94 per case
"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."
NV Gosset Grande Réserve Brut, France, £46.70 per bottle
"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."
NV Gimonnet Cuis 1er Cru Brut, France, £179.94 per case
"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."
NV Mas de Daumas Gassac, Rose Frizant, France, £18.49 per bottle
"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."
Huia Blanc de Blanc, New Zealand, £23.49 per bottle
"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."
Gaston Chiquet, Brut Tradition, France, £25.95 per bottle
"Classy, refined and sophisticated. Pure fruit, whilst remaining fresh and lively."
De Wetshof Estate Method Cap Classique Brut N.V, South Africa, from £131.66 per case
"Fresh and lively, an absolute stunner with a long lingering palate. An elegant wine."
Crémant de Bourgogne P100 Blanc de Noir, France, £15.95 per bottle
"The only producer producing sparkling wine from Chablis, it is 100% pinot noir, rich and nutty with delicate bubbles."