How to Create a Champagne Wedding Theme

A toast to love, a toast to weddings, a toast to champagne weddings! Learn how to create a sparkling champagne celebration at Zola, your wedding expert.

By The Zola Team

champagne reception table setting
Photo by Melanie Reyes Photography

Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot, Moet Chandon… what couple doesn’t want a little bubbly in their life? Or, at their wedding?

If you’re brainstorming an elegant theme for your big day, we’ve got just the thing for you—a champagne themed wedding. There are so many fun ways that you can incorporate both the rich color and the fabulous drink into your wedding.

From toasts to décor we’ve got just what you need to create an aesthetically pleasing theme that’s sure to sparkle.

Colorful Accoutrements for a Champagne Wedding Theme

First, let’s talk about champagne—the color, of course. It’s essentially a light gold, sometimes with a hint of glitter or shine (much like its delicious namesake). This elegant shade can be played up for sophisticated formal affairs, or played with in a more casual atmosphere; it all depends on your theme. Here are a few wedding themes that champagne would suit:

  • Modern – Champagne can truly shine on a modern wedding palette. The modern wedding aesthetic is all about minimalism and simplicity. Combine champagne with white, black, and even hints of green for a sleek wedding atmosphere.

  • Bohemian – Embrace the bohemian vibe with a champagne wedding theme. The shimmering hue of champagne pairs well with bright, saturated colors such as the rich red of Persian rugs, or the deep blue of lapis lazuli. The vibrant colors will create a wild and magical atmosphere worthy of a 19th-century Parisian artist’s salon.

  • Rustic – Champagne can add a hint of glamour to a rustic wedding theme, and emphasize the beauty of natural elements; you just have to be a little strategic. The neutral undertones of champagne go well with colors from the countryside—think cornflower blue, daisy white, or the shades of freshly cut grass. For a perfectly balanced rustic wedding palette, choose one bright color, such as blue or green, and offset it with a neutral shade, such as cream or white.

How to Create a Champagne Wedding Theme Photo Credit // Meghan Rolfe Photography

Another wonderful thing about champagne, the color and the drink, is that it’s stunning (and delicious) every day of the year. So, no matter when you’ve saved the date, a champagne wedding will always be in season.

Here are a few ways that you can incorporate seasonal shades with champagne:

  • Spring – Spring wedding colors mimic the florals of the season. And since champagne is basically a neutral tone with a little more oomph, any pastel or light color will pair well with your champagne wedding, including:

    • Blush
    • Periwinkle
    • Lilac
  • Summer – Poolside cocktails, tropical vacations, and eye-catching swimwear—the colors of summer are rich and vibrant shades. Champagne adds a hint of glamour to any summery hue, including:

    • Robin’s egg blue
    • Coral
    • Fuschia
  • Fall – As the year winds down, the colors of the season become brighter than ever, which is why champagne would fit a fall color theme. Get inspiration from clear, blue October skies, russet red maple leaves, and champagne-colored dawns. Some autumn colors that would suit a champagne palette include:

    • Deep orange
    • Crimson
    • Moss
  • Winter – As the days get shorter, the nights get longer—and more fun. Champagne adds a shimmering accent to the deeper hues of winter. Take a look below for some classic winter shades to add to your champagne theme:

    • Wine
    • Plum
    • Midnight blue
    • Black
    • White

Champagne Floral Arrangements

Flowers are the simplest and most natural way that you can add beauty and color to any venue. And a champagne bloom is striking in any flower bouquet or arrangement. But, be aware, the light, shimmering quality of champagne doesn’t translate very well to flora. You may end up with a flower arrangement that’s a little less bubbly and a bit more beige-y.

According to Petal’s Edge, the only flowers that actually come in a champagne color are roses. They write: “There are a couple of varieties (‘Sahara’ and ‘Quicksand’) of roses now that can be called a champagne tone, but unfortunately, only roses come in a true beige tone. ‘Sahara’ roses with other, highly textured flowers in varying shades of ivory. The texture will bring depth and shadow to the flowers, making even some of the whiter flowers look less stark.”

But, whatever your color palette, there are plenty of ways to bring a hint of champagne to your floral arrangement—and you don’t have to use flowers to do so.

  • Satin – Satin’s natural shimmer makes a perfect addition to floral arrangements. Champagne-hued ribbons, bows, and even fabric rosettes will blossom in centerpieces, bouquets, or boutonnieres.

  • Balloons – Tiny champagne balloons will add delicate whimsy to floral arrangements. Plus, it evokes even more of this gorgeous “bubbly” shade.

Glittering Decor

Champagne is a versatile, neutral color that can fit with almost any setting and in any style of decor. But, each part of your wedding reception should have its own unique champagne details to help your guests celebrate all night long. Check out these strategies to incorporate champagne throughout the reception area:

  • Lounge Area – Your guests will dance up a storm on your wedding night, but they may need a place to cool off and catch up with family and friends. Create a champagne-colored lounge area to encourage conversation, bonding, and making new memories. Use neutral-toned furniture and add cozy champagne accents, such as:

    • Blankets
    • Pillows
    • Overhang drapery
    • Champagne-toned light fixtures
  • Guest Tables – The reception tables are the epicenter for each guest’s experience. To really make champagne pop in these areas, leverage textures, layers, and color accents to create a sense of visual variety to the scene. You can do so with:

    • Table runners
    • Floral centerpieces
    • Seat covers
    • Candelabras
How to Create a Champagne Wedding Theme Photo Credit // Melanie Reyes Photography
  • Entryways – First impressions make all the difference in a wedding reception. And a champagne entryway clearly states: “Pop the bubbly and let’s celebrate love.” Try adding champagne to your entryway with:

    • Balloons
    • Pinwheels
    • Streamers

How to Decorate With (What Else?) Champagne

Embrace the champagne aesthetic with a decor piece that’ll never fail to sparkle—champagne itself. After all, what would a champagne-themed wedding be without incorporating the delightfully bubbly drink? Make sure that there are many bottles of champagne on your big day, because we have a number of unique ways to incorporate the drink, including:

  • Champagne Cocktail Bar – Come up with a few signature cocktails that use champagne as the base. Some of our favorites are:

    • Air Mail – rum, lime juice, honey, and champagne
    • B2C2 – brandy, Dom Benedictine, Contrineau, and champagne
    • Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon – absinthe and champagne
    • Bellini – prosecco and white peach puree
    • Mimosa – orange juice and champagne
  • Make-Your-Own-Champagne Bar – Give every guest the power to become their own personal champagne mixologist. You can set up glass jars with all types of fresh fruits and garnishes, including mint, raspberries, limes, blueberries, strawberries, oranges, and peaches. Guests are free to mix and match as they see fit. This not only gives the drink some flair but also adds beautiful splashes of color to the room.

  • The Champagne Tower – Few things harken back to the old days of glitz and glamour quite like the champagne tower. This also makes for a fantastic wedding decoration, so it could be assembled and poured before guests even arrive. Or, for a show-stopping wedding event, you and your partner can pour the champagne yourselves.

But, save the champagne flutes for toasts, and, instead, construct your tour with coupe glasses.

Sweeten the Night With Champagne Desserts

Although champagne goes with every meal, the shade shines spectacularly with desserts. Here are a few ways to add champagne to the sweeter parts of the night:

Champagne-Colored Desserts

Thanks to the invention of food-grade glitter—yes, it’s actually a thing—you can add champagne sparkle to pretty much any dessert. So, even if you’re choosing a non-traditional wedding treat, you can add a hint of champagne to your special wedding dessert.

That includes:

  • Cupcakes
  • Ice cream
  • Doughnuts
  • Frosted cookies

A Champagne-Flavored Cake

Some might say that champagne is a wedding theme that’s good enough to eat. A champagne-infused wedding cake takes that phrase literally. You can incorporate both color and sparkling wine through a delicious champagne cake. It’s essentially a vanilla cake made using champagne instead of water. The bubbly imbues a delectable flavor into the cake and keeps the layers light, yet moist. Talk to your cake vendor about their champagne flavor options.

Champagne and Dessert Pairings

If you want champagne to enhance your guests’ dessert experience, look for treats that complement the beverage. Check out the list below for delectable desserts that pair well with the sparkling libation:

  • Fruit Trifles – Fruit trifles are a chilled and indulgent treat that perfectly suit a warm spring or summer day. You can order trifles in a variety of fruit flavors, but the best fruits to pair with champagne are:

    • Lemon
    • Raspberries
    • Strawberries
  • Angel Food Cake – Light, delicate, and almost sinfully delicious, an angel food cake pairs well with champagne, whipped cream, and fresh fruit.

  • Dark Chocolate Cake – Dark chocolate and champagne make for an indulgent delight—but sommeliers and bakers both have advice for newlyweds: Be sure to pair chocolate desserts with dry champagne or sparkling wine. A dryer, more tart wine will beautifully balance the sweet flavors of the chocolate

A Toast to You, from Zola—Your Expert for All Things Wedding

Champagne is the elixir of celebration—which makes it the perfect hue for your wedding day. Whether it's the floral arrangements, the venue’s decor, the cake, or the drinks bar, there are so many fun and tasteful ways to pull off a champagne-themed wedding. But, there’s a lot to do before you can pop the bubbly and celebrate finding the love of your life.

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