Choosing Glassware for Your Wedding Reception

July 10, 2015 at 8:41 am Leave a comment

Drink and be merry at your wedding, knowing every detail has been attended too including the kind of vessels chosen for toasting and drinks. Deciding on the type of glassware you would like to serve drinks from is not always a difficult decision when it comes time to selecting glasses for your wedding reception. Often the type of menu planned for your wedding reception helps determines the sort of glasses needed for the table. Read on for basic introductory information about choosing glassware for your wedding reception.


The traditional toasting glass is the flute, a stem glass with a tall narrow bowl intended for champagne or sparkling wine. The shape of the flute helps preserve the carbonation of champagne and is aesthetically pleasing to the eye as bubble rise.

Red Wine Glass

The wine glass consists of a stem, bowl and base. Almost all red wines feature a specific style of glass meant to enhance the enjoyment of the particular wine being consumed. Wine glass types include Pinot noir, Shiraz, Merlot, Meritage, Burgundy, Bordeaux, port, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel.

White Wine Glass

Serve white wine, a garden wedding classic in the appropriate glasses. Similar to red wines, the shapes of white wine glass bowls may vary from narrow to wide mouth. Kinds of white wine glasses include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling.954140_31447866

Water Glass

Typically, water is served at most wedding reception dinners. Water glasses feature a short stem or no stem and are somewhat tall and cylindrical in shape.


Tumblers are stemless thick glasses, cylindrical in form and may be short or tall. They are generally used to serve soda or juices. Similar to a tumbler, a highball glass is a tall narrow glass intended for mixed drinks such as scotch and soda or gin and tonic.


After-dinner desert liqueurs are often served in a cordial glass, a small glass with a stem that holds approximately one and half ounces. If it does not have a stem it is known as a shot glass.


Featuring a distinctive cone-shaped bowl, wide base and long stem, the martini glass is a cocktail classic. Some say the wide mouth of the martini glasses allows for greater enjoyment of flavors.


Basically, a large cup made of thick glass with a sturdy handle. Mugs are great for serving hot drinks as well as cold beverages such as beer. Types of mugs include tankards, steins and flagons.

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