Toasting Glasses for Weddings The toast is an important and much celebrated part of the wedding reception. It's traditionally done with champagne, but you can always use sparkling cider if you prefer not to have alcohol. The toast is traditionally done after the meal, but before dessert. In more modern wedding celebrations, there are typically several toasts and members of the families and wedding party like to say a few words. Rather than delay the departure of the bride and groom, it's becoming more common to move the toasts and tributes to an earlier time. After the reception has begun and the newlyweds have arrived, guests should have a short while to mix and mingle before the champagne is poured. Caterers will usually provide glasses for the wedding party and guests, but the bride and groom provide their own commemorative champagne glasses. They are decorative, ornate and sometimes personalized for this special occasion.