Have a tight budget? You don't have to skimp on your wedding Champagne
When planning a wedding, there are always compromises to be made and extravagances to be cut due to budgetary restrictions. But a wedding just isn't a wedding without a Champagne toast, so bubbly is one of those things that you probably can't do without.
The good news is whether you have $1,000 or $1,000,000 to spend on your big day, there are a ton of amazing Champagnes and sparkling wines on the market that will fit your specific wedding budget.
Best Champagne and sparkling wines under $25
It's a touch difficult to find a quality French sparkling wine that actually hails from the region of Champagne for less than $25, but it's rather simple to find a delicious bubbly from somewhere in the U.S. or even Spain.
Roederer Estate Brut: One of California's premier sparklers, this brut is a sleek and balanced Champagne with hints of apple, vanilla and cinnamon. It goes for a suggested retail of $24 per bottle.
Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut: Often referred to as "black-bottle bubbly," this sparkling wine is certain to impress your guests with it's full-bodied and bright apple, pear and citrus flavors. It currently retails on Total Wine from $8 per 750-milliliter bottle and up.
Best Champagne under $50
If you've got a little more to spend in the alcohol department, consider the following sparkling wines sure to make an impact on you and your guests' taste buds.
Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut: A crowd-pleaser from France, Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut is light and dry with subtle hints of crisp apple and creamy vanilla. It currently retails at $47 on Wine.com.
Ayala Brut Majeur: This Champagne is aromatic on the nose and pairs perfectly with Asian cuisine, seafood and chicken. Hints of apple, raspberry and lemon make Ayala Brut Majeur unforgettable. Get it on Wine.com now for $40.
Best Champagne under $100
Perhaps you're having an elegant wedding serving guests with sophisticated palates. Give these a whirl.
Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial: Champagne lovers agree that this is the best! It's fruity, smells of wild strawberries and has hints of raspberry and cream. Originating in France, Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial is romantic and sensual. Get it on Wine.com now for $60 a bottle.
Veuve Clicquot Demi-Sec: A clean, brilliant yellow Champagne that's fresh and fruity — without being too sweet — is Veuve Clicquot Demi-Sec. Any palate will love the smooth flavor with hints of praline. It currently retails for $70 per 750-milliliter bottle.
Best Champagne over $100
And finally, if you're willing to splurge on the best Champagne out there for your special day, don't miss our top picks for Champagnes over $100.
Bollinger Grande Année Brut: This exceptional Champagne is so prestigious, it's only produced when the best harvests occur. It's rich and complex, and we love its rose-gold color. Flavors include glamorous peach, pear, jasmine and lilac. Available on Wine.com for $150 a bottle.
Dom Pérignon 2004: Like candied fruit, Dom Pérignon is the Champagne of Champagnes, and you really can't go wrong with this classic. With hints of ginger, pear and lemon, Dom Pérignon will have even the Champagne critics at your wedding coming back for more. Available on Wine.com for $190 per bottle.
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Originally published April 2013. Updated October 2016.