Raise a glass to… shorter speeches
A little about Laithwaites wine…
Laithwaite’s began in 1969, when Tony Laithwaite took a job washing bottles in Bordeaux… and fell in love with real wine and the people who make it. When he borrowed a van to share these delicious wines with friends and neighbours at home, things went so well that boutique wineries were soon queuing to take part. Today Laithwaite’s are the UK’s No.1 home-delivery wine merchant, with over 1,500 wines to choose from… including red, white and rosé, plus Champagne and sparkling, beer and cider.
The Laithwaite’s wine team tastes over 40,000 wines a year before selecting the best buys for customers. They pride themselves on being family owned and still gives pride of place to smaller producers.
Laithwaite’s Wine offers a tailor-made wedding service, which includes in-store wine tastings, food pairing guides, free delivery and glass hire, an online wine calculator and refunds on any excess wine. For more information and for expert advice on the best wines to suit your wedding, visit www.laithwaites.co.uk/wedding
When it comes to wedding speeches this summer new research from Laithwaite’s Wine has revealed the perfect formula to keep everyone happy: two speeches lasting seven minutes each, no stories about the groom’s ex and keep glasses topped up – as one in three Brits (34%) has attended a wedding where they’ve been forced to toast with an empty glass.
The research carried out by Laithwaite’s Wine (Jun 2015-Jun 2016), revealed a growing trend for more speakers at weddings: although traditionally there are three speeches, 40% of Brits have been to a reception recently where there has been anywhere from four to fifteen speeches and one in five (20%) has heard the bride give a speech. Despite this, over three quarters of Brits (79%) said that two speeches were sufficient and nearly half (48%) claimed seven minutes was the optimal length for each.
The Top 10 biggest faux pas during a speech are (take note best man!):
- Stories about the groom’s ex-girlfriend
- Talking for too long
- Unflattering comments or jokes about the bride
- Talking about yourself and not the bride or groom
- Revealing what happened on stag-do
- Doing a PowerPoint presentation
- Delivering a serious speech about the sanctity of marriage
- Forgetting to complement the bride
- Embarrassment of the groom
- Attempting to improvise without a written speech
An analysis of Laithwaite’s wedding sales data has highlighted a decline in the popularity of Prosecco and a rapid growth in Crémant, or French sparkling wine, with Champagne sales remaining constant. Crémant has seen a huge 33% increase in sales over the last year, and now one in three couples (32%) select the French sparkling for their toast. Prosecco sales meanwhile have decreased by 14% YOY, although the Italian fizz is still served at over half (54%) of British weddings.
Beth Willard, Wine Buyer at online wine merchant, Laithwaite’s Wine, says: “If couples don’t feel like they can cut back on speeches, then they need to start thinking about refilling their guest’s glasses half way though the toast, or even pouring it slightly later to ensure it lasts and stays fizzy.”
“Prosecco continues to dominate the wedding wine market, however people are now looking elsewhere. There are some very reasonable French sparkling wines available today and these softer gentler fizzes are certainly more in keeping with today’s wedding format. Sales of Champagne remain low.”
Laithwaite’s most popular wines for the toast are:
- Roche Lacour Crémant
- Fili Prosecco
- Allessandro Gallici Prosecco
- Ca’ Bolani Frizzante Prosecco
- Prince de Dulphey Brut Réserve
Laithwaite’s buying team have kindly given us their top 5 expert tips on ordering wine for your wedding:
- Always order more than you think you might require, nobody wants to run out on their wedding day. A good wine merchant will always allow you to return a percentage of your wines should you over order.
- Don’t necessarily pick a wine that you really like if you have a specific taste, you have to think about the guests as well. You can always have a ‘special’ bottle to suit your own tastes on the top table as a treat.
- Always negotiate with the venue when it comes to corkage, and read the small print, if it doesn’t state bottle size then perhaps you could use magnums and save a few pounds?
- The best time to purchase wines are two or three months before the event, however it’s good to start discussions and tasting about six months in advance.
- Screw caps are often a lot easier for caterers to deal with on the day, so why not make everybody’s life a little easier and opt for a screw-cap?