Prosecco past Champagne as the top-choice sparkling wine for weddings

CHAMPAGNE has lost its fizz when it comes to weddings with Prosecco now the most popular tipple for toasting the bride and groom, a study found.

Guests at weddings get through an average 150 bottles of wine.

Red wine accounts for the majority at 60 bottles, followed by 45 bottles of white, 44 bottles of sparkling and one bottle of dessert wine.

Sales figures from home-delivery wine merchant Laithwaites reveals the rising popularity of Prosecco, with almost two out of three wedding couples choosing it for their big day compared with just one in 12 who raise a glass of Champagne.

Sales of the Italian sparkling wine have grown by more than a quarter in the past 18 months, officially overtaking Champagne sales at weddings in 2013.

English Sparkling is also proving to be a threat to Champagne as sales continue to boom.

Sparkling wine from the UK now accounts for one in 20 bottles of all sparkling wine drunk at weddings, a figure that is rising each month.

Beth Willard, wine buyer at Laithwaites, said: “It seems inevitable that with the meteoric rise of Prosecco in the last few years, we would start to see a shift from Britain’s traditional bubbles of choice.