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Wedding: Our Toasting Flutes

by Meghann on August 28, 2012

Me: “I ordered our toasting flutes”

Derek: “What? We’re having flutes at the wedding?”

Me: ” No, they’re our champagne glasses.”

Derek: “Oh, why didn’t you just say that in the first place?”

Sigh.

But, yes, we do have our toasting flutes!

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You may or may not have noticed that there is a major sentimental vibe going on with this wedding. My veil is made of a piece of my mom’s veil (with another 1/3 going to my sister and sister-in-law on their wedding days), I’m wearing my mom’s sapphire bracelet as my “something borrow,” we’re using my parents’ cake cutter (my sister used it too), I’m the third generation in my family to have sapphires in her wedding set, and my wedding band is made up of sapphires and diamonds from a necklace my parents’ gave me in high school.

Here’s the latest sentimental element we can add to that trend. Our toasting flutes? They’re from the same shop my parents bought theirs from in 1982.

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Recognize the place? Arribas Bros is located in Downtown Disney. When my parents were dating, they spent a lot of time in the Disney area. During their engagement, they wandered into the store on one of their date nights and ordered two personalized glasses for their wedding (glasses they still have today).

I never knew that their glasses were from Downtown Disney until I called my parents in early June to check-in on them and discovered they were in the Disney area with my sister ordering glasses for her wedding. After I heard the story (I’m a sucker for sentimental stuff), I knew that’s where I wanted to order our toasting flutes from too.

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(Kelly and Anthony’s flutes)

I was in Orlando earlier this month for a baby shower and asked my parents if they wanted to meet up for dinner before I drove back to Tampa. While we were throwing our food suggestions, I mentioned Downtown Disney and we agreed to meet outside the glass shop to go ahead and order the toasting flutes for mine and Derek’s wedding.

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I selected a set of basic flutes for engraving, but wasn’t sure what else I wanted on them besides our names and wedding dates. I was hoping there would be a catalog of art for ideas, but the sales person told us the artist could really do anything we wanted.

She started ticking items off… Wedding bells? No. Hearts? No Flowers? No Disney character? (this one made me smile) No.

Then my dad threw out snowflakes.

Snowflakes? Could they do snowflakes? Of course, the artist could do anything I wanted. Sweet!

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So we had a plan. My name and the wedding date on one flute and Derek’s name and the wedding date on the other flute, with snowflake accents on the backside of both. Sounds like a good plan to me.

Unfortunately the engraver was booked solid for the evening, so we requested that the flutes ship to my parents’ address instead of driving back to Downtown Disney in the near future to pick them up. I think the free shipping versus the time wasted in the car or money on gas was what won us over.

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The flutes arrived on my parents’ doorstep last week.

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We love them.

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And the snowflakes were the perfect, personal touch.

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(I spy a curious puppy in the background.)

So we have our toasting flutes! One more small detail to cross off the list!

Did you have personalized toasting flutes?

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale August 28, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Ohmygoodness — they’re absolutely gorgeous and SO elegant Meghann!! I love how you’ve managed to tie your wedding themes together with such great sentiment. It’s sure to be an amazing day!!
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2 Christine August 28, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Each year on our anniversary, we get out our personalized wedding flutes and toast to each other in celebration of our marriage. It’s a great tradition and a way to remember our wedding toast.

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3 meagan August 28, 2012 at 2:10 pm

That’s such a cute idea!
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4 Meghann August 28, 2012 at 2:51 pm

I like that tradition :)

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5 Hallie August 28, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Lovee all the sentimental ties, that is what makes wedding soo wonderful!

I diy-ed my own flutes with some finds from goodwill!
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6 duddes02 August 28, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Is the convo at the beginning of the post supposed to be cute? It sounds like you are potraying him as the “dumb husband” (expecially with the “sigh” at the end)

You normally post very respectfully when you write about your fiance. I think you are letting the wedding mode get a hold of you. He’s not dumb, why would you want the blog world to think he is?

You don’t seem the type to want your future to be the “smart wife, stupid husband” role that is played in all of those yogurt and fiber one commercials.

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7 Meghann August 28, 2012 at 2:19 pm

It’s supposed to be cute/ funny. Trust me, my future husband is a smart man, but some of the wedding related stuff goes over his head because A) he’s never heard of it or B) he thinks it’s ridiculous (probably could agree with the majority of the “tradition” stuff). There have been PLENTY of times where sports related stuff goes completely over my head and – once he explains it – I go, “why don’t they just call it XYZ in the first place” It goes both ways. Neither of us are perfect or all knowing and we in no way pretend to be.

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8 duddes02 August 28, 2012 at 2:29 pm

I understand! I was just trying to tell you how he was coming across in the blog post. I’ve been reading your blog for long enough to know that he’s a smart guy and you respect him.

In the long run-you should be the couple that everyone knows as being completely respectfully of each other. I have so many friends who turned into the the “wife knows better” role. It’s hard to hear and see!

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9 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats August 28, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Those are so pretty! Haha I have to be completely honest: I had NO IDEA that people had special toasting flutes for their wedding! No one mentions that on My Fair Wedding… haha
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10 Meghann August 28, 2012 at 2:39 pm

I didn’t know either, but now that I have them, I like the idea of them. :)

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11 Samantha August 28, 2012 at 2:50 pm

These are super cute! Love the design
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12 Margo August 28, 2012 at 3:11 pm

I didn’t know getting toasting flutes was a thing! We did not do them at our wedding, but I love it! Yours are beautiful, and I especially love that your parents got theirs from the same store!

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13 Lauri August 28, 2012 at 3:16 pm

My Grandmother bought us our toasting glasses as an engagement gift, which is even more meaningful sicne she has passed away. We toast using them every year on our anniversary and have also been pulling them out for other special occiaisons – like when we just sold our house, we toasted with them on the last night in our old home. We also used them in 2004 (only weeks after our wedding) when the Red Sox won the World Series for the first time in 86 years :)
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14 Kelly August 28, 2012 at 3:36 pm

I’m all about the sentimental touches. Reading your posts it seems like there are a lot of things incorporating your side of the family, which makes sense since you’re the bride and likely to do the lion’s share of the planning but I’m curious if you’ll be incorporating any of Derek’s family traditions.
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15 Meghann August 28, 2012 at 3:41 pm

We are working on touches that incorporate Derek’s side of the family as well.

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16 Aditi August 28, 2012 at 5:07 pm

So cool! Does Derek’s family have any fun/tangible traditions that you guys are going to incorporate? I know that we had a hard time making sure that all of the traditions in our wedding earlier this summer were balanced and representative of both of our families.

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17 Meghann August 28, 2012 at 9:53 pm

As far a I know, Derek’s family doesn’t have any specific traditions, but we are trying to incorporate his family in other sentimental ways.

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18 allison @ thesundayflog August 28, 2012 at 6:22 pm

we got 2 sets of toasting flutes for our engagement (and they both have sterling silver stems, so they kind of match!). we are using 1 set for our sweetheart tables at the reception, and 1 set for the cake cutting table. it’s a tradition in my family to receive waterford crystal flutes, but im really hoping no one gets them for us – i definitely do NOT need 3 sets of them :)
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19 Sara@RunningInPinkProject August 28, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Our toasting flutes are on a shelf in our dining room. I couldnt put them away and Ive loved seeing them everyday in the 5 years Ive been married. :) We also had Mr and Mrs flutes at our table during the reception. I dont bust those out very much but I loved them.
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20 Meghan August 28, 2012 at 9:36 pm

If I ever get married I will go there! I want palm trees engraved!!! Omg I love them!
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21 April August 28, 2012 at 9:41 pm

They are beautiful. That opening still has me laughing :-)

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22 Andrea August 28, 2012 at 10:51 pm

I got our toasting flutes from Arribas Bros too! Ours had our name and Cinderella’s Carriage on them.. I loved them and can’t wait til we have our own house–we’re getting a glass cabinet so I can put up all of wedding stuff!
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23 Emily N August 30, 2012 at 1:25 pm

They are beautiful, Meghann! It is another wonderful touch that you are bringing to your wedding.
J and I did have personalized toasting flutes (super simple, just our names and the date) and we drank champagne out of them on our first wedding anniversary as well. :)
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24 Raffi August 30, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Ironically, we had Mickey and Minnie flutes. But we got them on our first anniversary or something like that. Neither of us could drink at our wedding. Brian wasn’t 21 and I wasn’t not-pregnant.
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25 Jules @ Jog on Jules September 2, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Oh my these are just beautiful!
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