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The Basics of Cocktail Glasses for Your Big Day and Beyond

Upgrade cocktail hour at your summer wedding—or even just your at-home bar cart—with gorgeous glassware and refreshing signature sips. We promise: You and your guests will be wowed.

Want to set a celebratory tone between your I do's and dinner? Then serve up some cool signature drinks in gorgeous glassware. After all, guests love to nibble on delicious bites and sip inspired drinks post-ceremony—in fact, cocktail hour is often the part of the day wedding attendees look forward to most—and they'll love it even more with a gorgeous glass in hand.


To help you please your entire crowd, we've rounded up the most common wedding glassware and break down which type of drink should be served in each. Love a coupe? Serve something bubbly and refreshing. More of a lowball couple? Muddle your favorite fruits and herbs with a liquor of your choosing. Best of all, these glasses are so stylish, you'll want to put them on your registry. Why not keep the party going long after your big day?

All Couped Up

Defined by its bowl-shaped cup, the coupe, above, is the original vessel of choice for Champagne, dating to the 19th century. Though today's bubbly drinkers tend to prefer flutes, this elegant glass is now a go-to for chilled cocktails (shaken or stirred). The long stem keeps your hand from warming the liquor, and the shallow cup concentrates bright colors for extra pop. Plus, it's more spill-proof than a cone-shaped martini glass—so you won't lose a drop.


The Details: Waterford "Lismore Pops Cocktail," $135 for 2, Edible violas, $12.50 for 50, Anthropologie "Gilded Rim" coupe, $28, Riedel "Veritas" coupe, $69 for 2,

High Spirits

Gin and tonic, Jack and Coke, Scotch and soda: These "and" cocktails are known as highballs— as are the type of glass they're served in. The tall, straight shape makes them easy to hold, and there's room for lots of ice and mixers—not to mention a straw and garnishes. The vessels are bound to be among your most-used registry items: They come in fun, textured designs and can do double duty for nonalcoholic refreshers like lemonade and iced tea.


The Details: Canvas Home "Pomegranate" highball, $14, Luigi Bormioli "Bach" beverage glass, $35 for 4, Julep spoon straw, $14 for 6, Roost "Dainty" tumbler, $65 for 6, Glass straw, $1, Basil blossom, $7 for 25,

The Low Down

There's something about the weighty lowball that just feels good in your hand. Also known as a rocks glass (for spirits served on ice) or an old-fashioned glass (for the cocktail), the short, small vessel is best for drinks that have a high proportion of strong liquor, like bourbon or whiskey. The glass is nice and wide, so any added flavors can be muddled or mixed right inside.


The Details: Riedel "O" whiskey glass, $29.50 for 2, Canvas Home Tivoli Collection "Optic" small tumbler, $7, Cocktail pick, $19 for 12, Juliska "Arabella" clear tumbler, $25,

Magic Flutes

This slender, super-festive glass is guaranteed to put guests in a party mood. The limited surface area helps maintain
the sparkling wine's effervescence, and, as with the coupe, holding it by the stem keeps the drink cold longer. We'll toast to that.


The Details: Waterford "Lismore Pops" toasting flute, $135 for 2, Crate & Barrel "Edge" Champagne glass, $13, Kate Spade "Larabee Dot" flute, $50 for 4,