This is one of my all-time favorite shots to get on a wedding day or at an engagement session because it perfectly captures the excitement and celebratory feeling of this time in life. The things is… How do you pop the Champagne to get the best photos?
If this is a question you’ve had, I’ve got you. 🙂 Let’s break it down together.
How to Make it Happen…
Step 1. Remove the foil and untwist the wire cage keeping the Champagne corked.
FUN FACT: The wire cage is called a muselet!
Step 2. Once the muselet has been removed place your thumb over the top of the cork. This will keep it from popping before we’re ready.
While holding the cork, I’ll make sure one final time that everyone is in place AND make sure you aim the Champagne left or right of the cameras. 😉 As long as you have your thumb over the cork, the bottle won’t pop. Now, take a breath and get ready for the fun step…
Step 3. Shake the bottle keeping your thumb over the top of the cork and then shake it again!
Sometimes couples get nervous about shaking the Champagne too much. So far, it hasn’t been possible. However, you can shake it too little! Shake the bottle a bunch and when you think you’ve shaken it just enough, shake it a few more times.
Step 4. Take your thumb, place it under the lip of the cork to help the built-up pressure “Pop” the cork out and don’t forget to smile!
PRO TIP: When you “Pop” the cork off the Champagne, make sure to drop your thumb over the opening of the bottle so that the Champagne sprays further!
Step 5. Shake the bottle AGAIN with your thumb covering most of the opening for a second spray.
What most couples don’t realize is that you can actually get TWO sets of shots from one bottle. After the initial spray has ended, shaking it a second time with your thumb over most of the opening. This second “Pop” is fun because the initial nerves and tightness of the first “Pop” is gone. In other words, smiles are usually a little bigger the second go about. 😉
Step 6. Smile & Share
These are fun shots to get after you’ve “Popped” your bottle of Champagne. Share any Champagne left with your bridesmaids or future husband. There may not be much left so make sure to have a second bottle on hand so all your bridesmaids can have some for a few more cute shots.
FAQ: Do I need to use Champagne or will Prosecco work too?
Awesome question! Either of those will work, if fact, any carbonated or sparkling drink in a similar bottle should work for these photos. 🙂
I hope this post has been helpful! If you have a question you want to see answered, let me know! I always love hearing from you. 🙂
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March 23, 2022