Will You Sign My Guestbook? I’ll Totally K.I.T.!

Whenever I think of a traditional guestbook, I think of…

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A little plain for my taste… / Image via Delightfully Tacky

This is something that will likely find its way onto a bookshelf and never see the light of day, save for an anniversary or two where we’re feeling especially nostalgic.I immediately started looking for alternative options to the standard guestbook, and surprise surprise—there are TONS of options out there! A few that caught my eye:

(following images via Bowties and Bliss)

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Loved this idea of a fingerprint tree or fingerprint balloons!

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This couple had their guests sign postcards to be sent to them throughout their first year of marriage!

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A Polaroid guestbook would be cool to capture candid images from guests with a little note!

I eventually had to narrow the search down to something that felt like us and went with our overall theme. Enter the wine-bottle guestbook!

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Four bottles to celebrate four big anniversaries! / Image via The Knot / Photo by Ned Jackson Photography

Typically, the couple would buy four bottles of wine. One to open on each of the following anniversaries—first, fifth, tenth and twentieth. The guests, provided with a silver marker, will be able to sign one of the bottles and they’ll be saved as our “guestbook” that we’ll be able to enjoy for the next 20 years! (Side note: When we open the twentieth anniversary bottle, I’ll be 49 years old! Ahhh!!!)After some preliminary research, I realized I don’t know a lot about wine. Hahaha…I enjoy drinking it, I know what tastes good to me, but I could not tell you how long to age a wine or if it’d go bad before we’d actually reach its corresponding anniversary.

Luckily, a new wine shop opened up downtown a few months ago, and they were the perfect go-to place to pick out wines that will age with us and, with proper storage, taste amazing when we pop the cork!

Crush, the fine wine shop, proved to be a fantastic resource for us—check out their selection!

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That awesome library ladder only added to my excitement! / Personal photo

We met with their resident sommelier (wine expert) and managing director, Kristian, who knew right away what we were trying to explain when we mentioned “wedding wine guestbook…thing!” He asked us a few questions about our backgrounds and if any wines or regions held a special place in our hearts and went quickly to work finding us the best options for each year.First, he suggested a Moutard Rosé Champagne for our first anniversary. Because it will only sit for one year, the champagne will not over-mature and will prove to be a nice, sweet bubbly we can pop on our one-year anniversary. For our fifth anniversary, he recommended a Spanish red wine by Breca; it’s a lighter red option, and will hold up for the five years we need it to. Next, he pulled a darker still red varietal, Amarone Allegrini, for our tenth anniversary that will age extremely well. Finally, for our twentieth anniversary, we needed a very stable Port wine to ensure it can sustain a storage of 20-plus years. Kristian pulled us a 20-year aged Port by Burmester—when we drink this Port, it will be aged 40 years!

I highly suggest that if any of you go this route to consult with a trained sommelier and ask specific questions about storage and aging so that you don’t open a moldy, nasty wine on your twentieth anniversary!We’ll be making our own labels for these bottles similar to the inspiration photo above and displaying them at our reception proudly! I’ll be sure to share the final product!

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Our “guestbook” wines, from our first to twentieth anniversaries! / Personal photo

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Mrs. Jet Setter

Location:
New Bedford
Wedding Date:
October 2013
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    bracelet 1419 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:11 am

    What a lovely idea. Mr. B and I bought several wine bottles from my hometown area from 2010 – the year we met. I’m not sure when we’re planning on drinking those. ;)

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    rucksack 518 posts, Busy bee @ 6:11 am

    Oh man I love this idea like whoa.

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    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 6:19 am

    OOhhh! Port is an awesome choice for the 20 year bottle. (Though I’m more a fan of cherry port over tawny.) Sounds like you have some great bottles to look forward to :)

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    adventurer 209 posts, Helper bee @ 8:29 am

    Love this, Miss Jet Setter! I have heard of wine bottle guest books before but mostly people signing one bottle; making it last for 20 years is so special! And the labels are so cute :)

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    gotsolt 25 posts, Newbee @ 8:50 am

    Oh Love this, Miss Jet Setter!

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    missgoldfish 450 posts, Helper bee @ 10:13 am

    Such a cool idea!

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:12 pm

    this is so neat, and totally usable. The perfect guestbook!

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    mswaterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:39 pm

    Oh. My. God. Why didn’t I think of this??? It’s the coolest guestbook idea, EVER. I ran out of time and had Mr. W run over to the store and buy a boring guestbook the day before the wedding. whomp whomp :(

    But seriously, this idea is amazing! Maybe you should make little sleeves to go over the label to “hide” the messages until it’s time to open them/ help preserve the ink from smudges? Just a thought, but I love this sooooo much :)

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    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 3:43 pm

    @Mrs. Bracelet: That’s awesome! Why not save them for some big milestones – new house, baby, new jobs??

    @Mrs. Waterfall: We’re going to either build or buy one of those wooden wine crates to store them in – I’ll try not to peek!! ;)

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:39 pm

    I love this, but it would be hard for me to avoid drinking the wine early. Waiting five years the wine in our wine box is hard enough, I can’t imagine the twenty years!

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    Samantha, Guest @ 6:54 am

    I totally love this idea. I think we might use it! Although, I’m betting this was pretty expensive, no? But I’m sure it’s worth it!

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    IzzyBear 4337 posts, Honey bee @ 7:48 am

    I love this idea!! Totally stealing it :)

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    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 11:37 am

    @Samantha: It was a little pricey, but not more than my other idea – the thumbprint guestbook! All in all, we spent about $150 on the four wines. My sis will design the labels and I’ll print them at home, so that’ll end up being the total cost! It’ll be $150 well-enjoyed! ;)

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    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 11:38 am

    @jwilk241: Steal away! :) P.S., your ring looks gorgeous!!!

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    Samantha, Guest @ 12:03 pm

    @Miss Jet Setter: @Miss Jet Setter: @Miss Jet Setter: @Miss Jet Setter: Oh, that’s not actually as bad as I was thinking. I expected that a wine that will age well for 20 years would be about $150 alone so thats not bad at all. I’m totally looking into this!

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    KS, Guest @ 8:25 am

    That is an awesome idea! Love it! For our wedding my husband’s godmother made us a quilt for the guests to sign. It turned out really nice & I love that it’s on our sofa and we look at it all the time. Keep in mind one advantage of traditional guestbooks, though: guest write in their addresses, potentially making thank you notes easier. Since we invited everyone in our church to the ceremony, I had to track down a few addresses afterwards.

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