Whenever I think of a traditional guestbook, I think of…
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)
Loved this idea of a fingerprint tree or fingerprint balloons!
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!
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!
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!
Our “guestbook” wines, from our first to twentieth anniversaries! / Personal photo