The idea was that instead of just writing in a wedding guest book, guest would write us a message, put it in the wine bottle, and we would read the messages on our first anniversary. It fit nicely with our Cape Cod beachy theme, complete with Nantucket Mojitos (Kevin's from Cape Cod + I'm Cuban), beach accents in our centerpieces, and our starfish wine stopper wedding favor. We actually used the wedding wine stopper in the wine bottle guest book.
"Message in a Bottle" guest book
Wedding favor starfish wine stopper
One-year anniversary photo in our then-borough of Brooklyn
Some people asked how we planned to get the messages out. Fair. I figured we could smash the wine bottle and fish out the messages. This turned out to be a little trickier than I thought it would because we didn't want to break glass inside our apartment, and breaking it outside could cause us to lose all the messages. So we decided to break it outside, and in a plastic bag. Brilliant except it's still hard and weird to break a glass bottle outside. Luckily we live in New York, so we found a relatively unpopulated spot, and no one paid too much attention while Kevin smashed his plastic bag with a hammer.
Kevin showing the bottle who's boss
There were a lot of messages so I decided to be completely biased about it and post those of people who regularly comment on our blog. Luckily these were also some of the cooler ones.