This is a super easy Wedding Wednesday DIY that anyone can do!
I knew I wanted something at my bridal shower for the special women in my life to pass along their advice for our marriage. I thought it might be neat to read some of these things later down the road, when the marriage is no longer new and we may need a reminder. They turned out great and I ended up using them more than once! After weeks of searching for an actual wedding guest book with no luck (I’ve #neverbeenso picky), I decided to actually bring these along and use them as an unconventional guest book for everyone to leave a message! They were accented beautifully with the wood signage by With Wild and Grace.
I decided to have them write a message for us to read on the anniversary year of their choosing. And what better vessel to hold these precious words of wisdom? You guessed it, wine bottles. I found the most adorable wine bottle labels from Paper Crabb on Etsy to go with our garden themed wedding. They’re actually table numbers, but she worked with me to customize them to create a label that only had a number instead of the word “table”.
She also allowed me to choose the numbers I wanted and provided customizations based on my color scheme – AKA she’s great. I started saving wine bottles from special occasions throughout the beginning of our engagement so I had a ton lying around, but if you don’t, what better reason to start stocking up. I went with 10 bottles and labeled them 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30. Different sizes and colors mesh well!
I found this template on etsy because I decided to do this last minute, but you could easily make one yourself, then slapped it in a frame from Home Goods.
If you don’t like that you can see the paper inside the bottles, you could always spray paint them. I was going for a more neutral look and the untouched bottles went well with the other decor.
Wine Bottle Guest Book for Bridal Shower and/or Wedding
Empty wine bottles (enough for however many years you want)
Powdered Laundry Detergent or Baking Soda
Labels (I got mine here)
Instructional Message 8×10 (either make one or purchase a template on etsy)
Frame for the instructions
Decorative Bottle Holder (what I used for the bridal shower and the wedding)
1. Remove the labels from the bottles. Fill up the sink or a cooler with warm water. Empty about a cup of powdered laundry detergent or baking soda and let the bottles sit for several hours. I usually fill them with water to keep them from moving.
2. Scrape off as much of the label as you can. Here is where the goo gone god send comes into play. This stuff removes anything. Put some on a paper towel and remove the rest of the stubborn label.
3. Set out to dry completely.
4. Once dried, apply the label to the bottle per the instructions.
5. Set them out in a decorative rack alongside pens, paper and the instructional message frame.
I can’t wait to break open these bottles. We definitely have a ton of messages in our Year 1 bottle, which is coming up this October!