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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Message in a Bottle – Take 2!

Filed under: Receptions,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:00 am
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What a great idea? Here is another idea for your reception that you can use along with your wedding guest book.

messageinabottleAsk your guests to take a few minutes during your reception celebration to write some marriage tips, special notes, etc., for the bride and groom and ask them to slip them in the year bottle of their choice. Guests are encouraged to write several notes for more than one bottle. After the reception, each bottle is sealed with a cork.

LoveNotesPrint some brief forms on slips of paper that has a place for the guest’s message and their name.

On the anniversary of year that appears on the bottle, the couple will open and read the messages to each other.

Instead of numbering the bottles 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 15, etc. You could number them 1 through 5, then call Larry James to perform his “Renewal of Vows” ceremony on your 5th anniversary, then have 5 more bottles available for your guests to start the the process all over again: 6 through 10, etc. You could keep this going for many years to come! 😉

To expand on this idea, you could choose to pick a few special notes from your 5th anniversary bottle – written by guests who attended your original ceremony – and read a few of them during your “Renewal of Vows” ceremony.

Be sure to have your Master of Ceremonies make several announcements to your guests so they won’t miss this opportunity to pass along their special “Love Notes,” advice, etc.

BONUS Articles: Message in a Bottle
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Photo Credits: (Upper left) – Unknown (If you know the photographer of this photo, please let me know so I can give proper credit.)
(Lower right) – Photo by Geoff Duncan

Larry’s NOTE: A special “thank you” to Brenda Owen, for this great idea! Check Brenda’s Facebook page. The photos originally appeared on

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1 Comment »

  1. Thanks for sharing this Larry! The tips and notes in the numbered wine bottles were a big hit at the couple’s reception! Brenda M. Owen Wedding Officiant & Minister –


    Comment by Brenda M. Owen (WeddingWoman) — Thursday, January 30, 2014 @ 7:00 pm | Reply

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