I immediately started looking for alternative options to the standard guest book, and surprise surprise - there are TONS of options out there! A few that caught my eye: (following images via <a href:"http://www.bowtiesandbliss.com/2011/03/unique-guest-book-alternatives/">Bowties and Bliss</a>)
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!
First, he suggested a Moutard Rosé Champagne for our 1st 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 1-year anniversary. For our 5th anniversary, he recommended a Spanish red wine by Breca, it's a lighter red option, and will hold up for the 5 years we need it to. Next, he pulled a darker still red varietal, Amarone Allegrini for our 10th anniversary, that will age extremely well. Finally, for our 20th anniversary, we needed a very stable, Port wine to ensure it can sustain a storage of 20+ 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 20th 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!