updated 7/13/2006 1:35:54 PM ET 2006-07-13T17:35:54

A Texas man is getting a honeymoon trip out of a message he discovered in a bottle.

John Reed was fishing on a Gulf Coast beach in 2003 when he found an old rum bottle that was sealed. Documents inside said the bottle was one of 12 tossed in the ocean in 1987 off Grand Cayman Island in a promotion for a rum maker, a resort and the Cayman Islands.

Inside were free certificates for a plane ticket, a hotel stay and rum.

Reed gave them to his parents, as a present. But now they've given them back, to use for his honeymoon. He's getting married later this month.

A Tortuga Rum spokeswoman says Reed will get two round-trip airline tickets to Grand Cayman Island, a six-day stay at a resort — and a case of rum.

Seven of the original 12 promotional bottles have yet to be redeemed.

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