Boobear and I are tying the knot in less than 100 days (eek!) and now that we’ve checked off the major (read: life savings-draining) items off our to-do list, I can turn my attention to the part of this wedding that I’ve been really looking forward to… crafting!! Today’s roundup is on guest book ideas. We are looking for a guest book idea that won’t get shoved into a bookshelf somewhere and collect dust. Sooo, I suppose we are looking for something that’s not actually a book.
The first place I turned to was Pinterest, of course. I find Pinterest to be simultaneously a life saver and a huge black hole when it comes to finding ideas. This results in me feeling excited, inspired, overwhelmed, and paralyzed – all at the same time- so I decided that I’ll write up a few different round-up posts to organize the best of the best of what I’ve seen online. I’m hoping this will keep me sane over next couple of months and help me lock down what exactly I want (and have time) to craft. That latter part – this whole concept of having time to do something – is not something that comes easily to me. See here and here for the types of crafts I’m usually drawn to. We do not have time for those sorts of projects right now! 😉
The first question I asked myself was what do I really want out of this guest book? What’s the point of it? Do I want one that will….
Facilitate many a future game and/or date nights?
Your guests could sign Jenga pieces, write notes on puzzle pieces, or contribute ideas to a truly one-of-a-kind bucket list! (It would be so cool to see what our friends and family suggested as bucket list experiences for us!)
Or, a guest book that will do double-duty as wall art or home decor.
- For the literary among us, a library card/card catalog is a really cute idea! This also gets a special mention since Chaya and Russ used library cards as both escort cards *and* as a guest book (guests signed the back of their card with a note to the bride and groom).
- Paper cut-outs are cute and easy too – I’ve made a version of this for a friend’s baby shower before. It’s so easy to make – I’ll have to share how in another post!
- You could also take an engagement picture, put it on canvas and have guests sign the canvas.
- Something I’ve seen floating around the interwebs are polaroid inspired guest books. I love this sign and this scrapbook. I know I won’t be able to get enough photos from the wedding festivities, so how great is this not-so-sneaky picture snapping opportunity? I know for sure I’ll keep looking back at something like this often.
Or, what about a guest book that will keep us warm at night?
Check out this awesome tutorial – I *love* offbeat bride! – for detailed instructions on how to make a guest book quilt
Wait- there’s a guest book that will keep the details of your friends and families’ special days (and other details) organized too!
Your guests could remind you/sign on their birthdate OR sign an address book card (or better yet – do both :-)) (Side note: how great would it be if I could actually get someone’s birthday card to them *on time* ??!! I am the worst at that.)
Gah. This was supposed to help me narrow down my favorite choices!! Instead, this exercise has *added* to the dang list of possibilities! I love the audience participation aspect just as much as the double-duty nature and utility of all of these ideas. Help me! Which guest book idea do you think I should go with? Did I miss a fabulous idea? Leave it in the comments below!