I’ve always had mixed feelings about guest books. Obviously, I think it’s great to have a souvenir record of the guests that attended your wedding … but why do they have to be so freaking boring??
Sure, you can buy some guest books with a pretty or otherwise interesting front cover.. but usually, the insides are all the same. Just lines for information. Although my now-husband and I picked up a guest book with the intent of personalizing the cover… we were thoroughly uninspired by the interior. There had to be a better idea.
Well, when we first got engaged, we started a scrapbook for all of the photos, knick knacks, cards, and whatnot that were associated with our upcoming wedding. Wouldn’t it be great, we thought, if we could incorporate our guest’s signatures into this scrapbook?
So, here is what we did:
We bought several nice 12″ x 12″ pages of heavy white scrapbook paper (the size of our main wedding scrapbook), along with more scrapbook paper in colors to match our wedding color scheme. We cut up the colored pages to add accent color & design to the white pages. We cut out stargazer lilies from some of our leftover invitations, and added those to the mix.
Additionally, we bought metallic silver letter stickers, with which we wrote “Love”, “Devotion”, etc etc.. one on each page.
At the wedding guest book table, we left out the stack of pages, along with gel pens in colors to compliment the color scheme. We had our wedding party each sign a page, “yearbook style”, with whatever they wanted, to get it all started.
Before the wedding, decorating the pages was a fun thing for the two of us to do together.. but AFTER the wedding, it was fun to read the passages, jokes, and well wishes that our guests had left, uninhibited by restrictive lines
It’s also nice to have those included with the rest of our wedding memories, rather than in a boring book, relegated to the back of a book shelf and ignored… as we know would have been the fate of our original, purchased guest book!