Guest Book, Guest Mat, or Guest Tree?

Months ago I got creative in making a gift for a friend’s wedding”¦ I hand burned her name and her wedding date into a set of wooden spoons. (DIY tutorial post coming soon!)

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The whole project got me thinking of all the great things I could do with my fun Hotmarks tool.

I love the look of burned wood and would just love to use my woodburning skills somewhere in wedding project land. Then, a couple months ago, during one of my Etsy lust visits, I came across a seller’s site who had a similar vision to mine, Inspired By Marie. This seller used their woodburning skills in a way I had not thought of yet, on a Wooden Signature Mat.



How awesome are those!? I really fell in love with this idea and think it would be perfect to use on our big day. I believe I can totally recreate my own version of this mat with my own spin on things. I have already custom-burned a cutting board (DIY tutorial post coming soon) so I can’t imagine it would be much different. Though I love this idea, there is still some debate. I also like the idea of having a fancy pants guest book. The same seller also makes great woodburned guest books, which are pretty snazzy.


The biggest downside to having a guest book is that it won’t be an instant display item. I like the idea of how the guest mats can be mounted to the wall to be displayed for years to come. Then, there is also the possibility of the Wedding Tree Guest List:


I love this idea too! The only worry here would be guests running around with green thumbs after they leave their prints.

So what do you think? Guest book, mat, or tree? I am currently leaning towards the guest mat and hope to post possible designs soon.

Did you or do you plan on going for a non-traditional guest book?


Mrs. Locket

Ithaca, NY
Wedding Date:
September 2010
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    NoleBride10, Guest @ 11:21 am

    I love all of these ideas! We actually did the guestbook tree at our wedding and I simply covered a box of wet ones to match our decor. They worked perfectly and the tree turned out amazing! I love the idea of having something to display for years to come that reminds me of all of the people who shared in our day. We got our tree from bleudetoi on etsy. It was $85 for the medium version (80-120 guests) but they hand draw it so it’s completely unique.

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    alvina 807 posts, Busy bee @ 11:43 am

    Do the maaaaat. 😛 It’s definitely more unique than the others (and easier to display than the guestbook) and it’s something YOU can create yourself which makes it like a hundred times cooler. :]

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    ladyox 831 posts, Busy bee @ 12:03 pm

    We had the thumb tree for our ketubah signing and at our reception we put out a photo mat for signatures that we later used to frame the thumb tree. I absolutely love looking at it hanging on the wall!

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:22 pm

    Those wooden signature mats are gorgeous!

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    cola 2827 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:45 pm

    I love the idea of the mat, so unique, and more easy to display in your home after the wedding than a book would be on a shelf!

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    Lee, Guest @ 6:57 pm

    I love the wooden mat. My fiance and i are using an old wooden bench we found at an antique store and are having out guests sign that! this way we have it proudly displayed and we can use it within our new home

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    winter 1333 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:59 am

    i love the woodwork ideas! and i love those fingerprint trees! and i do love the signing mat! it is beautiful!

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    Serendipity 10356 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 3:47 am

    I’m torn between the mat and book, but what a great idea, it’s going to look awesome!

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    DIY Personalized Cutting Board Tutorial | Weddingbee, Guest @ 6:45 pm

    […] when I told you about those nifty woodburned guestbooks/mats and mentioned I had custom-burned a cutting board and a tutorial would be coming? Well, don’t […]

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