My Quest for the Best Guestbook

It’s been so frustrating trying to come up with a creative and unique guestbook alternative. And by “creative” and “unique” I really mean “Scottish” and “princess-like” because, let’s be honest, I’m obsessed with our THEME! I’d really like most aspects of the wedding to fit within “A Highland Fairy Tale,” but that proves difficult at times. I know the theme is a bit specific intense, but I’m having a blast making it all come together and I wouldn’t want it any other way!

As it is now I am currently struggling with incorporating the THEME in favors, the card box, and the guestbook. I have ideas/options for all of them, but I want to focus on the guestbook in this post.

My first idea was to print out a book from Shutterfly with our engagement photos on one side and empty pages to sign on the other, classy and then easy to enjoy later. But it also seemed easy to ignore at the wedding. Then I read about the calendar guestbook idea where guests sign their names on their birthdays and at the end you have this practical and awesome reminder for the future. But I prefer everything be stored on my Google calendar and that idea didn’t really go with our theme. I also toyed with having a puzzle guestbook because it seemed so fun and I love to play games! But I hate puzzles. Oh, mundane wedding problems!

After lots of thinking I’ve FINALLY settled on something that mixes both sides of our “A Highland Fairy Tale” wedding, and I wanted to run it by the hive first!

Thanks to Google and posts by Mrs. Cola and Mrs. Honey, I think the Sword wedding is going to have a wishing stone guestbook!


The Papery Nook / Image via Etsy

It fits both parts of our theme because wishing stones were said to have originated in Ireland (which is not Scotland but a close Celtic friend of the Scots), and since fairy tales and princesses always include stories of dreams and wishes, we can ask people to share their dream or wish for our future on the cute little stones! AM I GRASPING AT STRAWS HERE?!?

Truthfully, I think this would be the perfect guestbook for an eco-friendly or outdoorsy wedding, but hopefully it works for our theme as well! :) I just like how after people write their well wishes on the stones they can put them in a vase of water to symbolize the tradition of making a wish and then throwing something into a river or stream and hoping it will come true. It’s truly amazing when dreams come true!

Mr. Sword’s only concern was that you don’t get to display the guestbook or read it post-wedding, but thanks to Mrs. Cola’s tutorial I think there is a fantastic way to re-purpose the stones in a super-subtle and decorative way.

As a destroy-it-yourself bride I plan on purchasing the smooth stones, permanent markers, and vase for this little project. I do plan on typing out something about how the guestbook works and framing it for the table.

What are you doing for your guestbook? Anyone else trying to make it fit your theme?


Mrs. Sword

Wedding Date:
March 2013
Signed, Sealed, and (Almost) Delivered...
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    scottishmrs 3213 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:00 pm

    We had a Scottish themed wedding and we had permanent markers and a wooden blanket chest and we had our guests sign the blanket chest. Our slogan with it was “Warm wishes for warm blankets”.

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:33 pm

    @reggeatonqueen: Great idea!
    @future mrs Q: also a great idea, and totally fits our theme!
    @Courtney: Yes! More places to add the tartan! :)
    @Mrs. Honey: Thanks for the inspiration!!
    @Miss Fairy: haha love it!
    @MayDarling: My sister would love your idea, she’s a teacher!
    @YoungBride1414: Love it! Sounds so special!

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    DesignGal55 35 posts, Newbee @ 7:35 am

    Hi! We had a Scottish wedding too!

    I wanted to buy a coffee table book of Scottish Castles (fairy tale- check!, Scottish- check!) and have people sign in the margins in the sky and grass and such.

    It didn’t end up working out because I didn’t think of it until too late, and by that time I didn’t have sufficient time to pick out a book I liked. If you haven’t had a shower yet, register for a book you like, and maybe you’ll get it for the shower!

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:54 pm

    @DesignGal55: love it, what a great idea!

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