Mr. Wallaby and I love to travel. When we were growing up, both of our families took lots of road trips to all corners of the continental US. After college, I bought a three-month EuroRail pass and backpacked around Europe with no itinerary and boundless wanderlust. Mr. W has left the country once to travel to his family’s native country of Iran, and he can’t wait to go on more international adventures. He and I have been on several trips together and we are counting down the days until our honeymoon to New Zealand and Australia (!!!).
We wanted to incorporate travel into our wedding decor. Travel didn’t make it to the status of “wedding theme,” since our wedding is really just a mix of All Things Mr. and Miss Wallaby Like (vintage things, books, science, Persian traditions, botany…), but we are incorporating our love for travel into some of the details of the wedding day. One detail that we’ve already squared away is the guestbook. Instead of asking our guests to sign a book or picture frame, I ordered tons of vintage postcards from all over the world from eBay. I ended up with a collection of probably 500 unused postcards, which I filtered into a pile of about 200 favorites for our guests to choose from. On the guestbook table, we’ll display a suitcase for our guests to drop their love notes…
I even found a sweet old box during one of my pilgrimages to the thrift stores, and the box is the perfect size to hold the blank postcards:
My vintage “card box” / Personal photo
Miscellaneous old postcards / Personal photo
I purchased a suitcase for the postcard guestbook from eBay. Right now it’s providing great storage for some other wedding-related things. / Personal photo
This project is almost done. The last thing I need to do is create a sign explaining the guestbook to our guests. (For any sort of alternative guestbook, I would strongly recommend providing some guidance for guests.) Here’s some inspiration I’ve found from wedding blogs:
As you can see, most of the things I gathered for this project were great steals from eBay. If you are on a tight budget, don’t forget to check eBay and Craigslist for an endless selection of odds and ends. I even found my wedding shoes on eBay—I’ll write about those in a separate post.
Are you planning on providing a guestbook for guests to leave you notes? What do you think about the trend in “alternative guestbooks”?
- Environmental Engineer
- Wedding Date:
- November 2012
- Oak Tree Manor