Searching for Inspiration: The Guestbook

The guestbook is one of those bits of wedding decor that actually has an honest-to-goodness purpose—it even gets its own table, putting it right up there with the cake in level of importance.

Darice Guest Book set, image via Amazon.com

Darice Guest Book Set / Image via Amazon

And, yet, after the wedding the guestbook generally gets shoved into a box or onto a shelf, seldom to be looked at again.

Hardly seems fair, right?

Which is why I always thought, even when I wasn’t considering another marriage as a possibility, that having guests sign a photo mat that could then be hung in the home with a picture from the day made much more sense in the grand scheme of things.

Darice Signature Mat, image via Amazon.com

Darice Signature Mat / Image via Amazon

And those crafty wedding vendors have even come up with a silver version with an engraving pens, just so you don’t have to worry about the mat clashing with whatever decor you have in your home.

Engraved Photo Mat by Cathy's Concepts

Engraved Photo Mat by Cathy’s Concepts / Image via Amazon

Then again, I’m not sure the signatures would be easily seen once hung on the wall; they might look more like scratches.

At any rate, I figured a signature mat was the way we’d go and considered the matter closed.

Until I found wedding blogs and saw all of the creative ways brides and grooms were collecting these mementos of their guests!

Thumbprint Wedding Tree, image via Thumbprint Guest Books

Thumbprint Wedding Tree/ Image via Thumbprint Guestbooks

The thumbprint posters are absolutely adorable and I could have easily drawn one suited to us (a bunch of grapes, perhaps?), but I have a hunch that many of our friends would balk at the idea of leaving their thumbprint anywhere not legally mandated. We have some suspicious friends.

Envelope-filled guest album via Style Me Pretty Photography: Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography

Envelope-filled guest album via Style Me Pretty / Photography: Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography

Going back to the more traditional guestbook, this book of envelopes is very nice—like storybooks with little extras, those envelopes just beg to be opened and the nice and funny notes inside read.

Wedding Guestbook pages from The Guestbook Store

Wedding guestbook pages from Guestbook Store

As a scrapbooker, of course I liked this idea of the the fill-in-the-blanks guestbook with places for pictures, etc. Of course, these sorts of pages expect guests to spend a certain amount of time filling them out, and I’d rather folks have time to mingle than have their heads down over a page. Those that would even bother, that is.

where is my birthday

From Flickr user vjoyking, a “where is my birthday” guestbook calendar

And this guestbook calendar is inspired! Having each guest sign on their birthday is not only unique but useful, too! You’ll never have an excuse for forgetting Aunt Martha’s birthday again. Of course, a perpetual calendar would also work well for this—it doesn’t have to be tied to a single year.

Guest Bench by Knocked Off Photo by Scott V.

Guest bench by Mrs. Sand Dollar / Photo by Scott V.

Revisiting the more out-of-the box solutions, this guest bench is a lovely keepsake for a home, which brings up the idea that pretty much anything a person can sign is fair game for a guest “book” stand-in.

So what would we, wine lovers having a vineyard-themed wedding, choose to use as our signature item of choice?

All in good time”¦ (meaning next update, of course!)

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Mrs. Road Trip

Location:
Tallahassee
Wedding Date:
November 2013
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    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 10:03 am

    I love the calendar guestbook! I’ve never seen that before!

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:10 am

    I just laughed out loud at the “not legally mandated” thumbprints! How completely bizarre and hilarious!

    I’m anticipating a wine rack guest book??? dun dun dunnnnn…

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    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 11:03 am

    @Mrs. Blue Whale: Isn’t it cool?! I’m thinking it might be nice to have one in our home so we can get people there to sign on their birthdays. Not that I’d remember to send cards every year, but I’d like to, lol.

    @Blonde17Jess: Close but not quite ;-) Though I like the way you think!

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    mzjynxie 776 posts, Busy bee @ 11:22 am

    I think the engagement photo guestbook is a good choice for a larger (150-250 person) wedding. Guests can sign names, birthdays and wishes. Especially if the book can be separated into two, so the signing can go quicker.

    Wishing stones are fine too, but I’ll probably just scatter em in the backyard or garden. Maybe if you use the right writing instrument, they words might last a while ….dirt, rain, and sun might cause them to fade.

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    soontobemrsd921 485 posts, Helper bee @ 12:12 pm

    Love the calendar with the birthdays! We are going to do a traditional guest book (FMIL got one for us, so it has to be used) and then we are going to do a wishing rocks to put in a hurricane vase and display in our home :)

    Not sure if you can see it, its on pinterest though and I love it! http://pinterest.com/pin/69102175504932097/

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    jmarvellous 550 posts, Busy bee @ 1:57 pm

    We did a beautiful calendar/datebook. People thought it was goofy and required too much of them. Only 5 or so filled it out!

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    triciag 438 posts, Helper bee @ 2:21 pm

    I love the birthday calendar idea!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 6:10 pm

    Ha, your suspicious friends are too funny!

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    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 12:07 pm

    @MzJynxie: Yes, it does depend on the size and sort of crowd you’ll have. I like the idea of making wishing stones into step stones or garden markers. If they were properly sealed I bet they’d last!

    @SoonToBeMrsD921: Sounds lovely!

    @jmarvellous: Awww, that’s such a shame!

    @TriciaG: Doesn’t it sound like fun?!

    @Mrs. Pony: They are! But we love ‘em anyway :)

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