Achievement Unlocked: Guest “Book”

With so many options out there for creative guestbooks, it’s easy to fall into option overload and not be able to decide. This is where having a theme or overriding idea can really help narrow the options to the ones that really drive that home.

In our case, I was looking for something easy to sign and collect that suited our vineyard theme. It’s not exactly a big leap to corks, now is it?

Recycled Corks, image via Amazon.com

Recycled corks / Image via Amazon

Depending on the size of your wedding, your drinking habits (and those of your friends and family), and how much time you’ve got it’s not unreasonable to collect all the corks yourself. Of course, as the wine industry goes to synthetic corks and screw-top bottles for various reasons that might get a little tougher, so lucky for us that plenty of places sell both used and unused corks.

Now, having crafted with corks before, I think it might be easier for folks to sign fresh corks as opposed to used ones that might be brittle or uneven in shape. We’ve got quite a collection already going, but there’s also a home-brew shop just down the road that sells fresh corks by the bag-full for not very much cash. That’s good no matter how you slice it.

Corks on their own will roll around if not corralled, so the next decision was how to hold them—both before and after signing.

image via Replacements.com

Image via Replacements.com

For before, a bowl or vase with a large opening works best, allowing for people to easily reach in and grab one without too much fuss. Several years ago I was gifted a lovely Block Tulip Garden crystal vase that I think will fit the bill nicely.

image via Winestuff.com

Image via Winestuff.com

Once signed, the corks will go into this wire cork cage shaped like a wine bottle. Mr. Road Trip actually gifted me (us) this for our first engaged Christmas, so it’s been sitting patiently in its box for over a year now, waiting for its day in the spotlight. Add a couple of fine-point permanent markers (possibly painted or beribboned to dress it up a bit) and a sign and you’ve got our guestbook.

We could just leave the corks in their cage and set the whole kit and caboodle on the mantle or some place and let it collect dust. Or we could use the signed corks to build a frame around one of our wedding photos in a shadowbox. In other words, I’ll have my wine-themed, semi-unique guestbook and my displayable photo mat all at one go!

How did you solve your guestbook dilemma?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Road Trip

Location:
Tallahassee
Wedding Date:
November 2013

Related Posts

Add a comment

comments

  1. Member
    Overjoyed 2322 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:30 pm

    I’m looking for something wedding-related to do with my cork collection too. I can’t even say WHY I’ve been randomly saving corks (except that they’re from a local winery and I love my hometown?) I don’t have anything in mind yet, but I figure now is the time to do something with them. Nice idea!

  2. Member
    ladyamalthea 1398 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:41 pm

    I think this is a great idea, but if you want to make them into a photo mat, what will you do if someone signs all over one? I feel like you could have a sign instructing people not to do that, but I bet at least one person would mess it up. :P

  3. Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 6:34 pm

    What a fun and unique idea!

  4. Member
    futuremrsdino 73 posts, Worker bee @ 3:59 am

    That cage is amazing! I love that idea! What an amazing guest book!

    I might have to get one of those cages for my parents (who have a rather large collection of corks already, even after the ones used at my wedding) so they can have a fun display too!

    It’s a shame they don’t sell them over here…I’m sure it’s worth the postage and packing charge to get one though! :)

  5. Member
    msbicycle 718 posts, Busy bee @ 6:08 am

    I love this! I have no idea what we are doing for a guest book :/

  6. Member
    cosmo_gmr 946 posts, Busy bee @ 11:50 am

    Awesome idea! And that cage is sooo pretty!
    I’m so excited to see the final results in your wedding, you’re so crafty and full of great ideas :)

  7. Member
    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 12:03 pm

    @Overjoyed: Corks make great place card holders, if you feel crafty, but they also look nice just piled into something like a brandy snifter, too.

    @ladyamalthea: I do plan on having a little instruction sign asking them to sign along one side of the cork, but I know I’m bound to get all manner of signature combinations. I’m thinking maybe the singed-in-the-round ones will get suspended on chains from below (like clock weights) so they can still be seen.

    @Mrs. Pony: Thanks–I thought I was being quite clever when I came up with it ;)

    @FutureMrsDino: If you have any local wineries I would check in their gift shops–that’s where we originally saw them and they have all sorts of styles available.

    @Miss Bicycle: I’m sure you’ll figure something out–Maybe a large wooden Fluer de Lis that they could sign and then you could hang on your wall at home?

  8. Member
    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 12:03 pm

    @cosmo_gmr: Thank you! I’m kinda curious to see how it all turns out, myself!

  9. Member
    Mrs. Rubber Stamps 821 posts, Busy bee @ 2:10 pm

    I am looking forward to seeing how your vision comes to life. I created scrapbook pages for our guests to sign….which got lost when packing all the wedding stuff up :(

  10. Member
    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 9:33 am

    @Mrs. Rubber Stamps: Oh no! That’s so sad :( I guess that does point to a benefit of things that are self-contained. Maybe they’ll turn up at some point!

add a comment

Find Amazing Vendors