Our Scrapbook Guestbook: The End

I want our wedding to be fun, a bit different, and a little bit interactive.

We’re having a ’90s band, glow sticks, a photo booth, a vintage bus ride, sweepstakes, and other things. I love planning all the fun little details, but I am hugely aware of one thing—I must not overwhelm our guests.

It’s easy to get carried away by Pinterest. “OMG I could do this and thiiis…oooh now this just looks amazing—I have to do it.” But most of these ideas have come from a million different weddings, and they probably only did that ONE thing.

If our wedding had nothing else, I’m sure our guests could fill in a slightly unusual guestbook. But are they going to want to take time figuring out which card to fill in when there is so much else going on? They’ll be in the photo booth and busting moves on the dance floor—and that is exactly what I want them to be doing.

Ultimately, a guestbook is for loved ones to share their advice and give their congratulations. Nothing more, nothing less. And that’s what I want. A little book full of well-wishes. Having a complicated guestbook would run the risk of people just not filling it in—and what would be the point in that?

I would love so much to have our scrapbook guestbook filled to the brim, full of kind notes, funny comments, and photos from the evening. But that probably won’t happen and I’m now ready to accept that.

Instead, we found a beautiful guestbook on notonthehighstreet by Dottie Creations.

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Image via notonthehighstreet

It was a little expensive, but nowhere near as much as the other guestbook I loved would have cost us.

Alice in Wonderland takes me back to when Jack and I first met, and I would flick through his leather-bound copy of this book. And the time we went to Oxford University and were shown through a door in Christ Church Cathedral—taking us to the little garden that Lewis Carroll looked out on from his room. Jack also bought me an Alice in Wonderland notebook so beautiful I couldn’t bring myself to write in it.

So it seemed like the right thing to do. It’s beautiful enough that it can be displayed, but simple enough that people can quickly write a little note without having to worry about doing anything “different.”

So there you go—the DIY project that just wasn’t meant to be.

Did anyone else really want something, only for it not to be practical?

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Mrs. Jackrabbit

Location:
Brighton, UK
Wedding Date:
September 2013
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    Mrs. Palm Tree 1069 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:28 pm

    Love this! So unique and meaningful. :)

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    Mrs. Palm Tree 1069 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:31 pm

    Btw – this is fairly unrelated – but have you or Jack ever heard of the Alice in Wonderland video game (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice:_Madness_Returns)? Mr. Palm Tree played it and I watched quite a bit – so crazy!

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    Mrs. Pony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 3:14 pm

    What a cute idea! It’s better sometimes to just let the diy dream die.

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    LadyJenks 49 posts, Newbee @ 11:24 pm

    Beautiful! Love your connection to Alice. :)

    I’m on the opposite end of the spectrum – I want our guestbook to be a huge affair, with not only photos but art! I’ve legitimately considered (er, am considering) having colored pens, pencils, paper, scissors and glue available in addition to a polaroid/digital camera+photo printer. A little overboard I know. :-/ You’ve got a point about there easily being too much for people to participate. Hopefully I can edit the vision down a little before the wedding.

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:36 am

    It’s such a beautiful book! I completely agree with taking it easy on DIY/Pinterest, or as I say “make sure it doesn’t look like Pinterest barfed all over [the wedding]!” which is my biggest fear!

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    chronicwhimsy 2167 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:52 am

    Alice in Wonderland is the best! For Christmas the other year, my FH bought me a special copu from the Folio Society of the handwritten first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which has all his illustrations as well. SO PRETTY.

    And then I saw these shoes:

    http://tlccreations.co.uk/products/alice-in-wonderland-digital-print-and-swarovski-crystal-special-occasion-shoes/

    tragically out of my price range, but somehow the world is a little brighter just knowing they’re out there.

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