Guestbooks have had a long standing presence at weddings. However, after years of being tucked away in boxes and drawers, guestbooks are getting a revamp! Brides everywhere are seeking out new and creative ways to capture their guests’ presence on their special day. Here a few ideas to help you do the same!
The Signature Frame. The guestbook and the wedding portrait are both key players on the big day. So why not combine the two for a keepsake that will last a lifetime? A signature frame is made special by its photo mat which starts out empty and is soon filled with the signatures of all your wedding guests. While special signature frames can be found at most craft stores, the DIY route is quite easy. Just choose a frame, typically with an opening at least 11 by 14 fourteen inches, and find a white mat to rest inside the frame. For the big day, combine the frame, the mat, and an engagement picture of the happy couple. (This picture can later be swapped out for a wedding picture.) Set the frame on a table outside of the ceremony so that guests will see it and sign the mat as they enter. Fine tip sharpies work great for the signatures, and adding a few flowers or candles around the frame will help tie the table together with the rest of the décor.
The Signature Platter. If having your guests featured on your wall isn’t your thing, how about having them on your table? Instead of having guests sign a frame mat, have them sign a serving platter! The Younique Boutique offers lots of options to help you create a perfect platter, including a version that features you and your honey hand painted in the middle of the platter. You can customize almost every detail of the platter, including the artwork, size, shape, and color combo. On the big day, guests sign the platter with a special pen, and then to preserve their signatures, you bake the platter in the oven as directed. What other way can you have all of your wedding guests over for Thanksgiving dinner?
The Guestbook Tree. Perhaps you want to choose a more whimsical way to showcase your guests. If so, consider the guestbook tree, which features thin, twiggy branches, strung with notecards tied with ribbon. The tree is typically “rooted” in a tabletop planter, large urn, or vase, with foam, sand, or rocks securing branches in place. Next to the tree, create a pile of “notecards” complete with a hole punched at the top and a string of ribbon tied in a circle. Ask guests to write their best piece of advice for a happy and healthy marriage on the card, sign it, and then hang it from the guestbook tree. This will create a gorgeous and fun conversation piece at your reception. Once the wedding is over, collect the cards and place them in a large glass vase in your home. They’re great conversation starters when you have guests, and great reminders for you and your partner about the people you shared your big day with. You can see a fun example below.
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Great advice! It’s always a good idea to find ways to make elements of your wedding day useful for a lifetime.