Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wedding Guestbook

Most wedding days are a blur, especially the reception portion of the event. While there are some amazing moments that have been etched into my memory, I can attest to that being the case. We were so incredibly happy. We talked to everyone and their mother, gave giant bear hugs, rocked out on the dance floor. At the end of it all, we wanted to remember who was able to celebrate our big day with us. Cue the guestbook.

These days, there are so many options for a creative guestbook. I am sure many of you have seen the thumbprint trees, the photo booth strips in a scrapbook or writing notes of love and encouragement in a photo album.

A few of my other favorites are signing a monogram wooden letter, signing rocks to be placed in a vase or writing on wine bottles to be opened and drank by the happy couple on future wedding anniversaries.

With so many options to choose from and so many ideas already used, I wanted to do something different and out of the box. That said, I also wanted to create a guestbook that we could display easily in our home. I ran into a couple of ideas that I liked and ended up deciding on a variation of my own.

One of my new sister-in-laws is an amazing artist. Someday I will share more on her art and hopefully she will have a website available by then! She kindly agreed to help make our guestbook a reality. We picked out some paper, a beautiful frame and she took it from there! 

Liz drew a man and woman snuggled up in a boat, fishing. She clearly knows us well because she included an anchor and some turtles. She made the most incredible background out of old book pages, which created a stunning layered look for the backdrop. It was a perfect subtle tie in to our reception venue. Did I mention that we had our reception in a library?! We were able to display the precious and treasured artwork at the wedding on an easel.

We had our guests sign fishes for us to add later. I used the Cricut machine to cut out all different sizes of fish using black, gray, gold and purple papers. To sign the fish, we had black, purple and gold pens. I made some instructions and put them in a flashy frame that read, “Two less fish in the sea” and to “Catch a fish and sign your name.”


I am still working on putting it all together but I know that it is going to be a prized piece in our home. It was special to go through all the little notes and signatures. My husband and I feel like we have both found the “perfect catch” in each other and think our guestbook is a beautiful reminder of all the other amazing people who fill up our colorful “ocean” of a life.  


Of all the fish in the sea, I choose you.






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