Sign here please…..
Of course you are going to want to have a list of names of who were with you when you started your new lives as husband and wife. Seriously….who wouldn’t. Gone are the days of the predictable white embossed book with the huge feather plume that inevitably blemished every guest book because the ink never flowed smoothly and so the first page started with a big swirling circle as the unfortunate first guest tried to get the pen to work. Then after about the first 10 or 12 names were signed the ink would run out of the $20 pen and everyone from that point on had to just sign with whatever they had in their suit coat pocket…every once in a while the swirl would show up again because someone didn’t have a pen on them and so they would insist on making it work.
Thank goodness traditions have been upstaged by a never ending list of memorable substitutions. To come up with an idea for your guest book think outside the “books.” Start with the theme of your wedding and dream from there. Or if your wedding doesn’t have a particular theme, then think of something that could accent your new home…because lets face it you could probably use a few decorations…be it ever so humble there’s no place like home. The DIY mini postcards above are so adorable. Guests were able to select their favorite one and then write a little message on the back of the postcard before signing their name. Since the wedding, this happily married couple has used them over and over in their home hanging them on a tiny clothesline over the fireplace, displaying them in a bundle tied with a pretty silk ribbon, or leaving them loosely gathered in a basket on the coffee table to look through occasionally, and they made a festive addition to the holidays hung as ornaments on their first Christmas tree.
Another one of my favorite ideas is taking a white table cloth and having guests sign with a water soluble marker or a no. 2 pencil. After the wedding the bride (or perhaps her mother) can embroider over the names with different colors of embroidery floss to create an heirloom table cloth. Signing a guitar, a bowling ball, a lamp, a baseball bat, or virtually anything that reflects the two of you. A coloring book with crayons, crossword puzzles, pages of vintage books signed with gold, silver, or white pens. An over sized canvas photo to hang in your home can fill your home with instant love, support and memories. I am also a big fan of a really cool leather chair signed by all of your guests. Talk about a great piece to design a room around. So before your grandma takes you to pick up that lovely feather pen….think really hard and come up with something that becomes your signature piece. Something so wonderful you can hardly wait to ask your guests….Sign here please…….