I loved planning a wedding. There were stressful moments, but overall, it was just a lot of fun. I wanted to make it as DIY-y as possible. And I’m not a big fan of guestbooks. Does anyone actually ever read those more than once (or even once, for that matter…)? I spent a ton of time searching for unconventional guestbook ideas. Luckily for me, I had two lovely cousins host a bridal shower and they opted for a craftier version.
I hear they got the idea from a Martha Stewart magazine. They had all the guests sign vintage-y plates with a special sharpie. The best part is—it’s super cheap! They got the plates at Goodwill for dollars a piece. And they make unique decorations!
And for the wedding, I made guestbooks using canvas and paint! We didn’t really have a wedding theme, but the ceremony took place in the mountains and our invites included trees, so that’s what made me to decide to go with a tree them. Just drew the outline of several trees and a leaf with a pencil and painted! Pretty easy. If you’re not comfortable with free handing, you could easily do this with a projector and trace the image. We had about 220 guests, so I spent a lot of time debating how many to use. Four seemed to be fine, although I think three would have sufficed!
Love that one of the guests drew a tree on the tree.
I intend to paint the sides. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it at the time. It’s on the to-do list.
Picture from the big day! Courtesy of AK Photo.
I also loooved my friend Genevieve’s guest book. They had an Up! inspired wedding.
Here were some of my favorites and inspiration when I was searching for options…
I’m all for guestbooks that do more than sit on a shelf, never to be seen! Good luck finding the right guestbook for your big day!