10 Clever Guestbooks That Look Nothing Like Guestbooks
We all want our weddings to be memorable, right? Well, in my humble opinion, the best way to your wedding one that stands out is by having your guests participate in every aspect of your event. With the guestbook, you have a chance at creating something personal to you and interactive for your guests.
Your wedding is about having fun and celebrating love, not about forcing your guests to come up with really profound statements they know every other guest will read. It’s time to lighten things up. Here are 10 creative ideas for adding a spark of whimsy into your guest book.
1. Guest Blog: One for the techie generation! Everything is online now, so create an online forum for your guests to post their love notes to you! You can also create a hashtag and use it on all existing social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter allowing you to see your guests tweets, pics and updates while they were at your wedding! (Photo: David Stubbs)
2. Magnetic Poetry: Make it a fun game! Set up a huge magnetic board and leave a ton of magnetic poetry on a table with some paint pens. Let guests pick out fun sayings with the magnets and sign with the paint pens. (Photo: Gabriel Ryan)
3. Lipstick Mirror: Grab an oversized mirror at Ikea, set up a table next to it with a bunch of bright lipsticks! Watch your guests kiss and sign that mirror all night. So festive, plus super handy for all your ladies. (Photo: Sarah K. Chen)
4. Graffiti Wall: If you have an open air venue, this is a super fun way to incorporate a little street art craziness. Grab a 4×8 sheet of OSB wood from Home Depot, offer lots of colors of spray paint, and let your guests tag up that wall with their well wishes! Pro Tip: Make sure you set this up away from the dinner as the fumes can kill an appetite. Also, remember to offer some wet wipes for painted fingers! (Photo: Katie McGihon Photography)
5. Blank Puzzle Guestbook: Grab a blank puzzle at an educational store or on Amazon. Have guests write their message on the puzzle piece then put it together for a fun activity and keepsake! (Photo: Gabriel Ryan)
6. Mailbox Guestbook: For a little bit of old school whimsy, source an old mailbox and leave guests blank paper and envelopes to write private notes to the two of you. Open one each day during your first year of marriage. (Source: Marit Hanson Weddings, Photo: Kimberly Potterf Photography)
7. Chicken Wire: Loving the look of this art installation meets guestbook! This wedding had a circle theme so for the guestbook area, the couple asked guests to write a note and curl it up into a framed piece of chicken wire. A great art piece to take home after, and a gorgeous piece of decor at the wedding. (Source: Green Wedding Shoes)
8. Thumbprint Portraits: We know, we know. The thumbprint tree guestbook idea has been popping up all over Pinterest for the last few months, and it’s so darn cute. This take is a little more traditional and challenges your guests to a little creativity. (Source: Pearl’s Events Blog)
9. Typewriter Guestbook: Second to last but certainly not least, we have the typewriter. Yes this one has been done kind of a lot… but it’s still really cute! Could be a fun one to combine with an old mailbox for a bit of correspondence nostalgia. (Source: Chandelier Events)
10. Photo Guestbook: Photo booths are all the rage at weddings these days, so why not combine everyone’s love of hamming it up with your guestbook? This is a great way to make sure you have a fun photo of every guest along with a few words from each of them. Hang to display at the wedding or leave a photo album for people to fill up. (Sources: The Sweetest Occasion and Emmaline Bride)
Did you have a non-traditional guestbook at your wedding? We’d love to see photos – send ’em our way via Twitter, Facebook, or good old fashioned email. And if you have any wedding-related questions, be sure to leave us a note in the comments below. Mazel tov!
Jesi Haack is the Owner and Lead Designer behind Jesi Haack Design. Her signature is creating stylishly dramatic events that capture the flair of each of her wonderful clients and creatively communicates their story to their guests.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)