Emma's mission is to empower her readers to support handmade through the use of handcrafted wedding items for all parts of the wedding planning process.Here, she shares an excerpt from her first book, The guest book isn’t just sheets of paper with signatures.Guest blogger: Emma Arendoski, founder and CEO of Emmaline Bride, The Wedding Guide for the Handmade Bride, a website dedicated to all things handmade for weddings.
It is a keepsake — a time capsule to be cherished and revisted, filled with sweet, heartfelt messages from those closest to you.
First, though, you need to properly set up your guest-book table.
A cute idea for the couple that loves their caffeine is to display a set of mugs labeled “Mr.” and “Mrs.,” with permanent markers for guests to sign their names onto the surface of each.
Most important, ensure that there is ample lighting, so guests can see what they are writing.
Here are some of my favorite guest book ideas: Create a custom Mad Libs sheet as a guest-book alternative.
If you’re planning a wedding theme from a bygone era, consider having guests type their messages on a vintage typewriter, instead of using a pen and paper.
Place a sheet of paper in the typewriter (with a basket nearby containing extra sheets), include a sign with instructions, and let guests type away.
Position the table in a central location so guests see it as they enter the reception, and be sure to provide enough supplies (pens, film, stamps, etc.) for whatever type of “guest book” you’ve planned to use.
If you choose to go with a nontraditional guest book, include easy-to-follow instructions, so your guests understand what you’d like them to do.
Write a short story about your wedding day, with plenty of blank spaces and prompts for guests to fill in nouns, adjectives, and words of wisdom.
Print off a stack of them, and ask every guest to fill one in and sign it.