Debbie Stauble photos
I encountered more Unique Wedding Guest Books in the past two weeks!. Think a guest book and a feathered pen will work any more? Nope. Brides and Grooms these days try their best to out do each other, with delightful results. And to call them “Guest Books” any longer is surely a misnomer. They are anything but books. They’re more a special keepsake to be displayed in the new couple’s home. It is often something involving a hobby or a remembrance of how the couple met.
The top photo is from a wedding my creative associate, Debbie, worked. It’s a hand-made bench, which the guests were asked to sign in black sharpie. Love, love this idea. It will be given a proud place of honor in the couple’s new home.
I feel a degree of guilt, as my daughter, KK, and son-in-law, Tyler, wanted to use boat oars for their guest book. In my defense, at least as I remember it, they came up with the idea late in the game, and I was overwhelmed. Had I had a wedding planner to take some of the pressure off… 🙂
Boats are special to KK and Tyler. They love to fish at Tyler’s family’s lake house, and he proposed on the water. It would have been perfect. Perhaps at a future anniversary party…
Mary P. Karnes photos
The above photo was taken by yours truly at the wedding I worked last night. (If viewing on a cell phone or tablet and the photo appears sideways, by apologies!) The bridal couple purchased a fancy instamatic camera, (made for tiny photos), and asked guests to take selfies. Then the photos were signed by the guests and placed in a photo album. Charming. Not only a cute “guest book” but entertainment for the guests!
Mary P. Karnes photos
And so far…my favorite “guest book” from my summer weddings. The beautiful artist’s rendition of the family lake house where the bridal couple’s wedding and reception was held. Guests were asked to sign around the drawing. Post wedding, it will be framed and hung in the bride and groom’s home. If you’d like to read a pervious post about even more innovative “Guest Book Ideas” click on the following link. The New Wedding Guest Books
The new wedding guest books… it’s not just about the book from Hallmark with the feathered pen any longer! Remember those pens, ‘ladies of a certain age’? It was de rigor to have that ridiculous feathered pen at your guest book station. And the guest book station was manned by a trusty female relative. That lady didn’t quite make the cut for a bridesmaid role, but she was special, and you wished to honor her in some way. Attending the guest book was just the ticket. A lessor role was to serve punch and coffee – but that was more of my mother’s generation.
The brides of today are getting ever more creative in their choice of guest books. Three of my weddings this summer had guest book stand outs. The top photo showcases the “Summer Cottage” bride’s guest book. Her choice? She contracted with an artist to creative a drawing of her new mother-in-law’s cottage where the wedding was held. Then she asked her guests to sign around it. This lovely work of art will be framed and proudly hung in the new couple’s home. I LOVE this. Above is a photo of the actual “cottage”. If you’d like to read more about the “Cottage Wedding“, click on the link.
Another wedding I coordinated this summer had an airplane theme. If you’d like to read more about the “Airport Hanger Wedding” click on the link. In the photo above, the bride and groom had their seats designated by “Pilot” and “Co-Pilot” (Printing done by yours truly!) 🙂 For their guest book, they purchased a wooden propeller, several fine point black sharpie pens and asked guests to sign it. This too will be displayed in the new couple’s home.
A “Barn Wedding” I assisted with also had an adorable guest book. It may have been my favorite of all. The bride worked with a local artist to have a wooden guest book created. The artist then used wood burning tools to finish the beauty below. Click on the link if you’d like to read about the “Barn Wedding“.
And Below, the guest book in a little more detail.
And then, there was the groom who was entrusted with bringing the guest book to the wedding…and forgot it at the hotel. He had the right attitude. “There is nothing I can do about it today. I’m just going to enjoy my wedding, and make sure my bride does too.” he said. That’s where a wedding coordinator comes in. My trusty assistant, Tess, dashed to a local Hallmark and purchased the old stand-by guest book, and the couple was pleased. That’s life…that’s marriage…
All photos, Mary P. Karnes