The Guestbook

The Wedding Guestbook has been a stable at weddings since time began ….or thereabouts!!!  They are a wonderful way of preserving the best wishes of your guests on your wedding day.  But if you are anything like me, chances are, post wedding, you will pack up your guestbook in a wedding memory box and there it will stay, only to be revisited once in a blue moon.  I’ll admit this makes me a little sad so today we are going to look at the lovely alternatives to the traditional guestbook which can be put to use or proudly displayed in your home.

First up are the ones that you can hang up!

Create a pretty work of art for your home together by getting your guests to write their messages on a canvas instead of in a book on your wedding day.  This is a super simple idea which is so easy to customise – in place of the ‘LOVE’ on the image below, you could add a heart, your initials, your wedding date, a picture…the list is as endless as your creativity.

The Fingerprint Guestbook, a popular feature on American Bridal blogs, is another great alternative to the traditional guestbook which can also be displayed as a beautiful piece of art.  Get your guests to stamp a colourful thumb print on a customised poster (or canvas) which you can frame afterwards.  If you aren’t blessed with talents in art, this offering is increasingly becoming available from wedding stationary vendors.  Just remember to provide some damp cloths nearby for your guests to wipe their painted paws.

My favourite of this selection is the gorgeous guestbook plate option … lovely vintage china plates adorned with heartfelt wishes from your nearest and dearest…. what could be more beautiful!!!

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If you and your husband-to-be are old school games night kind of folk, why not have your guests sign puzzles or games.  There is a huge variety of personalised wooden wedding puzzles available online from ‘Etsy’ and ‘Not on the high street’ however as a huge Jenga fan, my big time love is saved for the Jenga ‘guestbook’.  Personalise a standard Jenga block by asking guests to write their well wishes or advice on the pieces and you can have fun and reminisce every time you play.  LOVE!!

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Of course the guestbook need not just be about recording well wishes!  Why not ask your guest to provide tips and advice which you can use as a practical reference in your married life; maybe they can provide some unique ideas for date night or tips for a successful marriage or share their favourite recipes or travel destinations.  You can have your guests record these on coasters, maps, recipe cards or on just about anything that you can write on!  A beautiful point of reference created especially for you.  X

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Row 3 L to R: www.bhldn.com , www.marthastewartweddings.com , www.bustleevents.blogspot.com, www.apracticalwedding.com

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A Little Something for your Valentine

If you’re saving for your wedding chances are you may be skipping expensive Valentine’s Day treats this year so we are here to lend a helping hand with our top 5 simple romantic ideas that won’t cost the earth.

1.  The simple Jammie Dodger and a hot chocolate/coffee with cream.  A tasty sugar rush with love. (p.s. serve the Jammie Dodgers on a plate and not in the packet!)

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2.  A jam jar full of love hearts; Wrap it with a ribbon, pop a love note on and you’re good to go.  Or for extra brownie points insert a jam jar inside a bigger vase; fill the vase with love hearts and the smaller jar with some gorgeous coloured tulips. Flowers and candy in one easy gift!

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3. Send your loved one off to work with a packed lunch – heart shaped sandwiches.  Ah the Romance!

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4.  The home made Valentine’s card – always a winner.

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5.  The ultimate romantic gesture for the price of a packet of post-its (preferably pink or red not the yellow ones you took from work!).  Make a post-it note heart and on each one write something you love about your partner.

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 Happy Valentines Day xx

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