A wedding guest book captures the joy and sentiment of the wedding day. Before the wedding, it is simply a blank book with unlimited potential. After the wedding, it is a precious keepsake filled with memories, marriage advice, inside jokes and cheerful wishes. To add your own personal style to your wedding day, consider making your own guest book. Although the idea may seem slightly overwhelming, making a handmade wedding guest book is actually quite simple with just a bit of creativity and patience.
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Select an old, vintage novel to use as the foundation for your homemade wedding guest book. Peruse your grandparent’s bookshelves, parent’s attic or local vintage bookshops for the perfect book. Choose a thick book with many pages. Look for a beautiful front cover and an intricate spine. Although you want the book to have a vintage look, it should still be in good shape. Do not choose a book with fragile pages or a loose binding.
Purchase several sheets of simple, yet decorative stationary. Cut each piece of stationary to match the size of the book’s pages. Use a glue stick or double-sided tape to adhere the stationary pages to the book’s pages.
Allow several of the book’s original pages to remain uncovered. As recommended by StyleMePretty.com, leaving several of the book’s original pages allows wedding guests to scrawl their messages between the printed words. The website goes on to explain that the final look will be “a bit like marking up a precious yearbook… the mingling letters will add charm.”
Inscribe the inside front cover of the book with your wedding details. Include the bride and groom’s names and the wedding date, along with any other details you desire. If desired, write a brief message to your wedding guests on the opposite page. Use this space to not only thank them for sharing in your special day, but also ask them to include a message in your guest book.
Purchase a scrapbook album and several blank scrapbook pages. Most scrapbooking stores and designers create albums specifically for weddings. If you prefer this traditional look, select an album in one of these designs. Or, if you prefer something less traditional, choose an album with bright colours or fun designs. Insert your engagement picture into the front cover.
Insert the scrapbook pages into the album. To be safe, include more pages than you think you will need. This allows your wedding guests plenty of room to write. Once the wedding is over, you can easily remove the blank pages.
Add wedding-related stickers and decorations throughout the book. Most online and retail scrapbooking stores offer a wide variety of wedding-themed scrapbooking accessories. Decorate the pages and allow guests to write around the designs. You might also write questions on random pages throughout the book. For example, ask guests: "What marriage advice can you give us?" or "Do you have a funny memory of us as a couple?"
Affix envelopes to the pages of your scrapbook if you want your guests’ messages to remain private. As recommended by the Martha Stewart Weddings website, you can use double-sided tape to adhere envelopes in various colours to the pages of your scrapbook. Select envelopes with colours or designs that match your wedding theme. Provide pretty note cards for your guests to write their messages on. When they are done, they can tuck their message into an envelope for you to read later.
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