Many couples want more than just a signature from their guests these days. As a newlywed, I can tell you, you’ll be lucky to connect with half, let alone all of your guests on the day of your wedding. A nice way of getting some sort of tender moment with them is to have a place for them to write you advice and wishes.
This idea also works perfectly for a wedding shower. I just completed this “Advice & Wishes” box to sit on the gift table and hopefully get filled with well-wishes and advice to the bride by the end of the shower this Sunday. I incorporated in the bride’s colors of dark blue and silver into the mix as well–making it a great, seasonal addition to the decor.
I recently made a small “Advice & Wishes for the Newlyweds” birdcage that accompanied a larger birdcage that held gift cards. I have also done “wishing trees” which have a base of branches and then little slips of leaf-shaped papers with ribbon hangers that get tied to the branches after a message is written by the guest. I love these ideas!
For our reception, we did a photo guestbook that was hardbound like a coffee table book. I ordered it from BLURB and loved it! I have also had friends use SHUTTERFLY as well to much success. When I put the guestbook out at our reception, I made the below sign to get people’s attention. I wanted people to sign it like a yearbook–with name and message–and they did.
Below are photos of our photo guest book…
*You may be wondering how we had wedding photos in our guest book…if you don’t know our story, we got married 3 months before our reception so instead of putting engagement pictures in this book we actually had wedding photos (thanks to Amy Christian of AC Design & Photography). My reception photos (the top two images of the book above) were taken by the talented Kara Schultz of Karatography.*