A New Take on the Guest Book
By jackieandtom | posted on January 08, 2013 at 8:16am
How to make a not so traditional guest "book"
For our guest book, I wanted something unusual and different than the norm of guests signing their names. I knew I wanted to personalize it in some way, I just didn’t know how.
After a lot of thought and deliberation, I came up with a plan, a very ambitious plan. Since I love photos so much, I thought why not include them? Pretty much the rest of the wedding was going to include photos with a photo booth, photo table numbers, and photos throughout, so some type of photo guest book only made sense.
The idea? To make a photo board guest book. It would include a photo of every single guest who would be in attendance. Yes, I do mean literally every single guest! You can see why this was an ambitious plan. Thanks to Facebook, family photos and a lot of help from my mother I was able to make it happen. I first started collecting photos of anyone I knew would definitely be there on the wedding day - family, wedding party and close friends. From there, I announced at my shower that I was doing a special project and that I needed all of their photos.
Once I had all the photos, I wanted them to look uniform so I used Photoshop to turn them all into black and white. Then, I used Shutterfly (an online photo printing company) to get all of the photos printed. It was so easy and all of the photos were delivered right to my front door!
While I was waiting for the photos to be shipped, I went to pretty much every Dollar Tree in existence in WNY and bought ivory photo mats for 4x6 photos. Since most of the pictures were of couples and families, I had a total of 64 photos for my nearly 200 guests. The photo mats came in packs of 2 or 3 so I was able to buy all the mats for about $22. Once I had all the mats, I spread them out on my family room floor to try and map out how I was going to arrange the photos on the board. I decided on a square shape of 8 across and 8 down. I also hit the Dollar Tree up for ivory ribbon. I knew I would use it for the photo board and some other things so I bought a bunch of rolls for $1 each. I figured if I didn’t use them all on the board, I could always use them for other projects considering they were a neutral color.
Once I had my photo supplies, I found some homasote at Len-co Lumber for $20. Homasote is basically plywood, instead, its not made of wood, its made of recyclable materials! After measuring the board just big enough to fit all the frames, I thought about how I would match it to everything else, since the board was a decoration after all! I ended up ordering fabric from David’s Bridal that matched the peacock color of all my bridesmaids dresses and used a staple gun to attach the fabric to the homasote.
Using the Dollar Tree ribbon and some handy dandy velcro, I was able to attach all the frames to the board. Finally, I wrote on the frame of each photo how the people pictured knew Tom and I. For example, “Jackie’s Parents” or “Tom’s Friends.” Once I had them all written…viola! I was done.
At the reception I displayed the board on a giant easel and had two small tables to either side with directions and fine tip sharpie pens so everyone could sign their frames. It worked out so well! My guests loved seeing all the photos and the relationships of how we knew everyone.
Now that the wedding is done, I am working on making a scrapbook with all the photos. It will be the greatest personalized wedding guest book of all time!