The guestbook has arrived!

Wedding GuestbookIt’s taken a while to make it here…I originally started putting it together before Christmas last year!  Then, when I finally finished designing where everything would go I ordered it last month it took a while to go through production and get shipped out and then I missed the postman the day he came with the package!  I made it up to the sorting office this morning to collect our Guestbook and am very happy with the result.

We knew we wanted a Guestbook at our wedding, but I find the problem is always that people never know what to write inside them and they are often filled with exactly the same comments that a guest wrote in the card for the new couple, or follow the standard of  “Thanks for inviting us to your wedding.  Hope you had a lovely day and all the best for a happy marriage”.  I happened to be reading through some of Meghann’s old wedding posts and spotted the very quirky, individual guestbook that she had put together for their wedding.  This was ideal and I knew it would suit both Dan and I to order from Shutterfly using their customisable and fun layouts.  There were so many great suggested pages which would give guests something to think about and a ‘theme’ for their comments.

We start by including one of the standard Here’s The Story pages, telling guests that might not know us so well about our relationship from the beginning.

Wedding Guestbook

We thought it would be nice to give each set of parents their own page for a message near to the front of the book.

Wedding guestbook

Dan and I are both quite visual people and it was important for us to be able to include lots of images throughout the book to keep things interesting for our guests!

Wedding guestbook

Shutterfly had so many great ideas for pages.  This is how all guest books should be made!

Wedding guestbook

I really like the fill-in-the-blank pages and we put in four of these.  I knew I couldn’t go overboard with them, as it wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea!

Wedding guestbook

Therefore, I also made sure to include some more formal, plain line writing pages for people that perhaps aren’t quite so creative or wanted to leave a more personal message on the day.

Wedding guestbook

I’ve put together several books online before as gifts for friends and family but have always used Blurb in the past, who I have extremely happy with.  For ease more than anything I made our Guestbook through Shutterfly, as the layouts were already there within their editing program.  Shutterfly is based in America, and I did check out the shipping fees before beginning the project, which I didn’t consider to be over the top.  However, I failed to think about a customs charge.  Seems to be that anything that comes in from America now gets a customs charge whacked on top of the price already paid and when I collected the guestbook from the Post Office this morning I had to pay out a further £13.33.  The book itself hadn’t come to a whole lot more than that once I’d found some online discounts for the Shutterfly site so this was a bit of a pain.  :(

Last week we also got our ‘conversation starter’ table cards through in the post from Moo.  Another brand I love.

Although our venue comes with long tables, both Dan and I were insistent that we had circular ones at our wedding as we felt it was important for our guests to mix on the day.  We’ve only roughly organised our seating plan at the moment, as not all responses have come back to us yet, but we’ve tried to mix people as much as possible, whilst also ensuring they know some of the people on their table.

I’ve been to weddings before where I’ve only known the bride +/ groom so I know how difficult it can be to start up the same conversation over and over with a whole load of people you’ll probably never see again after the wedding!

Together, Dan and I sat down and devised some questions that we could place onto tables.  We came up with…
* Who do you think would be more likely to get lost?…Dan or Mary?
* Who do you think would be more likely to take longer in the shower?…Dan or Mary?
* Who do you think would be more likely to snore the loudest?…Dan or Mary?
* Who do you think would be more likely to go to the pub?…Dan or Mary?
* Who do you think will be drunk by the end of the night?  SHARE
* Favourite memory of the Bride +/ Groom?  SHARE
* An embarrassing story of the Bride +/ Groom?  SHARE
* How did you meet the Bride +/ Groom?  SHARE

Wedding conversation starter cardsHopefully they’ll produce some interesting conversation on the tables whilst we’re waiting for food to arrive!

We decided to go with the business card size on Moo and kept to our yellow and brown colour theme.  Each question is written on the back of a design with our names, the date of our wedding and a yellow bow (top card in the image above), in keeping with our invitations.

**To look through past wedding related posts I’ve written, check out my Wedding page.**

If you are married, did you have any conversation starters on your tables?
What have been your favourite activities at weddings?

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22 thoughts on “The guestbook has arrived!

  1. Looks good! Yes with the customs charge you have to be careful not to spend over £15 otherwise you can be charged (I have to be careful when ordering from i-herb but it i hard as you have to know the exchange rate which can obviously change). Some of my friends always write limericks in the guest book- we have to spend a while getting together and making it up, and then we sign it from all of us.
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    1. Is it over £15 you have to spend? I never realised that. So frustrating getting charged on top of the delivery charge. :(
      I love the idea of writing a limerick! Very unique! :)

    1. It’s so silly. I can’t believe how much it all costs. Even just to post our invitations out it was nearly £1 per invitation as they were considered slightly too thick to go through the letterbox comfortably. So much money. :(

    1. How lovely of your brother-in-law! I love little surprises like that. I’ve asked my Maid of Honour to do a speech at our wedding and thinking about it now, I’m sure there will be parts I’m mortified at too! But I’m also sure it will be funny and I’ll laugh lots!

  2. Wow I love this!! Such a great idea. Yeah guest books can be so difficult when you’re a guest and you don’t know what to write and want to be original. For our wedding we forwent a formal book and had a fingerprint tree where our guests had to put their finger in paint and then sploge it on the bare tree. So in the end it’s a tree with colourful fingerprint leaves with people#s names next to them. We’re going to frame it at some point but we haven’t got round to it.

    1. Haha! Becoming a wedding planner sounds so much more appealing than working as a teacher! Not sure I could cope with all the Bridezillas though! 😛

  3. I love your guestbook! That is such an amazing idea! We didn’t have conversation starters on our tables, as we were quite lucky that most of our family and friends knew the people on our tables. I am a sucker for bubbles at a wedding! It’s not a proper activity as such, but bubbles are amazing!
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    1. Thank you!
      Quite a lot of our family and friends have never met before and we’re both inviting from several separate groups of friends so we thought it would be nice for them to have some prompts for something to talk about on the table.
      You’re right, bubbles ARE amazing, and I’ve just added them to my to-get-list because of your comment!

  4. Your guest book is an amazing idea! My wedding was very low key and un-imaginative! The best wedding I have been to had a photo booth with props. You could go in as many times as you like and you got two copies of all the pictures, one to stick in a guestbook and write a message and one to keep. It was the best fun!
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    1. I’ve not been to one with a photo booth yet, but I’ve had several goes with the props at some of the wedding fairs we went to last Winter!

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