Remember when guest books at weddings used to be simple things? There was a book and a pen with a feather on it. Or not. But it wasn’t complicated. These days, there’s a little pressure to have something unique and creative for guests to sign when they arrive. We went through LOTS of different ideas before finally landing on the one that appeared at my daughter and son-in-law’s wedding.
We cut 9” squares from home décor fabric (so it would be a little sturdier than quilting cotton) and provided fine-tip permanent markers for guests to write with. Guests got pretty creative with it, with a few following the chevron pattern with their writing. It gave them plenty of space to leave advice, notes and good wishes. The plan was to sew the squares together after the wedding to make a quilt.
We happened to find a quilt in the perfect colors to use as the table cover – no I didn’t make it. Because we wanted to save it from any stray ink, and to give guests a hard, flat surface to write on, my husband cut a piece of wood to lay across the front.
Rather than stack the squares up somewhere, we wanted to display them during the event, so we hung jute cord behind the table and decorated some clothespins with washi tape.
We had the escort cards for seating right next to the guest book table to make it easier for guests and my lovely nieces and my nephew’s girlfriend who served as our guest book attendants.
We didn’t really have a plan for what we were going to do with gifts until a couple of days before the wedding. It turns out a picnic table works beautifully to display the gifts at different heights.
Back to the guest book table – my big project was the sign. I cross stitched the words onto burlap in an embroidery hoop using this free software. Then I added a layer of batting behind the burlap and stitched together some felt squares and cut it to fit the embroidery hoop. I glued that to cover the back, since it could be seen from some angles. I added a few twisted rosettes, which I learned how to make here, and found a picture frame easel to hold it.
You might be wondering at this point how that quilt is coming along. Well, the mistake we made was not letting guests know that they needed to stay away from the edge of the fabric while they were writing on it. After the wedding we realized that much of the writing would be hidden, even with the tiniest of seam allowances. All was not lost though, as I just finished putting all the squares into a memory book where the bride and groom can still read them and remember everyone who shared their amazing day.
My thanks to Heather Fitch Photography for allowing me to share some of her photos here!