DIW-ine Guestbooking

There were so many traditions I didn’t really get when I was planning my wedding, having a guestbook was one of them; what do you do with it when the day’s over…display on your hallway table like you live in a fancy hotel? (although if you have a hallway table you might as well be)

So I was never going to do a book, it seemed outdated and old-fashioned.

I did however find this – which I did like, cute right? The price? not so cute.

So I hatched a plan, after all, all you need is a shadow box and some wood!

I used the Ikea white Ribba frame, a snip at £9! and bought a wooden heart reduced in Sainsburys for £2 – you could really use anything for the centre, I had big plans to add a personalised embossed central piece, but turns out I’m pretty lazy so…


frameRibba frame with heart superglued in the centre.

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Only picture of it in place on the day (haven’t got profesh photos back yet!)…as you can see by the wonky sign, the day was pretty laid-back. I laid out little branch slices in front and provided a box for guests to pop them in once they had signed.

Step One:

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remove the back – you’ll be working in the high sided glass section

Step Two:

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these little birch cross sections were laid out for guests to sign in place of a book, so simple to do – I found the branch on a dog walk *pro tip – slice it up well in advance of using, so it has a chance to dry out completely, nobody likes mouldy wood* & sawed it up myself, if you’re really lucky this is something you can rope a Fiance/e in to do, or do it yourself and reap the arm workout rewards.

I sawed 100 little rounds for each guest invited, ONE HUNDRED. Don’t do this! as people can and will sign as a couple or a family, save your arms!

Step Three:

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arrange in place, or in my case don’t arrange at all! As you can see some rounds had messages written on both sides. On a couple, each side was from a different person. This is a good test for deciding which of your friends you really prefer….

Step Four:

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find cute messages from dearest friends and reminisce about getting hitched *pro tip – drink wine whilst doing this, my favourite wine&reminisce pairing is malbec&memories*

Step Five:

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put the back on again & realise you should have spent more time arranging prettily & also realise you are too lazy to change this.
I found I had a bunch of spare rounds left over and am keeping them for when I see people who didn’t sign – there’s no escaping my DIWine!!

Step Six:

Acceptance. I love how this turned out mainly because it means I can see all the lovely messages and wishes everyday, also it wasn’t £300, so that’s a plus.

Things I’ve learnt:

  • Make your wood rounds thin y’all – not so thin that they slide over each other, but thin enough that the ‘guestbook’ isn’t heavy as all hell.
  • Provide pretty pens – I left out white, gold and black pens, everyone went for black, which I don’t mind! But if you have a colour scheme, co-ordinating gel pens are your friend!
  • Stamp it up – providing little stamps alongside pens gives little ones an easy way to get involved (parents can write names on the reverse)
  • Someone will draw a penis – & I will include it.

What did you guys use for a guestbook? LMK in the comments below!

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  1. That is so gorgeous! I want to get married again 🙂 To CLIVE …OBVIOUSLY !!!!

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