by Celia Mulder
Last summer my family celebrated my grandparent's 60th wedding anniversary. In preparation we went through my grandma's cedar trunk and found some original treasures from their 1955 wedding - her bouquet, garter, traveling dress, and her guest book. It was the same guest book they used at their 25th anniversary party and we loved looking over the signatures, talking about who was there and where they are now.
Guest books have changed since 1955. Now pretty much anything can work as a guest book, the most creative the better! Here are ten ideas from real Northern Michigan weddings:
1. Message in a bottle - guests wrote advice and well wishes to the couple on scrolls of paper and then put them in a decorative bottle that the bride and groom could display in their house.
2. A hand painted wooden sign - this beautiful piece was both a part of the wedding and something the couple would incorporate into their home decor for years to come.
3. A handmade puzzle in the shape of Michigan - guests signed the puzzle pieces which the couple then glued together and created a beautiful piece of art!
4. A photo book with the couple's engagement shoot - that way guests could see the engagement photos and sign in the blank spaces around the pictures.
5. A long scroll with a hand drawn pine tree on it - the guests signed their names on the branches and the couple framed it after the wedding.
6. The couple got a blank Jenga set and the guests signed the pieces - that way the newlyweds would remember their day every time they played their favorite game!
7. Guests pasted their photo booth shots into a large empty scrapbook and wrote messages and well wishes as captions.
8. One couple hung their escort cards on twine between two ladders. As the guests took their seating assignment, a family friend took a polaroid of the guest and replaced the card with the picture. That way the couple had photos of all their guests to take home with them that night!
9. A large drawing of a tree where guests used different color stamp pads to make the leaves. They added an imprint of their thumb along the branches and signed next to their mark.
10. A wine cork shadow box - guests wrote their names on wine corks that the couple had collected and then dropped the corks into a large, handmade shadow box.