The guestbook for a wedding is something that you know you need, but you don’t necessarily want to spend much time or effort on it. Or at least, this was true for me. I also loved the idea of being able to easily display our guestbook, rather than tucking it on a shelf somewhere. That being said, I ditched the traditional idea of using an actual “book,” and went with a guest “frame” instead. It served its purpose beautifully and was very easy to make! Here’s what I came up with for our guestbook frame to fit the theme of our rustic wedding:
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I should note that we had less than 100 guests at our wedding, so there was plenty of space for everyone to sign our guestbook frame. If you’re having a large wedding, you may need a larger frame, or a different style of guestbook. If you still love this idea so much that you want to make one too, check out what you’ll need:
Materials for Guestbook Frame:
Large picture frame (the frame we used was 16″ x 20″)
Matting that is big enough to fit in the frame (basically the same dimensions)
Thin letter* (like this one)
Paint and paint brush
Some small embellishments, like lace, ribbon, buttons, or paper flowers.
Craft glue (clear is best if you’re using lace)
*NOTE: if you choose a letter that is too thick or heavy, you may have trouble with hanging it up later or affixing the letter to the matting. Be sure to keep this in mind when you are gathering your materials!
- There isn’t much to this project, which is probably why I enjoyed it so much! First, you’ll paint your letter and let it dry. While it’s drying, go ahead and put your matting into the frame.
- Once dry, embellish your letter however you like. As you can see, I ran a strip of rustic lace down one side of the “H” and glued a paper flower to the other side. At this point, just remember that less is more. Let the glue dry before moving on to the next step.
- The final step is to glue your letter onto the matting. If you’re as OCD as I am, you make want to make some measurements to ensure that it’s centered. Or, you may prefer to have it noticeably offset toward a particular side or corner. Whatever your preference, just make sure it’s perfect before you glue it down.
If you opt for a nontraditional guest book like this one, your guests may not understand its purpose. We used this sign like to point them in the right direction. I also had the bridesmaids and groomsmen sign our guestbook frame before the wedding, just to be extra sure that our guests knew what it was for.
This kind of “guestbook frame” could easily work for a variety of occasions! So if you know someone who is graduating or has an upcoming baby shower, this kind of sign could easily be incorporated into these events, although maybe on a smaller scale.