Written by: Renee Reiter
My husband and I had a small intimate wedding with only immediate family and a few close friends. If I am counting correctly there were 15 adults and 3 small children just to give you an idea of size. Even though we were having a smaller wedding and reception I still wanted a few key things to be there; a guest “book” being one of them.
When I first started looking I really wanted to do a tree print and let our guests put their fingerprint on it to look like the leaves. To give you an idea here is one of the ones I was considering before I decided to make something different. I found it in a really cute Etsy Shop called Peachwik.
The only problem was that I couldn’t find a tree with the number of branches we would need. Then I started thinking that was probably because it would look strange to have a tree with only a few leaves. So I decided to change gears based on the wedding topper and cake stand I had already ordered from two other Etsy Shops. Yes…I went a little Etsy crazy. It’s one of my absolute favorite places to shop. Here is an actual picture of my the stand and cake topper in action on the big day. The cake toppers are from SkyeArt and the cake stand is from WillowRoadDesigns
I decided that the guest book might be a good task to tackle myself so that I could make it more appropriately sized for the number of people coming to our wedding. Since there was a heart on the cake stand and the love birds banner said love I thought something with hearts would go nicely. I did not come up with the new idea on my own…I was inspired by some that I saw online, but again there were not any options for one with only like 15 on it. So I decided to make one that would work for us.
I chose a dark grey backing board and cut it to be a perfect square that would fit in the shadow box I had. Then I used string to make straight lines across the board in the amount of rows and columns that I needed.
I cut the hearts out of a thick white paper not quite card stock…think more of a nice weighted resume paper. I used a heart shaped paper punch to get the heart shape. For the blue hearts I printed our names on one and our wedding date on the other. Then I printed it to blue paper and cut them out with the heart punch.
I folded all the hearts in half except the two blue ones which stayed flat and open. Then I sprayed Elmer’s Multipurpose Spray Adhesive on the backs of the hearts. Oddly enough I tried super glue first and had trouble getting them to stick well) I used two pieces of paper to cover the sides of the heart that way when I did the adhesive spray it only got on the back spine of the heart that was created from folding them. I did them one at a time and slightly moved the string to the side to place the heart where the string had been.
After they were dry I carefully removed the string. I removed the glass from my shadow box and then placed the board inside. And wa-la a guest book for our small wedding.
Here it is on the big day!! Don’t forget to check out where I got all my flowers for the big day here.
Wedding Photo Credit goes to Jennifer Creech Photography
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– Sincerely Renee & Jessica