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Pinspiration Monday: Wedding guest book

It’s been about two months since the wedding and John and I are loving life. We are so excited to be back to a normal routine and to regain a little bit of anonymity. Planning a wedding was a lot harder than I expected, but I’m so thankful that we went through the process and came away with a gorgeous event (and a great collection of memories) that we can be proud of.

But even though the event is over, there are actually a few last-minute wedding projects that I didn’t get the chance to chat about here on the blog – Today’s topic being one of them.

I knew I wanted to do something really unique for our guest book – Something new, different, outside-of-the-box and “us.” After the image below caught my eye on Pinterest, I knew I was on to something…

Source: The Bride’s Cafe

I liked the idea of an old suitcase and I ADORED the idea of getting handwritten notes from our guests – It seemed very personal and I knew looking back on the notes after the wedding would be hugely touching. But I also wanted to make this idea truly ours with a little something unique. I gave it a few weeks of thought and then randomly stumbled upon this bag in one of my desk drawers.

This crinkled, unassuming bag is actually full of a pretty special collection of mine. For years, I have made a habit of purchasing a couple of art postcards each time I visit a museum. I tend to go for postcards with paintings or drawings of pieces that I remember seeing during my trek through the museum space – I didn’t want just random images, but art that I wanted to remember being moved by.

I had amassed quite a collection by this point, but didn’t really have a plan for their use. Until now anyway.

I have a little bit of a competing taste in art. I have always been really into French Impressionism, but adore Abstract Expressionist art too. Pretty different eras, but I love each for their own special reasons. Here are a few of my favorites:

Just noticed that I doubled up on that Georgia O’Keeffe painting…Oh well, it’s one of my favorites.

My vision was to have guests choose a postcard, write us a little message on the back and toss it into an open vintage suitcase. I even had my mom (who has GORGEOUS handwriting) create a little chalkboard sign with instructions for our friends and family. The “as they begin their journey” phrase was our way of tying the entire vignette of suitcase and postcards together.

Photographing the look in my studio doesn’t do it nearly enough justice…But these lovely images below, taken by our wedding photographer Katie Stoops, shows how the project was a lovely and personal addition to our favor and gift table. I think it was a hit with our guests (at least I HOPE so), and we really enjoyed going through the personal messages written on our postcards after we returned home from the honeymoon.

Now I need help! Do you all have any thoughts for how we can display our collection of postcard messages? Maybe a photo album, or a pretty frame?  I’d love to find a way to display them in a photo album so that you can see both the front and the back of the cards, but I’m not sure how to do that. I could possibly make a photocopy of the back and paste it beside or below the postcard front inside a scrapbook.

These are the thoughts I’ve brainstormed so far, but I am looking for suggestions – You all are so creative, so please share your ideas in the comments section!

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  • June 25, 2012 - 10:15 am

    Alex Landar - OMG! You had such a brilliant idea already, don’t waste it!!! Find some vintage suitcases/box in some thrift store that suits your interior design, and decorate the inside a little then toss the photos in! You can open up the little box/suitcases and file through them as and when you feel like! Your post really remind me of the suitcases my friend and I saw on our weekend visit to the thrift store. I am sure you can find some.ReplyCancel

    • June 25, 2012 - 10:47 am

      Carrie - Cool idea!! Thanks =) And I’m glad you like the project!ReplyCancel

  • June 25, 2012 - 10:40 am

    bee-rooted - Hang them from strings, maybe from a large picture frame with no glass in the middle? Make the strings different lengths so they’re all displayed!ReplyCancel

    • June 25, 2012 - 10:48 am

      Carrie - That’s a cool suggestion…I really like it – Thanks!!ReplyCancel

  • June 25, 2012 - 11:29 am

    Woman in the Middle - Whenever we go on a trip, I always buy a postcard for every day of the vacation and write about what we did that day. I then slip them into clear photo album pages that hold 4 x 6 photos and put the pages in a photo album. I can see the front and then flip the page and read the back.ReplyCancel

    • June 26, 2012 - 8:51 am

      Carrie - What a sweet idea!! I love that you do that…Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

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    • June 26, 2012 - 8:50 am

      Carrie - Thanks for the link! I’ll look into that for sure…ReplyCancel

  • June 25, 2012 - 1:44 pm

    Kim Held - My first thought was to laminate them, punch a hole in the corners and slip a ring binder into the holes- you now have a flip book of your postcards! Can you tell that I am a teacher- I do this with everything :)ReplyCancel

    • June 26, 2012 - 8:50 am

      Carrie - I love that idea, Kim!! Definitely going to consider that…ReplyCancel

  • June 25, 2012 - 6:42 pm

    DownShannonLane - When I was in high school I scrap booked for my mom’s best friend for extra money. Imagine making scrap books with the same pictures for she and her husband to share, one for each of the three kids, and one for the grandparents. It required me to be massively creative because I never wanted each book to look the same. I also became quite the scrap book supply aficionado. So if you’re looking to keep them in a book try finding the clear photo sleeve pages that show each side or you can buy little corners that will keep your postcards in place while allowing you to slide them out to pour over on a lazy afternoon. Google “scrapbook picture corners” to get an idea of what I’m talking about. Let me know how the project turns out!ReplyCancel

    • June 26, 2012 - 8:52 am

      Carrie - Wow! That sounds like a really intense, but fun, process…And thank you for the suggestion!!ReplyCancel

  • June 25, 2012 - 10:33 pm

    cravesadventure - My photo scanner can scan cards and make a booklet – have not tried this feature yet – might have to give it a whirl though. Loving your post:) Have a Great Day!ReplyCancel

    • June 26, 2012 - 8:50 am

      Carrie - Oh neat! I wonder how I could get my hands on something like that…Thanks for the suggestion and I’m glad you like the post!ReplyCancel

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