DIY Project: Guestbook alternatives | The Budget Savvy Bride
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Right after I got engaged and started scouring Etsy & Pinterest for ideas and inspiration, I decided that I wanted an alternative to a guestbook. I found the idea of keeping a book with signatures in it a little too reminiscent of an autograph book that you keep in junior high.

So early on, I decided on advice cards. I made a word document, and will be printing and cutting once I get a more accurate guest count. I don’t think it’ll take more than 10 minutes, and making the document barely took a minute. Microsoft Word had these handy ticket shaped shapes!

However, I later decided that I loved the idea of having a poster in our house with all the signatures of our guests. So also using Word, I decided to make this Balloon poster! I used the shape function on Word for the balloons, a circle + a triangle = a balloon. It was really easy, and I had a lot of fun doing it. This function was awesome for a lot of our projects, and I’d recommend it to anyone.

I’ll be printing it on 11×14 cardstock, and there’s a place nearby that prints on that size for only 99 cents, in color. Also, we might be adding some rows of balloons, or making these ones smaller. That’s the joy of using Microsoft Word, it’s so easy to modify your work.  If I had a larger wedding, I would go through Vistaprint and pay $6.99 for a larger poster. Either way, it’s much cheaper than any of the guestbooks that I’ve seen!

How are you going about having a guestbook; traditional, a little less traditional, both? Comment!

I'm Denise, and in May of 2013 I'll be marrying my best friend of over a decade. By the time we get married, we'll have had a 2 year engagement. I also post on my own blog http://theurbancheapskate.blogspot.com

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    • HeatherG
    • April 1st, 2013

    Cool idea! I have been going back and forth on the guestbook and decided I wanted something to hang on our wall versus a book collecting dust like the rest of my scrapbooks.

      • Lola
      • June 2nd, 2013

      Great idea! I am doing the same thing, I found a wooden cut out of our monogram and am painting it black (which matches our home decor and the wedding motif) then providing a silver sharpie for guests to sign their name and then we will hang it on the wall! I’m very excited!

    • Angela
    • April 25th, 2013

    That’s a great idea, I had the same feeling about a traditional guest book so we are going to purchase a wooden outdoor love seat sized bench from Home Depot and have our guests sign that, put a glaze over it and keep it outsize in a garden area we have plans on putting in.

    • I love the idea of a permanent fixture in a home (or outside a home) that reminds you of your wedding day! And with so much surface area, your guests will be able to really write a lot :)

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