I mentioned in this post that I recently completed a wedding guest book for a very special couple. Now that they have received the book I can share some photos with you.
The idea for the book came from the bride and I'm not sure where she saw it but I'm guessing Pinterest. Isn't that where all of the good ideas come from? The plan for the book was that each page would consist of a number of envelopes and the guest would sign their names or write a special note to the couple on a piece of paper and then slip it into the envelope. Very cool!
We decided on an 8" x 8" album because it's a nice size to handle and fits easily on a bookshelf. The colors for the wedding (which is on October 5th) are fall colors - brown, orange, red and yellow. I chose a brown cloth album that had a window perfect for a title. I put their initials - D & R - on the title block using red, metallic thickers.
I chose 2.5" x 2.5" brown envelopes that I found here. The couple was expecting 200 guests and we agreed that 150 envelopes would be plenty since many of the guests would come as couples (they can easily remove extra pages after the wedding if they aren't used). I actually ended up using 140 envelopes; 35 pages with 4 envelopes per page. For the pages I bought some heavy weight beige cardstock in 8.5" x 11" sheets and I cut them down to 8" x 8". I adhered the envelopes to the pages using regular adhesive. I didn't measure; just tried to line them up straight using the "eyeball" method.
The album came with top loading page protectors so I used one in the front of the book as a cover page. I included a photo of the couple, a calendar showing the date of the wedding (check out the post linked above), a small heart in coordinating cardstock and then some silver thickers spelling the word love. I suggested that the couple have some photos printed 8" x 8" from the wedding and use the rest of the page protectors throughout the album. I think it would be great to have photos of the guests - they could even do collage photo pages rather than one large photo.
I used my Cricut to cut out little cardstock squares (using the same card stock as the album pages) for the guests to write on. I chose a decorative square for added interest and made sure they fit into the envelopes before I cut too many. I was able to get 12 squares from each piece of cardstock. It was great to use the Cricut because cutting all of those squares by hand would have been a lot of work.
The album turned out great and the couple loves it, so I consider it a success! Now on to the next project.