To be honest, I always thought wedding guest books were kinda lame. I pictured myself having this big, ugly book full of people's signatures and immediately it reminded me of an autographed high school yearbook. Where do you put this book? Do you ever bring it down from the bookshelf, dust it off, and actually read all the people's signatures? I doubt it. No hard feelings to those who treasure the traditional guest book, but that isn't Zach and I. After searching for alternative ways for a guest book, I really became frustrated with the selections available. I did what I usually do in these situations...make it into a DIY.
Thus began my search for the perfect vintage book. Eventually I found this darling antique book with a fitting title; "Dream Life." With a copyright date of 1900, I felt bad for what I wanted to do to it; have the pages taken out and rebound with blank ones. For a few weeks I debated if I wanted to rebind the book myself. After researching how much work, supplies, and knowledge it would take to do so, I opted to find a local book binder. I was lucky enough to get in touch with Wendy Withrow who gladly took on this project.
Check out the end result! Windy's work is beautiful and I was extremely pleased how the book turned out. Her talent for book binding is so evident; the quality of the paper and binding is superb. If anyone is interested in having a wedding guest book or custom journal made, please check out Wendy's website, Windy Weather Bindery. Thanks again Wendy!
I asked Wendy to randomly place some of the original pages inside, along with all of the pictures.
My hope is to leave a little note next to the book at the reception asking everyone to write a short comment or favorite memory of Zach and I. On some of the pages I will probably have a question or a fill in the blank.
Remember when Zach.... Haha I can only imagine some of the responses. :)
Isn't it adorable!?
I'm excited to take it home with me after the wedding and read all the notes from our loved ones. These comments will be forever treasured and will help us relive a beautiful night spent with our favorite people.
Isn't that what a dream life is anyway? A life surrounded by those who love and support you unconditionally...
10 more days till I'm a Mrs.