After 14 years together, Joe and Kayse decided it was time to tie the knot. They chose to get married in a location that was very special to them: the Red River Gorge in Kentucky. On June 28, 2014, with only a handful of immediate family members, the couple hiked into the Gorge for an intimate ceremony, followed by a casual reception at a beautiful cabin in the woods.
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Back in the day when guestbooks were simply, well, a book, there was always some reluctant guest assigned to “guestbook duty” to make sure everyone signed the book. That poor soul would go around the reception tables and ensure that every last guest signed the book. Fast forward to 2015, and wedding guestbooks have become a fun wedding activity. With an exciting guestbook, guests are eager to write lovely messages and will sometimes even line up to sign. Here are 10 brilliant wedding guestbook ideas we love:
1. Classic book
This wooden guestbook by TotallySalinda features the places the couple met, lived and married in laser engraved wood. The cover is stunning wood while the inside is paper for guests to sign and is perfect for couple’s who want to make their mark on the world.
5. Advice cards
At your wedding, chances are there will be people attending who have been married 20, 30 or even 50 years; and they have a lot of advice to give. So give them the option with wedding advice cards. Write questions out on Kraft paper or find some templates on Etsy, such as this set of 50 wedding advice cards by SouthernCards.
6. Advice coasters
Instead of having a traditional guestbook table, place the “advice cards” at the tables or at the bar, so people can fill them out while they are having dinner or drinks. This letterpress coaster set from LuckyBeePress is a fun, wedding idea.
7. Drop jar
The latest trend is wedding guestbooks is the “drop jar.” Similar to a shadow box, guests fill out pieces of paper or wood and then drop them into the framed box. It is interactive and an interesting piece of wall art for your home after the wedding. We love this “mason jar of hearts” guest book idea from StrangelyYours.
8. Heartfelt wishes
Maybe your guests will want to write something a little more private and not have it displayed publicly on a large poster. In that case, have small pieces of paper, fabric or wood for each guest to write on.
9. Photo poster
This wedding guestbook idea takes the idea of the “fingerprint poster” and a photo poster and melds them into an even more interesting concept. Guests can sign a custom poster of you as a couple that is also a work of art in itself by FlutterbyePrints.
10. Map poster
Map your journey as a couple with a map poster of your travels designed by MarshmallowIncLLC. You could also have also guests who have traveled far to attend the wedding sign it with where they have come from.
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A few DIY projects can really inject some personality to your wedding decor. They are also a great way to take your reception to the next level with unique ideas that you’ve put some effort into. Your guests will be seriously impressed by your handy skills. We’ve picked our 12 DIY ideas that will really add the wow factor to your reception.
1. Flower Chandelier
An embroidery hoop can be transformed into a gorgeous flower chandelier with some basic supplies. Roses and peonies in pink, peach and white have a classic look, but you can also go for bold and bright blooms for a dramatic look.
2. Moss Table Numbers
Instant green moss sheets are used here to create these table numbers, which can be placed under bell jars for a different look. You can expand on this idea by using the moss for letters or to spell out words on the tables.
3. Spun Sugar Decoration
Spun sugar can be used to decorate so many desserts at your wedding to give a little flair and color. If you’re having a simple cake you can also make some spun sugar to place on top of it for a quick and easy decoration.
4. Feather-topped Drink Stirrers
Putting some extra thought into the smaller details will really make a difference to the overall style of your wedding. These are great to do yourself too as they don’t take very long to make, but have plenty of impact. Drink stirrers topped with a feather will look gorgeous for a bohemian affair.
5. Flower Power Photo Backdrop
Creating your own photo backdrop will save on the expense of a photobooth and also add some stunning color to a plain wall. These silk flowers will have your guests lining up for their time in front of the camera.
6. L.O.V.E Marquee Letters
These marquee letters might require some more effort, but it’s such a fun project to work on as a couple. Just look how awesome they’ve turned out!
7. Edible Gem Favors
These yummy DIY gems will not only look and taste delicious, but they can also be used as a decoration for dessert tables too.
8. Mini Disco Ball Place Cards
The contrast between the shimmering disco ball and the plants will ensure that these place cards keep your guests interested. Unexpected details like this are fun to make and great to watch your family and friends enjoy.
9. Floral Beach Cruiser
Decorating a white bicycle with flowers and a sign will give you the perfect exit for a beach wedding. It also looks great as an interesting piece of decor too.
10. Light Columns
If you’re having a wedding that also has an outdoor or pool area, these paper lantern columns will brighten up the space.
11. Test Tube Chandelier
Who would have thought that a chandelier made from test tubes could look so good? With the added bonus that you can tell everyone that you made this eye-catching piece yourself.
12. Chevron Risers
These DIY chevron risers will look perfect on top of the bar, dessert tables or to give your centerpieces a vivid lift.
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It seems unlikely that leather should have a place in your wedding decor, but leather details are both stylish and unexpected. From adding a rustic touch to a textural element, there are so many ways to use leather in a luxurious way. Here are 10 luxe leather details to inspire you!
1. Thick Leather Menu
When it comes to choosing the paper stock for your menus, there are a multitude of options. Instead of sticking to the usual aesthetic, go for leather. With some gorgeous calligraphy, the leather will add some dimension to your table settings.
2. The Rock and Roll Bride
If your wedding is on a chilly day, you might be in need of a cover up. Throw out any notions of wrapping up in a cream pashmina or cropped cardigan, by adding some edge in the form of a leather jacket.
3. Luggage Tag Escort Cards
Turn your escort cards into favors, with these personalized luggage tags. The arrangement of the leather tags will also add to your decor. This is a favor that your guests will actually use and appreciate too.
4. Leather Bridal Belt
If you want to include a casual accessory into your bridal look, then opt for a thin leather belt. It will define your waist as well as adding to the style of your dress.
5. Brown Leather Guestbook
This leather wrapped guestbook has a scrapbook or journal look to it. It’s such a lovely way to start your journey together and in a format that will be easy to read and take with you. Perfect for packing on your honeymoon!
6. Napkin Ring
For an eclectic table of mismatched tableware, a mix of textures and prints is the way to go. Wooden table runners work really well with a leather napkin ring. Plus, if you’re looking for ways to cut costs, you can make these napkin rings yourself.
7. Lounge in Style
We love the idea of separating a large venue into smaller spaces, with the use of furniture. Create a lounging area, with a plush leather sofa and some monogrammed cushions. A great way for your guests to relax.
8. The Groom’s Suspenders
For a country-style wedding, you can’t go wrong with a pair of leather suspenders for the groom. Hitting the perfect balance between formal and casual, these suspenders look great with the gray suit.
9. The Invitation Suite
The inclusion of leather in this invitation suite is so great. Such a lovely way to make the design of your suite less predictable.
10. Leather Wrapped Bouquet
If you’re going rustic, then wrapping your bouquets in leather will be a great detail for your theme.
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With a much larger wedding planned in Guatemala for next year, Ines and Wes wanted their Texas wedding day to be filled with love and only those nearest and dearest to them. Instead of hiring a professional, the couple opted to enlist family and friends to help them with the wedding preparations, making their poolside boho wedding reception even more special to them and their loved ones.
A huge thank you to Molly Magee for sending us all the gorgeous photos so we could share Ines and Wes’s day with you!
Ines, 26 & Wes, 26
Wedding Date: May 30th, 2015
Wedding Cost: $5,500
Wedding Ceremony Location: Private Residence
Wedding Reception Location: Private Residence
Why did you have an intimate wedding?
We wanted an evening filled with love and to share it with people that would be genuinely happy to see us get married.
What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?
Nothing was a challenge really. We decided to not go with a wedding decorator and do it ourselves. It turned out to be even more special because everyone had something to do with it.
Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?
Not really. We’re having a much larger wedding in Guatemala next year so we had complete control of this list. We just invited immediate family and close friends. It was easy to put a list together.
What were the highlights of the ceremony?
We couldn’t stop crying. We kind of forgot everybody else was in front of us and just looked at each other. We remembered the guests were there when we kissed and they all started cheering and clapping.
What were the highlights of the reception?
Everyone at the reception knowing each other and being good friends. Even the people who had just met each other became close.
What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?
Not having any strangers there. Everyone who was there meant something to us.
What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?
Do it, it doesn’t have to be stressful. Just invite the people who know and care about you as a couple; it makes it much more special. It truly turned out to be better than we ever could’ve imagined. We almost wish this was our only wedding, but we already have everything planned in Guatemala.
Photographer: M. Magee Photography
Event Design & Styling: Sofia and Ines Bouscayrol
Caterer: Cooper’s BBQ
Bouquet & Floral Crown: Blumenhandler Florist
Bridal Attire: Stone Cold Fox
DJ: Star DJ Service
Transportation: Majesty Tours