I knew I wanted to incorporate lots of elements from nature, like wood and flowers, and I knew I wanted to DIY some projects. After that, things slowly but surely fell into place.
Getting on Pinterest when you first start planning a wedding is out of control. There are literally zillions, cuz that's a number right?, and zillions of pins related to weddings. It's overwhelming and amazing all at the same time.
I think I started with like 8 projects I wanted to DIY for the big day and when it was all said and done I only did or used maybe half that. Take it from me, less is more my friends. Because even if you're the chillest bride on the planet, shit gets cray. Especially if you have two rugrats to watch while you decorate. Woof! Not my best idea!!! Babysitters, stat!!!!!
I definitely took a moment while setting up to think to myself, so this is why people marry before children.......
But I digress.
Lets talk about one super easy DIY you can do and actually treasure for years after the vows and first dance and cake and sweaty band/guests/dancers/everyone are all said and done! It was 1,000 degrees at our wedding but again, I digress....
Guestbooks, in my mind, are this sorta outdated and boring way of making people sign this crummy old book so you can look back when you're old and grey and remind yourself of who actually came to your special day because you're too old to remember what you ate for breakfast. If you even kept that book all those years later. Instead of going that route, we decided to make something that was a little more fun for people to sign and that was also pretty enough that we could display it in our home.
We now have the board displayed in our office/playroom and I definitely forsee it hanging on the walls of our future bar :) I love that I can read the messages and be transported back to such a magical, love-filled day. This project was simple and only took about 45 minutes to complete (without the drying time) and it's so meaningful! Even if you have no plans for a guestbook days before the big day, you can whip this together in no time. Which is pretty much what happened for us. Yay for extra plywood!
I hope this inspires you to stain some wood and make super cool guestbooks for your wedding because, why not?
Virtually cheersing this Sauvignon Blanc (bottle) to you my friends!