Monday, April 3, 2017


For our wedding, I didn't want a traditional 
"guest book".   
I guess I'm simply NOT traditional!
I mean, who really looks at their "guest book" after their wedding?  
I probably never would...

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting about our family project/wedding project for our alternative guest book!

So we came up with this idea and I LOVE IT!!  
And I will look at this "guest book" all the time!
When our guests arrive to our wedding, and they are waiting for our ceremony...we will have a table set up with this canvas I created:
(side note: I am a horrible artist, but was super excited about how this turned out!)

Each guest will have three colors of leaves to choose from (I bought a burnt orange, a green and a brown stamp pad):
Then they just simply have to put their thumb print (leave their mark on our family tree) on any branch of their choosing, wipe their finger off, write their name with the little black Sharpie Pen and head to the ceremony, to watch us become HUSBAND & WIFE.

Since the kids were all home together tonight, THIS PROJECT was a fun way to bring us all together, for a few minutes, to be creative as a family unit! 
All eight of our LEAVES are hanging proudly on our FAMILY TREE now!
The tree no longer has bare branches...and the colors are already starting to pop!  
This tree will really fill up when our wedding guests get to FINGER PRINTING!
This will be a piece of ARTWORK that we'll always have in our house to cherish, with leaves of everyone who was a part of our special day, hanging on our "family tree" in our home.
I even bought a little wastebasket at the DollarTree (what can I say, I'm frugal) and dolled it up a bit...found some wipes and even printed out directions on how to "LEAVE THEIR MARK" on our tree.

Do you like this idea of for an alternative to a GUEST BOOK at your wedding?

I was not paid to feature this post!  I purchased everything needed for this project on my own accord and was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my plans for our wedding.


  1. The beautiful setting pretty much took care of the event. Not to mention the fact that these guys were flexible in allowing us to really make the experience our own. We still receive compliments from our guests about the Chicago wedding venues, the service and the food.

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