Although it is one of the of the few wedding mementos that last a lifetime, the wedding guest book is often overlooked. As a bride focused on all the hectic details of your special day, the guestbook can be left until last minute and not given much thought until after the wedding. However, the messages that are left by your guests will be read for years to come, so why not make your guest book fun?
Creativity is key when thinking of an idea for your guest book. Look for something fun, yet easily to display and access. Instead of having guests sign the traditional guest book or scrapbook, friends and family could sign a frame for a picture of the newly wedded couple to enjoy the memories long after that oh so cherished date! The possibilities are endless, and couples are getting more creative than ever when it comes to their guest books. It should be crafted to showcase the bride and groom themselves, after all your wedding day is all about you! Below are some of the not-so-traditional guest books that we love…Enjoy!
Unforgettable Puzzle Pieces
Original Post by: The Wedding Favor
Ceramic Plate of Congratulations
Original Post by: Art Taboret
Box of Cherished Notes
Original Post by: Style Me Pretty
Quilt of Memories
Original Post by: The Vegas Wedding Planner
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Original Post by: Ruffled
Original Post by: Wedding by Color
Tree of Best Wishes
Original Post by: Here comes the Guide
Original Post by: Wedding Party Guest
Color Trends | Pretty in Pink!
Pretty in Pink is more than just a great ’80s movie – it’s one of the hottest wedding color palettes around. From subtle touches of pale pink to bright and bold fuchsia, it’s easy to see how these shades are charming their way into weddings! From dazzling shoes and feminine chair covers, to sumptuous florals and delicious pink desserts, you can incorporate this romantic color into almost any element of your wedding.
Often referred to as “the color of love,” some men have shied away from the idea of pink. But more and more, grooms are embracing shades of pink and donning ties, vests and boutonnieres in handsome pink hues.
Whether you’re looking for an elaborate hot fuchsia theme, or adding an accent color of deep or traditional pink, the shades and possibilities are endless. And we’ve collected some stunning Pretty in Pink ideas and elements from some of our favorite local wedding photographers to help get your creative juices flowing!
Photographed by: K&K Photography
Photographed by: Lockwood Studios
Photographed by: K&K Photography
Photographed by: Lockwood Studios
Photographed by: Tab McCausland Photography
Real Weddings | Natalie + Donnie | Orlando Museum of Art
“A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.” – Paul Cezanne
The Orlando Museum of Art is a unique romantic setting for a wedding. Filled with exquisite paintings and sculptures, it’s challenging to find another venue that compares to it’s elegant and artistic setting.
Today we are featuring Natalie and Donnie’s picture-perfect wedding reception held in the Grand Galley at the Orlando Museum of Art. Guests were welcomed through the museum’s Rotunda to a plethora of delectable butler-passed hors d’oeuvres, and a bar featuring our specialty Pear Mojito and Gingered Pomegranate Martinis with a splash of candied ginger. Soon after, the couple had their first dance, which of course called for a champagne toast in their honor!
Following the toasts, guests took their seats to enjoy the inventive plated dinner designed by Puff n’ Stuff Catering exclusively for Natalie and Donnie’s wedding. Two artistically crafted courses were served garnished with pink and green flowers, playing on the theme of the night. To conclude the evening, a large assortment of dessert trays were displayed and guests helped themselves to a variety of luxurious sweets including cheesecake lollipops, macaroons, and strawberry cheesecake topped with white chocolate mousse, all to complement their delicious wedding cake. It was such an exquisite evening in the picturesque space of The Orlando Museum of Art!
Picture-Perfect Hors d’Ouevres
Tomato Mozzarella Caprese Cornet with fire-roasted tomato crème fraîche
Baby Artichoke Hearts topped with goat cheese, olive tapenade, and sun-dried tomatoes
Maryland Crab Cake Towers seared and served with a cajun rémoulade
Trio Sushi Mini Plate Inside out California roll served with wasabi oil, Summer roll with peanut sauce, and Sashimi presented on a small three compartment plate
Stroke of Genius Plated Dinner
Freshly Baked Artisan Breads with whipped butter, e.v.o.o., aged balsamic vinegar glaze & pink finishing salt
Poached Pear and Spinach Salad baby spinach, blue cheese, and caramelized onions served over a poached pear and garnished with pink
peppercorns with a Champagne Vinaigrette dressing
Grilled Filet Mignon with a wild mushroom cabernet-thyme reduction sauce
Broiled Grouper with Lemon Brodetto broiled grouper in a lemon-mint sauce, served atop mint and pea puree
Chicken Caprese Tower Sous-Vide dual towers of marinated chicken breast on eggplant croutons with tomato ragout and basil chiffonade topped with fried basil
Vegetable Strudel fresh sauteed seasonal vegetables with fontina cheese in a flakey puff pastry served atop dueling purees of fennel and asparagus
Lemon Basil Risotto Cake
Wild Mushroom Risotto
Matchstick Vegetable Bundles
Work of Art Desserts
Gourmet Petite Desserts Strawberry Frangipane cream
tarts, Chocolate cups filled with raspberry and mint chocolate mousse, Profiteroles and French Macaroons
Chef’s Choice of Little Luxuries Strawberry Cheesecake with white chocolate mousse & Keylime Pie with crushed graham cracker uniquely presented in a shot glass
Assorted Gourmet Cheesecake Lollipops house made cheesecake dipped in white chocolate
Traditional Coffee Station
Caterer: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering,
Cinematographer: Visions Media
Venue: The Orlando Museum of Art
Church: The Cathedral Church of St. Luke
Event Coordinator: Blush by Brandee Gaar -Anna Inman
Florist: Lee James
DJ: White Rose Entertainment
Lighting: Kaleidoscope Event Lighting
Real Weddings | Jessica + Jason | Barrington Hill Farm
Today we’re featuring an elegant Southern Belle wedding that took place at the Barrington Hill Farm in Dade City, FL. This beautiful venue sits on 50 acres of lush rolling meadow and gives home to many stallions and racing horses. Barington Hill Farm is a unique venue, it’s home to horse shows and clinics, but what makes it really stand out and shine are the beautiful weddings it hosts.
Outside of the two story plantation house, guests crowded around the dance floor and enjoyed hors d’ouevres and cocktails provided by Puff ‘n Stuff Catering while they watched the Bride and Groom have their first dance. Proceeding the cocktail hour guests made their way into the main dining room of the farmhouse. The room was filled with natural wood chairs, floral designed linen and pastel blue mason jars on each table to hold a bouquet of flowers. Our team set up a hand crafted slider station and guests lined up to fill their stomachs with this scrumptious entree! The night ended sweetly as guests nibbled on our traditional key lime pie. A perfect ending to such a charming wedding.
Homey Hors D’ouevres
Lollipop Trio featuring goat cheese & mascarpone with sun-dried tomatoes, coated in pistachios; Saga blue & grapes covered in walnuts; and port wine
cheddar rolled in toasted almonds
Fresh Fruit Brochettes pineapple, cantaloupe, honeydew & strawberries presented on bamboo skewers and served with mango citrus dip
Freshly Baked Artisan Breads
Mixed Green Salad with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and purple onions in sun-dried tomato vinaigrette
featuring an assortment of slider sandwiches on silver dollar rolls including miniature Black Angus cheeseburgers, and fried chicken with sausage gravy
Mashed Potato Bar
with creamy Yukon gold mashed potatoes, garlic smashed red skin potatoes, and sweet potatoes topped and baked with pecans and marshmallows, all presented in Cosmo glasses and offered with a variety of toppings including crisp applewood smoked bacon, sour cream, caramelized Vidalia onions, cheddar cheese, marshmallows, whipped butter, chives, and cinnamon sugar dust
Creamy Macaroni and Cheese
Key Lime Cheesecake New York style cheesecake with key lime topping, whipped cream and fresh lime slices
Catering: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering, Special Event Planner Aymee Brace
Photographers: Divine Light Photography & Tina Sargeant Photography
Cinematographer: Indie Atlantic Films
DJ: Brown Sounds – Jason
Floral/Planning: 2 Sisters Events & Design
Invitations: A Fine Press
Venue: Barrington Hills Farm