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Monday, November 30, 2009

Care to help me with my guest books?


We have 7 days to go and I'm starting a little project. I know, I'm shaking my head too. But sometimes an idea strikes you and you just have to go with it.

I bought these fantastic guest books on etsy. Actually, they aren't really guest books. They are vintage books that have been turned into journals. They would also make great personalized gifts!

This journal was found on FancyLamb. There are tons of journals as well as other vintage finds.


Oh how I love books. I love vintage books. I love that these books were given new life. Upcycled. I saw these and I knew I needed to have them for the wedding. Or I needed to have them and the wedding seems a good excuse to buy them. I really wanted a guest book that we would reflect on often and this seemed to be perfect for us.


Our guests will take pictures in the photo booth (black and white prints, of course) and they will receive 2 copies of the pictures. One for them and one to put in our guest book along with a little note.

But you see, I couldn't pick just one book, I somehow ended up with 3. I want to use them all. Actually I really ended up with 4 but the last one doesn't quite blend color wise. However, its called Essays of Our Day and I'm keeping it for something perfect.

Then I decided I would fill pages throughout the books with pictures from the engagement shoot and quotes!

This journal is from ReImagined which features both upcycled and handmade journals. I love the brown paper interior.


This is where you come in. I need quotes, sayings, snippets, lyrics and such. Besides, I'd love to have pieces from you added into our books.


They can be funny or serious. They can be about love, marriage, photos, family, memories, friends, winter or just about anything that would belong in our guest books.

This is from UsefulBooks and features hand marbled paper as well as paper from other vintage books included in the journal itself. I fell in love with the winter scenes.


Here are a few we'll be including:
A good snapshot stops a moment from running away. ~Eudora Welty

When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible. ~Nora Ephron, When Harry Met Sally

Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam...
And wuv, tru wuv, will fowow you foweva...
So tweasure your wuv. ~The Princess Bride

and last but not least

"You know....

you are.....

the only one for me.....

right now."
~B circa 2005ish. My man has a way with words. We will not be writing our own vows.

So brainstorm and leave me a comment and I'll put it in our guest books! I'm thinking I'll just write them in colored pen unless you have a FAST & EASY idea to make it prettier.



  1. What a wonderful idea for your guest books! I think your whole idea of eclectic matching is coming along pretty nicely. :)

    Here are a couple of quotes for you --a funny one and one that I really like (both from movies!):

    “Let me tell you something, Toula. The man is the head, but the woman is the neck. And she can turn the head any way she wants.” ~My Big Fat Greek Wedding

    ”We need a witness to our lives. There's a billion people on the planet, what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you're promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things, all of it, all of the time, every day. You're saying 'Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go unwitnessed because I will be your witness'." ~Shall We Dance

    You got me cackling, girl, at what B said and what you wrote about you guys not writing your own vows!

  2. What a lovely use for one of those books, and how appropriate 'The One Story' is. This was one of the readings at my wedding: - it's full of good quotes about marriage.

  3. Well this is just an awesomely excellent use for these books. I would vote for "The One Story" book to use.

    Here are my quotes or at least the first ones.

    "Life move pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while you could miss it"
    Ferris Bueller

    "If I ache, it's because we are apart and yet that can't be because you are inside and a part of me, so we really aren't apart at all. Yet I ache but wouldn't be without the ache, because that would mean being without you and that I can't be because I love you"
    Ronald Reagan to his wife Nancy in a letter from 1963

  4. "I've loved and been loved--and all the rest is just background music."

    "I love being married. It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life." Rita Rudner

  5. What a wonderful idea!!!
    There are so many ...
    But this has been our quote for all of these years ... we even have it etched in a rock that we keep on our mantle...

    Grow old along with me. The best is yet to be - the last of life for
    which the first was made.
    Robert Browning.


  6. I don't have anything (but if I think of something I come back and let you know). I just wanted to say how excited I am for you and hope your last week of plans and preparations is relaxing and fun and fabulous.

  7. Oh! 3 quick things I failed to say ...
    1. A photo booth! What fun and what a great way to document everyone in attendance!

    2. You are SO SWEET to want to include your blog buddies in your lovely book! I love that I will be a little part of your big day!

    3. Yikes! I don't remember --- but it was important! I'll remember during Reading time with my kiddies today!!

  8. Knowing you love to cook as much as I do.... I found this quote and knew it would be perfect just because of who said it- Beloved Julia Child.

    "The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person. You know they're right if you love to be with them all of the time."

    Félicitations!!! (congrats in French, from Julia and I... I think I can speak for her)


  9. "There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends, as they themselves know better than anyone." ~ Homer, Odyssey (at least, I'm about 90% sure that's where it's from).

    Those books are really delightful - a wonderful idea (and plenty of time)!

  10. Great idea---I'm thinking....thinking...I'll post asap!

  11. On my wedding day my aunt said this to me and I never forgot it:

    When the bad times come always remember how happy you were on this day.

    Happy Wedding Day!


  12. Almost to the finish line! :)

    I can't think of any quotes for you, but I will tell you that despite knowing you only a little while, and even then only through emails and pen-pal type behavior, that even though I've only ever seen you together in a digital sense, I can tell that you and B are clearly meant to be.

    It shows in your happiness.


  13. Ok, this is one of my favorite quotes, but not everyone gets it. I guess you have to be just a little "different" to feel like it applies to you. Still waiting for my mutual weirdness, glad you found yours.

    "We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” ~anon

  14. Idea for putting these in the book:
    -Print out sayings with font and spacing you like.
    -Cut them out and put another color paper behind them to frame the saying.
    -You can use decorative scissors to cut out the paper to add to the look.
    -Then glue/tape them into your book.

    This way you don't have to worry about writing them incorrectly or getting messed up on spacing.

  15. "Love is like a friendship caught on fire"

    I love that! Here's the whole quote:
    "Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable."

    Love those books and ADORE the photo booth idea!

  16. Oh, and can I write this in your book?:

    Dandy & B,
    Through blogdom I've gotten to know you & it's easy to tell--two people were never more destined to live happily ever after!
    Love to you both,
    Elle Bee

  17. ~sniff, sniff~

    I'm feeling a bit emotional here and you guys are just throwing me over the edge.

    Laughter thru tears is my favorite emotion, you know.

  18. What fun! I had a blast looking for some fun quotes. And here they are....

    What a happy and holy fashion it is that those who love one another should rest on the same pillow.
    ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

    Newlyweds become oldyweds, and oldyweds are the reasons that families work. ~Author Unknown

    A man without a wife is like a vase without flowers.
    ~African Proverb

    I have learned that only two things are necessary to keep one's wife happy. First, let her think she's having her own way. And second, let her have it.
    ~Lyndon B. Johnson

    And my own quote: Dawn and B,
    What fun to see your lives through the blogosphere. Wishing you a long and happy marriage. This Saturday I will be with you in thought and spirit!
    Hugs, Jennifer ~ Traveling Longhorns

  19. oh i need some time, but I definitely want to think of some things for you!!!!

  20. One of my very favorites by Emily Dickinson,

    I Gave Myself to Him

    I gave myself to him,
    And took himself for pay.
    The solemn contract of a life
    Was ratified this way

    The value might disappoint,
    Myself a poorer prove
    Than this my purchaser suspect,
    The daily own of Love

    Depreciates the sight;
    But, 'til the merchant buy,
    Still fabled, in the isles of spice
    The subtle cargoes lie.

    At least, 'tis mutual risk,
    Some found it mutual gain;
    Sweet debt of Life, each night to owe,
    Insolvent, every noon.

  21. Tell me who you love, and I'll tell you who you are. Creole proverb.


  22. Such a wonderful idea - I can't wait to see the book! I'm a ridiculously avid quote collector and have a gajillion page Word doc that I started in high school full of my favorite quotes :) So many of them were shared here already (the weirdness one & one from Shall We Dance are two of my absolute favorites!) but here's another that I love:

    "Lovers don't finally meet somewhere,
    They're in each other all along."

    - Jalal-Uddin Rumi

    See you in just a few days!

  23. Oh this is just such a good idea. I love it!
    And yes, the photo booth is a must. I saw this done at a wedding and I know I want it for mine. So much fun!

    And yayyyy for the quotes and including us bloggers. I'm definitely going to do something similiar if I ever marry Match. So heads up, I'm stealing! :-) As you can tell from my blog, I LOVE quotes. So here's a couple of my favorites, which both happen to be from the show Scrubs:

    "A person doesn't have to be perfect to be exactly what you need." -Elliot, Scrubs

    "I'm crazy about you, and I want you to know that if I had the choice of hanging out with anyone in the entire world or just sitting home with you, eating a pizza, watching a crappy tv show...I would choose you everytime."-JD, Scrubs


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