Our Wedding: The Guest Book

Thursday 19 July 2012

One of my favourite elements of our wedding was our unique guest book.

Our guests chose a year (or several years), left a note, and sealed the envelope for us to open on our future anniversary.

After our wedding, I packed those cards around with me in my suitcase from Canada to Gabon and now, to Norway and I anxiously awaited the opportunity to finally begin opening them.

Monday night, after Joe and I returned from dinner, it was time.  We sat down across from one another and each picked a card.  We made a guess as to who we thought it would be from, opened it and read it aloud.  It was so nice to read the sweet words from our friends and family and perhaps, it was even sweeter being so far away from all of them.

I vividly remember joining a table of my friends at some point in the night and they were laughing hysterically.  Apparently, we have a 'special' card to look forward to on our 50th anniversary.

(I'm not going to lie - I've thought about steaming open that envelope on a few occasions but have held back thus far.  I can't guarantee I won't do it in the future though...)

Absurd, funny, or thoughtful, we'll be looking forward to opening those cards every July 16th for years to come.


  1. Great idea :) When my best friend got married, I made cards for every guest to write a tip or comment on for them to open after the wedding. They loved reading all the marriage tips and comments for them afterwards. Your version is a lovely way to do it.

  2. What an absolutely wonderful idea and a great way to spend your anniversary! I have a wedding coming up and I might have to borrow your idea :)

  3. We did something similar at my wedding! Our two year anniversary is next Tuesday. The card we're opening this year was written by my grandfather who unexpectedly passed away this April. It will be a very special card to read.

    P.S. I've thought about opening them all, too! We've held out so far, but no guarantees!

  4. Wow Mary Kate - that will be a very special card to read! Happy Anniversary (for next week!)

  5. that is such a wonderful idea.. something to always look forward to.

  6. That's the best idea ever. If I ever get married, I would love to do that. Something to look forward to. Though, knowing me, it's possible I'd lose the cards somehow :/

  7. That is one of the best guest book ideas I've ever heard! Love this; it makes me wish I was having a wedding in the future :)

  8. I love this! What a wonderful idea. I am absolutely going to do this at my wedding!

  9. That's such a great idea. Something to file away for my wedding.

  10. This is so sweet! I've seen guest books like this (my BFF just did it), and I can only imagine what fun things you'll read in the future :)

    Oh, and you should come link up for wedding Wednesday...it goes all week!

    Just stumbled across your blog and I love it! Can't wait to read more!


  11. such a great idea. Fabulous post, love! If you get a sec, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my latest post for Lauren Conrad. xo


  12. That guestbook is such an amazing idea! I love it!


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