Our wedding reception guestbook might have been my favorite detail from our wedding. Sure, the centerpieces, flowers and other decor were great, but this guestbook is something we’ll have on display forever and ever.
We decided to do a guestbook map when we realized just how many of our guests would be traveling to St. Louis for our wedding from out of town. We had people from as far as Germany, Ecuador and Uruguay! And you know what? It was a super cheap and easy DIY wedding project. Gotta love it!
I was browsing Pinterest for ideas, when my friend Melissa at Loving Here posted how to make a DIY wall map so she and her husband could keep track of all the places they traveled to. Perfect timing! Per Melissa’s post, we purchased this Classic Edition US Wall Map for $8 off Rand McNally’s website.
We originally planned to line the back of the map with cork and build a frame for it (similar to what Melissa did), but in the interest of time, Kevin found this great cork bulletin board that worked perfectly. The size wasn’t perfect, nor was the color, but I had a plan!
First, I painted the frame white, using some leftover trim paint we had from our back door project.
Then I took some leftover fabric from our curtain project, which happened to be our wedding color (I’m a little obsessed with navy, if you couldn’t tell), and pinned it to the cork to fill in the space where the map was too small. I had to trim the sides a bit, but you couldn’t really tell. I also printed, cut and added the countries Germany, Ecuador and Uruguay since this was a US map.
I had a large hole punch to make the paper cut outs that guests wrote on, and bought little grey map pins online that people used to pin. How’d it turn out, you ask?
So great! Better than I imagined!
I also feel the need to say thank you to my aunt, grandma and other family members who stuck around after the reception to clean up. Rumor has it, that the wind had these little tags fall off the map while it was being carried out to one of the cars and my poor aunt had to scramble to find all the pieces in the street. She succeeded – I don’t think one was missing!
Once we got the map home and we returned home from our honeymoon, Kev and I had a blast reading the notes that guests left us. I think that once the alcohol really started flowing, surprise guests like Jennifer Aniston, Jesse Pinkman and Bigfoot made an appearance. I didn’t even know! 😉
It took me awhile, but I finally bought the materials needed to hang the frame on our wall in my office. I ventured to Home Depot and purchased items to hang the large and heavy frame (most of the things I used are in this kit I found online).
(Side note: this frame sorta took a beating between leaving the reception to go to my aunt’s house, and then my parent’s house and then finally make its way to our house. It got repainted after I took these pictures. 😉 )
And now our guestbook map hangs in our office!
Kev and I decided that we want to keep adding to the map, and include the places that we travel as a married couple. Including…our honeymoon!
And most recently, our trip to New York…
…and Charlestown State Park for our camping trip. Camping counts as vacation. 😉
Overall, we love the way our guestbook map turned out and it’s something that we’ll treasure for years and years.