Don’t pretend you don’t remember: this big moment of solitude during a wedding when you find yourself in front of the guest book, desperately trying to find the little word that will really hit the nail on the head with the couple. Because this is the big problem with guest books: as a guest, it’s sometimes difficult to find inspiration.
So this is where this idea comes from: provide them with leads to give them ideas. Here are 9 little notebooks to distribute on the tables on your big day, each with a question that your guests can respond to: a good memory that you share, their hopes and dreams, their idea of love… We bet these little notebooks will be full to bursting with anecdotes, sentimental words and other affectionate funny comments by the end of the evening.
The equipment that you need:
- The downloadable template
- Sheets of printer paper
- White Bristol board
- A ruler, a stanley knife, and a work surface
- Thread and a large needle
- Small bulldog clips
- A hand-held punch, or failing that a hammer and nail
Time: Allow 2 hours to make ten notebooks
Cost: Around 10 euros in total (paper, thread, needle, bulldog clips)
1. Print the downloadable template on the sheets of white Bristol board. This contains the covers of 9 notebooks with different questions, and 1 blank cover, the colour of which can easily be changed, that you can modify with your own questions. Next, cut this out with the stanley knife, following the cutting lines. Also cut 3 sheets of printer paper down the middle so that you end up with 6 sheets of A5 paper (14.8cm x 21cm).
2. Fold the cover down the middle, as well as the sheaf of 6 sheets of paper.
3. Insert the paper into the cover and open the notebook down the middle. Fix them together with the help of the little bulldog clips. On the fold, mark a dot every 1.5cm, then pierce the paper with the punch. If you don’t have one of these, use a nail and a little hammer.
4. All you need to do is to sew up your notebook with a really simple stitch: go “above-below”, return “below-above”, and finish it off with a little knot. Your notebook is nearly finished. A little clarification: I used nylon thread (which can be found in all creative hobby shops), but you can also use embroidery thread, which comes in a much wider range of colours.
5. You have nothing more to do than even up all the “excess” with the stanley knife, to perfect your notebook and give it a finished appearance. It’s not as difficult as it may seem. The trick is pressing hard on the ruler rather than the cutter, making as many cuts as necessary. Your first notebook is ready – on to the next!