Want to make your guest book a unique piece of your wedding, memorable for everyone but especially for the bride and groom? At A Montana Wedding Bridal Event Feb. 6, stop by the booth of Creatively New and talk to Maria Whitcraft about making your guestbook a jigsaw puzzle.
Instead of having wedding guests inscribe a book that eventually gets stored in a drawer, ask them to sign puzzle pieces that get put together and ultimately framed. Presto! You have a meaningful wall hanging for any room in your home that instantly reminds you of your big day and all who attended.
“The puzzles are made of one-eighth-inch Baltic birch plywood that is finished and cut at our shop,” Whitcraft said. “The bride and groom decide what image to put in the center. Then they decide whether they want a puzzle with edges or without.”
The advantage of not having edges is that more pieces can be added on later.
Couples who have worked with Whitcraft have been quite creative about the central image, choosing a picture from their wedding or their engagement picture, their monogram or a significant saying, or an image of their invitation, cake or caketop. All the pieces around the image bear guest signatures.
If not guestbooks, her puzzles have been special gifts for the couple from family members or friends, she said. Her puzzles have been popular at rehearsal dinners. “They’ve told me how excited not just the couple but all of the guests were too about these commemorative gifts.”
Whitcraft lists standard puzzle sizes on her website, creativelynew.com, so couples have an idea where to start when considering this new piece and parcel of wedding remembrance. Custom puzzle sizes are available too, and couples can be more inventive when they frame the puzzle later.