7 unique guest book ideas


These days, the guest “book” idea has become a little less book and a lot more creative–even a chance to show off how clever you are! Though I kept mine simple for my wedding with an actual book, I would have loved to have created a piece that I could have hung up for everyone to see. Here are some of my favorite ideas.

  1. Balloon print. Each guest adds their thumb print in for a cute grouping of balloons.
  2. Each guest signed a blank piece of fabric that was then turned into a quilt.
  3. Sign a vintage globe. From here.
  4. Everyone signs a feather on this art print. From here.
  5. Leave out a collection of ceramic plates for everyone to sign. From here.
  6. Have each guest leave a note and put it in an envelope. From here.

What unique ideas have you seen around?

by Brittany Jepsen of The House That Lars Built 

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DIY: Make a ticket photobooth


I found these beautiful ticket rolls at the nearby party store and couldn’t help myself. But, when do you ever really need a roll of tickets? When you’re throwing a party and need a backdrop of course! I bought them in these lovely sherbet colors which brightens up any event. It’s so easy to do and the effect is fun and energizing.

Steps: Just roll out some tickets and tape each one up on a wall or photography stand.

It’s that easy!

by Brittany Jepsen of The House That Lars Built 

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Beautiful bridesmaid dresses


Bridesmaid dresses have the potential to be the cheesiest element of the wedding. A bunch of ladies in the same dress is not always a good idea. However, in the right dress in the right color, it can be wondrous. Here are some ways to flatter your bridesmaids and get some lovely photos at the same time.

  1. Warm colors. Let each bridesmaid choose their own dress and give them a palette. This one is warm hues like tomato red, mandarin, yellow, salmon. No doubt the bride provided a color palette to work with. From here.
  2. Blue. The dress is all the same but it works so well here because the dress is flattering and works so well with the floral bouquets. From here.
  3. Gold sequins. It’s fun, it’s fresh! From here.
  4. All florals. Each dress is different but the floral patterns are all in the same scale so it works perfectly. From here.




by Brittany Jepsen of The House That Lars Built 

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Tips for relaxed + natural wedding party photos


Wedding party photos tend to make me cringe. The poses are awkward and the faces are cheesy. How do you make your photos appear fun and relaxed? Here are some of my favorite examples and why they work.

1. (photo up top) Clump together. It’s natural for people to talk in clumps, so why not take pictures that way? Plus, the little guy on the hay barrel acts like a little boy–no pretenses. Image from here.

2. (below) If you want to do a pose, a line is a more artsy approach. Then again, the faces and postures are more relaxed making it seem like they are happy to be there. Image from here.


3. Elevations. I think we all can agree that Kate Moss’ wedding is beyond words. This memorable photo is straight out of a Pre-Raphaelite painting. The kids sit in various positions–some high and some low–to break up the monotony of a simple line. Image from here.


4. Vanity Fair approach. The famed celebrity issue always features a dozen or so celebrities in a beautiful horizontal layout sitting on stools and chaise lounges. It’s artfully styled. Make sure you have someone at the wedding who can direct everyone.

5. Small clusters. Opt for small clusters. It’s easier to see everyone when you’re in smaller groups. Image from here and here.


by Brittany Jepsen of The House That Lars Built 

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8 hairstyles for the modern bride


The choice of hairstyle confirms the style that the bride is seeking to achieve. Long and flowy for a more casual and earthy vibe; up yet a tad messy for a more formal and refreshing look. No matter the vibe, there’s a way to keep it modern. Here are a collection of some of my favorite looks that you might want to try for your wedding.

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by Brittany Jepsen of the House that Lars Built 

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