How to Make a Date Jar Guest Book for Weddings

One of the biggest misconceptions of a classic wedding is that everything has to be traditional. That’s not the case! It’s true that the details you select should convey a similar tone and feel of your overall theme, but you’re never stuck to old-fashioned ideas when it comes to classic styling.

For instance, a traditional guest book is a popular choice for this theme. However, a guest book alternative such as a date jar guest book is another fun way to get your guests to interact and leave their favorite date ideas (here are 50 Fun Date Ideas to get you started!) Today we’re showing you what you need to make this unique guest book alternative and we’ll answer the following: what a date jar is, how it works, and how easy it is to flawlessly set yours up. Enjoy!

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Guest Book with Date Ideas

First, what is a date jar guest book?

What Is It?

A date jar guest book is a unique guest book alternative where guests write down date night ideas for the newlyweds. Since taking your new spouse on dates shouldn’t go out the window after getting married, fun and creative date ideas are always a great way to keep the romance alive.

How Does It Work?

Guests write down a favorite date idea (place to go, thing to do, hot spot to check out in town) and then sign their name along with it, so you know who wrote it. They then put their date idea into the vessel you’ve selected (typically a jar).

What Do You Need to Set It Up?

For a date jar guest book, you’ll need the following:

1. A vessel to hold the date ideas

– a jar

This is called a date jar, but mason jars are not the only way to store the date ideas. In fact, a mason jar is best suited for a rustic wedding. If you’re choosing a jar, make sure it’s large enough (like this huge jar we spotted).

Other options include:

– a large hurricane or glass vase
– a wooden box
– a drop box, like this:

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by red heart creations

– a glass cookie jar with lid (bonus: you can use it again after the wedding!)

2. An object for guests to write their date ideas and name on

Some options include:

– wood hearts, like these

Wood hearts are especially perfect in a drop box with your engagement photo:

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– wood popsicle sticks (this size which makes it easy to write on)

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date jar guest book sign by lille invitations

– paper guest book cards, like these:

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– simple paper tags like these work well, too

PRO TIP: For the object you select, make sure it’s large enough for guests to write their date idea and their name, but small enough for all of them to fit inside the vessel you select.

– markers

You’ll also definitely want a pack of these markers. They have an ultra fine-point tip, they are permanent, and they won’t smudge (they dry instantly). I swear by them for all of my projects!

3. A sign

A sign will instruct guests what to do. Plus, a sign will make your guest book area stand out, which means more people will stop by to sign it.

Here is a date jar sign perfect for a traditional / classic wedding:

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This is a great option for a rustic wedding:

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This Cathedral Length Veil is Perfect for Classic Weddings

It’s classic themed weddings week at Emmaline Bride! Many of our posts will encompass a classic themed wedding with accessories and decor. Be sure you are subscribed so you don’t miss a single post. Also, be sure to grab this with a full chapter dedicated to this theme.

Happy Monday, loves! We’re kicking off our beautiful Classic Themed Weddings Week with our first handmade-a-day find. This cathedral length veil has a long, flowing train and is the ideal style veil for a traditional wedding. This veil has a slightly modern twist, too: it features metallic lace ivory and metallic thread to give it a little shine. The edge is finished with delicate Chantilly lace, measures a stunning 108″ in length, and is finished with a gold or silver plated comb for easy addition to any hairstyle. This veil is lovingly handmade by SIBO Designs. Take a look!

Cathedral Length Wedding Veil

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veil by sibo designs, photo: brumley & wells

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veil by sibo designs, photo: brumley & wells

beautiful cathedral length veil weddings by SIBO Designs, photo: Brumley & Wells | http://emmalinebride.com/traditional/cathedral-length-veil-weddings/

veil by sibo designs, photo: brumley & wells

veil by sibo designs, photo: brumley & wells

If you liked this veil, you can find out more about it here. This shop features a ton of bridal accessories including more cathedral length veils and bridal accessories we know you’ll love. Tell Sheila that Emmaline Bride sent you! She’s wonderful to work with, so we know you’re in good hands.

There’s more coming up next!

xo
-E.

9 Flower Bouquets That Last & Look Absolutely Beautiful
(Giveaway!)

Hi, loves! Emma here. When it comes to picking your wedding bouquet, it may be hard to imagine anything other than fresh flowers, especially when they look and smell so lovely. But have you thought about how flowers die so quickly and get thrown in the trash? It’s pretty disappointing seeing money spent on something that lasts for such a small amount of time. So, today we’ve rounded up some flower bouquets that last to inspire including some brooch bouquets and silk flowers we know you’ll love.

P.S. These are flower bouquets that last: you never have to throw them away! You can enjoy your bouquet in a vase on your desk for years to come, like this:

sola flower bouquets

by curious floral

There’s also a brand new giveaway in this post! We’ve teamed up with Clay Bouquet Shop to give away a gift certificate towards anything in her shop (brooch bouquets included)! Enjoy!

Flower Bouquets That Last

1. This pretty pink silk bouquet with brooches

silk and brooch bouquet

by cultivar

2. This fuchsia and purple bouquet chock-full of peonies

fuchsia and purple peony bouquet
by kate said yes

3. This gold brooch bouquet with pearls throughout

gold pearl brooch bouquet

by clay bouquet shop

4. This sola bouquet with light pinks and aqua

sola flower bouquet

by curious floral

5. This soft blush bouquet made of sola flowers

Sola Flower Bouquet

by the sunny bee

6. This brooch bouquet with hints of silver

brooch bouquet in silver by jarendsdesigns

by j. arends designs

7. This pink brooch and silk flower bouquet that has adorable locket charms

silk flower brooch bouquet

by the ritzy rose

8. This blush bouquet in dreamy silk

hairbows

by hairbowswonderworld

9. This luxe bouquet with sola flowers

luxe bouquet

by curious floral

Faux Flower Bouquets – Giveaway!

Giveaway

o Giveaway dates: 7/24/15-7/31/15 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: Win a $25 Gift Certificate to Clay Bouquet Shop towards anything in their shop
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to winning email or new winner will be selected
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 1 year to claim prize
o Prize value: $25 | No cash value
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Laser Cut Place Cards

It’s time for the #HANDMADEADAY find! These laser cut place cards are a unique and elegant twist to the traditional place card. Why are place cards used? To make guests feel welcomed and right at home. I can imagine how lovely it would be to find your seat with one of these custom name cards atop your place setting! It’s handmade with love by Maria Allen Boutique. Take a closer look below!

Laser Cut Place Cards

laset cut place card names

by maria allen boutique

by maria allen boutique

Find out more about these right here.

xo
-E.