Wednesday, June 6, 2012

30 Years Ago...

When I was home a few weeks ago for my bridal shower, I also went through my parents house and brought a few items back with me. Things like several books, my high school diploma, some of my mom's jewelry, and this...
This is my parents' wedding guestbook, something that I hadn't actually seen until that weekend. I have no idea if it had always been there, or if my mom had taken it out of storage in anticipation of our upcoming wedding, and unfortunately she's not here to ask. But I thought that since 30 years ago today was the day my parents were married it was a perfect day to share it.
This was actually just a blank book that my mom turned into a guestbook. I'd love to show the whole thing, but to preserve their guests' privacy here's one of the blank pages.
Remember when I said it was a blank book? Well, my mom drew those lines, added "Guests" to the top, and the little butterfly in the corner. Each signature page had a little drawing, and more than that each one was completely different.

Except this wasn't just a guestbook, but was also a scrapbook as well. There was a copy of the menu. (It looks like my mom used those scratch-off-type letters and a few have fallen off. But the last bit is supposed to say Champagne with Pickled Strawberries and Cake.)
There's copies of the invitation. Which knowing my mom, I'm pretty sure she designed herself.
As well as the invitation inserts, starting with the RSVPs (complete with the stamps I'm sure were used to mail it all).
As well as a thank you card for later, a map from the invitation suite. And again by the handwriting, this looks like something my mom drew as well.
Probably my favorite thing in here are sample of the wrapping paper used to wrap gifts, each labeled with the gift giver. (I would have never thought of doing this, and now I'm thinking of the best way to do something similar.)
The there were also wine bottle labels. The top one is labeled as the champagne from the wedding itself, the second from their honeymoon, and the one at the bottom looks to be from a gift.
Except this wasn't just a guest book, and wedding scrapbook, but also a scrapbook from their honeymoon.
Except this wasn't just a guestbook/wedding scrapbook/honeymoon scrapbook.... but I think this post has already gotten long enough. You'll just have to wait until tomorrow to see what else is inside. But any guesses as to what else you think may be waiting?


  1. Hmmm... maybe a birth announcement?? You've got my curiosity piqued!

    I love looking through my parents wedding photobook. It has mostly photos but my mom put in a few things from the day like the program and a note from my dad's grandma.

  2. Can't wait to see more. This is great!

  3. That is so cool! It would be fun to incorporate it into your wedding somehow! I bet that it's also a baby book :)

  4. Aw! What a treasure!! Love it! :)

  5. Aww that was such a great find! :) It must have been really fun to look at

  6. Aw, that's so cool. I'm guessing some baby stuff comes next :-)

  7. Aw! I love that she kept it and that you were able to find it.