We just wrapped our first year of the IxD grad program at SVA, and to say it’s been intense is an understatement. I’m currently in the process of putting the shambles of my apartment back together after the final two week sprint to the finish, where I can’t think of a time when I wasn’t actively finishing up a project for school.
Which is why I admire my classmate Willa, who is not only working just as hard as the rest of us, but actively planning a wedding as well. And when it came time to launch a project for our Entrepreneurial Design class, she gravitated towards tackling one of the most awkward of wedding reception interactions: the signing of the guestbook.
Now while I have not had my own wedding, but I’ve been to plenty, and the guestbook signing is always weird. I’m genuinely overjoyed for my family and friends, but after waiting in the guestbook line, with the pressure of a queue of people behind me, I generally muster up a lame and generic, “Congrats on the big day!”
The We Guestbook Project solves that with beautifully designed handmade cards that you can leave at tables for your guests to fill out at their leisure while they eat. They come with prompts to encourages guests to leave a personal story, getting them over that, “Ah, what do I write?!” hump and giving the couple a more heartfelt and meaningful collection of messages from their loved ones.
Check out more about the project here, and you can purchase cards from the project’s Etsy shop. And definitely check out more of Willa’s work!